Sad news to report… actor and comedian Anthony ‘AJ’ Johnson has passed away at the early age of 55!
Anthony “A.J.” Johnson, a comedian and actor who appeared in films such as “Friday” and “House Party,” has died, his representative confirmed to Variety. He was 55.
“Our BH Talent family is saddened about the loss of an amazing iconic legend in comedy, our client and friend Anthony ‘AJ’ Johnson,” said representative LyNea Bell in a statement to Variety. “We are praying for all those that were touched by his comedy, acting, but most of all his life. We are especially praying for his beloved wife, children, siblings and manager. Please give them the time they need to process and grieve such a huge loss.”
No cause of death or other information regarding his death has been announced.
Johnson’s career kicked off in the ’90s, when he got his first role in a major film in Reginald Hudlin’s 1990 classic comedy “House Party” playing the character E.Z.E. He also appeared in the 1994 sequel “House Party “
His most memorable role was in the Ice Cube and Chris Tucker comedy “Friday” from 1995 as the character Ezal. Johnson also appeared in films like “Menace II Society,” “Lethal Weapon 3,” “Panther,” “The Great White Hype,” “The Players Club” and other titles through the 2000s and 2010s.
On TV, Johnson appeared in episodes of “Martin,” “The Parent ‘Hood,” “Moesha,” “Malcolm & Eddie” and “The Jamie Foxx Show.”
The Compton native was featured in the music video for Dr. Dre’s 1993 single “Dre Day.” Johnson played a parody of rapper Eazy-E, called “Sleazy E,” in Dr. Dre’s diss track toward his ex N.W.A. member. Eazy-E brought Johnson back in the role for his song “Real Muthaphukkin G’s,” which was his response to Dr. Dre.
Ice Cube reacted to the passing of AJ on social media:
Johnson will be missed… condolences to the family and friends and his legion of fans around the world.