|Born||December 15, 1949|
Flat Creek, Missouri, U.S.
|Partner(s)||Patti D'Arbanville (1981–1985)|
|Children||5, including Jesse and Dakota|
Donnie Wayne Johnson (born December 15, 1949) is an American actor, producer, director, singer, and songwriter.He played the role of James "Sonny" Crockett in the 1980s television series Miami Vice , winning a Golden Globe for his work in the role. He also had the eponymous lead role in the 1990s cop series Nash Bridges . Johnson has received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Donnie Wayne Johnsonwas born December 15, 1949, in Flat Creek, Missouri, to Nell (née Wilson), a beautician, and Wayne Fred Johnson (1930–2017), a farmer. At the time of his birth, Johnson's mother and father were 17 and 19 years old, respectively. Johnson was raised in poverty in Wichita, Kansas, where his parents relocated when he was six years old.
He graduated from Wichita South High School, where he was involved in the high school's theater program. As a senior, he played the lead role of Tony in West Side Story . His biography noted that he had previously appeared in "Burnt Cork and Melody" and "The Hullabaloo." After graduating from high school in 1967, he enrolled at the University of Kansas as a theater major, but dropped out after one year.He subsequently relocated to San Francisco, California to attend the American Conservatory Theater.
Johnson's first major role was in the 1969 Los Angeles stage production of Fortune and Men's Eyes, in which he played the lead role of Smitty.The play included a "shockingly realistic prison rape" scene portrayed by Johnson. This exposure led to the quickly forgotten film The Magic Garden of Stanley Sweetheart (1970). Johnson continued to work on stage, film and television without breaking into stardom. His notable films from this period were Zachariah (1971), The Harrad Experiment (1973) (a film in which Johnson displayed frontal nudity), Lollipop and Roses (1974) and A Boy and His Dog (1975). In 1976, Johnson was the roommate of actor Sal Mineo at the time Mineo was murdered.
In 1984, after years of struggling to establish himself as a TV actor, Johnson landed a starring role as undercover police detective Sonny Crockett in the Michael Mann/Universal Television cop series, Miami Vice . [ citation needed ]Miami Vice was noted for its revolutionary use of music, cinematography and imagery; and for its glitzy take on the police drama genre.[ citation needed ] In the show, Crockett's partner was Ricardo Tubbs, played by Philip Michael Thomas.The show ran from 1984 to 1990. Miami Vice made Johnson "a major international star". According to Rolling Stone, "No one had more swagger in the Reagan era than Don Johnson. As Miami Vice‘s Sonny Crockett, the undercover detective and professional stubble-cultivator who lived on a houseboat with his pet alligator Elvis, he embodied masculine cool in the era of coke binges and Lamborghinis". The Sonny Crockett character typically wore thousand-dollar Versace and Hugo Boss suits over pastel cotton T-shirts; drove a Ferrari; wore expensive timepieces by Rolex and Ebel; and lived on an Endeavour yacht.
Johnson's work on Miami Vice earned him a Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series - Drama in 1986.Johnson was nominated for the same award in 1987; he was also nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series in 1985.
Between seasons on Miami Vice, Johnson gained further renown through TV miniseries such as the 1985 remake of The Long, Hot Summer .
Johnson later starred in the 1996–2001 CBS-TV police drama Nash Bridges with Cheech Marin, Jeff Perry, Jaime P. Gomez, Kelly Hu, Wendy Moniz, Annette O'Toole, Jodi Lyn O'Keefe as his daughter Cassidy, and James Gammon as Nash's father, Nick Bridges. Johnson portrayed the title role, an inspector (later promoted to captain) for the San Francisco Police Department. In Nash Bridges, Johnson was again paired with a flashy convertible car; this time, the car was a Yellow 1971 Plymouth Barracuda.
In the fall of 2005, Johnson briefly starred in The WB courtroom television drama show Just Legal as a jaded lawyer with a young and idealistic protégé/partner (Jay Baruchel); the show was canceled in October 2005 after just three of the eight produced episodes aired. In January 2007, Johnson began a run in the West End of London production of Guys and Dolls as Nathan Detroit.
