Don Johnson (Actor) - Miami Vice
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Updated: 5/08/19

Name: Don Johnson

Birth Name: Donnie Wayne Johnson

Born: December 15, 1949 in Flat Creek, Missouri, USA

Nickname: DJ, The Don

Claim To Fame: Don Johnson is an American actor, producer, director, singer, and songwriter best known for his role as James "Sonny" Crockett in the 1980s television series Miami Vice, which earned him a Golden Globe.

Family Life: Johnson has had four wives in five marriages, three of which were brief. His first two marriages were annulled within a matter of days. The he was in a relationship with actress Patti D'Arbanville from 1981 to 1985, resulting in a son. His most notable marriage was to actress Melanie Griffith, whom he married twice. First in January of 1976, then divorced in July. They reunited in 1989 and conceived a daughter, actress Dakota Johnson, and were married again from that year until 1996. In 1999, he married Kelley Phleger and together they have 3 children.

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Info: Graduated from Wichita South High School, where he was involved in the high school's theatre program.

Enrolled at the University of Kansas as a theatre major, but dropped out after one year.

Attend the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco.

Thanks to his role in Miami Vice, Johnson became and still is an '80s icon.

Johnson released two albums of pop music in the 1980s, Heartbeat in 1986 and Let It Roll in 1989. His single "Heartbeat" reached No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.

In 1986 Johnson scored his first motor sport victory, a 1,100-mile powerboat race, New Orleans to St. Louis, up the Mississippi River. Two years later, Johnson was the American Power Boat Association's 1988 World Champion of the Offshore World Cup.

Dated Pamela Des Barres, Sally Sheridan, Cybill Shepherd, Barbra Streisand, Uma Thurman, Kari Whitman, Jeanne Anderson and Jodi Lyn O'Keefe.

Trivia: First major role was Smitty in the 1969 Los Angeles stage production of Fortune and Men's Eyes.

In 1976, Johnson was roommates with actor Sal Mineo when Mineo was murdered outside their West Hollywood, California apartment.

Johnson worked with Gregg Allman and Dickey Betts of the Allman Brothers, co-writing the songs "Blind Love" and "Can't Take It with You" with Dickie Betts, which appeared on their 1979 album, Enlightened Rogues.

"Till I Loved You" was the title track (a top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100) of a studio album released on October 25, 1988 on Columbia Records. The song was a duet with then-girlfriend Barbra Streisand.

Co-wrote a two-hour movie with his neighbor Hunter S. Thompson. The movie was not picked up, but CBS bought and turned the story into Nash Bridges (1996).

In 1996, he has received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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Where Are They Now: Johnson has never stopped working, but in the last few years he has had a big resurgence in films and television. Currently, Johnson has three high profile projects in the works. A crime drama from director Rian Johnson called Knives Out, currently in post-production. Then, Vault, a crime drama due out this summer. And, the highly anticipated HBO series, Watchmen, which just dropped a very intriguing trailer.


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