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John Witherspoon


Born - 27 January 1942, Detroit, Michigan, USA
Died - 29 October 2019

Energetic, no-neck Afro-American actor with set, square-faced features, mostly seen in rowdy comedy roles, including several appearances as Mr Jones in the 'Friday' films. Born John Weatherspoon, he began his career as a stand-up comedian, moving to TV in his mid thirties. Films soon followed, among them The Jazz Singer (1980), Tough Enough/Tough Dreams (1983), Ratboy (1986), Bird (1988), House Party (1990), Boomerang (1992), Fatal Instinct (1993), Friday (1995), Bulworth (1998), Next Friday (2000), Friday After Next (2002), Soul Plane (2004), Little Man (2006), The Hustle (2008), A Thousand Words (2012), Reality Queen (2019) and Bring Me the Head of Lance Henriksen (2020), his last. He was booked for a further film in the Friday series at the time of his death from a heart attack.