Johnson also had a role in the Norwegian comedy Lange Flate Ballær 2 ("Long Flat Balls II"), directed by Johnson's friend Harald Zwart. Johnson did the movie as a favor to Zwart. The movie was launched on March 14, 2008 in Norway, with Johnson making an appearance at the premiere. He next appeared in When in Rome with Danny DeVito, Anjelica Huston, and Kristen Bell.
Johnson had a supporting role in Robert Rodriguez's film Machete . Johnson played Von Jackson, "a twisted border vigilante leading a small army." The film was released on September 3, 2010. In October 2010, he began appearing on the HBO series Eastbound & Down , playing Kenny Powers' long-lost father, going by the alias "Eduardo Sanchez". He also reprised his role as Sonny Crockett for a Nike commercial with LeBron James in which the NBA player contemplates acting and appears alongside Johnson on Miami Vice.
In September 2011, Johnson had a cameo in the comedy A Good Old Fashioned Orgy with Jason Sudeikis.Johnson had a supporting role in the 2012 Quentin Tarantino film Django Unchained , playing a southern plantation owner named Spencer 'Big Daddy' Bennett. In 2014, Johnson starred as the character "Jim Bob" opposite Sam Shepard and Michael C. Hall in Jim Mickle's critically acclaimed crime film, Cold in July . In 2015 Johnson began starring in the ABC prime time soap opera Blood & Oil .
In 2018, he starred as the character of Arthur, the love interest of Vivian, played by Jane Fonda in Bill Holderman's romantic-comedy Book Club .In 2019, Johnson played the role of Richard Drysdale in Rian Johnson's murder-mystery Knives Out ; and starred as Police Chief Judd Crawford in the HBO series Watchmen .
Johnson released two albums of pop music in the 1980s. Heartbeat was released in 1986. Let it Roll was released in 1989. His single "Heartbeat" reached No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.
"Till I Loved You", a duet with then-girlfriend Barbra Streisand, was a top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100. It was released on the Columbia Records studio album Till I Loved You on October 25, 1988. The song was re-released on the Streisand album Duets in 2002.
In 1986, Johnson scored his first motor sport victory. He won a 1,100-mile powerboat race up the Mississippi River from New Orleans to St. Louis. Characterized by shipmates as an aggressive, fearless pilot who did not make mistakes, Johnson was named the American Power Boat Association's 1988 World Champion of the Offshore World Cup.
Johnson has been married five times to a total of four women. Three of his marriages were brief; the first two were annulled within a matter of days.The names of Johnson's first two wives have not been made public, though they are said to have been a dancer and a "rich bimbo." In the early 1970s, Johnson lived with groupie Pamela Des Barres.
During the first half of 1972, Johnson met Melanie Griffith, the 14-year-old daughter of his Harrad Experiment co-star Tippi Hedren.When Griffith was 15, she and Johnson began living together in a rented house in Laurel Canyon. On her 18th birthday they became engaged, and were married in January 1976; they separated that July and divorced in November. They reunited and conceived a daughter close to the start of 1989, Dakota Johnson (born October 4, 1989) and were married again from that year until 1996.
In 1980, Johnson dated Sally Adams, mother of actress Nicollette Sheridan.In January of the following year, he met former Warhol model Patti D'Arbanville at a Los Angeles restaurant. The pair lived together from 1981 to 1985, but never married. Johnson and D'Arbanville have a son, Jesse Wayne Johnson (born December 7, 1982). Cybill Shepherd has written of a liaison with Johnson during the making of the television miniseries The Long Hot Summer (1985).
Johnson next had a relationship with Barbra Streisand, lasting into at least September 1988.Just days after breaking up with Streisand, Johnson, then 38, was linked to 18-year-old Uma Thurman. He was also briefly involved with Dead Bang co-star Penelope Ann Miller before reuniting with Griffith. In 1996–1997, Johnson dated Jodi Lyn O'Keefe, who played his daughter on Nash Bridges . Johnson was 47 at the time, while O'Keefe was 18.
On April 29, 1999, Johnson married San Francisco socialite and Montessori nursery school teacher Kelley Phleger, former longtime girlfriend of Governor Gavin Newsom,at the Pacific Heights mansion of Ann and Gordon Getty. Actor Robert Wagner served as best man, and Mayor Willie Brown presided over the civil ceremony. Johnson and Phleger have three children together: a daughter, Atherton Grace (born December 28, 1999), and two sons, Jasper Breckinridge (born June 6, 2002), and Deacon (born April 29, 2006).
