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Anthony Johnson (born May 5, 1965), sometimes credited as A. J. Johnson, is an American actor and comedian.

Anthony Johnson
Birth nameAnthony Johnson
Born (1965-05-05) May 5, 1965 (age 54)
Compton, California, U.S.
MediumStand-up, film, television
Years active1990–present
Genrescomedy, observational comedy, satire, improvisational comedy, blue comedy



Born in Compton, California, his father was a stuntman and a founder of the Black Stuntmen's Association. Johnson began acting in his early twenties, in 1990 he landed a starring role as E.Z.E. in House Party, after which he started doing stand-up in bars in Los Angeles. He later appeared in Lethal Weapon 3 as a drug dealer and in Menace II Society. His biggest role was in the 1995 comedy Friday, as Ezal, a crackhead and thief. He has also appeared in Panther, The Players Club, B*A*P*S, I Got The Hook Up,[1] Def Jam's How to Be a Player and Repos, and in rap videos: in Dr. Dre's "Dre Day" (1992), he played Sleazy-E, a parody of Eazy-E, and he appeared again as Sleazy-E in the video for Eazy-E's "Real Muthaphuckkin G's" (1993), this time being assaulted.[2]

Personal lifeEdit

On July 30, 2009, Johnson had a panic attack at LaGuardia Airport in New York on his way to a comedy show. He was rushed to Jamaica Hospital in Queens, where he recovered.[3]


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  1. ^ Kevin L. Clark (April 28, 2014). "Where Are They Now?: The Cast Of Friday: Anthony (A.J.) Johnson". Hip-Hop Wired.
  2. ^ "Cinema: Anthony Johnson (actor)". Retrieved October 6, 2016.
  3. ^ Smokey Fontaine (July 31, 2009). "AJ Johnson Resting Comfortably After Heart Attack". The Urban Daily.

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