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      John Witherspoon

      John Witherspoon

      Highest Rated: 88% Hollywood Shuffle (1987)

      Lowest Rated: 11% The Ladies Man (2000)

      Birthday: Jan 27, 1942

      Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, USA

      John Witherspoon was an American stand-up comedian and actor who appeared in numerous comedy films and TV shows. Witherspoon was one of 11 children, pursuing music as a young man with his brother William, who would go on to success as a songwriter and producer at Motown. Witherspoon made his start as a stand-up in the early '70s, soon appearing in small parts in popular sitcoms like "Good Times" and "What's Happening!!" as well as dramatic shows like the crime drama "Barnaby Jones" and the comic book hit "The Incredible Hulk." In the late '80s Witherspoon made inroads with many of the African-American members of Hollywood, appearing in Robert Townsend's 1987 comedy "Hollywood Shuffle," Keenen Ivory Wayans's comedy "I'm Gonna Git You Sucka" in 1988, and Reginald Hudlin's teen comedy "House Party" in 1990. In 1995, Witherspoon appeared as the irritable Mr. Jones in the hit comedy "Friday" with Ice Cube and returned in both sequels. In 1995 he was cast as John 'Pops' Williams in the WB sitcom "The Wayans Brothers," which lasted for five seasons. Witherspoon played the part of Spoon on NBC's comedy "The Tracy Morgan Show" in 2003. In 2005 he began lending his voice to the character Robert 'Granddad' Freeman on the animated program "The Boondocks." Witherspoon was also a close friend of talk show host David Letterman, who is the godfather to his son. In 2011, Witherspoon starred in the comedy "A Thousand Words" with comedy great Eddie Murphy. John Witherspoon died on October 29, 2019 at the age of 77.

      Highest rated movies

      88% Hollywood Shuffle
      76% Friday
      48% Boomerang 36% Reality Queen!
      26% Friday After Next
      26% The Jazz Singer
      25% Ratboy
      21% Next Friday

      Photos

      FRIDAY AFTER NEXT, John Witherspoon, 2002, (c) New Line FRIDAY AFTER NEXT, Don "DC" Curry, Sommore, Mike Epps, Ice Cube, John Witherspoon, 2002, (c) New Line FRIDAY AFTER NEXT, Mike Epps, John Witherspoon, Ice Cube, 2002, (c) New Line NEXT FRIDAY, John Witherspoon, 2000 FRIDAY AFTER NEXT, Dolores Sheen, John Witherspoon, Don 'DC' Curry, Anna Marie Horsford, 2002, (c) New Line FRIDAY AFTER NEXT, mike Epps, John Witherspoon, Ice Cube, 2002, (c) New Line VAMPIRE IN BROOKLYN, John Witherspoon, Kadeem Hardison, 1995. ©Paramount VAMPIRE IN BROOKLYN, John Witherspoon, Kadeem Hardison, 1995. ©Paramount SOUL PLANE, John Witherspoon, 2004, (c) MGM VAMPIRE IN BROOKLYN, Angela Bassett, John Witherspoon, Eddie Murphy, 1995. ©Paramount THE LADIES MAN, Tim Meadows, John Witherspoon, Jill Talley, 2000, (c)Paramount FRIDAY, John Witherspoon, 1995, (c)New Line Cinema I GOT THE HOOK UP 2, (AKA I GOT THE HOOK-UP 2), FROM LEFT: LUENELL, JOHN WITHERSPOON, 2019. © RLJ ENTERTAINMENT

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      36% 60% Reality Queen! Joe the Plumber (Character) - 2019
      No Score Yet 62% I Got the Hook-Up 2 Mr. Mimm (Character) $234.8K 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Boosters Unknown (Character) - 2012
      No Score Yet 40% Chick Magnet John (Character) - 2011
      No Score Yet 89% The Hustle Mr. Wikes (Character) - 2008
      12% 55% Little Man Pops (Character) $58.3M 2006
      18% 51% Soul Plane Blind Man (Character) $13.9M 2004
      26% 75% Friday After Next Willie Jones (Character) $33.0M 2002
      41% 26% Dr. Dolittle 2 Zoo Bear #2 (Voice) $113.0M 2001
      11% 42% The Ladies Man Scrap Iron (Character) $13.6M 2000
      21% 76% Next Friday Mr. Jones (Character) $57.2M 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet High Freakquency Wes Thomas (Character) - 1998
      17% 64% I Got the Hook-Up Mr. Mimm (Character) $10.3M 1998
      No Score Yet 72% Ride Roscoe (Character) - 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet 24-7 Wes Thomas (Character) - 1998
      20% 73% Sprung Detective (Character) $7.6M 1997
      No Score Yet 64% Fakin' Da Funk Bill (Character) - 1997
      11% 31% Vampire in Brooklyn Silas Green (Character) $18.7M 1995
      76% 91% Friday Mr. Jones (Character) $27.4M 1995
      48% 59% Boomerang Mr. Jackson (Character) $66.7M 1992
      36% 74% Bebe's Kids Card Player 1 (Voice) $7.5M 1992
      No Score Yet 66% Talkin' Dirty After Dark Dukie (Character) - 1991
      No Score Yet 31% Killer Tomatoes Strike Back Evan Rood (Character) - 1990
      88% 80% Hollywood Shuffle Mr. Jones (Character) $5.2M 1987
      25% 18% Ratboy Heavy (Character) $1.9K 1986
      26% 69% The Jazz Singer M.C. at Cinderella Club (Character) - 1980

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dad on Board Host 2017
      53% 75% White Famous Limo Driver (Guest Star) 2017
      92% 58% black-ish Unknown (Guest Star) 2016
      23% 52% Anger Management Will (Guest Star) 2014
      100% 90% Late Show With David Letterman Guest 2013
      48% 81% The Boondocks Unknown (Voice) 2007
      40% No Score Yet The Tracy Morgan Show Spoon (Character) 2003-2004
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child Unknown (Voice) 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wayans Bros. Unknown (Character) 1995-1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Living Single Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
      No Score Yet 91% The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Unknown (Guest Star) 1994
      60% No Score Yet Townsend Television Unknown (Character) 1993
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Frank's Place Unknown (Guest Star) 1987
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Barnaby Jones Unknown (Guest Star) 1979
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Good Times Officer Lawson (Guest Star) 1979
      No Score Yet 76% Incredible Hulk Unknown (Guest Star) 1978
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Def Comedy Jam Host