Jimmie Walker was raised in a violent and abusive home in the Bronx. He got his start performing comedy in small clubs, and ultimately became a 1970s icon playing J.J. Evans on Good Times. Walker was the first successful young, black, sitcom star, and his catchphrase—“Dyn-o-mite!”—remains an indicator of the era. In Dynomite!, Walker talks candidly about his rise and the considerable tensions on the set of Good Times that contradict the show’s image of a close-knit, blue-collar family struggling to survive in the projects. A book signing will follow the program.
Event begins at 12:00PM
Presented by: National Archives