Anthony Johnson, the actor and comedian who appeared in the movies Friday and House party, died on September 6 at the age of 55.
His death was confirmed to Deadline by his representative LyNea Bell, owner and president of BH Talent.
“The world of comedy has really been rocked, once again,” Bell said in a statement. “Our BH Talent family is heartbroken at the loss of iconic stage and screen legend Mr. Anthony ‘AJ’ Johnson. He left us incredible memories of his laughter, his dynamic acting skills, but above all of his enormous personality and his heart of gold. We will constantly pray for all of his family, including his wife Lexis, his 3 children, his brother Edward “Peanut” Smith, his sister Sheila and his life manager and friend Mike D. Please give them time. they need to deal with and mourn such a huge loss. “
The cause of death has not been released.
Johnson, who often went by the professional name of AJ Johnson, appeared in several small television roles before his breakthrough as the EZE character in the 1990 comedy Kid ‘n Play. House party. In his most notable movie role, Johnson played crack-addicted thief Ezal in the 1995 comedy Chris Tucker-Ice Cube Friday.
Born in Compton, Calif., Johnson began acting stand-up in the 1990s, continuing to do so as his acting credits steadily increased. His other films include Menace II Society (1993), B * A * P * S * (1997), and I got the hook-up (1998), while TV credits include Parents hood (1995), Malcolm and Eddie (1997) and The Jamie Foxx Show (1997). Newer credits include the film I have hook 2 (2019) and 2015 Office staff.