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Earl Johnson
Pops-S5
NameEarl Johnson
Nickname(s)Pops
BornJuly 30, 1953 (1953-07-30) (age 65)
FamilyAlmaviligerais Johnson (older sister)
Ruby Johnson (ex-wife)
Andre Johnson (son)
Rhonda Johnson (daughter)
Unnamed son
Rainbow Johnson (daughter-in-law)
Zoey Johnson (granddaughter)
Andre Johnson, Jr. (grandson)
Jack Johnson (grandson)
Diane Johnson (granddaughter)
Devonte Johnson (grandson)
Unnamed son
Cha-Cha Johnson (granddaughter)
Diamond Johnson (granddaughter)
Carl Johnson (grandson)
Dante Johnson (grandson)
Portrayed byLaurence Fishburne

Earl "Pops" Johnson is a recurring character in Black-ish.

Pops is portrayed by Laurence Fishburne.

Character Info

Dre's father, affectionately referred to as "Pops," has an affinity for velour tracksuits and going to the racetrack. He can be quite the curmudgeon and takes every opportunity to offer his opinion on family issues. But when Pops offers his usually curt and spot-on old school wisdom, it is difficult to disagree with him.

Personality

Pops is a blunt, wry, and state-the-obvious kind of individual. There are several drastic views on his personality from everyone in his family. Ruby views him as a good-for-nothing husband and father, most of which is censored out of the show, while his grandchildren look up to and idolize him (there’s only a few exceptions). He likes to belittle Junior to a certain degree (albeit much less than Dre), though this is to rub the failure of his son in his eyes. He frequently expresses some concern about Diane, like everyone else, and is the only one who doesn’t mock Jack about his lack of intelligence (most of the time). He enjoys gambling with his friends (most of which are in prison, save for Smokey) and he’s mentioned many times to be drunk. If anyone’s in a pinch or need of advice, he is more than willing to come forward with his wisdom.

Appearances

Season 1 (11/24)

Trivia

  • He shot his foot just to get out of the navy.
  • He takes Afrin, and has been doing it for thirty years.
  • He has a dent in his head from a granny smith apple Ruby used to hit him.
  • His treatment of his son mirrors how Dre treats Junior.
  • He loves fried chicken.
  • He has a gun.
  • He is a master of gun-fu.
  • He knows how to use nunchucks.
  • He had a car he used to call Black Beauty, which he later on traded for a boat. But that boat was blown up by Ruby.
  • Most of his friends are in jail, except for Smokey.
  • He tends to spend most of his time at the track.
  • He moved to L.A. because of a hit-and-run.

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