Knoxville, Tennessee - Rising from the streets of New York’s ghettos to television superstardom, Jimmie Walker personifies the great American success story. His catch phrase “Dyn-o-mite!” is part of the modern vernacular, and he became such a major celebrity in the 1970's that Time Magazine named him “Comedian of the Decade.
In the beginning stages of his pursuit of comedy stardom, a mutual friend introduced him to The Last Poets, a group dedicated to performing militant poetry. Walker opened for the Poets at the East Wind in Harlem on New Year’s Eve. He did five minutes of standup, floored the crowd of 350, and stayed with the Poets for 18 months while he built his act and gained confidence as a performer. By 1969, Jimmie was on stage at the African Room in Manhattan along with a few other up and coming talents, including Bette Midler, David Brenner and Steve Landesberg. Walker spent a year as the youngest MC in the history of the world famous Apollo Theater in Harlem.
He was then signed by CBS to perform each week as the audience warm-up for the sitcom “Carlucci’s Department.” Jimmie then accepted a part in a new urban-styled comedy series, “Good Times.” This role would launch him into television superstardom. “Dyn-o-mite!” was the phrase that made him famous nationwide. He was the first winner of the NAACP Image Award, and won a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. He appeared on The Mac Davis Show, Donny and Marie, The John Davidson Show, The Merv Griffin Show, Dinah, The Mike Douglas Show, The Hollywood Squares, and the Match Game.
He also landed choice roles in films like “Airplane!” and “Airport ’79?, and was a regular on television shows like “The Love Boat” and “Fantasy Island”. In recent years he’s made scene-stealing appearances on “The George Lopez Show”, “Everybody Hates Chris” with Chris Rock, and “Scrubs”.
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