‘Good Times’ actor Jimmie Walker releases memoir ‘Dyn-o-mite’
The comedian rose to fame alongside friends like Jay Leno, David Letterman and promising Latino star Freddie Prinze Sr. The book reveals juicy details about showbizness in the 70s and also reflects on the actor’s tough upbringing.
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 on “Good 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, and TV Guide covers. In “Dyn-o-mite!,” Walker candidly talks about his rise and the considerable tensions on the set of Good 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.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actor hired many of his struggling friends as joke writers, including Letterman, who he paid $150 a week. “Letterman told Walker that he couldn’t write jokes for black comedians but Walker claims it was sex jokes that Letterman really had trouble writing.” He recounts numerous ‘black’ jokes Letterman wrote, including this one: “I used to be real interested in camping. I’d find out when ya’ll were away on a camping trip, then I’d come over and do a little shopping.”
“Dyn-o-mite!” is available in the book section of Blackactors.net’s online shop for $19.40USD.