Actor-Writer Shares Life Lessons

Actor John Amos is well-known to TV and movie audiences. He has had a recurring role on ABC's "Men in Trees" this season, and Friday, he brought his one-man show, "Halley's Comet" to the MSU Riley Center.

But Amos spent the morning with students at meridian high school. Amos said he likes talking to young people as they prepare to go out into the real world. He says they need to work hard and take advantage of educational opportunities like the tuition guarantee offered at Meridian Community College.

"They're so caught up in the acquisition of wealth and material things that they, I think, they lost sight of the fact that each and every one of them can make a contribution to make the world a little bit better," Amos said.

Amos stresses the importance of education in his talks with young people. He was a social worker before turning to acting at the age of 28. Amos said he got his college degree at Colorado State University, where he attended on a football scholarship.

Amos' show, "Halley's Comet", is about a man recalling a lifetime of memories. Amos wrote the play and has been performing it for 16 years.

Amos may be best known for his role in the groundbreaking mini-series, "roots", in the 1970s, as James Evans on the hit comedy, "Good Times", and Gordy on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show".


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