Don Johnson

Actor, Producer, Singer
Having spent the first part of his career struggling to gain a professional footing while overindulging in drugs and alcohol, actor Don Johnson suffered the indignity of six failed pilots before finally achieving ... Read more »
Born: 12/15/1949 in Flatt Creek, Missouri, USA

Filmography

Actor (90)

Blood & Oil 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Actor

Alex of Venice 2015 (Movie)

Roger (Actor)

From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series 2010 - 2011, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Glenn Martin, DDS 2009 - 2011, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Voice

Miami Vice 1984 - 1989, 2009 - 2011, 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Cold in July 2014 (Movie)

Jim Bob (Actor)

The Other Woman 2014 (Movie)

Frank (Actor)

Django Unchained 2012 (Movie)

Big Daddy (Actor)

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

A Good Old Fashioned Orgy 2011 (Movie)

Jerry (Actor)

Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star 2011 (Movie)

Miles Deep (Actor)

The Oprah Winfrey Show 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Machete 2010 (Movie)

Von (Actor)

When in Rome 2010 (Movie)

Beth's father (Actor)

Bastardi 2008 (Movie)

(Actor)

Torno a vivere da solo 2008 (Movie)

Nico (Actor)

Generation Boom 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Moondance Alexander 2007 (Movie)

Dante Longpre (Actor)

Just Legal 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Word of Honor (TNT) 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Nash Bridges 1995 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 26th Annual People's Choice Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Goodbye Lover 1999 (Movie)

Ben Dunmore (Actor)

Hollywood Animal Crusaders 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Great American History Quiz 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

CBS: The First 50 Years 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1996 Emmy Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 23rd Annual People's Choice Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 22nd Annual People's Choice Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Tin Cup 1996 (Movie)

David Simms (Actor)

The Horatio Alger Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Born Yesterday 1993 (Movie)

Paul Verrall (Actor)

Guilty As Sin 1993 (Movie)

David Greenhill (Actor)

The 19th Annual People's Choice Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Grand Opening of Euro Disney 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man 1991 (Movie)

Marlboro (Actor)

Paradise 1991 (Movie)

Ben Reed (Actor)

Seriously... Phil Collins 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

NBC Saturday Sports Showcase 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Super Bowl Saturday Nite 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

That's What Friends Are For 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The 16th Annual People's Choice Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The American Red Cross Emergency Test 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The Hot Spot 1990 (Movie)

Harry Madox (Actor)

Dead Bang 1989 (Movie)

Jerry Beck (Actor)

The 61st Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

All-Star Gala at Ford's Theatre 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Sweet Hearts Dance 1988 (Movie)

Wiley Boon (Actor)

The Barbara Walters Special (12/08/87) 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Bob Hope's High-Flying Birthday Extravaganza 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Don Johnson's Music Video Feature Heartbeat 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The 38th Annual Emmy Awards 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The Special Olympics Opening Ceremonies 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Bob Hope's High-Flying Birthday 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

G.I. Joe: The Movie 1986 (Movie)

of Lieutenant Falcon (Voice)

NBC's 60th Anniversary Celebration 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The Long Hot Summer 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The NBC All-Star Hour 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Cease Fire 1985 (Movie)

Tim Murphy (Actor)

Melanie 1983 (Movie)

Carl Daniel (Actor)

Six Pack 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

From Here to Eternity 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

The Rebels 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

The City 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Return to Macon County 1975 (Movie)

Harley McKay (Actor)

A Boy and His Dog 1973 (Movie)

Vic (Actor)

The Harrad Experiment 1972 (Movie)

Stanley (Actor)

Zachariah 1970 (Movie)

Matthew (Actor)

Beulah Land (TV Show)

Actor

Cover Girls (TV Show)

Actor

Elvis and the Beauty Queen (TV Show)

Actor

First You Cry (TV Show)

Actor

In Pursuit of Honor (TV Show)

Actor

Law of the Land (TV Show)

Actor

Ski Lift to Death (TV Show)

Actor

The Rebels (TV Show)

Actor

The Two-Five (TV Show)

Actor

Willie Nelson's Picnic (TV Show)

Actor
Sound (5)

Henry Aldrich for President (Movie)

(Sound/Sound Designer)

I Met Him in Paris (Movie)

(Sound/Sound Designer)

Make Way for Tomorrow (Movie)

(Sound/Sound Designer)

