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John Witherspoon is a Actor American born on 27 january 1942 at Detroit (USA)

John Witherspoon

John Witherspoon
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Birth name John Weatherspoon
Nationality USA
Birth 27 january 1942 at Detroit (USA)
Death 29 october 2019 (at 77 years)

John Witherspoon (born January 27, 1942) is an American comedian and actor who has had roles in several films and television shows.

Witherspoon is best known for his role as Willie Jones for the Friday series, he has starred in films such as Hollywood Shuffle (1987) and Boomerang (1992). He has also made appearances on television shows such as The Wayans Bros. (1995–99), The Tracy Morgan Show (2003), Barnaby Jones (1973), The Boondocks (2005), and "Black Jesus" (2014). He has also written the film 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.

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.

Best films

Next Friday (2000)
(Actor)

Usually with

Ice Cube
Ice Cube
(5 films)
Master P
Master P
(2 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of John Witherspoon (30 films)

Display filmography as list

Actor

A Thousand Words, 1h27
Directed by Brian Robbins
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Fantastic, Comedy, Comedy-drama
Actors Eddie Murphy, Clark Duke, Ariel Winter, Kerry Washington, Cliff Curtis, Allison Janney
Roles Blind Man
Rating59% 2.9524152.9524152.9524152.9524152.952415
Jack McCall (Eddie Murphy) is a literary agent who uses his 'gift of gab' to get various book deals, and he's not afraid to stretch the truth to get them. While he is trying to get a book deal from a New Age self-help guru named Dr. Sinja (Cliff Curtis), the guru sees through his deceit and agrees to the deal, only to later deliver a five-page book. That night, a Bodhi Tree magically appears in his backyard. Dr. Sinja goes to Jack's house and they both discover that for every word that Jack says, a leaf will fall off of the tree. When the tree runs out of leaves, the tree will die, as will Jack. In time, he finds that even written words count towards his limit; plus anything that happens to the tree will also affect Jack. When Jack tries to cut it down with an axe, an axe wound appears on him. When squirrels climb the tree, it tickles him. When a gardener tries to poison it with DDT, Jack gets high on the fumes and when the gardener tries to water the tree, Jack starts to sweat/perspire profusely.
Chick Magnet, 1h33
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romance
Actors Tracy Morgan, John Witherspoon, Kristy Swanson, Rosario Dawson, Owen Wilson, Kristen Bell
Roles John
Rating23% 1.18391.18391.18391.18391.1839
When freeloader Phil is tossed out by the love of his life, Jen, he stays with two old friends who come upon a magic shirt that guarantees them sex with all the women they can handle. The three losers have their lives upended as Phil’s friends pursue a daily diet of Maxim models and close encounters with Hollywood’s hottest actresses. Phil schemes to use the shirt to win back Jen. And when an insane marine steals the shirt and threatens to use it on Jen, Phil’s battle for her affections takes on dangerously high stakes. Chick Magnet makes it clear that the laws of attraction were made to be broken.
After Sex
After Sex (2007)
, 1h17
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romantic comedy, Romance
Themes Films about sexuality, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film, Lesbian-related films
Actors Mila Kunis, Jane Seymour, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Marc Blucas, Taryn Manning
Roles Gene
Rating54% 2.749162.749162.749162.749162.74916
Christopher and Leslie are a couple in their mid to late 20s who have no-strings-attached sex on a regular basis. After another get-together, they debate and argue over the meaning of their relationship and the nature of sex vs. love, with each of them claiming that the other is the only one developing feelings, before both finally say "I love you" to each other.
God's Gift
God's Gift (2006)
, 1h16
Directed by Master P
Origin USA
Themes Films about music and musicians, Hip hop films, Musical films, Gangster films
Actors Zachary Isaiah Williams, Romeo Miller, Erica Hubbard, Master P, John Witherspoon, Tony Cox

