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Jimmie Walker wasn’t always down with ‘Dyn-o-mite!'

It was one of the 1970's biggest catchphrases, but actor Jimmie Walker wasn’t always down with his trademark phrase “Dyn-o-mite!”In fact, the “Good Times” star didn’t want to say it.

PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 21: Actor Jimmie Walker speaks onstage during the 'Pioneers of Television, Season 4, 'Acting Funny', 'Breaking Barriers', 'Doctors and Nurses', and 'Standup to Sitcom' ' panel discussion at the 2014 Winter TCAs
Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images

According to a Jan. 21 article released by the Associate Press, Walker told reporters at the Television Critics Association winter press tour that he once told director John Rich that without an accompanying story line, viewers wouldn't buy him saying the phrase because they weren't that stupid. But Rich told him that they were stupid enough, and he was right.

Walker, who played J.J. Evans on the classic comedy, ended up shouting the phrase in every episode of the sitcom from 1974 to 1979.

“Good Times,” which was a spinoff of Bea Arthur’s popular “Maude” sitcom, celebrates its 40th anniversary next month. According to a press release posted on DC 50’s website, an upcoming “Good Times” marathon on Antenna TV will feature 12 hours of the series’ most memorable episodes.

Antenna TV’s “Good Times” marathon begins at 1:00 PM ET on Saturday, February 8, 2014.

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