Jimmie Walker is best known for portraying James Evans Jr. (“J.J.”), the oldest son of Florida and James Evans Sr. on the CBS television series Good Times which originally ran from 1974-1979. Walker was nominated for a Golden Globe Awards’ Best Supporting Actor In A Television Series in 1975 and 1976 for this role. While on the show, his character was known for the catchphrase, “Dy-no-mite!” Whether it’s his first love of performing stand-up or captivating millions with his Emmy-winning role as “J.J. Evans” in Good Times, Jimmie Walker has now been entertaining audiences around the world for over four decades.
Raised in the South Bronx, he went to Dewitt Clinton and Theodore Roosevelt High School, Jimmie first achieved success as a stand-up comedian working in Harlem with The Last Poets and The Black Panthers in the late 1960s and early 1970s, then on the “Chitlin’ Circuit”, working with such legends as Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, Gladys Knight & The Pips, The Four Tops, Earth, Wind And Fire, Bob Marley and the Wailers, Chuck Berry, Tina Turner, Jerry Lee Lewis, Randy Travis, Peter Frampton, and Diana Ross & The Supremes. His overwhelming charisma and command of the stage caught the eye of Good Times producer Norman Lear, and his career to super-stardom was on its way.