Robin Harris AKA Pop of ‘House Party’ Suddenly Died in 1990 Not Seeing His Kid’s Birth - Meet His Widow & Sons

Stephen Thompson
Sep 17, 2021
02:30 A.M.

"House Party" actor Robin Harris Sr. will always be remembered as one of the greatest comedians of all time. He was at the peak of his career when he passed away, leaving his pregnant wife behind. Inside the life of the star.


Over three decades ago, famous comedian Robin Harris Sr. was at the peak of his career when he died in his sleep after suffering a heart attack. At his death, Robin Sr. was only 36 and was well known for his comedic skills.

Robin Sr. banked on jokes about being broke and ugly, which was a far cry from who he truly was. Born on August 30, 1953, in Chicago, the legend schooled at Manual Arts High School, and later on, he attended Ottawa University in Kansas.

Comedian Robin Harris. | Photo: youtube/isthemoviegood

Comedian Robin Harris. | Photo: youtube/isthemoviegood

After graduation, he began working little jobs to prove he was something. While working, Robin Sr. believed that he had something to offer, especially in the entertainment industry. Not long after, he discovered he had a talent for making people laugh.


Robin Sr. moved from Los Angeles to Kansas, where he began his fantastic career as a stand-up comedian. He performed in local clubs until he drew the attention of filmmakers Reginald Hudlin and Spike Lee.

Comedian Robin Harris performs in what would be his final performance at the New Regal Theater in Chicago, Illinois on March 17, 1990. | Photo: Getty Images

Comedian Robin Harris performs in what would be his final performance at the New Regal Theater in Chicago, Illinois on March 17, 1990. | Photo: Getty Images

Later on, he appeared on "Do The Right Thing," where he played the role of Sweet Dick Willie and "Mo Better Blues." In 1990, Robin Sr. became a household name after appearing as Pop in the "House Party." While acting, he made sure to continue organizing comedy shows.

Fans of the star got to experience his talent for the last time on March 18, 1990, before he was found by his mother lifeless in his room at the Four Seasons Hotel.


After several tests, medical reports revealed that he had long battled with sleep apnea and finally died from cardiac arrest. Speculations of poison or narcotics vanished, as they found no traces of in his blood.

Though his life was cut short, Robin Sr. left a legacy that lives on in other comedians who look up to him. While others got to experience the talent of Robin Sr., the icon's son Robin Harris Jr. did not.

He once revealed that he often thought about where his father would be if he were still alive.



Exetta Harris was married to Robin Harris Sr. at the time of his death in 1990. Together, the couple had two sons, Robin Harris Jr., born six months after his father's death, and his brother Antoine about whom they don't know much.

Like her late husband, Exetta has a flair for the movie industry. Even though she does not show her talent on the big screen, Exetta ensures that movies live up to expectations. She is a producer and is known for "Unsung Hollywood," "One Night Stand," and "Robin Harris: Live From The Comedy Act Theatre."

Exetta also loves sharing pictures of herself on social media. She once took to her Facebook page to post a picture of herself looking lovely in a lilac shirt.


She rocked short brown pixie curls and sported light makeup. Exetta was accessorized with matching earrings and finished off the look with a huge smile.

Apart from sharing images of herself, Exetta also blesses fans with pictures of her grandkids. To celebrate the new year in 2020, Exetta posted a photo of herself and her grandchildren on her Facebook page. She captioned it:

"The 1st Day of #2020 and we all had a ball 🥰😍😘💕❤."



Since the death of her husband, Exetta and Robin Jr. have made it a top priority to keep Robin Sr.'s legacy alive. In 2019, they produced the ninth annual comedy salute in honor of the comedian at Regency West in South Los Angeles.

Robin Jr. is also a rap artist and has dedicated one of his tracks, "Sons Of a Legend," to his father. Many hoped he would develop an interest in comedy since he inherited his father's sense of humor.

Over the years, Robin Jr. has spoken candidly about Robin Sr. during interviews. He once revealed that he often thought about where his father would be if he were still alive.

Robin Jr. considered the late comedian a pioneer, especially with his style of comedy. He also made it known that he had plans to make a sequel of "Bebes Kids"— a comedy animation that depicts the life of Robin Harris Sr.

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