Don Johnson

Birthday: Dec 15, 1949
Birthplace: Flat Creek, Missouri, USA
Born December 15th, 1949, film and television actor Don Johnson first studied his trade at the University of Kansas and the American Conservatory Theatre. A professional actor by his late teens, Johnson's earliest stage and screen assignments frequently found him cast as a fallen innocent. Johnson first gained national press coverage as the 20-year-old star of the counterculture comedy The Magic Garden of Stanley Sweetheart (1970). His next significant credit was the 1975 cult favorite A Boy and His Dog, based on a trenchant Harlan Ellison yarn. Personal and professional entanglements kept him alternately on and offscreen until 1984, when he staged a comeback as Sonny Crockett, a rough-shod yet impossibly hip, sailboat-dwelling Miami-area vice squad detective assigned to work opposite Detective Ricardo Tubbs (Philip Michael Thomas), in Michael Mann's seminal small-screen cop drama Miami Vice (1984-89). To call the program (and Johnson's role in it) "trend-setting" would be a massive understatement; the character of Crockett, with his pastel sports jackets worn atop scoop-neck t-shirts, dark sunglasses, pants without socks, and a two or three-day growth of unshaven beard, rewrote the rules of men's haute-couture for almost a decade and posited Johnson as one of American culture's top male sex symbols for a lengthy duration as well (for a time, it became seemingly impossible to look at the cover of GQ or Esquire without spotting the actor). As the series rolled on, it witnessed Crockett's character undergoing many life changes, including the violent deaths of numerous colleagues on the force and a strange, strange plot point in which he accidentally began to confuse his own identity with that of his drug-pushing alter ego in the Miami crime world. During this second flush of fame, Johnson also distinguished himself as a dependable TV-movie leading man (notably as Ben Quick in the 1985 remake of The Long Hot Summer) and a champion powerboat racer. He also played a series of interesting leading roles in films of extremely variable quality, including Dennis Hopper's post-noir thriller The Hot Spot (1990), Mary Agnes Donoghue's romantic drama Paradise (1991) (opposite longtime partner Melanie Griffith) and Kevin Costner's hard-living buddy in Ron Shelton's gentle sports-themed romantic comedy Tin Cup (1996). During the 1995-96 season, Johnson enjoyed another career renaissance that distinctly mirrored his Vice success, as star of the TV weekly Nash Bridges. On that program, Johnson played the title character, a tough-as-nails San Francisco cop working the beat as an inspector with the municipal police department's Special Investigators Unit. Episodes found him artnered up, from assignment to assignment, with the wiseacre Hispanic detective Joe Dominguez (Cheech Marin). With relentless devotion to the demands of the force and an ere-present jocularity, Bridges worked his way through a series of seemingly impossible criminal investigations over the course of five seasons. He also attempted to balance life on the squad with a difficult personal life that included a strained relationship with his ex (Annette O'Toole) and the provision of much-needed paternal guidance for his teenage daughter (Jodi O'Keefe). No matter where he has stood careerwise, Johnson has always proven good copy for the gossip columns and tabloids thanks to his on-again off-again marriage to actress Melanie Griffith, whom he wed and divorced twice over the course of twenty years; the two ended their union for the second time in 1996. Though he found little in the way of success, Johnson worked steadily through out the late nineties and early 2000s on films including Goodbye Lover (1999), Word of Honor (2003), and Moondance Alexander (2007). The actor also played a small role in the action thriller Machete in 2010.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
54% Book Club Arthur 2018
77% Dragged Across Concrete Lt. Calvert 2018
91% Brawl in Cell Block 99 Warden Tuggs 2017
No Score Yet Vengeance: A Love Story Jay Kirkpatrick 2017
74% Alex of Venice Roger 2015
84% Cold in July Jim Bob 2014
25% The Other Woman Frank 2014
86% Django Unchained Big Daddy 2012
0% Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star Miles Deep 2011
35% A Good Old Fashioned Orgy Actor 2011
72% Machete Von 2010
No Score Yet Lange flate ballær II (Long Flat Balls II) Admiral Burnett 2008
No Score Yet Moondance Alexander Dante 2007
No Score Yet Zachariah Matthew 2003
No Score Yet Word of Honor Producer Benjamin Tyson Executive Producer 2003
29% Goodbye Lover Ben Dunmore 1998
69% Tin Cup David Simms 1996
No Score Yet In Pursuit of Honor Sgt. Major John Libbey 1995
38% Guilty as Sin David Greenhill 1993
25% Born Yesterday Paul Verrall 1993
36% Paradise Ben Reed 1991
22% Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man Marlboro 1991
71% The Hot Spot Harry Madox 1990
33% Dead Bang Jerry Beck 1989
50% Sweet Hearts Dance Wiley Boon 1988
43% G.I. Joe: The Movie Lt. Falcon 1986
No Score Yet Don Johnson: Heartbeat Actor 1986
No Score Yet Cease Fire Tim Murphy 1985
No Score Yet Miami Vice 2 - The Prodigal Son Actor 1985
No Score Yet The Long Hot Summer Ben Quick 1985
No Score Yet Melanie Carl Daniel 1982
No Score Yet Soggy Bottom U.S.A. Jacob Gorch 1981
No Score Yet Beulah Land Bonard Davis 1980
No Score Yet Revenge of the Stepford Wives Officer Andy Brady 1980
No Score Yet The Rebels Actor 1979
No Score Yet First You Cry Daniel Easton 1978
No Score Yet Ski Lift to Death Mike 1978
No Score Yet The City Actor 1977
No Score Yet Law of the Land Actor 1976
No Score Yet Return to Macon County (The Last Escape) Harley McKay 1975
75% A Boy and His Dog Vic 1975
No Score Yet The Harrad Experiment Stanley Cole 1973
No Score Yet Good Morning & Goodbye Ray 1967

TV

CREDIT
50% LA to Vegas
2018
Jack Silver
  • 2018
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
Guest
  • 2018
No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen
2009
Guest
  • 2018
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015-2018
Guest
  • 2017
63% Blood & Oil
2015
Producer Executive Producer Hap Hap Briggs
  • 2015
69% From Dusk Till Dawn
  • 2015
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series
2014-2016
Earl McGraw Sheriff Earl McGraw
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Graham Norton Show
2007
Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet The View
1997
Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
Appearing
  • 2012
91% Eastbound & Down
2009-2013
Eduardo Sanchez
  • 2012
  • 2010
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
Guest
  • 2012
  • 2010
No Score Yet Conan
2010
Guest
  • 2011
No Score Yet Miami Vice
1984-1990
Director Det. Sonny Crockett
  • 1999
  • 1990
  • 1989
  • 1988
  • 1987
  • 1986
  • 1985
  • 1984
No Score Yet Kung Fu
1972-1975
Indian Lad
  • 1973
No Score Yet Tales of the Unexpected
1979-1988
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