John Witherspoon a Legendary actor and comedian have died at the age of 77.
John Witherspoon born John Weatherspoon January 27, 1942 — October 29, 2019, was an American actor and comedian who performed in dozens of television shows and films
In 1988, John Witherspoon married Angela Robinson. They have two children, John David, and Alexander.
His family announced his sudden death on social media…
“It is with the 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 a huge deal to us.”
Witherspoon began his stand-up comedy career in the 1970s, where he made friends with some of the biggest comics working in the industry at the time.
His comedic talents opened the door to a storied screen career.
He appeared in Fox’s Living Single (1997) episode “Three Men and a Buckeye” as Smoke Eye Howard.
His largest role in a television series was in The Wayans Bros (1995–1999) which aired on The WB and starred Shawn Wayans and Marlon Wayans who played brothers, Shawn and Marlon Williams. Witherspoon played their father, John “Pops” Williams.