In November 2002, German customs officers at the Swiss–German border performed a routine search of Johnson's car. Bank statements evidencing US$8 billion in transactions were found in the trunk of his car. He was accompanied in his black Mercedes-Benz by three men: an investment adviser, a personal assistant, and a third unknown individual who could not be identified. Initially it was thought Johnson was involved in money laundering, but he was cleared of wrongdoing.
In May 2008, within hours of losing his Woody Creek, Colorado, home to foreclosure, Johnson paid off his $14.5 million debt.
In July 2010, a Los Angeles jury awarded Johnson $23.2 million in a lawsuit against production company Rysher Entertainment, from whom Johnson sought a share of profits commensurate with his ownership of half the copyright of Nash Bridges.Rysher announced it would appeal the verdict. In January 2013, Rysher settled the suit with a $19 million payment.
|1970||The Magic Garden of Stanley Sweetheart||Stanley Sweetheart|
|1973||The Harrad Experiment||Stanley Cole|
|1974||Lollipops, Roses and Talangka||Franky|
|1975||A Boy and His Dog||Vic|
|1975||Return to Macon County||Harley McKay|
|1981||Swan Lake||Benno (voice)||English version|
|1981||Soggy Bottom, U.S.A.||Jacob Gorch|
|1982||Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp||Wazir's Son (voice)||English version|
|1985||Cease Fire||Tim Murphy|
|1987||G.I. Joe: The Movie||Lieutenant Vincent R. Falcone/Lt. Falcon (voice)||Direct-to-video|
|1988||Sweet Hearts Dance||Wiley Boon|
|1989||Dead Bang||Jerry Beck|
|1990||The Hot Spot||Harry Madox|
|1991||Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man||Robert Anderson/The Marlboro Man|
|1993||Born Yesterday||Paul Verrall|
|1993||Guilty as Sin||David Edgar Greenhill|
|1995||In Pursuit of Honor||Ken Olin|
|1996||Tin Cup||David Simms|
|1998||Goodbye Lover||Ben Dunmore|
|2007||Moondance Alexander||Dante Longpre|
|2008||Long Flat Balls II||Admiral Burnett|
|2008||Torno a vivere da solo||Nico|
|2010||When in Rome||Mr. Martin||Uncredited|
|2010||Machete||Lt. Von Jackson|
|2011||Four Loko Vineyards||Mr. Four Loko||Short film|
|2011||A Good Old Fashioned Orgy||Jerry Keppler||Uncredited|
|2011||Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star||Miles Deep|
|2012||Django Unchained||Spencer "Big Daddy" Bennett|
|2014||Cold in July||Jim Bob Luke|
|2014||The Other Woman||Frank Whitten|
|2015||Alex of Venice||Roger|
|2017||Vengeance: A Love Story||Jay Kirkpatrick|
|2017||Brawl in Cell Block 99||Warden Tuggs|
|2018||Dragged Across Concrete||Lt. G. Calvert|
|2019||Vault||Gerry||Also executive producer|
|2019||Knives Out||Richard Drysdale|
|1971||Serge||Deloy Coopersmith||Episode: "The Combatants"|
|1972||Young Dr. Kildare||Ted Thatcher||Episode: "House Call"|
|1972||The Bold Ones: The New Doctors||Ev Howard||Episode: "Endtheme"|
|1973||Kung Fu||Nashebo||Episode: "The Spirit-Helper"|
|1974||The Rookies||Al Devering||Episode: "The Teacher"|
|1976||The Streets of San Francisco||Officer Larry Wilson||Episode: "Hot Dog"|
|1976||Barnaby Jones||Wayne Lockwood||Episode: "Renegade's Child"|
|1976||Law of the Land||Quirt||Television film|
|1977||The City||Sergeant Brian Scott||Pilot|
|1977||Cover Girls||Johnny Wilson||Television film|
|1977||Nashville 99||Mike Watling||Episode: "Sing Me a Song to Die By"|
|1977||Eight Is Enough||Doug||Episode: "Trial Marriage"|
|1977||Big Hawaii||Gandy||Episode: "Gandy"|
|1977||Police Story||Lee Morgan||Episode: "Trigger Point"|
|1978||What Really Happened to the Class of '65?||Edgar||Episode: "Class Crusader"|
|1978||The American Girls||Everett Simms||Episode: "A Crash Course in Survival"|
|1978||Pressure Point||Television film|
