Actor and comedian John Witherspoon dies at 77

4 years 6 months 4 weeks ago Wednesday, October 30 2019 Oct 30, 2019 October 30, 2019 4:39 AM October 30, 2019 in News
Source: CNN
John Witherspoon Photo: Twitter

Actor and comedian John Witherspoon has passed away at the age of 77.

According to CNN, the entertainer's family confirmed that Witherspoon died at his home on Tuesday.

Born in Michigan, Witherspoon's original surname was 'Weatherspoon,' but he later changed the 'ea' to an 'i.' The actor was one of eleven siblings, some of whom also made careers in showbusiness.

Witherspoon's first acting role was opposite Sean Penn, in a 1970's CBS television show called 'Barnaby Jones.'

He eventually became known for his roles in 'The Tracy Morgan Show,' 'Friday,' 'Next Friday,' and 'Friday After Next' as well as a host of other television and big-screen appearances. 

Witherspoon is survived by his wife and two sons. 

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