John Witherspoon
John Witherspoon
Celebrated Name: John Witherspoon
Real Name/Full Name: John Witherspoon
Gender: Male
Age at the time of death: 77 years old
Birth Date: 27 January 1942
Date of Death: 29 October 2019
Birth Place: Detroit, Michigan, United States
Nationality: American
Height: 1.78 m
Weight: 80 kg
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Marital Status: Divorced
Wife/Spouse (Name): Angela Robinson-Witherspoon (m. 1988–2019)
Children: Yes ( Alexander Witherspoon, John David Witherspoon)
Profession: American actor and comedian
Net Worth in 2024: $8 million
Last Updated: April 2024

John Witherspoon is an American based comedian and actor who is best recognized for his role featured as Willie Jones for the Friday series, and he has too featured in films like Hollywood Shuffle and Boomerang. Moreover, he too got roles in many films and television shows to date.

Maybe you know about John Witherspoon very well But do you know how old was he at the time of his death and what is his net worth in 2024? If you do not know, We have prepared this article about details of John Witherspoon’s short biography-wiki, career, professional life, personal life, today’s net worth, age, height, weight, and more facts. Well, if you’re ready, let’s start.

Early Life

John Witherspoon was born in the year 1942 in Detroit, situated inside Michigan. Later he has modified his surname to “Witherspoon.” He is recognized as one among eleven siblings. His elder brother, named William, has worked to become a songwriter within Detroit for Motown.

His other sibling named Cato Weatherspoon was identified as a director of PBS-TV Network/CH56 within Detroit, in Michigan, which spans nearly four decades. His other sibling, named Dr. Gertrude Stacks, is known as an evangelist as well as a pastor of a Pentecostal church running in Detroit, situated inside Michigan.

Age, Height, and Weight

Being born on 27 January 1942, John Witherspoon was 77 years old at the time of his death. His height was 1.78 m tall and weighed 80 kg.


John Witherspoon started off his career through his initial television appearance made on the 1970s CBS television show entitled Barnaby Jones. It was mainly regarding a father and daughter-in-law, which operated private detective and inquiry firms within Los Angeles. His career is a stand-up comedian, let the changeover to acting easy.

Post his performances in Barnaby Jones, and he has performed in What’s Happening!!, Good Times, and The Incredible Hulk. During the year 1977, this comedian turned as regular on the series entitled The Richard Pryor Show, known as an NBC American comedy series.

In the year 1981, he has performed in Hill Street Blues, known as an NBC police drama, in the form of an entrepreneur who attempts to purchase a frank from a secret named Detective Belker.

In the same year, he performed on L.A. Law, known as an NBC legal drama, within an episode entitled “On Your Honor” in the role of Mark Steadman. Was the actor featured on a television series entitled You Again? In the role of Osborne in the year 1986.

In the year 2003, the actor has worked on a show on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, identified as a reality television show which nominated the comedian from the group and offered him a deal, within the Las Vegas finals.

This show still broadcasts today. The actor’s following appearance was noted on The Super Rumble Mixshow during the year 2008.

He has to write a film entitled From the Old School, wherein he accepted the role of an aged working person who attempted to stop a neighborhood store from becoming developed to a strip club.

Awards & Achievements:

John Witherspoon’s achievement is getting famous for the Friday series. During the era of the ’80s and ’90s, the actor has performed in Hill Street Blues, You Again?

Net Worth & Salary of John Witherspoon in 2024

John Witherspoon Net Worth
John Witherspoon Net Worth

As of April 2024, John Witherspoon has an estimated net worth of $8 million. He makes his fortune from his career as a comedian and actor.

Till now, he is extensively recognized for the Friday series. He, too, featured in some films like Hollywood Shuffle and Boomerang. The actor then worked to create appearances on TV shows like The Wayans Bros., The Tracy Morgan Show, Barnaby Jones, and The Boondock.

Post his appearance made in Barnaby Jones, he too featured in Good Times in the form of a detective, in What’s Happening!! in the form of a D.J. as well as The Incredible Hulk in the role of Tommy.

During the year 1977, his earning increased when he turned as a regular on a series entitled The Richard Pryor Show. This directed to his performances in WKRP In Cincinnati during the year 1978. Also, during the ’80s and ’90s, the actor has performed in Hill Street Blues, You Again?, Frank’s Place as well as Amen.

John Witherspoon has delivered consistent appearance and showed dedication in the field of comedy, acting from the 1970s till 2000s. It is his comedy talents and ability to do acting that made him successful in both these careers, this success he enjoys today in his old age.


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