‘Friday’ Actor Anthony Johnson Dies At 55
Actor and comedian Anthony “AJ” Johnson has died at the age of 55. His representative, LyNea Bell, confirmed his death but did not provide a cause of death.
“The world of Comedy has truly been shaken, again. Our BH Talent family is heartbroken about the loss of the iconic legend of stage and screen Mr. Anthony ‘AJ’ Johnson,” Bell said in a statement. “He has left with us amazing memories of his laughter, dynamic acting skills, but most of all his enormous personality and heart of gold.”
Johnson was well known for his performance in the hit comedy movie Friday as well as his other appearances across film and television.
Ice Cube took to Twitter to write a tribute to the late comic, remembering their time together filming Friday.
“Sad to wake up to the news about AJ Johnson passing away,” he wrote. “Naturally funny dude who was straight outta Compton at the same time. Sorry I couldn’t bring your character Ezal back to the big screen in Last Friday.”
Sad to wake up to the news about AJ Johnson passing away. Naturally funny dude who was straight outta Compton at the same time. Sorry I couldn’t bring your character Ezal back to the big screen in Last Friday… https://t.co/gKbYZDZ4Br
— Ice Cube (@icecube) September 20, 2021
Johnson began his career as a standup comic and continued to perform comedy, even as he began to hit the big screen. His breakout role was E.Z.E. in House Party.
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