John Witherspoon Dies at 77, Hollywood Remembers His Legacy

The legendary actor John Witherspoon died on Tuesday. The actor whose extensive credits include classics like the Friday film franchise and the famed series The Wayans Bros. was 77.

“It is with deepest sorrow that we can confirm our beloved husband and father, John Witherspoon, one of the hardest working men in show business, died today at his home in Sherman Oaks at the age of 77,” Witherspoon’s family said in a statement to Deadline. “He is survived by his wife Angela, and his sons JD, Alexander, and a large family. We are all in shock, please give us a minute for a moment in privacy and we will celebrate his life and his work together. John used to say ‘I’m no big deal’, but he was huge deal to us.”

Since the announcement of his passing, many celebrities, former coworkers and loved ones have shared their condolences and honored Witherspoon’s legacy:

Witherspoon’s credits amass generations of films and TV.

In addition to acting, Witherspoon was an acclaimed comedian and was still touring and selling out shows.

He is a true legend that will be missed. Rest in peace John Witherspoon.

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Bryant is creative, personable, quick-witted and the founder of The Top Tea. He is a Howard alum and USC graduate student. He’s toured multiple countries, sung background for artists such as Mary J. Blige, Fantasia and Andra Day and performed at venues like The White House (under Pres. Obama) and The Kennedy Center on multiple occasions. Bryant also worked on the casting team for Netflix’s Rhythm + Flow.

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