‘AJ’ Johnson, ‘Friday’ and ‘House Party’ actor, has died at 55

Anthony “AJ” Johnson has died. The actor and comedian’s rep confirmed the news to Entertainment Tonight on Monday “with great sadness.” Johnson was 55.

“The world of comedy has truly been shaken, again,” Johnson’s rep said in a statement to ET. “Our BH Talent family is heartbroken about the loss of the iconic legend of stage and screen Mr. Anthony ‘AJ’ Johnson. He has left with us amazing memories of his laughter, dynamic acting skills, but most of all his enormous personality and heart of gold.”

anthony-aj-johnson.jpg Anthony “AJ” Johnson in undated photo.

BH Talent

“We will be in constant prayer for his entire family including his wife Lexis, 3 children, brother Edward ‘Peanut’ Smith, sister Sheila, and lifetime manager and friend Mike D,” the statement continued. “Please give them the time they need to process and grieve such a huge loss. Rest in power, Anthony! We will miss you!”

Johnson’s first film came in 1990, when he landed the role of E.Z.E. in “House Party.” Perhaps his best-known project, the role of Ezal in “Friday,” followed three years later.

Throughout his career, Johnson appeared on TV shows including “Martin” and “The Jamie Foxx Show,” as well as in movies including “Panther” and “How to Be a Player.”

Prior to his death, Johnson had completed filming on a TV movie, “The Way Men Think,” and was next set to appear in two films, “I Want It All” and “Caught Up In.”

Notable Deaths in 2021

Notable Deaths in 2021

101 photos

This article first appeared on ETOnline, which is a division of ViacomCBS.

Related Categories:

Entertainment News

Like WTOP on Facebook and follow @WTOP on Twitter to engage in conversation about this article and others.

Get breaking news and daily headlines delivered to your email inbox by signing up here.

© 2021 WTOP. All Rights Reserved. This website is not intended for users located within the European Economic Area.

More from WTOP

Log in to your WTOP account for notifications and alerts customized for you.

Sign up