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John Witherspoon

John Witherspoon is a famous American actor and comedian who is also known as John Weatherspoon. The actor is popular for his appearance in various movies like “Hollywood Shuffle”, “Boomerang”, “Vampire in Brooklyn”, and also  “The Five Heartbeats”.

Early Life

John Witherspoon’s birthdate is 27th January 1942 and his birthplace is Detroit, Michigan. The name of his parents is father, Prophet Cato II, and mother, Tennesee Stacks.

The actor has ten siblings, and three of them are William, Cato, and Gertrude Stacks.

John Witherspoon was born John Pops Witherspoon however he changed his last name to Weatherspoon after some time. The actor’s sun sign was Aquarius and he was following Christianity.

Likewise, he was an American native and was of multiracial ethnicity. Since he was young, he was very passionate about music which also led him to play the trumpet and French horn.

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Caption: John Witherspoon when he was young (Source: Twitter)

John Witherspoon – Death

Sadly, the famous actor, John Witherspoon passed away due to a heart attack which he got when he was still in his home. This happened on 29th October 2019, in Sherman Oaks, California.

At that time, John Witherspoon was just seventy-seven years old. Moreover, his funeral took place on 5th November 2019. His body is buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park which is located in Hollywood Hills, California.

John Witherspoon – Body Measurement

Talking about the actor’s body measurement, John Witherspoon has a good height of 5 feet 10 inches. He also had a suitable body weight of around 74 kg or 163 lbs.

Similarly, the actor used to wear a shoe size of 9 (UK) and the size of his biceps was 14 inches. The chest size of his was 41 inches and his waist size was 30 inches.

Also, his hips size is 35 inches. In addition to that, the famous actor has a pair of black eyes with tiny black hair.

Social Media

Coming to the social media part, John Witherspoon was quite active on some of the social media platforms. He had a Twitter account only.

On Twitter, his account has 54.8 thousand followers as of May 2021. However, since he is dead now he can’t be active on this platform.

Still, there are several memories of him on his social media accounts and people still love watching them.

John Witherspoon – Career and Professional Life

Initially, John Witherspoon used to work as a model. At the time of the 1960s and 1970s, he started to take a step towards comedy and was doing stand-up comedy as well.

Likewise, he was present in several feature movies adding “Friday”, “Next Friday”, “Friday After Next”, “Hollywood Shuffle”, “I’m Gonna Git You Sucka”, “Bird”,

“Vampire in Brooklyn”, and also in “The Meteor Man”. The actor was also very popular after being present in “House Party” and “Boomerang”. His 1st TV appearance was on the 1970s CBS TV show, “Barnaby Jones”.

Then, he was present in “Good Times”, “What’s Happening!!”, and also in “The Incredible Hulk”. In the year 1977, he was present regularly on the series, “The Richard Pryor Show”.

After that, he was present in “WKRP In Cincinnati” in the year 1982 in the 4th season episode “Circumstantial Evidence”. In 1981, the actor was present in “Hill Street Blues”.

Similarly, Witherspoon appeared on “L.A. Law” in the episode “On Your Honor” in 1981. Another TV series where he was present is “You Again?”, “227”, and also in “What’s Happening Now!!”

After one year, the actor was present in “Amen” in the year 1988. Additionally, Witherspoon was present in “Townsend Television” in the year 1993, “Cosmic Slop” in 1994, and

“Murder Was The Case” in the year 1994. He was then present in Fox’s “Living Single” in the 1997 episode “Three Men and a Buckeye”.

One of Witherspoon’s largest roles on TV was in “The Wayans Bros” from 1995 to 1999 which premiered on The WB.

He was also present on “Waynehead”, which premiered on Saturday mornings and is all about the creator Damon Wayans’ life.

Some more

In 2003, the actor was present on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing”, which also gave him a contract, in the Las Vegas finals. In the same year, he performed in “The Proud Family” in the episode

“Adventures in Bebe Sitting” and also in an episode of “Kim Possible”. Then, the actor acted in every episode of the comedy series “The Tracy Morgan Show”.

In the year 2004, Witherspoon was in “Pryor Offenses” and also was present in “Comedy Central” talk show Weekends at the D.L. in the year 2005.

The actor started appearing in “The Boondocks” as Robert Jebediah’s “Granddad” Freeman in 2005.

In the year 2006, he was present in “Thugaboo: A Miracle on D-Roc’s Street”. Likewise, the actor was present on “The Super Rumble Mixshow” in the year 2008.

The actor then was present in “Black Jesus” and in the year 2011, he was present in a Final Destination spoof with Shane Dawson on YouTube.

In May 2013, the actor appeared on “Saturday (skit)”, from rapper Logic on his mixtape, Young Sinatra: Welcome to Forever” of 2013. Witherspoon.

He was also in the music video of Jay-Z’s 2000 single “I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me)”.

Then, the actor was seen in Field Mob’s song “Sick of Being Lonely” music video. Other music videos include Goodie Mob’s “They Don’t Dance No Mo” and also LL Cool J’s “Ain’t Nobody”.

Witherspoon brought his album “63 Cent” in 2008. He returned to comedian and began going on a comedy tour. It was a 2009 tour and there he had nineteen stops across the country.

In December 2011, the actor performed his stand-up comedy act on the stage of the Funny Bone comedy club at Harrah’s Casino which is in Tunica, Mississippi.

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Caption: John Witherspoon performing stand-up comedy (Source: Daily Mail)

John Witherspoon – Net Worth 2023

The popular and successful American personality has surely earned an excellent amount of money from his professional career. As of now, he has an amazing net worth of around $8 million.

Likewise, the actor’s salary was between $120 thousand to $135 thousand.

Also. the primary source of his is from his career as an actor and comedian. While he was alive, he was living a luxurious and happy life in his house which is in Sherman Oaks.

Relationship Status

John Witherspoon was a married man and the name of his wife is Angela Robinson. He and Angela’s wedding was in the year 1988.

Together the couple has 2 amazing sons and their names are John David (“J.D.”) and Alexander. His son, John David is famous for creating skits and gameplay videos on his YouTube channel.

John Witherspoon even was the host of the mobile game show “Confetti” on Facebook Watch. Furthermore, his best friend was David Letterman who is also the godfather to his 2 amazing sons.

Apart from this, he had never been in any controversy or rumors as well.

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Caption: John with his wife (Source: Earn The Necklace)