Anthony “A.J.” Johnson Of Friday, House Party Fame Has Died At 55

Written by on 20 September 2021

Anthony Johnson, the actor and comedian best known for his roles in the films Friday and House Party, died on September 6th at the age of 55. LyNea Bell, the owner and president of BH Talent, confirmed his death.

“The world of comedy has truly been shaken, again,” Bell said in a statement. “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. 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. Please give them the time they need to process and grieve such a huge loss.”

The cause of death has yet to be determined.

Prior to his breakout performance as E.Z.E. in the 1990 Kid ‘n Play comedy House Party, Johnson, who went by the stage name A.J. Johnson, starred in a number of modest TV appearances. Johnson’s most well-known film performance was in the 1995 Chris Tucker-Ice Cube comedy Friday, in which he portrayed the crack-addicted burglar Ezal.


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