Anthony Johnson (actor)
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|Born||February 1, 1966|
Compton, California, U.S.
|Died||September 6, 2021 (aged 55)|
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Medium||Stand-up, film, television|
|Genres||Comedy, observational comedy, satire, improvisational comedy, blue comedy|
|Spouse||Lexis Jones Mason|
Anthony Johnson (February 1, 1966 – September 6, 2021), sometimes credited as A. J. Johnson, was an American actor and comedian. He was best known for his role as "Ezal" in the 1995 comedy film Friday.
Born in Compton, California, his father Eddie Smith was a stuntman and a co-founder of the Black Stuntmen's Association. Johnson had credited his father for helping him enter the film industry, by getting him to work in film productions. He had also credited the comedian Robin Harris for helping him earlier on in his career as a stand-up comedian and giving him another chance even when he was jeered for his bad performance.
Johnson began acting in his early twenties. In 1990, he landed a starring role as E.Z.E. in House Party, after which he started doing stand-up in bars in Los Angeles. He later appeared in Lethal Weapon 3 as a drug dealer and in Menace II Society. His biggest role was in the 1995 comedy Friday, as Ezal, a crackhead and thief. He also appeared in Panther, The Players Club, B*A*P*S, I Got the Hook-Up, Def Jam's How to Be a Player and Repos, and in rap videos: in Dr. Dre's "Dre Day" (1992), he played Sleazy-E, a parody of Eazy-E, and he appeared again as Sleazy-E in the video for Eazy-E's "Real Muthaphuckkin G's" (1993), this time being assaulted.
Johnson died on September 6, 2021, aged 55, at a Los Angeles County hospital, after being found unresponsive in a store. His death was publicly announced on September 20 by his representative LyNea Bell.
|1982||Puss in Boots||Field Hands||TV Movie|
|1992||Lethal Weapon 3||Drug Dealer|
|1993||Menace II Society||Tony|
|1994||House Party 3||Butcher|
|1996||The Great White Hype||Sultan's Valet|
|How to Be a Player||Spootie|
|1998||The Players Club||L'il Man|
|I Got the Hook-Up||Blue|
|Dark Angeles||Drug Dealer / Attorney|
|1999||Rising to the Top||Jailer #2||Video|
|2000||Hot Boyz||Pee Wee||Video|
|2002||On the Edge||Hank Conrad|
|2004||Roscoe's House of Chicken n Waffles||Roscoe||Video|
|Hittin' It!||Cousin E|
|2015||Office Staff||AJ||TV Movie|
|2016||Undercover Princesses||Dolph Thomas|
|Hey, Mr. Postman!||Cousin Tino|
|2019||I Got The Hook Up 2||Blue|
|The Dummy||O.G.B.C Hype Man|
|Shorty Betta Go 2 Work - Grandma Huttie's Boyfriend||Gold Grillz||Short|
|1989||The Bold and the Beautiful||Caterer #2||Episode: "Episode #1.579"|
|1993-97||Martin||Clyde / LaFonne||2 Episodes|
|1994||Def Comedy Jam||Himself||TV Series|
|South Central||Thug on the Bus||Episode: "Gun: Part 1"|
|1995||The Parent 'Hood||Tre||Episode: "Welcome Back, Robert"|
|1997||Malcolm & Eddie||Free Willie||2 Episodes|
|The Jamie Foxx Show||Lil Loc Dog||Episode: "Super Face Off"|
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