Anthony Johnson Known For Comedic Role in ‘Friday’ Dies at 55

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Comedic actor Anthony ‘AJ’ Johnson, who appeared in ‘Friday’ and ‘The Player’s Club’, Dies on September 20, 2021. 

Comedian and actor Anthony Johnson, who was known for his memorable characters in the films ‘Friday,’ ‘The Player’s Club,’ and ‘B.A.P.S.’, died on Monday at the age of 55.  

Johnson’s nephew spoke with TMZ and told the news outlet, “A.J. was found lifeless in a store earlier this month in Los Angeles and rushed to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.” At this time no cause of death has been disclosed.  

Johnson, who is originally from Compton, California, pursued comedy and acting during the 90s. He did stand-up around Los Angeles and landed the small part of E.Z.E. in the 1990 film House Party.  

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After playing the jheri gangster in House Party, the actor begun snagging a bunch of small roles in films like Lethal Weapon 3Menace II Society, and he got to work with Kid ‘n Play again in House Party 3.  

However, Johnson’s most beloved role was playing the scheming drug addict Ezal in Friday. This character continues to bring smiles to audiences faces 26 years later.

Johnson also gave hilarious performances in the films The Player’s Club and B.A.P.S.  

Johnson’s rep LyNea Bell released a statement on the passing of the actor to the Hollywood Reporter.  

“We lost an icon. He will be greatly missed,” Bell told THR. “We are praying for all those that were touched by his comedy, acting, but most of all his life. We are especially praying for his beloved wife, children, siblings and manager. Please give them the time they need to process and grieve such a huge loss.” 

News of the actor’s death began trending on social media on Monday with fans and colleagues paying their respect to the late actor.  

Johnson’s legacy will live on in the performances he gave all of us. Johnson leaves behind his wife and children.  

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