John Witherspoon (January 27, 1942) is an American comedian and actor who has had roles in over 28 movies and 20 television shows. Mostly known for the Friday series, he has been acting for over five decades and starred in films such as Hollywood Shuffle (1987), Boomerang (1992). He has also made appearances on television shows such as The Wayans Brothers (1995–99), The Tracy Morgan Show (2003), Barnaby Jones (1973) and The Boondocks (2005). He has also taken his success in acting and continued it with screen writing a movie called From the Old School where he takes the role as an elderly working man who tries to prevent a neighborhood convenience store from being developed into a strip club. Witherspoon has just come out with The John Witherspoon Collection, which is a line of comical greeting cards known as Spoon Cards. He is the official spokesman for a Washington, D.C. used car dealership.