John Wesley, the actor that played Dr. Hoover top top The fresh Prince that Bel Air, has passed away from complications because of a long battle with lot of myeloma, his family evidenced Sunday come The Hollywood Reporter. He was 72.

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“John Wesley was a gift come the world, for his kindness and grace space immortalized in his functions of theatre, TV and also film,” Wesley’s manager and producer, Gerry Pass, said in a statement. “I am upper heart to have lost a dear girlfriend today.”

Wesley, a indigenous of Louisiana, held degrees from the college of California, san Diego and also the college of san Diego. Prior to making a surname for himself in Hollywood, he served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.


After his exhilaration career take it off, though, Wesley walk on to occupational with the likes the Denzel Washington, Barbra Streisand and Morgan Freeman, among other notable stars. While the was ideal known for his work on The fresh Prince that Bel Air, Wesley had more than 100 film and television credits, including Big Fish, Frasier, The Jeffersons and Benson.

Wesley was also a theater vet, having actually acted in together plays together Lillian Hellman’s Toys in the Attic at London’s Old globe Theatre, and An American Clock by Arthur Miller and Wild Oats in ~ the note Taper Forum in Los Angeles.

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Wesley is survived by his wife, Jenny Houston; his mother, Hazel Baskin; his daughters, Kimiko Kamiel Houston and also Kinshasha Houston; stepson, Kyler Richie; siblings; and grandchildren.


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