Jimmie Walker was born on June 25, 1947 in the South Bronx, New York. For better or for worse, Walker is still instantly recognizable as J.J. Evans, the man who in the 1970s gave new meaning to the word "Dyn-o-mite!" Walker was working as a stand-up comedian when he landed the role of J.J., and as his fame grew he generously helped out fellow comedians whenever he could. (For example, he hired two out-of-work stand-up comics named Jay Leno and David Letterman to lend their writing talents to the show.) In spite of the controversy that surrounded Good Times and the perceived buffoonery of his character in particular, Walker is proud of the sitcom. Today, when many actors want to distance themselves from the roles that made them stars, Walker remains thankful for the success that Good Times brought him. In recent years, Walker has continued to perform stand-up and was the host of his own syndicated radio talk-show. Walker appeared in Airplane, Home Alone 2, and Bustin Loose. His TV credits include In The House, George Lopez, Scrubs, ER, and he remains a favorite guest of David Letterman.
James (J.J.) Evans, Jr. is James and Florida's oldest child. A gifted artist, J.J. dreams of becoming famous and one day taking his family out of poverty. Until that day, J.J.'s responsibilities include doing well in school and looking out for his younger siblings. Unfortunately, he doesn't do too well at either one. With the exception of art class, he's a less-than-average student. He's not much help around the house, and his constant bickering with Thelma keeps his parents constantly refereeing. Instead of being the model son, J.J. is more concerned with using his good looks, sweet talk and clever wit to attract the ladies and outrun the muggers. But no matter what J.J. does, he makes sure that everything is always "Dyn-o-mite!"