Ministry of Fear (Movie)

(Sound/Sound Designer)

True Confession (Movie)

(Sound/Sound Designer)
Producer (3)

The Horatio Alger Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Life on the Flipside 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

In the Company of Darkness (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Biography

Having spent the first part of his career struggling to gain a professional footing while overindulging in drugs and alcohol, actor Don Johnson suffered the indignity of six failed pilots before finally achieving massive success as Det. Sonny Crockett on Michael Mann's trendy cop drama, "Miami Vice" (NBC, 1984-89). More than just a hit show, "Miami Vice" was a cultural watermark that set the trend for pastel Armani suits, three-day beards, and sockless feet stuffed into loafers - all set to a rock-n-roll beat. While his star was never brighter than on television, Johnson started a second, brief career as a pop singer while trying to kick-start a feature career with such forgettable movies as "Sweet Hearts Dance" (1988), "Dead Bang" (1989) and the critically maligned "Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man" (1991). Johnson's party-all-night persona, which he cultivated in the 1970s, was put on hold for a time at his career peak, but resumed full-force in the 1990s during his high-profile reunion with actress Melanie Griffith, whom he had previously married after a three-year affair when she was 14. Following a TV hiatus after the demise of "Vice," Johnson returned to primetime prominence with "Nash Bridges" (CBS, 1996-2001), a successful cop drama that was eventually canceled due to extravagant costs. While the ensuing years were plagued by personal and financial scandal, including stints in rehab and declaring bankruptcy, Johnson regained a hold on his life and career in the early millennium, reminding fans to never count the handsome actor out.

Relationships

Wayne

Father
Divorced from Don's mother

Nell

Mother
Was only 16 when she gave birth to Don Divorced from his father

Jeanne Anderson

Companion
Reportedly engaged 1996 No longer together

Alexander Bauer

Step-Son
Born 1985 to Steven Bauer and Melanie Griffith Johnson raised him while married to Griffith and considered him his son

Patti D'Arbanville Actor

Companion
First met at Andy Warhol's Factory 13 years before birth of their son 1982 Together from 1981-85 No longer together

Pamela Des Barres

Companion
Together in late 1960s No longer together She fondly recalled Johnson and his sexual prowess in 1988 tell-all bestseller I'm With the Band

Melanie Griffith Actor

Wife
At 14, Griffith began dating 22-year-old Johnson She was 18 years old when they married Jan. 8, 1976 in Las Vegas, NV Divorced six months later July 1976 Remarried June 26, 1989 She left after meeting Antonio Banderas on set of "Two Much" (1995) Divorce finalized February 1996

Dakota Johnson Actor

Daughter
Born Oct. 4, 1989; mother, Melanie Griffith

Jesse Johnson Actor

Son
Born Dec. 7, 1982; mother, Patti D'Arbanville

Atherton Johnson

Daughter
Born Dec. 28, 1999; mother, Kelley Phleger

Deacon Johnson

Son
Born April 29, 2006; mother, Kelley Phleger

Jasper Johnson

Son
Born June 6, 2002, mother, Kelley Phleger

Jodi Lyn O'Keefe Actor

Companion
Co-starred as father and daughter on "Nash Bridges" (CBS) No longer together

Kelley Phleger

Wife
Met 1996 at a party; Johnson reportedly shoved Phleger's then-boyfriend out of the way and told her he was going to marry her Married April 29, 1999 in a civil ceremony presided over by San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown

Jamie Skylar

Sister
Younger

Barbra Streisand Actor

Companion
Recorded a duet entitled "Till I Loved You" for her 1988 album of the same name No longer together

Tanya Tucker Actor

Companion
Dating at the time Johnson's relationship with Patti D'Arbanville began No longer together

EDUCATION

American Conservatory Theatre

San Francisco , California
Attended on a school grant

Wichita South High School

Wichita , Kansas 1967
Played Tony in the school production of "West Side Story"

University of Kansas

Lawrence , Kansas
Attended on a drama scholarship; left after two years

Milestones

2012

Played a southern plantation owner named 'Big Daddy' opposite Jamie Foxx in "Django Unchained," a Western drama set in Mississippi; film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino

2011

Acted opposite Nick Swardson in comedy feature "Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star"

2010

Appeared in action thriller "Machete," co-directed by Ethan Maniquis and Robert Rodriguez

