Known best for his roles in Good Times, Roots, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The West Wing, and The District, Amos is a multiple award-winning actor born in Newark and raised in East Orange, New Jersey. Before making his big break as a television and Broadway performer, Amos attended college and played football at Colorado State. He qualified as a social worker with a degree in sociology and was a Golden Glove boxing champion. Amos also played football professionally in both the American and Continental Football Leagues. He credits Kansas City Chiefs Coach Hank Stram for pushing him in towards writing after being released from his training camp. Amos is a veteran of the 50th Armored Division of the New Jersey National Guard and Honorary Master Chief of the United States Coast Guard.