October 30, 2019 | 1:29am
John Witherspoon, actor-comic who for a protracted time made audiences chuckle in television reveals and motion photographs, collectively with the hit Friday franchise, died without note at his home lately. He became as soon as seventy seven.
“It is with deepest sorrow that we can confirm our cherished husband and father, John Witherspoon, one in every of the hardest working men in demonstrate industrial, died lately at his home in Sherman Oaks at the age of seventy seven,” Witherspoon’s family acknowledged in a press start to Closing date. “He is survived by his accomplice Angela, and his sons JD, Alexander, and a trim family. We’re all in shock, please give us a minute for a moment in privateness and we are in a position to have a objective correct time his life and his work collectively. John former to yell ‘I’m no sizable deal’, but he became as soon as immense deal to us.”
Comedy colossal Witherspoon became as soon as born in Detroit in 1942 as John Weatherspoon. He launched a stand-up comedy profession and started performing within the gradual Seventies with visitor-starring TV roles, making his feature debut within the 1980 The Jazz Singer. Witherspoon regarded in plenty of motion photographs, collectively with Hollywood Drag, Boomerang, Vampire in Brooklyn, I’m Gonna Earn You Sucka, Chicken and The Meteor Man.
Witherspoon became as soon as perchance easiest known for his role as the grump Mr. Jones alongside Ice Dice and Chris Tucker in Friday. He also regarded within the sequel Next Friday, and became as soon as anticipated to reprise his role within the long-gestating final installment of the franchise titled Final Friday.
Witherspoon also voiced Gramps on the cult interesting series The Boondocks. He likely would’ve returned for the series’ upcoming revival on HBO Max. Furthermore known for his role as Pops on The Wayans Brothers, Witherspoon did stints on such comedy series as The Tracy Morgan Masks, The First Household and Murky Jesus.
Even with his busy film and TV profession, standup comedy remained a important fragment of Witherspoon’s life. At age seventy seven, he continued to web normally and had plenty of dates coming up at the time of his death.