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Entertainment John Witherspoon Dies: Comedian & ‘Friday’ Star Was 77

08:05  30 october  2019
08:05  30 october  2019 Source:   deadline.com

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Comedy just lost another stalwart. John Witherspoon , the comedian best known for starring in the Friday film series, has died at age 77 . His family confirmed the news via Twitter on Tuesday night. “It is with deep sadness we have to tweet this, but our husband & father John Witherspoon has passed

John Witherspoon , who made his mark in comedy and in films like " Friday " has died . Witherspoon 's family announced he died suddenly Tuesday at his home in Sherman Oaks, California. The statement reads, "It is with deep sadness we have to tweet this, but our husband & father John Witherspoon

John Witherspoon, actor-comedian who for decades made audiences laugh in television shows and films, including the hit Friday franchise, died suddenly at his home today. He was 77.

John Witherspoon posing for the camera © Shutterstock

“It is with deepest sorrow that we can confirm our beloved husband and father, John Witherspoon, one of the hardest working men in show business, died today at his home in Sherman Oaks at the age of 77,” Witherspoon’s family said in a statement to Deadline. “He is survived by his wife Angela, and his sons JD, Alexander, and a large family. We are all in shock, please give us a minute for a moment in privacy and we will celebrate his life and his work together. John used to say ‘I’m no big deal’, but he was huge deal to us.”

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John Witherspoon , veteran actor and comedian , best known for starring as Mr. Jones in the Friday movie series, and voicing Gramps on The Boondocks, died on October 29, 2019. He was 77 . Witherspoon is survived by his wife, Angela Robinson- Witherspoon , whom he married in 1988, and

Comedian John Witherspoon has died at age 77 . The Friday star passed away at his Sherman Oaks home on Tuesday. The cause of death is yet to be announced. 'It is with deepest sorrow that we can confirm our beloved husband and father, John Witherspoon , one of the hardest working men in

Comedy great Witherspoon was born in Detroit in 1942 as John Weatherspoon. He launched a stand-up comedy career and began acting in the late 1970s with guest-starring TV roles, making his feature debut in the 1980 The Jazz Singer.. Witherspoon appeared in numerous films, including Hollywood Shuffle, Boomerang, Vampire in Brooklyn, I’m Gonna Get You Sucka, Bird and The Meteor Man.

Witherspoon was perhaps best known for his role as the grump Mr. Jones alongside Ice Cube and Chris Tucker in Friday. He also appeared in the sequel Next Friday, and was expected to reprise his role in the long-gestating final installment of the franchise titled Last Friday.

Witherspoon also voiced Gramps on the cult animated series The Boondocks. He likely would’ve returned for the series’ upcoming revival on  HBO Max. Also known for his role as Pops on The Wayans Brothers, Witherspoon did stints on such comedy series as The Tracy Morgan Show, The First Family and Black Jesus.

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John Witherspoon has died at age 77 . He is survived by his wife, Angela Robinson- Witherspoon John Witherspoon , veteran actor and comedian , passed away on October 29, 2019, at age 77 . Best known for his role as Willie Jones in the Friday series, Witherspoon starred in a number of hit

Even with his busy film and TV career, standup comedy remained an important part of Witherspoon’s life. At age 77, he continued to perform regularly and had several dates coming up at the time of his death.

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