Solid-looking African-American character player, known mostly for his work on TV. Born in Philadelphia, Johnson moved to Toronto when he was a teenager and he has returned regularly to Canada to appear in features including "Iron Eagle II" (1988) and "Soul Survivor" (1994). Work in Hollywood began in the early 1980s with a few small roles in features and TV. Things began to improve in mid-decade with a regular role in the Canadian-produced CBS crime series, "Hot Shots" (1986), as the smart staff researcher for CrimeWorld magazine. Feature work began to pick up, too, as with his gang leader in "Adventures in Babysitting" (1987) and other modest but noticeable roles in "Wild Thing" (1987) and "Colors" (1988).