James Carter Walker Jr. (also known as Jimmie Walker) is an American actor, author, stand-up comedian, and radio personality who rose to fame in the 1970s thanks to his role as Pops on the CBS sitcom Good Times.
Along with fame and a couple of Golden Globe nods, he also coined the tagline “Dy no mite,” which has since been used in many TV commercials and advertisements. At the present time, he is still performing stand-up comedy and making occasional TV appearances.
On June 25, 1947, in Brooklyn, New York, the world was introduced to James Carter Walker Jr., better known as Jimmie Walker. He spent his childhood in The Bronx with his family—mother Lorena, father James Sr., and sister Beverly.
Lorena was the department director of nursing at a hospital, while James Sr. worked as a Pullman porter. Jimmie went to Theodore Roosevelt High School and participated in the New York State-sponsored SEEK (Search for Education, Evaluation, and Knowledge) program.
Walker was able to land a job at WRVR in New York City after using SEEK to research the field of radio engineering. Jimmie started working as a vendor at Yankee Stadium for the 1964 World Series forward, and he was given a silver dollar by Mickey Mantle.
In 1969, Walker began performing stand-up comedy; following appearances on the “Jack Paar Show” and “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In,” the casting director for “Good Times” saw him and cast him as James “J.J.” Evans Jr.
The show ran for six seasons and 133 episodes, and Walker was nominated for two Golden Globes for his work on it. One of the show’s directors, John Rich, is credited with coining the catchphrase “Dy-no-mite!” which was featured in the TV Land special “The 100 Greatest TV Quotes and Catch Phrases.”
When Jimmie was a star on “Good Times,” he put out the stand-up CD “Dyn-o-mite” (1975). Co-stars John Amos and Esther Rolle of Walker’s became dissatisfied with the show’s trajectory as a result of J.J.’s fame, with Rolle complaining, “To this day, he has not held down a job despite reaching adulthood.
He is completely illiterate. He can’t seem to think of anything. As the show progressed, it became more… They’ve gradually increased J.J.’s idiocy and widened his role, presumably with the help of the artist (they wouldn’t dare do that to me) in order to make him more likable.”
The writers would rather have J.J. wear a chicken hat and prance around saying “DY-NO-MITE,” so that they can spend a few minutes and avoid having to compose important dialogue, as expressed by Amos.
Walker, somewhat unexpectedly, revealed on The Wendy Williams Show that he is single and does not have any children. On moral grounds, he was against gay marriage, but he told CNN in 2012 that he thought it should be legalized anyhow.
It’s not worth fighting against, he said. In his autobiography, Walker elaborated on his political beliefs, writing that he follows “logic and common sense” and that he typically has a conservative stance.
Walker is, in fact, continuing to perform his stand-up comedy routine across the country.
Known primarily for his portrayal of James Evans Jr. on Good Times, Jimmie Walker is an American actor and comedian with a respectable net worth of $800 thousand.
Walker was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor in a Television Series in 1975 and 1976 for his role as James Evans Jr. (J.J.) on the CBS sitcom Good Times, which ran from 1973 until 1979.
Let’s Do It Again (John Amos) and The Greatest Thing That Almost Happened (James Earl Jones) are two more films in which he has appeared. He is still performing stand-up comedy routines all throughout the United States.