John Wesley, known for roles as Dr. Hoover on "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air" and Mr. Jim on "Martin," has died, his manager confirmed to CNN Monday.
He was 72.
Wesley died Saturday at Cedar Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, California, after a lengthy battle with multiple myeloma, said Gerry Pass, his manager and producer.
A native of Lake Charles, Louisiana, Wesley earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of San Diego, where he majored in political science, and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of California, San Diego.
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But acting was his passion and he nabbed his first credited role playing a police officer on "My Three Sons" in 1963.
What followed was a storied career in television which found him working with everyone from Denzel Washington to Barbara Streisand, Morgan Freeman, Tim Burton and James Earl Jones.
In an interview with Indie Activity, Wesley said he enjoyed playing such memorable roles as activist Torro Chombe in the "The Atlanta Child Murders" mini-series and Vic Glendon on the series "In the Heat of the Night."
"Another memorable character was 'Sweets Walker leader of his quintet from the series 'Dirty Dancing,'" Wesley said. "This character was created to tell the civil rights story of the 60's. Too bad the series ended after one season."
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Other acting credits included "Stop, Or My Mom Will Shoot," "Benson," "The Jeffersons" "Cursed," 'Medium" and "NCIS."
Wesley was active in the theater and appeared in various productions including "An American Clock," "Macbeth," "Toys in the Attic" and "Wild Oats."
His most recent project was the short film "Second Acts," which was co-written by Pass.
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The TV world mourns Kristoff St. John. The actor, who spent over 25 years on the US Daily "Shadow of Passion", died at the age of just 52.
actor Kristoff St. John (1966-2019) is dead. The serial star, best known for his involvement in the US soap opera "Shadow of Passion" (original title: 's "The Young and the Restless" ) was, died yesterday in Los Angeles. This confirmed his lawyer for the newspaper "USA Today" . St. John was only 52 years old.
According to the report, the circumstances surrounding his death have not yet been resolved. According to the police but could probably have been a "possible overdose of alcohol" in the game. This is a "case for the coroner," an official from the Los Angeles Police Department quotes.
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St. John has been playing the character of Neil Winters in the US Daily since 1991. For his performance, he was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award nine times, but never won it. The NAACP Image Award, a film award for special achievements of African Americans in film, television, music and literature, however, he conceded a proud ten times.
Private the actor had to cope with a heavy blow in 2014. His son Julian died in a psychiatric facility. At the end of January this year , St. John retweeted the words : "Mourning for the loss of a child is a process that begins on the day your child dies and ends on the day the parent meets it connect."
St. John was engaged since September last year. He wanted to marry the model Kseniya Mikhaleva. "You were everything for me, I can not believe it," expresses her grief on Instagram .