John Witherspoon Birthday & Fun Facts

Height, Age, Net Worth, Biography & More

Anusuya Mukherjee
Feb 08, 2024 By Anusuya Mukherjee
Originally Published on Nov 23, 2023
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About John Witherspoon

John Witherspoon, born on January 27, 1942, was an American actor and comedian known for his roles in various television shows and films, such as the 'Friday' series, 'Hollywood Shuffle', 'Boomerang', and 'Vampire In Brooklyn'. His film debut was 'The Jazz Singer' in the ’80s.

John Witherspoon: Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits

What was John Witherspoon’s net worth?

John Witherspoon was estimated to have a net worth of $ 4 million in 2019.

How much did John Witherspoon earn per year?

The exact figures of John Witherspoon's annual earnings are not known to the public.

Height, Age & Physical Attributes

How tall was John Witherspoon?

John Witherspoon stood 5 ft 8 in (178 cm) tall.

How old was John Witherspoon?

John Witherspoon was born on January 27, 1942, and passed away on October 29, 2019, at the age of 77.

Childhood And Education

Raised as one of eleven children, John Weatherspoon (later Witherspoon) was born on January 27, 1942, in Detroit, Michigan. He later changed his last name from Weatherspoon to Witherspoon. Witherspoon had gone into modeling as a child. Witherspoon's older brother William and he both displayed an early passion for music. In the 1960s, his brother, William established himself as a songwriter and producer at Motown Records after teaching the young John Witherspoon how to play the trumpet and French horn. John Witherspoon started performing stand-up comedy shortly after. On the other hand, his other sibling, Cato, was the director at the PBS-TV Network/CH56.

Family, Romance, And Relationships

Who was John Witherspoon’s partner?

John Witherspoon was married to Angela Robinson. They got married in 1988. and they had two children, John David and Alexander Witherspoon.

Career And Professional Highlights

Best Known For…

John Witherspoon was best known for being an iconic actor and comedian, especially for his portrayal of Willie Jones on the Friday franchise.

In the ’70s, John Witherspoon made his first television appearance on the series 'Barnaby Jones', where he played the role of a camp counselor in charge of drug-addicted youth.

From 1995-1999, John Witherspoon had a role in the television series called 'The Wayans Bros', which aired had Marlon Wayans and Shawn Wayans as the other cast members. The duo played brothers, Shawn and Marlon Williams, while Witherspoon played their father - John 'Pops' Williams on Wayans Bros.

In 2003, John Witherspoon made a showing on NBC's Last Comic Standing', along with his performance in 'The Proud Family' as Oran Jones in the episode, 'Adventures in Bebe Sitting', on Disney. He portrayed the character Spoon in all 18 episodes of 'The Tracy Morgan Show'.

Witherspoon did a comedy tour that aired on television on Showtime Network in 2008. For his 2009 tour, he had 19 stops across America. Also, he performed at the Funny Bone comedy club at Harrah's Casino in Tunica, Mississippi in 2009.

What awards did John Witherspoon win?

John Witherspoon did not win any major awards during his career, but he was recognized and appreciated by fans and colleagues for his contributions to the entertainment industry.

Other Interesting John Witherspoon Facts And Trivia

  • John Witherspoon passed away from a heart attack at his home in Sherman Oaks, California, on October 29, 2019, at the age of 77.
  • His funeral was held on November 5, 2019, and he was buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Hollywood Hills, California
  • He was a nominee for BET Comedy Award Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series 'The Tracy Morgan Show' in 2004.
  • John Witherspoon was featured in music videos, like Jay-Z's 'I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me)', Field Mob's 'Sick of Being Lonely' music video, and so on.

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John Witherspoon Birthday & Fun Facts Facts

Birth Name

John Weatherspoon

Date of Birth


Date of Death




Place of Birth



178 cm

Eye Color

Dark Brown

Child Star?



Actor, Comedian

Net Worth



Angela Robinson-Witherspoon


John Witherspoon, Angela Robinson-Witherspoon


William Weatherspoon, Cato Weatherspoon

Annual Earnings

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Written by Anusuya Mukherjee

Bachelor of Arts and Law specializing in Political Science and Intellectual Property Rights

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Anusuya MukherjeeBachelor of Arts and Law specializing in Political Science and Intellectual Property Rights

With a wealth of international experience spanning Europe, Africa, North America, and the Middle East, Anusuya brings a unique perspective to her work as a Content Assistant and Content Updating Coordinator. She holds a law degree from India and has practiced law in India and Kuwait. Anusuya is a fan of rap music and enjoys a good cup of coffee in her free time. Currently, she is working on her novel, "Mr. Ivory Merchant".

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