John-Henton
John Henton | Biography

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  • Full Name John Henton
  • Occupation Actor, Comedian, Writer
  • Nationality American
  • Birthplace East Cleveland, Ohio, USA
  • Birth Date Nov 23, 1960
  • Age 61 Years, 0 Months
Cast of UPN/ABC Sitcom 'The Hughleys'

John Henton | Biography

Famous as 'Milsap Morris' in the D. L. Hughley sitcom ‘The Hughleys’

Henton made his acting debut in 1993 with a breakthrough role as Overton Wakefield Jones in the FOX comedy series 'Living Single.' He portrayed the role of Overton “Obbie” Wakefield Jones in the series in 118 episodes from 1993 to 1998. Then in 1998, Henton was also cast as Milsap Morris in the UPN/ABC sitcom 'The Hughleys.' He featured in 89 episodes of the series from 1998 to 2002.


John Henton is an actor and comedian prominently recognized for his roles as Milsap Morris in the UPN/ABC sitcom ‘The Hughleys’ and as Overton Wakefield Jones in the FOX comedy series’ Living Single.’ 

Who Is John Henton?

John Henton is an actor and comedian from the United States. He started his stand-up comedy journey performing in a local comedy club’s amateur night. Soon after, Henton relocated to Los Angeles and began performing stand-up comedy full-time by 1988. 

In 1991, Henton won the Johnny Walker National Comedy Search. After the show, Henton was recognized by Jim McCawley, the former comedy executive for The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, and he was booked for a performance. 

In 1993, Henton made his acting debut with a breakthrough role as Overton Wakefield Jones in the FOX comedy series Living Single. After the series ended in 1998, he got his next significant role as Milsap Morris on the UPN/ABC sitcom The Hughleys. In addition, the actor has also featured in several other television shows like The ParkersOne on OneLove That Girl!, and Hannah Montana.

In September 2009, Henton had a severe car accident that damaged his face, particularly his eyes, requiring extensive plastic surgery.

How Old Is John Henton?

John Henton was born in East Cleveland, Ohio on 23 November 1960. 

Early Life and Career

Henton graduated from Shaw High School. He has a brother named Lindsay Henton, 30 years younger than him.

In his early days, Henton never considered pursuing a career in comedy. However, he was encouraged by a coworker to attempt his jokes at a local comedy club’s amateur night in 1982. During that time, he was working during the day and studying computer science at night. On his second night, Henton won the amateur night contest and began doing stand-up part-time. 

Soon after, Henton moved to Los Angeles in 1985 and began performing stand-up comedy full-time by 1988. After touring for a year and winning the 1991 Johnny Walker National Comedy Search, Henton was discovered by the former comedy executive Jim McCawley of The Tonight Show, Starring Johnny Carson. McCawley then booked him for a performance on the show.

Henton glanced at Carson for praise as he ended his set, but he got a lot more. Carson questioned Henton if he had an agent when he was called over to take a seat on the prized couch. “Well, you will after tonight,” Carson said in response to Henton’s “no.” Henton credits that performance, gave his career a “serious jump-start.”

Television Shows

Henton made his acting debut in 1993 with a breakthrough role as Overton Wakefield Jones in the FOX comedy series Living Single. He portrayed the role of Overton “Obbie” Wakefield Jones in the series in 118 episodes from 1993 to 1998. 

In 1995, he appeared in an episode of the television series New York Daze. Subsequently, he made a guest appearance in the NBC sitcom For Your Love as Oswald in 1998.  

In the same year, Henton was also cast as Milsap Morris in the UPN/ABC sitcom The Hughleys. He featured in 89 episodes of the series from 1998 to 2002. The sitcom follows the story of Darryl Hughley (D. L. Hughley), an affluent black business person who appears to have realized his American dream. However, when his family moves to a primarily white neighborhood in California’s San Fernando Valley, the family must adjust to their new surroundings while maintaining a sense of who they are and where they come from.

In addition, Henton also made guest appearances in other television shows, including The ParkersOne on OneLove That Girl!, and Hannah Montana.

Car Accident and Its Effect on His Eye

In September 2000, Henton was engaged in a near-fatal car accident that ruined his left eye socket, damaged both of his legs, broke nine teeth, and ripped up his stomach. 

Henton was driving at least 100 mph when the accident took place. It happened after he finished celebrating the filming of The Hughleys Halloween segment with friends and co-stars. However, Henton, who had been under the influence, doesn’t remember the fatal accident. The last memory he has about the day was the party. 

Plastic Surgery 

After the incident, Henton’s injuries were so severe that his agent had to go back to Henton’s house to get photographs plastic surgeons would use to reconstruct his face. Thankfully, he had a successful surgery, and the surgeons could rebuild his face. 

Wife & Daughter

Henton is married to his wife, Michelle Delany. The couple has a daughter named Nicole Simone Henton. The family lives in Los Angeles.

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