|1978||Ski Lift to Death||Mike Sloan||Television film|
|1978||The Two-Five||Charlie Morgan||Television film|
|1978||Katie: Portrait of a Centerfold||Gunther||Television film|
|1978||First, You Cry||Daniel Easton||Television film|
|1979||Amateur Night at the Dixie Bar and Grill||Cowboy||Television film|
|1979||The Rebels||Judson Fletcher||2 episodes|
|1980||Beulah Land||Bonard Davis||Episode: "Part I"|
|1980||Revenge of the Stepford Wives||Officer Andy Brady||Television film|
|1980||From Here to Eternity||Private Jefferson "Jeff" Davis Prewitt||13 episodes|
|1981||Elvis and the Beauty Queen||Elvis Presley||Television film|
|1981||The Two Lives of Carol Letner||Bob Howard||Television film|
|1982||Matt Houston||Terry Spence||Episode: "The Woman in White"|
|1983||Six Pack||Brewster Baker||Pilot|
|1984–1989||Miami Vice||Detective James "Sonny" Crockett||Main role, 111 episodes|
|1985||Tales of the Unexpected||Reeve Baker||Episode: "People Don't Do Such Things"|
|1985||The Long Hot Summer||Ben Quick||Television film|
|1988; 2015||Saturday Night Live||Himself||2 episodes|
|1990||Seriously...Phil Collins||Himself||Television film|
|1995||In Pursuit of Honor||Sgt. John Libbey||Television film|
|1996–2001||Nash Bridges||Inspector/Captain Nash Bridges||Main role, 122 episodes; also executive producer|
|2003||Word of Honor||Lt. Benjamin Tyson||Television film; also co-executive producer|
|2005–2006||Just Legal||Grant H. Cooper||Main role, 8 episodes|
|2010–2011||Glenn Martin, DDS||Grandpa Whitey (voice)||4 episodes|
|2010–2012||Eastbound & Down||Eduardo Sanchez Powers||5 episodes|
|2011||A Mann's World||Allan Mann||Pilot|
|2014–2015||From Dusk till Dawn: The Series||Sheriff Earl McGraw||5 episodes|
|2015||Blood & Oil||Hap Briggs||10 episodes|
|2016||TripTank||Johnny Bahama (voice)||Episode: "The Director"|
|2017||A Series of Unfortunate Events||Sir||2 episodes|
|2017||Sick Note||Kenny West||6 episodes|
|2018||LA to Vegas||Jack Silver||Episode: "Jack Silver"|
|2019||Watchmen||Chief Judd Crawford||4 episodes|
|2020||Home Movie: The Princess Bride||Humperdinck||Episode: "Chapter Seven: The Pit of Despair"|
|2021–present||Kenan||Rick Noble||Main role, 10 episodes|
|Title||Details||Peak chart positions|
| US ||AUS|| AUT || FIN || FRA || GER || NL || NOR || SWE || SWI |
|Let It Roll||—||—||23||17||15||2||19||—||35||6|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
| US ||AUS|| AUT || FIN || FRA || GER || NL || NOR || SWE || SWI || UK |
|1987||"Voice on a Hotline"||—||—||—||—||—||—||59||—||—||—||—|
|1989||"Tell It Like It Is"||—||—||13||—||6||2||6||—||—||6||84||Let It Roll|
|"Other People's Lives"||—||—||—||—||46||57||53||—||—||—||—|
|"A Better Place" (with Yuri)||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
|Year||Single||Artist||Peak chart positions||Album|
| US || AUS || FRA || GER || NL || UK |
|1988||"Till I Loved You"||Don Johnson and Barbra Streisand||25||34||22||26||4||16||Till I Loved You|
|1975||Winner||Saturn Award||Best Actor||A Boy and His Dog|
|1985||Nominated||Emmy Awards||Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series||Miami Vice|
|1986||Winner||Golden Globe Awards||Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series - Drama|
|1987||Nominated||Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series - Drama|
|1988||Won||APBA Offshore World Cup||Superboat class|
|1996||Awarded||Hollywood Walk of Fame||Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame|
Barbara Joan "Barbra" Streisand is an American singer, actress, and filmmaker. With a career spanning seven decades, she has achieved success in multiple fields of entertainment, and is among the few performers awarded an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony (EGOT).