2009

Played Kristen Bell's character's father in romantic comedy "When in Rome"

2007

Made West End debut as Nathan Detroit in "Guys and Dolls"

2006

Cast in short-lived drama "Just Legal" (The WB) as a jaded lawyer

1998

Appeared in Roland Joffe's "Goodbye Lover" with Patricia Arquette

1996

Returned to series TV, playing the title role of a San Francisco detective on "Nash Bridges" (CBS); again paired with Cheech Marin; also executive produced

1996

Played a professional golfer in Ron Shelton's "Tin Cup"; first on-screen pairing with Cheech Marin

1996

Received star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

1993

Executive produced CBS movie "In the Company of Darkness"

1993

Acted opposite Griffith and John Goodman in a remake of "Born Yesterday"; fourth and last film (to date) with Griffith

1991

Co-starred with Mickey Rourke in "Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man"

1991

Co-starred with then-wife Melanie Griffith in "Paradise"

1989

Portrayed an LA homicide detective in John Frankenheimer's disappointing "Dead Bang"

1988

Headlined an ensemble cast in "Sweet Hearts Dance"

1986

Released debut album Heartbeat

1985

Played the Paul Newman role in NBC remake of "The Long Hot Summer"

1985

Cast as a Vietnam veteran haunted by his experience in "Cease Fire"

1984

Cast in breakthrough role as pastel-wearing Florida detective Sonny Crockett on NBC's "Miami Vice"; also directed several episodes

1981

Portrayed Elvis Presley in NBC movie "Elvis and the Beauty Queen"

1980

Co-starred in TV movie "Revenge of the Stepford Wives" (NBC)

1980

Played Jeff Pruitt on NBC drama series "From Here to Eternity"; cancelled after 13 episodes

1976

TV-movie acting debut, "Law of the Land" (NBC)

1975

Acted in sci-fi cult classic "A Boy and His Dog"

1973

Co-starred with Tippi Hedren in Ted Post's "Harrad Experiment"; began relationship with Hedren's then-14 year old daughter Melanie Griffith who was an extra on the film

1969

Landed first leading role in a feature film, "The Magic Garden of Stanley Sweetheart"

1968

Cast in first major stage role in Sal Mineo's Los Angeles production of "Fortune and Men's Eyes," playing the lead role of Smitty

After reform school, went to live with father in East Wichita, KS

Moved from Missouri to Wichita when he was six years old

Landed first professional stage role in ACT production of the musical "Your Own Thing," two weeks after arriving in San Francisco

Performed in plays at the University of Kansas for two years

Continued theater training at San Francisco's prestigious American Conservatory Theatre (ACT)

Bonus Trivia

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He was not to be confused with TV and movie sound technician Don Johnson, whose career covered the same years.

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When Johnson was 12 years old, he was arrested for hotwiring cars and sent to reform school.

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Johnson worked with Allman Brothers guitarist Dickey Betts, co-writing the songs "Blind Love" and "Can't Take It with You" from their 1979 album Enlightened Rogues

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On his time spent around Andy Warhol's Factory: "We were all fairly f*cked up, and the reefer took a toll on my memory. But I do remember we all knew something was happening. We had come together from all over the U.S. – me from Missouri, Holly [Woodlawn] from Florida, Lou Reed from Long Island, Andy [Warhol] from Michigan or Minnesota or some-f*ckin'-where. And the one thing we all had in common was that we hated boredom. I think that's why we gravitated to each other. We were all young, and completely f*ckin' crazy – completely on the edge and pushin' the envelope. It was just a constant ballet of debauchery." – Johnson to Rolling Stone Magazine, Sept. 25, 1986

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About his rural Missouri childhood: "I had two pairs of blue jeans – everyday and good jeans. And one suit to wear to church. A pair of tennis shoes and dress shoes. And everything was clean." – Johnson quoted in The Los Angeles Times, March 28, 1999

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In April 2004, Don Johnson filed for bankruptcy to protect his Colorado ranch from being sold at auction.

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On July 8, 2010, a jury awarded Johnson $23.2 million in profits after he filed a lawsuit against Rysher Productions, claiming he owned 50 percent of the copyright to the show "Nash Bridges." In February 2013, the actor received $19 million from Rysher Productions.

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In February 2013, Johnson received $19 million from Rysher Productions, the company that co-produced "Nash Bridges."

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