The film is based on boxing and Romeo's struggle with God and school. It also shows his struggle with his father's drinking addiction.
Little Man
Little Man (2006)
, 1h33
Directed by Keenen Ivory Wayans
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Crime
Actors Marlon Wayans, Shawn Wayans, Kerry Washington, John Witherspoon, Tracy Morgan, Lochlyn Munro
Roles Pops
Rating44% 2.2147552.2147552.2147552.2147552.214755
Calvin "Babyface" Simms (Marlon Wayans) is a very short convict. With the help of his goofball cohort Percy (Tracy Morgan), Calvin plots a jewelery shop robbery to steal one of the world's largest diamonds. After the successful robbery, the duo are almost arrested, but not before Calvin manages to stash the diamond in a nearby woman's purse. The thieves follow the handbag's owner to her home where they discover a couple, Darryl (Shawn Wayans) and Vanessa (Kerry Washington), who are eager to have a child.
Soul Plane
Soul Plane (2004)
, 1h26
Directed by Jessy Terrero
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romance
Themes Films about music and musicians, Transport films, Aviation films, Hip hop films, Musical films, Dans un avion
Actors Kevin Hart, Method Man, Tom Arnold, Mo'Nique, D. L. Hughley, K. D. Aubert
Roles Blind Man
Rating45% 2.2548452.2548452.2548452.2548452.254845
Nashawn Wade (Kevin Hart) has a horrible experience with a typical airline: his dog is classified as checked baggage instead of a carry-on, he eats a horrible airline meal, his buttocks gets stuck in the toilet during turbulence, and Nashawn's dog is sucked through a jet engine (after accidentally opening the cargo door). In response, he sues the airline and is awarded $100,000,000 by the jury. He decides to use the money to start his own airline, called N.W.A. (Nashawn Wade Airlines), whose acronym and logo are a pop culture reference to rap group N.W.A. The airline, specifically caters to African Americans and hip hop culture. The terminal at the airport is called the Malcolm X terminal, the plane is a heavily modified Boeing 747SP, customized with low-rider hydraulics, spinners, blended winglets to compensate for the drag from the decorations, and a dance club. The safety video is also a spoof of the Destiny's Child song "Survivor".
Friday After Next, 1h25
Directed by Marcus Raboy
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy
Themes Medical-themed films, Films about music and musicians, Christmas films, Films about drugs, Hip hop films, Gangster films
Actors Mike Epps, Ice Cube, John Witherspoon, Anna Maria Horsford, Clifton Powell, Don Curry
Roles Mr. Jones
Rating58% 2.9024552.9024552.9024552.9024552.902455
The movie begins when a robber (Rickey Smiley), disguised as Santa Claus, breaks into Craig (Ice Cube) and Day-Day's (Mike Epps) house at 3:37 AM on Christmas Eve. Craig fights with the robber, trashing their apartment while making frantic, futile attempts to wake Day-Day. The robber escapes with Craig and Day-Day's Christmas presents and rent money. The same morning, the police come over to get a report.
Dr. Dolittle 2, 1h27
Directed by Steve Carr
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Themes Films about animals, Environmental films, Films about dogs, Mise en scène d'un ours, Political films, Children's films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Eddie Murphy, Kristen Wilson, Raven-Symoné, Steve Zahn, Lisa Kudrow, Mandy Moore
Roles Zoo Bear #2 (voice)
Rating47% 2.357222.357222.357222.357222.35722
Lucky the dog (Norm Macdonald) explains Dr. John Dolittle's (Eddie Murphy) gift of talking to animals. John comes home from France and gives his wife a present from Paris. He also gives his daughter, Maya (Kyla Pratt), a chameleon, named Pepito.
Little Nicky, 1h30
Directed by Steven Brill
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy, Fantasy, Horror, Romance
Themes Films about animals, Films about religion, Films about dogs, Films about angels, Demons in film
Actors Adam Sandler, Patricia Arquette, Harvey Keitel, Rhys Ifans, Tom Lister, Jr., Laura Harring
Roles Street Vendor
Rating53% 2.653092.653092.653092.653092.65309
The story revolves around a struggle to determine which of Satan's (Harvey Keitel) three sons will succeed their father as ruler of Hell. Adrian (Rhys Ifans) is the most devious, Cassius (Tom Lister Jr.) is the cruelest, and Nicky (Adam Sandler) is their father's favourite. Adrian and Cassius claim that Nicky's mother is a goat and torment him by controlling his body with their minds. Nicky has had a speech impediment and a disfigured jaw since Cassius hit him in the face with a shovel.
Next Friday, 1h38
Directed by Steve Carr
