John Witherspoon stars in Centric's comedy series "First Family" as Grandpa Alvin.

John Witherspoon is perhaps best known for starring as Ice Cube's outrageously funny, dog-catching dad in New Line Cinema's smash urban trilogy "Friday," "Next Friday" and "Friday After Next," or as Pops on the long-running syndicated sitcom "The Wayans Brothers" or as Spoon on NBC's "The Tracy Morgan Show." He also provided the voice of Robert "Granddad" Freeman in the animated series "The Boondocks." One thing's for sure, once you've seen Witherspoon you completely understand why he has earned the reputation as one of America's funniest dads.

Not only does Witherspoon's work span over four decades to include blockbuster movies, hit TV shows, commercials, and top-rated music videos, but he's coined his own catch phrases, as in "Bang! Bang! Bang! Bang!" and "You Gotta Co-ordinate!"

Born and raised in Detroit, the comic has toured around the country with his wildly popular stand-up show and launched The John Witherspoon Collection — a complete line of humorous greeting cards called Spoon Cards.


How tall is he? How old is he? Find out here.

Age: 75 years old
Birthday: January 27, 1942
Height: 5' 10"
Nickname: Spoon
Full Name / Real Name: John Weatherspoon
Birthplace: Detroit, MI
Wife: Angela Robinson-Witherspoon

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