Miami Vice is an American crime drama television series created by Anthony Yerkovich and produced by Michael Mann for NBC. The series starred Don Johnson as James "Sonny" Crockett and Philip Michael Thomas as Ricardo "Rico" Tubbs, two Metro-Dade Police Department detectives working undercover in Miami. The series ran for five seasons on NBC from September 16, 1984 to January 25, 1990. The USA Network began airing reruns in 1988, and broadcast an originally unaired episode during its syndication run of the series on January 25, 1990.
Philip Michael Thomas is a retired American actor and musician, best known for his role as detective Ricardo Tubbs on the hit 1980s TV series Miami Vice. His first notable roles were in Coonskin (1975) and opposite Irene Cara in the 1976 film Sparkle. After his success in Miami Vice, he appeared in numerous made-for-TV movies and advertisements for telephone psychic services. He served as a spokesperson for cell phone entertainment company Nextones, and also voiced the character Lance Vance in the video games Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (2002) and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories (2006).
Nash Bridges is an American police procedural television series created by Carlton Cuse starring Don Johnson and Cheech Marin as two Inspectors with the San Francisco Police Department's Special Investigations Unit. The series ran for six seasons on CBS from March 29, 1996, to May 4, 2001, for a total of 122 episodes.
Almas del Silencio is the seventh studio album and the first Spanish language album recorded by Puerto Rican performer Ricky Martin since 1998's Vuelve. It was released by Sony Discos and Columbia Records on May 20, 2003. The album was released in 38 non-Hispanic countries and reached top ten in Spain, Switzerland, Italy, Portugal, Norway and Finland.
Glen Hansard is an Irish songwriter, actor, vocalist and guitarist for the Irish group The Frames, and one half of folk rock duo The Swell Season. He is known for his acting, having appeared in the BAFTA-winning film The Commitments, as well as starring in the film Once, which earned him a number of major awards, including the Academy Award for Best Original Song for "Falling Slowly", with co-writer and co-star Markéta Irglová.
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Jesse Wayne Johnson is an American actor. He is the son of actors Don Johnson and Patti D'Arbanville.
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Emotion is the twenty-third studio album of Pop singer Barbra Streisand issued in October 1984 by Columbia Records. Emotion has been certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA and Gold in the UK by the BPI.
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Duck Sauce is an electronic music duo, formed in 2009 in New York City. The duo consists of American DJ Armand van Helden and Canadian DJ A-Trak. They are best known for their 2010 single "Barbra Streisand".
John Joseph Nicolella was an American film, television director and producer. He is best known for his directing and producing work on the 1980s television series Miami Vice. He is also known for producing the 1983 movie comedy hit Easy Money starring Rodney Dangerfield, Joe Pesci, and Jennifer Jason Leigh.
Partners is the thirty-fourth studio album by American singer and songwriter Barbra Streisand, released on September 16, 2014 by Columbia Records. The album features Streisand singing duets with an all-male lineup including Stevie Wonder, Michael Bublé, Billy Joel, John Legend, John Mayer, Andrea Bocelli, Lionel Richie, and, from an earlier recording, Elvis Presley. The collection also features Streisand's first studio-recorded duet with her now 47-year-old son, Jason Gould. The album release was promoted on The Tonight Show, where Streisand was the evening's sole guest and sang a medley with host Jimmy Fallon.
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is the film score to the 2015 film of the same name composed by John Williams with Williams and William Ross conducting, and Gustavo Dudamel appearing as a "special guest conductor". The album was released by Walt Disney Records on December 18, 2015, in both digipak CD and digital formats.
Streisand's relationship with Don Johnson began to unravel after she heard he was seeing Penelope Ann Miller on the sly during a film shoot in Canada. Streisand quickly flew North and the two rekindled their romance. But after Johnson started dating 18-year-old Uma Thurman, Johnson reportedly suggested they "embark on a non-monagamous open marriage." Streisand didn't bite.
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