Jimmie Walker was raised in a violent and abusive home in the Bronx. Starting in small clubs and eventually opening for Black Panther rallies, he ultimately became an icon playing J. J. Evans onGood Times
. Walker was the first successful young black sitcom star, and his catchphrase--Dyn-o-mite!”--remains an indicator of the era. He saw sudden and enormous fame in everything from comic books and a talking doll to pajamas, trading cards, a bestselling album, andTV Guide
, Walker candidly talks about his rise and the considerable tensions on the set ofGood Times
that contradicted the show’s image of a close-knit, blue-collar family struggling to survive in the projects.
Walker made Dyn-o-mite!” a catchword for the Baby Boomer generation. Today,Dyn-o-mite!will inspire that same generation to rediscover what once made America great--the freedom of thought, the freedom of speech, and the belief in the individual.