Comedian Anthony AJ Johnson has died aged 55
Comedian and actor Anthony “AJ” Johnson has died at the age of 55. Known for his roles in Friday, House party, I have the hook, and Menace II Society, Johnson was reported dead by TMZ. According to the publication, the Compton, Calif. Native was found unconscious earlier this month in a store. He later died in a Los Angeles hospital. No official cause of death has been released.
Stand-up comedian Johnson was part of Reginald Hudlin’s first film House party film in 1990. The portrayal of “EZE”, propelled a lasting film career. After small roles in Threatens, Lethal weapon 3, and a reminder for House party 3, Johnson joined Chris Tucker, Bernie Mac and DJ Pooh in Comedic Elements 1995 Friday. In the movie Ice Cube, AJ Johnson played “Ezal”, a neighborhood drug addict desperate for a solution.
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Prior to his work with Ice Cube, Johnson had famous ties to NWA. -become enemy Eazy-E. The Death Row Records video showed Johnson dancing, hitchhiking, and more than happy to appeal to an allusion to Ruthless Records president Jerry Heller, played by Interscope Records director Steve Berman. Notably, Eazy-E and Ruthless hired Johnson to reprise the role a few months later for his response record “Real Muthaphuckkin ‘G’z”. However, he did not complete the job.
“I started doing comedy and Dr Dre put me in his [âF*ck Witâ Dre Dayâ] video under the name “Sleazy-E”. Of the, [Ice] Cube came to me, âJohnson said Vlad TV in 2018, referring to its Friday role of local beggar. The comedian met Dre at the Comedy Store in Los Angeles. “He said, ‘Dude, I’m making this video. I want you to play Eazy-E there. I’m like ‘Cool. No problem. âThen Eazy’s offer followed.
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“Suge Knight learns I’m making Eazy’s video!” He called me into his office. [At this point], we had just done half of Eazy’s video. Like, we had done it one day. So I had to go back [the next day] to finish it. But Suge called me at the office. He’s like ‘Dude, you can’t finish this video.’ I’m like, “I have nothing against Dre; I have nothing against Eazy. I’m an actor; I’m trying to pay my rent. [Suge Knight responded], ‘You can not do that.’ I’m like ‘How do you mean I can’t do this? [Eazy-E] already paid me. Suge pulled out a gun [and put it on the table], ‘I said you can not do it. ‘ [I responded], ‘I won’t do it! ‘â
Johnson continued, âI went to say to E, ‘Dude, I can’t finish the video. He said why. âSuge told me I couldn’t do it. ” [He responded], ‘Yo, come on, Ant-man. Are you gonna leave that punk nigga you like it? ‘ I said, ‘I can not do it, Eazy. ‘ He said, ‘Well, what are we going to do, man?’ [I suggested], ‘I know someone who can finish the video. I called Arnez J. Arenz J finished the video. He played Eazy. So in the first half, it’s me. In the second half, it’s Arnez J. That’s what happened.
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Johnson, a Def Comedy Jam alum, followed by roles in The big white hype, How to be a player, and another Cube movie, The players’ club. In 1998, he received invoicing for feature films in Master P’s I have the hook movie. On television, Johnson appeared on Martin, Malcolm and Eddie, and Moesha.
Four years ago, Johnson made headlines after suffering a heart attack at New York’s LaGuardia Airport. In July, another Cube affiliate, Gonzoe of Lench Mob Records Kausion, was fatally shot in Seattle, Washington.
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