Don Johnson Biography
Don Johnson is a renowned American actor, producer, singer, director, and songwriter. He is quite known for his role as James “Sonny” Crockett in the 1980s television series Miami Vice. In this film, Don won a Golden Globe for his work in the role.
He even appeared on Nash Bridges as a lead actor. The seasoned actor is among the many Hollywood actors with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Johnson was born in Crane, Missouri but raised in Wichita, Kansas after his parents relocated when he was just six years old. He then joined Wichita South High School, where he actively participated in the high School’s program.
After graduating from high school in 1967, Don enrolled at the University of Kansas for a theatre course. However, he dropped out after one year of relocating to San Francisco, California to join the American Conservatory Theatre.
His first major role was in the 1969 Los Angeles films; Fortune and Men’s Eyes. These films opened him up for the 1970 film; The Magic Garden of Stanley Sweetheart. He then moved on to work on stage, film, and television without a breakthrough.
In this period, Don’s notable films included; Zachariah of 1971, The Harrad Experiment of 1973, Lollipop and Roses of 1974, and A Boy and His Dog (1975).
Between 1996-2001, Don featured in the CBS-TV Nash Bridges alongside Cheech Marin, Jeff Perry, Jaime P. Gomez, Kelly Hu, Wendy Moniz, Annette O’Toole, Jodi Lyn O’Keefe, and James Gammon.
In the fall of 2005, Johnson briefly featured in The WB courtroom television drama show Just Legal as a jaded lawyer with a very young and idealistic partner, Jay Baruchel. However, the show was canceled in October 2005 after three of eight produced episodes were aired.
On January 18, 2010, Johson and Jon Heder co-hosted WWE’s Raw. In the same year, he had a supporting role in Robert Rodriguez’s film, Machete. Later in October, he featured in the HBO series Eastbound & Down, playing Kenny Powers’ long-lost father. Recently, Don played Richard Drysdale in the 2019 Rian Johnson’s murder-mystery Knives Out.
Don Johnson Age
How old is Don Johnson? Johnson is 72 years old as of December 2021. He was born Donnie Wayne Johnson on December 15, 1949, in Flat Creek, Missouri, the United States of America. In addition, he celebrates his birthday on the 15th of December every year.
Don Johnson Family
Johnson was the son of the late Nell Wilson, a beautician who lived from 1933 to 1975, and the late Fredie Wayne Johnson, a farmer who lived from 1930 to 2017. Johnson was born to a 17-year-old mother and a 19-year-old father. He grew up in poverty in Wichita, Kansas, after his parents moved there when he was seven years old.
Don Johnson Wife
Don is currently married to his wife, Kelley Phleger since 1999. However, he has been married and divorced twice. Between 1989 to 1996, Johnson was re-married, Melanie Griffith. This is the lady he had married in 1976 divorcing the same year.
Don’s third wife was Melanie Griffin, a renowned American actress. The duo met when Melanie, the daughter of Don’s co-star on Harrad Experiment, Tippi Hedren was 14 years old and the couple started living together within a year.
When Melanie turned 18, they got engaged, later marrying in 1976. However, they separated in July 1976, getting a divorce in November. In the late 80’s the couple reunited and their daughter, Dakota Johnson was conceived in 1989. They remarried in 1996 when they divorced again.
Johnson is a father of five. His firstborn, Jesse Wayne was born on December 7, 1982. Jesse’s mother is actress Patti D’Arbanville who dated Don from 1981 to 1985. After remarrying Melanie Griffith, Don had his second-born, actress and model Dakota Johnson on December 7, 1982.
The other three are his daughter Atherton Grace born in 1999, and two sons; Jasper Breckinridge, and Deacon born in 2002 and 2006 respectively.
Don Johnson Net Worth
Don has an estimated net worth of around $50 million as of 2021. His income is mainly attributed to his successful career as an actor.
Don Johnson Miami Vice
In 1984, Johnson started featuring on the television series Miami Vice as Detective James “Sonny” Crockett. He played this starring role as an undercover detective. For this character, Johnson drove a Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona, wore thousand-dollar Versace and Hugo Boss suits over pastel cotton T-shirts, also drove a Ferrari Testarossa, wore expensive timepieces by Rolex and Ebel, and lived on a 12-meter (40 ft) (later a 42-foot [13 m]) Endeavour yacht with his pet alligator, Elvis. He featured in the series until 1989.
He also featured on Nash Bridges, a 1996-2001 television police drama alongside the likes of Jodi Lyn O’Keefe, Jeff Perry, Cheech Marin, Jaime P. Gomez, and James Gammon. His other notable roles include portraying the role of a lawyer on Just Legal, as Nathan Detroit on Guys and Dolls, on Lange Flate Ballær 2, and co-hosted WWE’s RAW with Jon Heder in January 2010.
Don Johnson Films | Movies | TV Shows
2019 – Vault as Gerry
‘019 – Watchmen as Chief Judd Crawford
2019 – Knives Out as Richard Drysdale
2018 – Book Club as Arthur
‘018 – Daddy Issues as Roman
2018 – Dragged Across Concrete as Lt. G. Calvert
2017 – Vengeance: A Love Story as Jay Kirkpatrick
2015 – Blood & Oil as Hap Briggs
2015 – Alex of Venice as Roger
2014–2015 – From Dusk till Dawn: The Series as Sheriff Earl McGraw
2014 – Cold in July as Jim Bob Luke
2012 – Django Unchained as Spencer “Big Daddy” Bennett
2011 – Four Loko Vineyards as Mr. Four Loko
2010 – When in Rome as Mr. Martin
2010 – Machete as Lt. Von Jackson
2008 – Long Flat Balls II as Admiral Burnett
2007 – Moondance Alexander as Dante Longpre
2005–2006 – Just Legal as Grant H. Cooper
1998 – Goodbye Lover as Ben Dunmore
1996 – Tin Cup as David Simms
1993 – Born Yesterday as Paul Verrall
1993 – Guilty as Sin as David Edgar Greenhill
1991 – Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man Robert Anderson/The Marlboro Man
1990 – The Hot Spot as Harry Madox
1989 – Dead Bang as Jerry Beck
1988; 2015 – Saturday Night Live as Himself
1988 – Sweet Hearts Dance as Wiley Boon
1987 – G.I. Joe: The Movie as Lieutenant Vincent R. Falcone/Lt. Falcon (voice)
1985 – Cease-Fire as Tim Murphy
1982 – Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp as Wazir’s Son (voice)
1981 – Swan Lake as Benno (voice)
1975 – A Boy and His Dog as Vic
1974 – Lollipops, Roses, and Talangka as Franky
1973 – The Harrad Experiment as Stanley Cole
1971 – Zachariah as Matthew
1970 – The Magic Garden of Stanley Sweetheart as Stanley Sweetheart