Magic Johnson

An effervescent 6'9" point guard whose wizardry as a passer put a new dazzle in team play, Magic Johnson revolutionized the game of basketball with the Los Angeles Lakers during their 1980s dynasty. A Michigan native ... Read more »
Born: 08/13/1959 in Lansing, Michigan, USA

Filmography

Actor (68)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2003 - 2004, 2013 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Guest

Conan 2011, 2013 (Tv Show)

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The Tonight Show With Jay Leno 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

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The Apprentice 2012 (Tv Show)

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The Late Show With David Letterman 2012 (Tv Show)

Guest

The Announcement 2011 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Announcement 2011 (Movie)

(Narrator)

The Game 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Magic & Bird 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

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The BET Honors 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Are We Done Yet? 2007 (Movie)

Special Appearance (Actor)

Wendy Williams is on Fire on the Red Carpet 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

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3rd Annual BET Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

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Arli$$ 1996 - 2003 (TV Show)

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Star Search 1998 - 1999, 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

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The Chris Rock Show 1998 - 1999, 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

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Inside Schwartz 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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Malcolm in the Middle 2002 (Tv Show)

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Muhammad Ali's 60th Birthday Celebration 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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Sports Illustrated's Night of Champions 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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The Parkers 2002 (Tv Show)

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The 15th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Backstage 2000 (Movie)

cameo appearance (Actor)

On Style: Macy's Passport 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Whatever Happened to Micheal Ray? 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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The 1999 Essence Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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12th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Michael Jordan: A Champion's Journey 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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The Magic Hour 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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NBA at 50 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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The 1996 Summer Olympics 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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The Mickey Mouse Club 1988 - 1995 (TV Show)

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AT&T Presents: Queen Latifah and Friends 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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One on One With Magic Johnson 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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Super Bowl Live 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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The 1992 MTV Video Music Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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The 35th Annual Grammy Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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A Conversation With Magic 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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Comic Relief V 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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Face to Face With Connie Chung (12/11/91) 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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Fox/MTV Guide to Summer '92 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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Magic Johnson's All-Star Slam 'N Jam 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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Super Mario Bros. Super Show 1989 - 1992 (TV Show)

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The 24th Annual NAACP Image Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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The American Music Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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Children's Miracle Network Telethon 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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Grand Canyon 1991 (Movie)

(uncredited cameo appearance) Basketball Player (Actor)

The Simpsons 1991 (Tv Show)

Voice

Voices That Care 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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History of the NBA 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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NBC Saturday Sports Showcase 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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Time Warner Presents the Earth Day Special 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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Just Between Friends 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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One on One With Jim Lampley 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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Pee-wee's Playhouse Christmas Special 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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The 2nd Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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Superstars & Their Moms 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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Famous Lives 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

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Speak Up America 1979 - 1981 (TV Show)

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The Jimmy McNichol Special 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (6)

Obsessed 2009 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Crossover 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Hair Show 2004 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Who's Got Game? 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Brown Sugar 2002 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Passing Glory (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Biography

An effervescent 6'9" point guard whose wizardry as a passer put a new dazzle in team play, Magic Johnson revolutionized the game of basketball with the Los Angeles Lakers during their 1980s dynasty. A Michigan native, Johnson led the Michigan State University Spartans to a national championship in 1979 in a ballyhooed shoot-out with Indiana State, led by hot-shooting forward Larry Bird. He left school early and was selected No. 1 in the National Basketball Association draft by the Lakers. Joining legendary center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Johnson revived the franchise, helped propel it to an NBA title in his rookie season and earned the Finals MVP honor along the way. He would lead the Lakers to five championships through the '80s, with two against rival Bird's Boston Celtics. Johnson stunned the media with his announcement in 1991 that he had contracted HIV and was retiring. After two short-lived comeback attempts and a brief stint as the Lakers' coach, he settled into TV work and branched into entertainment-related business ventures that would include a famously awful late-night talk show for Fox. He remained in the limelight as studio analyst for NBA broadcasts, including ABC/ESPN. One of the most prominent and inspirational figures living with HIV, Johnson played a pivotal role not only in the Lakers "Showtime" dynasty but in reviving the fortunes of the once moribund NBA.

Relationships

Cookie Johnson Actor

Wife
Married Sept. 14, 1991

Earvin Johnson

Son
Born June 4, 1992; mother, Cookie Johnson

Elisa Johnson

Daughter
Adopted 1995 with Cookie Johnson

Andre Johnson

Son
Born 1981; mother, Melissa Mitchell

Melissa Mitchell

Companion
Couple had son Andre 1981

EDUCATION

Michigan State University

East Lansing , Michigan

Milestones

2012

Featured in documentary "The Dream Team"

2012

Became co-owner of professional baseball team the L.A. Dodgers

2010

Famous rivalry documented in HBO's "Magic and Bird"

2009

Published When The Game Was Ours, co-written with Larry Bird (with Jackie MacMullan)

2008

Joined "ESPN's NBA Countdown" as studio analyst

2006

Created contract food service with Sodexo USA called Sodexo-Magic

2002

Executive produced romantic comedy "Brown Sugar"

2002

Inducted into Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

2001

Received star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

1998

Hosted and executive produced short-lived late night talk show "The Magic Hour" (Fox)

1994

Became minority owner of Lakers after purchasing five percent share of team; stepped down as coach

1994

Opened chain of movie theaters named Magic Johnson Theatres

1993

Replaced Randy Pfund as Lakers head coach

1992

Joined star-studded squad dubbed "the Dream Team" at Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain; team won gold

1991

Retired from professional basketball following announcement of HIV-positive status

1991

Created the Magic Johnson Foundation to help combat HIV

1987

Won his first NBA Most Valuable Player award

1984

Shared friendly yet competitive rivalry with Boston Celtics player Larry Bird; their respective teams played each other in three out of four NBA finals from 1984-87

1981

Signed 25-year, $25-million contract with the Lakers, then the highest-paying contract in sports history

1979

With Michigan State, first played against Larry Bird during NCAA Championships; team won over Bird's Indiana State

1979

Drafted first overall by NBA team Los Angeles Lakers

1979

Named NCAA Division I Tournament Most Outstanding Player

1977

Played for Michigan State University

Nicknamed "Magic" by sportswriter Fred Stabley, Jr. while playing for Everett High School in Lansing, MI

Bonus Trivia

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On Nov. 7, 1991, Johnson revealed he was HIV-positive. He also announced his retirement from basketball after twelve years with the Los Angeles Lakers.

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