Fresh Prince of Bel Air Actor Dies, Fans in Mourning

The actor died on Sunday due to complications relating to blood cancer. He was known for over a hundred acting credits across his long career and was a fan favorite on the Fresh Prince of Bel Air show.

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John Wesley played Dr. Hoover on the hit show Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.  He was only 72 years old when he passed away.

John Wesley

Louisiana-born Wesley wasn’t initially an actor. After he finished high school, he joined the Army, where he fought in the Vietnam war and eventually received an honorable discharge from the armed services.

Following his discharge, he attended the University of San Diego and the University of California, receiving a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters in Fine Arts, respectively.

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Acting Career

Wesley’s long career saw him in dozens of films and television shows, working alongside some of the biggest stars in the world. He worked alongside Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington, Clint Eastwood and more.

He’s remembered for roles on The Jamie Foxx Show, Frasier, and Martin. The actor was often a supporting character and was a mainstay on TV in the 1990s and early 2000s.

More than just a television actor, though, Wesley also had serious classical acting chops. The talented thespian performed at the London Globe twice, including a role in the classic Shakespeare play Macbeth.

If his acting skills were in any doubt, landing a role with the London Globe is no mean feat!

Death

John Wesley passed away on Sunday, September 8, 2019, from complications relating to multiple myeloma. Multiple myeloma is a rare type of cancer that forms in white blood cells in the bone marrow, causing healthy cells to become crowded out. In essence, it’s a form of blood cancer that makes it difficult for healthy cells to prosper in the bone marrow.

Reports from those close to Mr. Wesley have made it clear the actor had been suffering from the rare form of cancer for a good deal of time. Mr. Wesley’s condition was not made public until after his passing. Mr. Wesley is survived by his wife Jenny Houston, his mother, Mazel Baskin, his two daughters, nine siblings, and seven grandchildren.

His longtime manager and close friend Gerry Pass announced the news Sunday by saying “I am heartbroken to have lost a dear friend today.”