Wesley’s manager said in a statement quoted by Variety: “John Wesley has been a gift to the world, and his kindness and grace are immortalized in work in theater, television, and film. I have a broken heart because I lost a friend today. ”
Born on August 3, 1947, in the United States, John Wesley Houston attended courses at the universities of California and San Diego. Before starting a career in acting, he was a military man in Vietnam during the war.
He has worked with, among others, Denzel Washington, Albert Finney, Barbra Streisand, Tim Burton, and Morgan Freeman.
Wesley has starred in over one hundred films and television productions, including “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”, “Missing in Action”, “Big Fish”, “Stop, Or My Mom Will Shoot”, “Always Outnumbered” and “Martin”. He played small roles in “Frasier”, “The Jefferson’s”, “Benson” and “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.”
Most recently, he was part of the cast of “The Midnighters” (2016), a thriller directed by Julian Fort. His last project was “Second Acts”, a short film directed by Anya Adams.
In the theater he has performed in shows such as “Macbett”, after the satire of Eugène Ionesco, and “Toys in the Attic”, after Lillian Hellman, at Old Globe Theater, but also in “An American Clock”, after Arthur Miller, and “Wild Oats ”, the Mark Taper Forum.