James Evans, Sr.

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James Evans, Sr.
First appearance"Florida's Problem"
(as Henry Evans on Maude)
Last appearance"The Rent Party"
(Good Times)
Portrayed byJohn Amos
Information
GenderMale
OccupationMinimum wage jobs
Spouse(s)Florida Evans (1955–1976)
ChildrenThelma Evans (daughter)
Michael Evans (younger son)
J.J. Evans (eldest son)
RelativesHenry Evans (father)
Keith Albert Anderson (son-in-law)
ReligionBaptist
NationalityAmerican
 
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James Evans, Sr.
First appearance"Florida's Problem"
(as Henry Evans on Maude)
Last appearance"The Rent Party"
(Good Times)
Portrayed byJohn Amos
Information
GenderMale
OccupationMinimum wage jobs
Spouse(s)Florida Evans (1955–1976)
ChildrenThelma Evans (daughter)
Michael Evans (younger son)
J.J. Evans (eldest son)
RelativesHenry Evans (father)
Keith Albert Anderson (son-in-law)
ReligionBaptist
NationalityAmerican

James Evans Sr. (March 16, 1932 – September 22, 1976) is a fictional character portrayed by actor John Amos in the 1970s American sitcom Good Times, from the first season in 1974, until the end of the third season in 1976.[1] The character first appeared as Henry Evans in a 1973 episode of the sitcom Maude, but was renamed James upon the premiere of Good Times (a spinoff of Maude).

Character background[edit]

James was born in Cartersville, Mississippi on March 16, 1932, and grew up in poverty on a farm. He stated that he only received a sixth grade education. His father, Henry Evans, left the family when he was a young child. James served in the Army and fought in Korea. After leaving the Army, he eventually moved to Chicago, Illinois at the age of 20 where he met Florida, the woman who later became his wife. After James and Florida got married in early 1956, they had their first child James Evans, Jr. (also known as "J.J."). Their second child was a girl they named Thelma.

At this time, the family lived in a cold water flat where the only bathroom was in the hallway. When Florida became pregnant with their third child Michael, they moved to an apartment in a housing project (implicitly the infamous Cabrini–Green projects, shown in the opening and closing credits but never mentioned by name on the show) in a poor, African American neighborhood in inner-city Chicago, Illinois. They lived in the projects, with the odds of their getting out stacked against them. But James was the hard-working father who kept the Evans family together. He worked at minimum wage jobs such as a carwash attendant and a dish washer to support his family. He also worked in construction, and was made assistant foreman on at least one building project. Although James can be stern and has a strong temper at times, he is a warm and loving father and husband with a sharp sense of humor.

In the second and third season of the show, James went to night school to complete his G.E.D., and afterwards was offered a construction job in Alaska during the building of the Alaska Pipeline and various other places away from Chicago, and even got to see his long lost father Henry again. In the opening of the show's fourth season, his children and wife Florida learn that James was killed in a car accident in Jackson, Mississippi. The episode where his character was killed off was "The Big Move".

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