Kathie Lee & Hoda: Jimmie Walker Interview
Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb talked with Jimmie Walker, stand-up comedian best known for his role on Good Times, about his new book, Dyn-O-Mite!: Good Times, Bad Times, Our Times – A Memoir.
Jimme Walker: Good Times TV Show
Jimmie Walker is best known for being a pop icon from groundbreaking sitcom, Good Times, and his catchphrase, “Dyn-O-Mite.”
In 1974, we were introduced to the Evans family on Good Times. James (John Amos) and Florida (Ester Rolle) were the hard-working parents always trying to keep their heads above water in their Chicago Housing Project.
Thelma (Bern Nadette Stanis), Michael (Ralph Carter) and J.J. (Jimmie Walker) were their kids. Jimmie Walker was the sitcom’s breakout star. He was goofy, lovable and a van Gogh of the ghetto. While Good Times made audiences look at some harsh realities of urban life, J.J. tried to keep some humor involved.
Jimmie Walker: Dyn-O-Mite Catchphrase
The catchphrase that Jimmie Walker is best known for, dyn-o-mite, actually was discovered by John Rich, the producer on Good Times who also did The Honeymooners and created MacGyver. Jimmie Walker said no one understood what it meant, but John Rich said people will go for it and boy did they ever.
Jimmie Walker: Good Times Memoir
Jimme Walker said that he’s had this book completed for 30 years now, but he could not sell it. Walker said the book was turned down 100 times. Jimmie got a fourth author, Sal Manna, to work with him on the book and Manna was the one to get it sold.
Good Times: Cast Bitterness?
Rumors were said about the cast of Good Times, that Ester Rolle thought Jimmie Walker was stealing the limelight of the show. Walker said he was coming in to do comedy and they were all actors. Walker wrote jokes and eventually they would tell him no jokes. Jimme Walker said he is not bitter at all about the whole experience. He said in this business, if anyone likes anything you do, then you like it.