Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Anthony Johnson Passes On

Actor Anthony Johnson, sometimes credited as A. J. Johnson, died on September 6 2021 at the age of 55. A cause of death has yet be released. Mr. Johnson appeared in such movies as House Party (1990) and Friday (1995).

Anthony Johnson was born on February 1 1966 in Compton, California. His father, Eddie Smith, was a stuntman who co-founded the Black Stuntmen's Association. His father helped him get his foot in the door of the entertainment industry by getting him work behind the scenes. He made his television debut in the TV movie Puss in Boots in 1982. In the Eighties he also appeared in a bit part in an episode of the soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful. In 1990 he made his feature film debut in House Party.

In the Nineties Anthony Johnson appeared in the movies Lethal Weapon 3 (1992), Menace II Society (1993), House Party (1994), Panther (1995), The Great White Hope (1996), B*A*P*S* (1997), How to Be a Player (1997), The Players Club (1998), Woo (1998), I Got the Hook Up (1998), and Rising to the Top (1999). He guest starred on the shows South Central, The Parent 'Hood, Moesha, Martin, Malcolm & Eddie, and The Jamie Foxx Show.

In the Naughts he appeared in the movies O (2001), On the Edge (2002), Sweet Hideaway (2003), and Hittin' It (2004). In the Teens he appeared in the movies Undercover Princesses (2016), Candy (2017), Hey, Mr. Postman (2018), Consequenez (2018), I Got The Hook Up 2 (201), and The Dummy (2019). He appeared in the TV movie Office Staff.

Quite simply, Anthony Johnson was a very funny man, and that translated well not only in his work as a comedian, but in his work as an actor as well. He had a gift for delivering lines so that they were funnier than if they had been delivered by someone else. Few comedians and actors could light up the screen the way he did.

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