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John Witherspoon (actor) : biography

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John Witherspoon (January 27, 1942) is an American comedian and actor who has had roles in over 28 movies and 20 television shows. Mostly known for the Friday series, he has been acting for over five decades and starred in films such as Hollywood Shuffle (1987), Boomerang (1992). He has also made appearances on television shows such as The Wayans Brothers (1995–99), The Tracy Morgan Show (2003), Barnaby Jones (1973) and The Boondocks (2005). He has also taken his success in acting and continued it with screen writing a movie called From the Old School where he takes the role as an elderly working man who tries to prevent a neighborhood convenience store from being developed into a strip club. Witherspoon has just come out with The John Witherspoon Collection, which is a line of comical greeting cards known as Spoon Cards. He is the official spokesman for a Washington, D.C. used car dealership.

Biography

Witherspoon was born John Weatherspoon in Detroit, Michigan. John Witherspoon was born to the last name Weatherspoon but later changed it to Witherspoon. He also goes by the nicknames of Johnny Witherspoon and “mexico” John Witherspoon. John is one of 11 children. One of his older siblings, William Weatherspoon, went on to become a songwriter in Detroit for Motown. He is best known for his work "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted." Another sibling, Cato Weatherspoon, was a longtime director of the PBS-TV Network/CH56 in Detroit, Michigan that span almost four decades. John Witherspoon is also related to Lamont Dozier who was a songwriter and record producer well known for hits coming from Martha & the Vandellas, The Supremes, The Four Tops, and The Isley Brothers. John Witherspoon and his brother William grew up enjoying music. The young John continued his passion for music and learned how to play the trumpet and French Horn. Also during his childhood, Witherspoon did occasional work as a model. During the 1960s and 1970s, Witherspoon began to take a liking towards comedy. During that time he began his stand up comedy career. While doing stand up comedy he made many friends in the business. This included Tim Reid (while he was working on WKRP in Cincinnati and The Richard Pryor Show), Robin Williams (also on The Richard Pryor Show), Jay Leno, and David Letterman. David Letterman and John Witherspoon became such good friends that Witherspoon asked Letterman to be the Godfather to both his children, John David and Alexander. Letterman would accept the privilege. Witherspoon’s stand up comedy career led to his comedian film career. His comical character was seen in his movies, TV shows, and now once again in his comedy tour. In 1988, he married Angela Robinson. They have two children, John David and Alexander.

Filmography

Film

Year Film Role
1980 The Jazz Singer M.C.
1986 Ratboy Heavy
1987 Hollywood Shuffle Mr. Jones
1988 I'm Gonna Get You Sucka Reverend
1988 Bird Sid
1990 House Party Mr. Strickland
1991 The Five Heartbeats Wild Rudy
1992 Boomerang Mr. Jackson
1993 The Meteor Man Clarence James Carter III
Fatal Instinct Detective
1994 Murder Was the Case Drunk #1
1995 Vampire in Brooklyn Silas Green
Friday Willie Jones
1997 Fakin'Da Funk Bill
Sprung Detective
1998 Bulworth Reverend Morris
I got the hook up Mr. Mimm
High Freakquency Wes Thomas
Ride Roscoe
2000 Next Friday Willie Jones
The Ladies Man Scrap Iron
Little Nicky Street Vendor
2001 Dr. Dolittle 2 Zoo Bear #2 (voice)
2002 Friday After Next Willie Jones
2004 Soul Plane Blind Man
2006 Little Man Pops
2007 After Sex Gene
2008 The Super Rumble Mixshow
The Hustle Mr. Wikes
2009 Hopelessly in June Mr. Myers
2011 Chick Magnet
2012 A Thousand Words Blind Old Man
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