Comedian AJ Johnson, best known for playing the character Ezal from the popular movie, Friday, has died, MTO News has confirmed. Family and friends close to the actor believe that drugs and/or alcohol may have contributed to his death.
AJ was a recovering addict.
AJ was 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.
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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, 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 assaulte
Here’s a video showing some scenes with the comedian: