John Witherspoon

Actor, Model
John Witherspoon is an American stand-up comedian and actor who has appeared in supporting roles in numerous comedy films and TV shows. Witherspoon was one of 11 children, pursuing music as a young man with his brother ... Read more »
Born: 01/27/1942 in Detroit, Michigan, USA

Filmography

Actor (58)

Animals. 2016 (Tv Show)

Voice

Black-ish 2016 (Tv Show)

Actor

Black Jesus 2013 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

After Sex 2014 (Movie)

Gene (Actor)

Anger Management 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Boondocks 2005 - 2014 (TV Show)

Voice

The Late Show With David Letterman 2008 - 2009, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Guest

A Thousand Words 2012 (Movie)

Blind Man (Actor)

Tosh.0 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Russell Simmons' Def Comedy Jam 1991 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Eddie Murphy: The Making of Delirious 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Little Man 2006 (Movie)

Pops (Actor)

Soul Plane 2004 (Movie)

Blind Man (Actor)

The Tracy Morgan Show 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

L.A. Law 1989 - 1990, 1992 - 1999, 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Last Comic Standing 1994 - 1999, 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Living Single 1993 - 1999, 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Martin 1992 - 1999, 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air 1992 - 1999, 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Townsend Television 1993 - 1999, 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Friday After Next 2002 (Movie)

Mr Jones (Actor)

Dr. Dolittle 2 2001 (Movie)

of Zoo Bear (Voice)

Little Nicky 2000 (Movie)

Street Vendor (Actor)

Next Friday 2000 (Movie)

Mr Jones (Actor)

The Ladies Man 2000 (Movie)

Scrap Iron (Actor)

The Wayans Bros 1994 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Wayans Bros. 1994 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Bulworth 1998 (Movie)

Reverend Morris (Actor)

I Got the Hook Up 1998 (Movie)

Mr Mim (Actor)

Ride 1998 (Movie)

Roscoe (Actor)

Fakin' Da Funk 1997 (Movie)

Bill (Actor)

Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Performer

Sprung 1997 (Movie)

Detective (Actor)

The Delicatessen Story 1996 (Movie)

(Actor)

Friday 1995 (Movie)

Mr Jones (Actor)

The Last Days of Russell 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Vampire in Brooklyn 1995 (Movie)

Silas (Actor)

Fatal Instinct 1993 (Movie)

Arch (Actor)

The Meteor Man 1993 (Movie)

Clarence James Carter III (Actor)

Bebe's Kids 1992 (Movie)

of 1st Card Player (Voice)

Boomerang 1992 (Movie)

Mr Jackson (Actor)

Sinbad & Friends All the Way Live ... Almost 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The Boys 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Sunday in Paris 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Talkin' Dirty After Dark 1991 (Movie)

Dukie (Actor)

The Five Heartbeats 1991 (Movie)

Wild Rudy (Actor)

House Party 1990 (Movie)

Mr Strickland (Actor)

Killer Tomatoes Strike Back 1990 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Comedy Store 15th Year Class Reunion 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Bird 1988 (Movie)

Sid (Actor)

I'm Gonna Git You Sucka 1988 (Movie)

Reverend (Actor)

Hollywood Shuffle 1987 (Movie)

Mr Jones (Actor)

Ratboy 1986 (Movie)

Heavy (Actor)

The Jazz Singer 1980 (Movie)

Cinderella Club Emcee (Actor)

Cosmic Slop (TV Show)

Actor

High Freakquency (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

John Witherspoon is an American stand-up comedian and actor who has appeared in supporting roles 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 is 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.

Relationships

Son
has two

Sibling
has 10 total including William

William Witherspoon

Brother

Milestones

2006

Co-starred with Shawn and Marlon Wayans in the comedy, "The Little Man"; directed by Keenen Ivory Wayans

2004

Starred in "Soul Plane," a comedy about the maiden flight of a black-owned airline

2002

Portayed the character Mr. Jones in "Friday After Next"

2001

Voiced the zoo bear in "Dr. Dolittle 2"

2000

Reunited with the "Friday" cast for the sequel "Next Friday"

1998

Co-starred as Roscoe in the feature "Ride"

1997

Portrayed a detective in the comedy feature "Sprung"

1995

Co-starred in the summer blockbuster hit feature "Friday"

1995

Co-starred as Pops in the Wayan's comedy series "The Wayan's Bros

1993

Reunited with director Robert Townsend for the comedy superhero spoof "Meteor Man"

1992

Portrayed the father of David Alan Grier's character in "Boomerang"

1991

Featured in the musical drama "The Five Heartbeats"

1990

Breakout role in the hit comedy "House Party"

1988

Portrayed Sid in the feature about the life and times of the great jazz player Charlie Bird, in the drama "Bird, " which was directed by Clint Eastwood.

1987

Featured in the Robert Townsend comedy "Hollywood Shuffle"

1986

Cast in the thriller feature "Kidnapped"

1980

Portrayed a M.C in the musical feature "The Jazz Singer"

1977

Cast as a regular on "The Richard Pryor Show"

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