Hollywood is mourning the loss of the legendary comedic actor John Witherspoon on October 29, 2019. The star of the Friday franchise was married to actress Angela Robinson-Witherspoon for over three decades and is survived by her and their two sons. Angela often shared glimpses into their married life on social media. So, she has received an outpouring of grief from those who adored their relationship. Like her late husband, Angela also wears many feathers in her hat, as we elaborate in Angela Robinson-Witherspoon’s wiki.
|About Angela Robinson-Witherspoon|
|Birth||August 26, 1954|
|Spouse||John Witherspoon June 1987 - October 2019|
|Children||John David “JD” Witherspoon, Alexander Witherspoon|
|Address||Los Angeles, California|
|Job||Filmmaker, Actress, Producer|
|Movies, Shows||48 Hrs, Jungle Warriors|
Angela Robinson-Witherspoon Is an Actress
Angela Robinson was born on August 26, 1954. Although not much is known about her family and early life, we know she embarked on a multi-faceted career after making her debut as a model.
She has often participated in #TBT with pictures of her days as a model. She transitioned to acting in the early ‘80s with minor roles in movies, including the Eddie Murphy starrer 48 Hrs.
As she began bagging more roles on camera, she also took on theater projects based on the African-American experience. To broaden her resume, she delved into the stand-up comedy world as well.
The SAG-AFTRA actress’ earliest breakout role came as Monique in Jungle Warriors (1984) with Paul L. Smith and Nina van Pallandt. For the action-adventure movie, Robinson filmed in Mexico and did her own stunts.
Angela returned to acting after giving birth to her two children and has since appeared in series like The Wayans Bros. and Joan of Arcadia, as well as Criminal Minds in 2017 and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend in 2018. She also stars in the 2019 movie Hold On and the movie EGB the Real Godson of Go-Go Music the Movie, currently in pre-production.
Witherspoon Married Robinson in 1987
A trip to the Cannes Film Festival led to her landing a role in the 1987 flick Kidnapped. It was in that film that she met and fell in love with her costar John Witherspoon, the actor who would later be known for his comedic portrayal of father figures in movies and TV shows.
When she dabbled in stand-up, she asked John to help her with her material. He not only helped her, but he also supported her throughout her career.
They tied the knot on June 27, 1987, celebrating 32 years in 2019 before Witherspoon passed away on October 29.
Robinson Is also a Director
After several years, Robinson returned to theater and also sharpened her acting skills at Richard Lawson’s studio. Encouraged by his lessons, she produced and directed the documentary Last Call in 2015.
Her producing/directing credits also include documentaries like Betye Saar: The Alpha & Omega and Curtsy, Mister and the short film Wish Me Luck.
However, both Robinson and her husband encountered trouble with Curtsy, Mister. An acquaintance of Robinson, Ronald Grant, sued the couple, claiming that they cheated him by taking control over the making of the movie.
Grant claimed that he and Robinson had agreed to make a movie based on a play he wrote on his own life. According to court documents, Grant accused Robinson of cutting him out of the final editing process and partnering with her husband’s production company to do it.
Robinson Has Two Sons
Witherspoon and Robinson are parents to two sons, John David “JD” Witherspoon and Alexander Witherspoon. Among the two Witherspoon kids, JD is well known for his stand-up and YouTube channel.
John Witherspoon passed away at the age of 77 on Tuesday at his home in Sherman Oaks, according to a statement released by the family. JD, Alexander, and their mother survive the iconic actor.
It is with deep sadness we have to tweet this, but our husband & father John Witherspoon has passed away. He was a Legend in the entertainment industry, and a father figure to all who watched him over the years. We love you “POPS” always & forever.
– The Witherspoon Family pic.twitter.com/ov9P34kaMn
— John Witherspoon (@John_POPS_Spoon) October 30, 2019
The family requested privacy during this period. JD was the first to make a separate statement, with a social media tribute to his father.
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So…my Dad died today & honestly I’m not sure how to feel. I’m sad, but I’m also happy 4 all the great times we had together. We’d roast each other like homies more than Father & Son, and I really loved that about us. In all seriousness I work as hard as I do thanks to seeing Him grind for literally 77 years of his life, and I’m damn proud to be his son. If I have even half the career & impact he has had on people I’ll be very happy. His legacy will live on through me, my family, his friends, and everyone else who was touched by him here on earth. He was my best friend & my Hero. I Love U Dad…I’ll miss u. – J.D
Angela later shared a single picture of her husband with the heart-breaking caption: “Just in shock.”