Jammie Walker was born on June 25, 1947 in New York’s South Bronx neighborhood. During his teen years he worked a few odd jobs, once as a vendor at Yankee Stadium during the 1964 World Series. Mickey Mantle gave him a silver dollar, which he still has to this day. He took night classes at Theodore Roosevelt High School to earn his GED, and through the state-founded SEEK program (Search for Education, Evaluation, and Knowledge) he was able to expand on his knowledge and learn a trade: radio engineering and announcing. Within a year he began working for the small radio station WRVR.
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Walker began performing as a stand-up comedian making appearances on Rowan and Martin’s Laugh In, and on the Jack Paar Show. It was one of these performances that caught the attention of the casting director for Good Times, where he became a sensation that jump-started him into stardom. Jimmie Walker made use of his popularity with his comedy album Dy-no-mite becoming a best seller, and light appearance on shows like The Love Boat and Fantasy Island, as well as game shows like The Match Game and Tattletales.
After Good Times, Jimmie hosted radio shows on WHIO, WOAI, WLS, and KKAR, and went on to make sporadic appearances in The Tonight Show, Late Night with David Letterman, Merv Griffin, and The Mike Douglas Show. He also flexed his acting skills in Everybody Hates Chris, The George Lopez Show, and Scrubs, as well as classic movies like Let’s Do It Again and Airplane.
JJ from Good times
Originally, Good Times was suppose to be a show that portrayed serious issues with comedic relief. However, the fast-growing popularity of Jimmie Walker’s character JJ, with his over-the-top caricature personality winning over the audience, influenced producers and writers to take the focus off serious topics and placed it JJ’s ridiculous antics.
This lead to friction within the cast, particularly Esther Rolle and John Amos, who played Florida and James Evans, the parents of Jimmie Walker’s character. Rolle was very vocal about her displeasure to how the show had been devolving around “stereotypically buffoonish behavior.”Amos was more discrete with his opinion, yet equally disappointed, once having said “The writers would prefer to put a chicken hat on J.J. and have him prance around saying DY-NO-MITE, and that way they could waste a few minutes and not have to write meaningful dialogue”Both leads left the show over this, crippling the viewership. Although the network was able to get Rolle back for the last season, after agreeing to her demands for change, the show met its inevitable end by the end of season 6.
How old is Jimmie Walker
James Carter Walker Jr. was born on June 25 of 1947. Currently. he is 74 year old, and has been in the comedy scene for over 4 decades.
Jimmie Walker Net Worth
Jimmie Walker is a comedian and actor who is best know for his role in Good Times. He has a net worth of $800 thousand.