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Don Johnson

Highest Rated:   91% Brawl in Cell Block 99 (2017)
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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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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
91% Brawl in Cell Block 99
  • Warden Tuggs
2017
No Score Yet Vengeance: A Love Story
  • Jay Kirkpatrick
$5k 2017
73% Alex of Venice
  • Roger
2015
85% Cold in July
  • Jim Bob
2014
25% The Other Woman
  • Frank
$77.9M 2014
87% Django Unchained
  • Big Daddy
$162.9M 2012
0% Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star
  • Miles Deep
$2.4M 2011
33% A Good Old Fashioned Orgy
  • Actor
$0.2M 2011
72% Machete
  • Von
$26.2M 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
  • Benjamin Tyson
  • Producer
  • 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
40% Guilty as Sin
  • David Greenhill
1993
26% 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

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015
  • Guest
  • 2017
63% Blood & Oil
2015
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
  • Hap Hap Briggs
  • 2015
69% From Dusk Till Dawn
  • Actor
  • 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 View
1997
  • Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
  • Appearing
  • 2012
83% 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

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