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Medical-themed films, Films about music and musicians, Films about drugs, Hip hop films, Gangster films
Actors Ice Cube, Mike Epps, Justin Pierce, Amy Hill, Tamala Jones, Clifton Powell
Roles Mr. Jones
Rating62% 3.1009253.1009253.1009253.1009253.100925
After a fight between Craig (Ice Cube) and the neighborhood bully Deebo (Tommy "Tiny" Lister Jr.), rumor spreads that Deebo will be breaking out of jail soon and will come looking for Craig. As a result, Craig's father, Willie (Witherspoon), decides to have him stay with his uncle Elroy (Don Curry), and cousin Day-Day (Mike Epps) in Rancho Cucamonga.
The Ladies Man, 1h24
Directed by Reginald Hudlin
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Films about sexuality, Erotic films
Actors Tim Meadows, Karyn Parsons, Billy Dee Williams, John Witherspoon, Jill Talley, Lee Evans
Roles Scrap Iron
Rating52% 2.601452.601452.601452.601452.60145
Leon Phelps (the "Ladies Man") was a Saturday Night Live character played by Tim Meadows during the 1990s. The sketch was that of a broadcast program in which Phelps, a young, suave black man, would give dubious romantic advice and lovemaking tips. The Ladies Man openly proclaimed that he would court any woman at all including skanks, providing the woman weighs no more than 250 pounds. A night of romance would generally center around a bottle of Courvoisier.
High Freakquency
Directed by Tony Singletary
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Actors John Witherspoon, Marcus Chong, A.J. Johnson, Deon Richmond, Ajai Sanders, Paul Mooney
Roles Wes Thomas
Rating40% 2.0114752.0114752.0114752.0114752.011475
Where Comedy Is In Heavy Rotation 24-7 Radio finds itself at the top of the charts, yet all is not well in radio paradise as a series of quirky and mentally challenged DJ's jockey for ratings and professional success.
I Got the Hook Up, 1h33
Directed by Master P
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Action
Themes Films about music and musicians, Hip hop films, Gangster films
Actors Master P, Tom Lister, Jr., Gretchen Palmer, Helen Martin, Joe Estevez, John Witherspoon
Roles Mr. Mimm
Rating41% 2.0655552.0655552.0655552.0655552.065555
Working out of their van, Black (Master P) and Blue (Johnson) deal in TV sets and boomboxes, but then a driver mistakenly drops off a cell phone shipment. Business is on the upswing, but then the local crime boss, Roscoe, and his enforcer, T-Lay (Tom Lister Jr.), have a deal go sour and blame Black and Blue. Lorraine's boss Dalton and the FBI are also closing in.
Ride
Ride (1998)
, 1h30
Directed by Millicent Shelton
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Transport films, Road movies
Actors Malik Yoba, Melissa De Sousa, Fredro Starr, Kellie Shanygne Williams, Sticky Fingaz, Cedric the Entertainer
Roles Roscoe
Rating45% 2.2774052.2774052.2774052.2774052.277405
NYC film school graduate Leta Evans (De Sousa) has just become the assistant to hot music video director Bleau Kelly (Downtown Julie Brown). She almost loses the job before her first day's barely even started when Bleau decides budget cuts must be made for her next project. When Leta offers to do the assignment for a smaller fee, Bleau decides to have her escort a group of rappers, singers, and showbiz wanna-be's to Miami for a video shoot. The gang, which is kept in line by Poppa (Yoba), gets acquainted on a decaying bus as they travel down the East Coast, encountering barroom fights and other problems en route to the video gig.
Sprung
Sprung (1997)
, 1h45
Directed by Rusty Cundieff
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Actors Tisha Campbell-Martin, Rusty Cundieff, Paula Jai Parker, Joe Torry, John Witherspoon, Isabel Sanford
Roles Detective
Rating50% 2.5116252.5116252.5116252.5116252.511625
Set in 1990s Pittsburgh. Montel (Rusty Cundieff) and Clyde (Joe Torry) are friends who couldn't be less alike. An introverted photographer, Montel wants to meet the one right girl for him and settle down to build a family, while Clyde is a flamboyant womanizer just out for a good time. At a party, they meet Adina (Paula Jai Parker), a sexy golddigger seeking a wealthy husband with robotic determination, and her shy law clerk friend Brandy (Tisha Campbell-Martin). The couples pair off in predictable combinations, but while the brief encounter between Clyde and Adina quickly implodes when she discovers that Clyde's success is an act and his Porsche is borrowed, the relationship between Montel and Brandy blooms into a true romance. Eventually, they decide to move in together, motivating Clyde and Adina to reunite in a selfish scheme to break their best friends up using whatever treacherous means they can employ.