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Born 1949 (61) Jimmie Walker Actor TV “Good Times”boomer jimmy walker then now 300x201 Baby Boomer Birthdays Today Friday June 25, 2010

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Was 26 years old when he started playing teenager J.J. Evans on “Good Times” (1974).

Mini Biography

He symbolized the 70s American dream of success — the former kid from the ghetto who rose to wisecracking TV superstardom. While in his element as the broadly strutting, gleamy-toothed J.J. Evans of the popular urban-styled sitcom “Good Times” (1974), Jimmie Walker lived the extremely good life. Following the series’ demise, however, reality again checked in. Still and all, he has not self-destructed as others before him have and continues to enjoy a comedy career now approaching four decades.


Jimmie was born on June 25, 1947, in New York’s tough South Bronx neighborhood. His ambitions were not originally to entertain. Basketball was his prime interest but the idea that a gawky, stringbean-framed teenager could become a hoop star did not seem realistic. Instead he abruptly quit school and worked an odd assortment of jobs until wisely returning to night classes at Theodore Roosevelt High School and redeeming himself with a diploma. The federally-funded Search for Education, Evaluation and Knowledge (SEEK) next came through for Jimmie as he was able to learn a trade: radio engineering/announcing. Within a year he was hired as an engineer for a small radio station, but gained a minor reputation on the sly as a funny guy and good writer. This side interest is what motivated Jimmie to try comedy performance.

He made his stand-up debut as an opening act on New Year’s Eve in 1967 for “The Last Poets,” a militant poetry group, and was such a hit that he stayed with the group for a year and a half building and polishing his jive-styled act. At one point Jimmie was seen at a Manhattan club by comedian David Brenner who referred him and others (such as Freddie Prinze) to Budd Friedman and his Improv stage in New York. Jimmie eventually became a regular. His debut shot on TV variety came with Jack Paar’s show and his successful 1972 appearance propelled him to main attraction billing.

He was quickly checked out by the Norman Lear team and practically handed stardom on a silver platter with “Good Times” (1974), a spin-off of Esther Rolle’s domestic character on the popular “Maude” (1972) series. Skinny, energetic and youthful-looking with plenty of harmless sass and attitude, Jimmie and the show were instant cross-over hits despite the fact that he was a 27-year-old playing the teenage son of Rolle. His catchphrase “Dyn-o-mite!” became a popular item in the American vernacular. Jimmie became such a major celebrity that Time Magazine named him “Comedian of the Decade.” Clothing, belts, and even a talking doll that blurted out his familiar phrase were soon on the open market. To the dismay of other actors on the show, his exaggerated character stole prime focus and shifted the well-intentioned direction of a positive black family image into a much broader and stereotyped caricature. This caused dissension in the troops and both adult leads, Ms. Rolle and John Amos, departed the series (Rolle came back later). Nevertheless, the series managed to last six seasons.

During that time Jimmie made use of his ever-surging popularity with lightweight appearances elsewhere on primetime (“The Love Boat,” “Fantasy Island”) and on game shows (“The Match Game,” “Tattletales”). He became a hot item in Las Vegas and even churned out a best-selling comedy album entitled, of course, “Dyn-o-mite!” His attempt at film stardom came with a top supporting role in Let’s Do It Again (1975) starring Sidney Poitier and Bill Cosby, a comedy that also featured his TV dad John Amos. Jimmie was featured as a highly unlikely, scrawny-framed boxer promoted by Poitier and Cosby. As enjoyable as he was, it did not lead to other major film offers. Most of his later movies have been self-mocking guest parts or cameo bits in spoofs such as in Airplane! (1980), the Frankenstein take-off Monster Mash: The Movie (1995) and the slasher movie parody Shriek If You Know What I Did Last Friday the Thirteenth (2000) (V).

Upon the series’ demise in 1979, Jimmie returned to the stand-up stage while looking for a sophomore TV hit. Unable to capitalize on his TV stardom, he instead found himself extremely pigeon-holed by the J.J. character. The short-lived “B.A.D. Cats” (1980), which had him playing a support role as a comic car thief-cum-repossessor, lasted only a month. The military comedy “At Ease” (1983) had Jimmie starring as a Sergeant Bilko-like conman. It too came and went quickly. Hoping the third time would be a charm, Jimmie was a bust again in the syndicated show “Bustin’ Loose” (1987), based loosely on Richard Pryor’s 1981 movie, with the comedian playing another of his genial con artists.

Jimmie’s main focus has remained the stand-up circuit, touring an average of 25-30 weeks a year. The rubbery-faced, tunnel-mouthed comic continues to pop up occasionally on the late night talk show forum. In his spare time he writes scripts for TV and films. He has been married since 1980 to former actress Jere Fields.
IMDb Mini Biography By: Gary Brumburgh / gr-home@pacbell.net





 Born 1963 (47) George Michael Pop Singer Songwriter (“Carless Whisper” Video Below) boomer george michael1 300x300 Baby Boomer Birthdays Today Friday June 25, 2010  

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Was arrested in early 1998 at a public restroom in Beverly Hills for commiting a lewd act in front of an undercover police officer. He has since made a music video mocking the whole incident. The arresting police officer has since filed a civil suit againt George for defamation of character. It was dismissed.

