John Witherspoon, an actor and comedian who played Ice Cube’s father in the stoner comedy “Friday” (1995) and its sequels, died Oct. 29 in Los Angeles. He was 77.

Mr. Witherspoon’s family issued a statement announcing the death but did not provide a cause.

The actor had a prolific career, co-starring in three “Friday” films, appearing on “The Wayans Bros.” television series and voicing the grandfather in “The Boondocks” animated series. His film roles included “I’m Gonna Git You Sucka” (1988), “Boomerang” (1992) and “Vampire in Brooklyn” (1995), and he was a frequent guest on “Late Show With David Letterman.”

For many, his most recognizable role was “Pops,” Ice Cube’s father in “Friday” and its two sequels, a crude but affectionate father trying to guide his son to be better.

Mr. Witherspoon was born in Detroit on Jan. 27, 1942. Survivors include his wife, the former Angela Robinson, and two sons.

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