David Johansen

David Johansen

Highest Rated: 100% Candy Mountain (1987)

Lowest Rated: 0% Car 54, Where Are You? (1994)

Birthday: Jan 09, 1950

Birthplace: Staten Island, New York, USA

Although David Johansen is known first and foremost as frontman of the legendary New York Dolls, one of the biggest influences on the nascent 1970s punk explosion, he has long maintained a side career as an actor. Indeed, Johansen spent the majority of the 1980s and early '90s inhabiting the role of suave lounge lizard Buster Poindexter, a character Johansen developed during a club residency in his native New York City. Improbably, Poindexter proved more popular than the influential but meager-selling New York Dolls ever were, appearing regularly on "Saturday Night Live" and other television shows; his soca-flavored 1987 hit, "Hot Hot Hot," was the sole Top 40 hit Johansen ever scored. Around the same time that Poindexter started percolating into the mainstream, Johansen began appearing in films and TV shows under his own name. Guest shots on popular series like "Miami Vice" and "The Equalizer" coincided with meatier roles in films like Robert Frank's "Candy Mountain," Jonathan Demme's "Married To The Mob," and the Bill Murray family hit "Scrooged," in which he played the Ghost of Christmas Past as a sardonic Manhattan cab driver. Johansen's sole starring role was as Officer Gunther Toody in a 1994 big-screen take on the 1960s sitcom "Car 54, Where Are You? " alongside John C. McGinley and Fran Drescher.


Highest Rated Movies



57% 73% Above the Shadows Ron (Character) - 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Motherf...: A Movie Unknown (Character) - 2007
68% 90% Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus Unknown (Character) $77.2K 2003
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dream Lover David (Character) - 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet God Is on Their Side God (Character) - 2002
No Score Yet 20% Campfire Stories Ranger Bill (Character) - 2001
29% 59% 200 Cigarettes Tiki Bartender (Character) $6.9M 1999
75% 84% The Tic Code Marvin the Doorman (Character) $203.8K 1998
No Score Yet 36% The Deli The Cabbie (Character) - 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Nick and Jane Carter (Character) $11.3K 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Crooked Lines Charlie (Character) - 1997
No Score Yet 89% September Songs: The Music of Kurt Weill Self - 1995
No Score Yet 60% Burnzy's Last Call Andre (Character) - 1995
0% 12% Car 54, Where Are You? Officer Gunther Toody (Character) $1.1M 1994
6% 33% Mr. Nanny Tommy Thanatos (Character) $4.2M 1993
No Score Yet 40% Desire and Hell at Sunset Motel Auggie (Character) - 1992
18% 26% Freejack Brad (Character) $15.8M 1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tales From the Darkside Unknown (Character) - 1990
43% 44% Tales From the Darkside: The Movie Halston (segment "Cat From Hell") (Character) $15.4M 1990
27% 75% Let It Ride Looney (Character) $5M 1989
71% 71% Scrooged Ghost of Christmas Past (Character) $58.2M 1988
100% 73% Candy Mountain Keith Burns (Character) - 1987


92% 97% Oz Eli Zabitz (Guest Star) 2000
No Score Yet 33% Cupid Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Schoolbreak Unknown (Character) 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Saturday Night Live Music Performer 1986-1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Equalizer Unknown (Guest Star) 1987
72% No Score Yet Miami Vice Unknown (Guest Star) 1985


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