John Witherspoon, comedian and actor, whose playful depictions of fatherly characters depicting iconic scenes in a series of movies and TV shows, including “Friday,” died at his home on Tuesday, said a spokesman.
“It is with deep regret that we can confirm that our beloved husband and father, John Witherspoon, one of the hardest working men in entertainment, has died today at his home in Sherman Oaks. 77 years old, said his family in a release.
It is with deep sadness we have to tweet this, but our husband & father John Witherspoon has passed away. He was a Legend in the entertainment industry, and a father figure to all who watched him over the years. We love you “POPS” always & forever.
– The Witherspoon Family pic.twitter.com/ov9P34kaMn
— John Witherspoon (@John_POPS_Spoon) October 30, 2019
Witherspoon is survived by his wife, two children and “a big family,” the statement said.
“We’re all in shock, please give us a minute for a moment of intimacy and we’ll celebrate your life and your work together.” John said, “I’m not a big problem,” but it’s was a big problem for us. ” Born in Detroit, Michigan, Witherspoon began his career as an actor and made his television debut in the 1970s, participating in the “Barnaby Jones” detective series.
It can be said that he is best known for playing Ice Cube’s father in the “Friday” movie series. The comedy of 1995 and its sequels “Next Friday” and “Friday after next” recount the testimony of a man who tried to spend the day.
“I’m devastated by the death of John Witherspoon,” wrote Ice Cube on Twitter. “Life will not be so fun without him.”
Witherspoon also played the father, John “Pops” Williams, for the main characters in the comedy “The Wayans Bros.”. it was “Spoon” in NBC’s “The Tracy Morgan Show”. The actor also had roles in the “Boomerang” and “Vampire in Brooklyn” movies, both starring Eddie Murphy.
“I’m sad, broken, it hurts … but extremely grateful to God for spending 5 years of my life working with one of the most fun, gentle, wise, humble and kind men,” wrote Marlon Wayans on Instagram, in tribute to his father’s television. “Thank you, God, for the many laughs we share on the set.” “My father, my grandfather, my comic inspiration,” wrote actress Regina King on Twitter Tuesday night. “I love you Spoons, rest in paradise, king.”
furthermore, the two artists worked together on Friday and the animated program “The Boondocks”, broadcast from 2005 to 2014, offering a satirical version of African-American culture and politics.
Witherspoon expressed “grandfather”, one of the frenetic Freemans of the program.
He had recently suggested to the podcast “Joe Rogan Experience” that he could return to paper after Sony Pictures Animation announced its intention to bring the series back.
Actress Marsha Warfield also paid tribute to comics.
On the Other hand, “I’m really sorry to hear that,” he says. “For me, Spoon was a friend, a brother, a funny and talented humorist and a good man.”