He enjoyed four British number one singles with Wham: “Wake Me Up Before You Go Go” (1984), “Freedom” (1984), “I’m Your Man” (1985) and “The Edge of Heaven” (1986).

Has sung duets with Aretha Franklin, Elton John, Rory Bourke, Mary J. Blige and Whitney Houston.

His song “Father Figure” was sampled for PM Dawn’s hit “Looking Through Patient Eyes”.

Collaborated with Queen and Lisa Stansfield on the British chart-topping “Five Live” (EP) of 1993.

The first three singles of George Michael’s solo career all went to the no. 1 position on the UK chart: “Careless Whisper” (1984), “A Different Corner” (1986) and “I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)” (1987). The latter was a duet with Aretha Franklin.


His song with Wham!, “Last Christmas”, is the best selling British hit never to get to number one, reaching the no. 2 position in December 1984, being re-issued and reaching the no. 6 position the next December and being re-issued again and reaching the no. 45 position in December 1986. It spent a total of 24 weeks on the British chart.

He sang on the no. 1 and no. 2 Christmas singles of 1984, Band Aid’s “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” and Wham!’s “Last Christmas”.

He was a big fan of “This Morning” (1988) and, on the final episode of the series, he phoned the presenters, Richard and Judy, to thank them live on air and to wish them the best.

He has contributed two songs to the “Warchild Hope” album (released 21 April 2003); one is a cover of Don McLean’s “The Grave” and the other is his own classic “Faith” (a duet with Ms Dynamite).

His controversial single “Shoot the Dog” (released 2002) had a video that ridiculed Tony Blair, Cherie Blair and George W. Bush.

His last performance with Wham! was at Wembley Stadium in June 1986.

Played a benefit for striking British miners. [September 1984]

He wrote his smash hit single “Careless Whisper” when he was just 17, on a Thursday afternoon in Bushey. He waited until he was 21 before he released it as his first solo single.

Is of Greek-Cypriot heritage from his father, a restaurant owner, who emigrated to the U.K. from Cyprus, in the 1950s.

He and Andrew Ridgeley wrote “Careless Whisper” on the back of a bus during their school days.

Was backing vocals on Andrew Ridgeley’s album “Son Of Albert” on tracks “Red Dress” & “Shake”. These were the only 2 songs to do well on the charts.

His 1990 solo hit “Freedom 90″ from the CD “Listen Without Prejudice, Vol. 1″ was so titled to avoid confusion with his previous Wham! hit “Freedom”.

Wrote many of his songs while working at a movie theater as a teenager.

He has sold an estimated 80 million records worldwide, both as a solo performer and as one half of the duet Wham!, as of 2006.

In the Independent on Sunday 2006 Pink List – a list of the most influential gay men and women – he came no. 25, down from 22.

He has an estimated fortune of £70 million.

Winner (as part of Wham!) of the British Phonographic Industry Award for British Group in 1985.

Winner of the British Phonographic Industry Award for British Male Solo Artist in 1988 following the success of his multi-million selling album “Faith”.

His album “Listen Without Prejudice Vol.1″ won the 1991 Brit Award for British Album.

Winner of the 1997 Brit Award for British Male Solo Artist following the success of his multi-million selling album “Older”.

Announced his retirement in February 2004, but began a new European tour in September 2006, his first tour in fifteen years.

His debut solo album “Faith” has sold more than 20 million copies since its release in 1987.

He was paid £1.7 million to perform for an hour at Russian billionaire Vladimir Potanin’s New Year’s party on 31 December 2006.

His partner Anselmo Feleppa, whom he met in 1991, died from an AIDS-related brain haemorrhage in 1993.

Sentenced to 100 hours community service for driving while unfit. The singer was arrested on 1 October 2006 after being found slumped at the wheel of his Mercedes in the early hours of the morning. He had an antidepressant in his system, as well as cannabis and 16 micrograms per millilitre of the illegal Class C drug GHB. (9 June 2007).

Friend of Geri Halliwell.

Ranked #73 on VH1′s 100 Sexiest Artists.

A fan of The Beatles, he performed with Paul McCartney at Live 8 (2005) (TV). He also bought John Lennon’s Steinway Model Z upright piano for £1.67m in the year 2000, then returned it to Liverpool’s Beatles Story museum.

He wrote, produced and performed the classic song “Last Christmas” when he was just 21 years old. There have been over 395 cover versions of the song by different artists since it was released in 1984.

Lives in London, Goring, United Kingdom and Dallas, Texas.

In September 2010, while serving a prison sentence for driving under the influence of drugs, George received a two-page handwritten letter from Sir Paul McCartney to lift his spirits. In the letter, McCartney said that he empathised with George as he himself had spent ten days in prison in Japan in 1980 after being caught with cannabis. He told George to keep his chin up and that he would see him when he is released. Apparently, George was delighted with the letter and read it over and over again.

He wrote the classic ballad ‘Careless Whisper’ when he was 17 on the number 32 bus on the way to his job as a cinema usher in Watford, England. The song reached number one in more than 25 countries and sold in excess of 6 million copies.

Close friend of Shirlie Holliman. He introduced her to her future husband, Martin Kemp. She was one of his backup singers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




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