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John Witherspoon

Highest Rated:   93% House Party (1990)
Lowest Rated:   0% A Thousand Words (2012)
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Funnyman John Witherspoon has parlayed a successful career as a standup comic into a series of memorable film roles. Born in Detroit, MI, Witherspoon began his show business career as a model in the early '70s before striking out on his own as a comedian. His first big break came in 1977 when he landed a regular spot on Richard Pryor's short-lived television variety series, and he began playing supporting roles on such shows as What's Happening!, Good Times, and WKRP in Cincinnati. In 1980, Witherspoon made his film debut playing a nightclub MC in Neil Diamond's 1980 remake of The Jazz Singer. Witherspoon's big-screen breakthrough, however, came in Robert Townsend's comedy Hollywood Shuffle, in which Witherspoon played Mr. Jones, the manager of the Winky Dinky Dog hot-dog stand. The surprise success of Hollywood Shuffle led to a string of film parts and recurring roles on two television series -- the short-lived Townsend Television in 1993 and 1995's The Wayans Bros., which ran for four years, with Witherspoon playing "Pop" Williams. In 1995, Witherspoon also played ill-tempered dogcatcher Mr. Jones in Ice Cube's urban comedy Friday. John Witherspoon still tours as a standup comic when he's not busy with film and television work. Witherspoon played a recurring part on the sitcom The Wayans Brothers, and appeared in small roles in a variety of films including I Got the Hook Up, The Ladies Man, and Fakin' Da Funk. In addition to appearing in multiple sequels to Friday, Witherspoon teamed up with old colleagues when he played a part for the Wayans brothers in Little Man. Witherspoon also brought his caustic sensibility to his voice work on the animated television adaptation of the controversial comic strip The Boondocks.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
36% Reality Queen!
  • Joe The Plumber
2020
No Score Yet I Got the Hook-Up 2
  • Mr. Mimm
2019
0% A Thousand Words
  • Blind Man
$18.5M 2012
No Score Yet Chick Magnet
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet John Witherspoon: You Got to Coordinate
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet After Sex
  • Gene
2007
12% Little Man
  • Pops
$58.3M 2006
No Score Yet Da Station
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet God's Gift
  • Actor
2006
18% Soul Plane
  • Blind Man
$14M 2004
26% Friday After Next
  • Mr. Jones
$33M 2002
42% Dr. Dolittle 2
  • Zoo Bear #2
$111.5M 2001
21% Little Nicky
  • Street Vendor
$38.6M 2000
11% The Ladies Man
  • Scrap Iron
$13.4M 2000
21% Next Friday
  • Mr. Jones
2000
17% I Got The Hook-Up
  • Mr. Mimm
1998
76% Bulworth
  • Reverend Morris
1998
No Score Yet Ride
  • Roscoe
1998
No Score Yet High Freakquency
  • Wes
1998
22% Sprung
  • Detective
1997
No Score Yet Fakin' Da Funk
  • Bill
1997
12% Vampire in Brooklyn
  • Silas
1995
78% Friday
  • Jones
1995
18% Fatal Instinct
  • Arch
1993
25% The Meteor Man
  • Clarence James Carter III
1993
36% Bebe's Kids
  • 1st Card Player
1992
44% Boomerang
  • Mr. Jackson
1992
No Score Yet Killer Tomatoes Strike Back
  • Evan Rood
1991
39% The Five Heartbeats
  • Wild Rudy
1991
No Score Yet Talkin' Dirty After Dark
  • Dukie
1991
93% House Party
  • Mr. Strickland
1990
No Score Yet Jock Jokes
  • Actor
1989
83% Bird
  • Sid
1988
62% I'm Gonna Git You Sucka
  • Reverend
1988
No Score Yet Kidnapped
  • Pimp
1987
25% Ratboy
  • Heavy
1986
85% Hollywood Shuffle
  • Mr. Jones
1982
19% The Jazz Singer
  • M.C. Cinderella Club
1980

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Black Jesus
2014-2019
  • Lloyd Hamilton
  • 2019
  • 2015
  • 2014
84% Animals.
2016-2018
  • Voice
  • 2016
92% black-ish
2014
  • James Brown
  • 2016
  • 2015
23% Anger Management
2012
  • Will
  • 2014
48% The Boondocks
2005-2014
  • Robert "Grandad" Freeman
  • Voice
  • 2014
  • 2010
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
  • 2005
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
  • Guest
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet Kim Possible
2002-2007
  • Voice
  • 2004
40% The Tracy Morgan Show
2003-2004
  • Spoon
  • 2004
  • 2003
No Score Yet Last Comic Standing
2003-2015
  • Judge
  • 2003
No Score Yet The Proud Family
2001-2005
  • Voice
  • 2003
  • 2002
No Score Yet The Wayans Bros.
1995-1999
  • Pops/James John `Pops' Williams
  • 1999
  • 1998
  • 1997
  • 1996
  • 1995
No Score Yet Living Single
1993-1998
  • Smoke Eye
  • 1997
No Score Yet The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
1990-1996
  • Augusteus Adams
  • 1994
No Score Yet Martin
1992-1997
  • Uncle Junior
  • 1993
  • 1992
No Score Yet Good Times
1974-1979
  • Officer Lawson
  • 1979
No Score Yet WKRP in Cincinnati
1978-1982
  • Umpire
  • 1979
  • 1978
No Score Yet The Incredible Hulk
1978-1982
  • Tom
  • 1978
50% The Richard Pryor Show
1977
  • Actor
60% Townsend Television
1993
  • Performer

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