Although he was born in Washington State, actor Paul Johansson was raised in British Columbia, where his father, hockey player Earl Johnson, had moved the family. He ended his college basketball ambitions in 1989 when he was cast on the NBC daytime drama "Santa Barbara", and, once in Hollywood, found roles in the film "Soapdish" and the shows "Parker Lewis" and "Beverly Hills, 90210", with his friend and fellow Canadian transplant Jason Priestley, as well as the acclaimed Western miniseries"Lonesome Dove". He enjoyed guest spots on TV's "7th Heaven" and "Dharma & Greg", and played Nick Wolfe for 22 episodes of the adventure series "Highlander: The Raven", before appearing in the feature drama "John Q" (2002). Johansson's career was bolstered in '03, when he was cast as Dan Scott in the WB drama series "One Tree Hill", which became his regular gig during subsequent years. He eventually directed episodes of the show and, after making the short film "Conversations in Limbo", Johansson wrote and directed the Emmy-winning TV movie,"The Incredible Mrs. Ritchie", starring Gena Rowlands. Concurrently to his work on "One Tree Hill", he has appeared in the '06 drama "Alpha Dog", had a cameo in the popular romance "The Notebook", and played an FBI agent in the crime movie "The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day" ('09).