Comedy factual lost one more stalwart. John Witherspoon, the comic and actor known for starring in the Friday movie sequence, has died at age 77.
His family confirmed the details Tuesday evening on Twitter, releasing a press liberate that mentioned, “It is a ways with deep sadness we fill to tweet this, nevertheless our husband & father John Witherspoon has handed away. He changed into a Myth in the entertainment industry, and a father figure to all who watched him over the years. We equivalent to you ‘POPS’ always & with out damage.”
His son, J.D. Witherspoon, also shared a tribute to his unhurried dad on Twitter, posting a chain of shots of himself with the actor with the caption, “So…my Dad died this present day & honestly I’m no longer distinct easy solutions to feel. I’m sad, nevertheless I’m also overjoyed 4 the entire sizable times we had collectively. We’d roast every varied like homies more than Father & Son, and I basically cherished that. He changed into my simplest buddy & my idol. Esteem U Dad…I’ll miss u.”
Witherspoon died Tuesday at his home in Sherman Oaks, Calif., his family told Lower-off date.
Witherspoon seemed as Willie Jones, the hilariously crotchety father of Ice Cube’s persona in the 1995 classic comedy Friday. He reprised his role in the following two motion photos in the sequence, 2000’s Subsequent Friday and 2002’s Friday After Subsequent. There’s been talk of a fourth movie, which has yet to materialize.
Born in Detroit in 1942, Witherspoon made his movie debut in 1980’s The Jazz Singer. He changed into a prolific actor and collaborated with a slew of proficient costars, including Eddie Murphy in four motion photos, equivalent to Vampire in Brooklyn and Dr. Dolittle 2, as effectively as Tracy Morgan on The Tracy Morgan Indicate and 2006’s Little Man. Witherspoon also seemed on sequence including The Wayans Bros., The First Household, and the cherished inviting repeat The Boondocks, by which he reunited alongside with his Friday costar Regina King.
Witherspoon remained active in present years, with roles in varied projects in 2019, including as Lloyd on the repeat Murky Jesus. He also carried out comedy steadily and had upcoming tour dates planned.
Celebrities and fans fill already begun honoring Witherspoon’s work on social media, including King, who tweeted, “My dad, my grandpa, my comedic inspiration! I equivalent to you Spoons! Rest In Paradise, King.”
Marsha Warfield, who seemed with Witherspoon on The Richard Pryor Indicate, wrote, “I’m so sorry to listen to this. To me, Spoon changed into a friend, a brother, a droll, proficient comic and a right man. He changed into basically the most crucial comic I met after I obtained to Los Angeles, and he by no procedure…”
Judd Apatow wrote, “Pure droll. Hilarious and always style. John Witherspoon would per chance be ignored.”
Chernobyl creator Craig Mazin wrote, “Off he goes to that sizable Winky Dinky Dog in the sky. John Witherspoon’s characters taught me how honestly droll– and dapper– spacious comedy would per chance be.”
Witherspoon is survived by his major other, Angela, and sons J.D. and Alexander.
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