John Witherspoon, an actor-comedian who starred in many shows and films, including Friday and WB’s The Wayans Bros. , died at his home today at 77.
“It is with 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 huge deal to us.”
Witherspoon was perhaps best known for his role as Ice Cube’s dad in the 1995 hit film Friday. He also starred in the sequels Next Friday and Friday After Next. Witherspoon also voiced Gramps on the animated series The Boondocks and starred as Pops on The Wayans Bros.