Reginald Veljohnson

Actor
A hefty, genial African-American character actor in features and a put-upon sitcom lead, Reginald VelJohnson is perhaps best known to film audiences as the friendly, Twinkie-chomping cop pal to Bruce Willis in "Die ... Read more »
Born: 08/16/1952 in Queens, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (67)

Girl Meets World 2016 (Tv Show)

Actor

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia 2016 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ray Donovan 2016 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Flight Before Christmas 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Actor

Clipped 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hart of Dixie 2013 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Strike One 2015 (Movie)

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I Didn't Do It 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jelly 2014 (Movie)

Joe Woods (Actor)

Three Days to Vegas 2014 (Movie)

Johnny (Actor)

Mike and Molly 2011 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Real Husbands of Hollywood 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Formula 2013 (Movie)

Professor Millan (Actor)

The Mistle-Tones 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

The Neighbors 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Childrens Hospital 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Diagnosis Murder 1988 - 1989, 1997 - 2000, 2006 - 2007, 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

On the Lot 2006 - 2007, 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Perfect Strangers 1988 - 1989, 2006 - 2007, 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Hughleys 1988 - 1989, 1999 - 2000, 2006 - 2007, 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Tron: Uprising 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Voice

I'm in the Band 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Glory Daze 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Three Gifts 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

You Again 2010 (Movie)

Mason Dunlevy (Actor)

Chuck 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Bones 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Eve 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Monk 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Suits on the Loose 2006 (Movie)

Regy Steedman (Actor)

That's So Raven 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Ghost Whisperer 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Like Mike 2002 (Movie)

Mr. Boyd (Actor)

Will & Grace 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Reginald VelJohnson: His Family Matters 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Ground Zero 2000 (Movie)

Burt Klavan (Actor)

Storytime 1993 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1998 Creative Arts Emmy Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Presenter

On Our Own 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

A Cool Like That Christmas 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Voice

Circus of the Stars Gives Kids the World 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Posse 1993 (Movie)

Preston (Actor)

Werewolf Concerto 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

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

Performer

The ABC Saturday Morning Preview 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The ABC Saturday Morning Preview 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

ABC's Comedy Sneak Peek 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Die Hard 2: Die Harder 1990 (Movie)

Sergeant Al Powell (Actor)

Turner & Hooch 1989 (Movie)

David Sutton (Actor)

Die Hard 1988 (Movie)

Sergeant Al Powell (Actor)

Plain Clothes 1988 (Movie)

Captain Graff (Actor)

Doing Life 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Crocodile Dundee 1986 (Movie)

Gus (Actor)

Magic Sticks 1986 (Movie)

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Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins... 1985 (Movie)

Ambulance Driver (Actor)

Ghostbusters 1984 (Movie)

Jail Guard (Actor)

Wolfen 1981 (Movie)

Morgue Attendant (Actor)

A Father's Homecoming (TV Show)

Actor

Attitudes (TV Show)

Actor

Deadly Pursuits (TV Show)

Actor

Grass Roots (TV Show)

Actor

Jury Duty: The Comedy (TV Show)

Actor

One of Her Own (TV Show)

Actor

The Bride in Black (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A hefty, genial African-American character actor in features and a put-upon sitcom lead, Reginald VelJohnson is perhaps best known to film audiences as the friendly, Twinkie-chomping cop pal to Bruce Willis in "Die Hard" (1988). VelJohnson fleetingly recreated this role in a cameo for "Die Hard 2" (1990). TV audiences know him as Carl Winslow, another good-natured if long-suffering police officer, on the hit ABC sitcom, "Family Matters" (1989-97; CBS, 1997-98). Though VelJohnson was initially considered the star of the show, he was eclipsed by the addition of a phenomenally popular character: the sublimely nerdy Steve Urkel (Jaleel White). Much of the show has consequently revolved around their prickly relationship.

Relationships

Dan Johnson

Father
walked out on family when VelJohnson was 13 years old reunited with son in 1986 while dying of heart problems in a veteran's hospital in Queens, New York

Eve Johnson

Mother
remarried when VelJohnson was 15 to John Reilly, who helped raise her children

Barry VelJohnson

Brother
younger born c. 1957 changed his name from Johnson to VelJohnson after his older brother did

EDUCATION

New York University

New York , New York
studied under Lloyd Richards

Long Island Institute of Music and Arts

New York

Benjamin N Cardozo High School

Bayside , New York

Milestones

2005

Starred in the comedy "Suits on the Loose" helmed by Rodney Henson

1999

Appeared in the annual holiday stage musical "A Christmas Carol" in NYC

1989

Played Carl Winslow on the ABC sitcom, "Family Matters"

1981

Film acting debut, "Wolfen"

Invited to join Joseph Papp's Black/Hispanic Shakespeare Company with Morgan Freeman, Gloria Foster, C C H Pounder, Miriam Colon and Jaime Sanchez

Recurring TV role in "Perfect Strangers" led to own series "Family Matters"

Added his middle name, Vel, to his original surname in the early 1970s because there were other actors named Reginald or Reggie Johnson

Appeared on and off-Broadway in such shows as "Hamlet," "The Merry Wives of Windsor," "Mondongo"

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