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Johnson, Don 1949-


Full name, Don Wayne Johnson; born December 15, 1949, in Flatt Creek, MO; father, a farmer; mother, a beautician; married a dancer, 1968 (marriage annulled); married Melanie Griffith (an actress), 1976 (divorced, 1976); companion of Patti D'Arbanville (an actress); remarried Griffith, June 6, 1989 (divorced, 1996); married Kelley Phleger, April 29, 1999; children: (with D'Arbanville) Jesse Wayne, (with Griffith) Dakota Mayi (daughter), (with Phleger) Atherton Grace, Jasper Breckenridge, Deacon. Education: Attended the University of Kansas, 1966-68; studied at the American Conservatory Theatre, San Francisco, CA.


Agent—International Creative Management, 8942 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211. Manager—c/o Gold Spaceship Management, 3575 Cahuenga Boulevard W., Suite 470, Los Angeles, CA 90068. Publicist—Neil Koenigsberg and Lili Ungar, PMK Public Relations Inc., 8436 West Third Street, Suite 650, Los Angeles, CA 90048.


Actor, producer, director, and singer. Appeared in an Emmy nominated anti-drug commercial, 1985; served as chairman of the Offshore Powerboat Tour; chairman of The NetShow Company (internet development group), 1996—.


Actors' Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.

Awards, Honors:

Golden Scroll Award, best actor of the year, Academy of Science Fiction and Horror Films, 1976, for A Boy and His Dog; Emmy Award nomination, best actor in a drama series, 1984, Golden Globe Award, best actor in a drama series, 1986, Golden Globe Award nomination, best performance by an actor, 1987, ShoWest Award, male star of the year, National Association of Theatre Owners, 1988, TV Land Award nomination, hippest fashion plate—male, 2003, TV Land Award, favorite fashion plate—male, 2004, TV Land Award nomination (with Philip Michael Thomas), coolest crime fighting team, 2006, all for Miami Vice; won American Power Boat Association Offshore World Cup, 1988; received star on Hollywood Walk of Fame, 1996.


Television Appearances; Series:

Jefferson Davis Pruitt, From Here to Eternity, NBC, 1980.

Detective James "Sonny" Crockett, Miami Vice, NBC, 1984-89.

Inspector Nash Bridges, Nash Bridges, CBS, 1996-2001.

Grant Cooper, Just Legal, 2005-2006.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Judson Fletcher, The Rebels, syndicated, 1979.

Bonard Davis, Beulah Land, NBC, 1980.

Ben Quick, The Long Hot Summer, NBC, 1985.

Bravo Profiles: The Entertainment Business, Bravo, 1998.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Charlie Morgan, The Two-Five, 1978.

Daniel Easton, First You Cry, CBS, 1978.

Mike Sloan, Ski Lift to Death, CBS, 1978.

Gunther, Katie: Portrait of a Centerfold, NBC, 1978.

Pressure Point, 1978.

Cowboy, Amateur Night at the Dixie Bar and Grill, NBC, 1979.

Andy Brady, Revenge of the Stepford Wives, NBC, 1980.

Elvis Presley, Elvis and the Beauty Queen, NBC, 1981.

Bob Howard, The Two Lives of Carol Letner, CBS, 1981.

Life on the Flipside, 1988.

Regimental Sergeant Major John Patrick Libbey, In Pursuit of Honor (also known as Fiddler's Green), HBO, 1995.

Benjamin Tyson, Word of Honor, 2003.

Television Appearances; Specials:

NBC All-Star Hour, NBC, 1985.

The Twelfth Annual People's Choice Awards, CBS, 1986.

Presenter, 38th Annual Emmy Awards, NBC, 1986.

Bob Hope's High-Flying Birthday, NBC, 1986.

NBC's 60th Anniversary Celebration, NBC, 1986.

The 43rd Annual Golden Globe Awards, 1986.

MTV Video Music Awards 1986, MTV, 1986.

Presenter, The 29th Annual Grammy Awards, CBS, 1987.

All-Star Gala at Ford's Theater, ABC, 1987.

The Barbara Walters Special, ABC, 1987.

Bob Hope's High-Flying Birthday Extravaganza, NBC, 1987.

Host, The Special Olympics Opening Ceremonies, ABC, 1987.

Willie Nelson's Picnic, syndicated, 1987.

Bob Hope's Jolly Christmas Show with the All-America Champs, NBC, 1988.

Presenter, The 61st Annual Academy Awards Presentation, ABC, 1989.

Host, Super Bowl Saturday Nite, CBS, 1990.

Host, American Red Cross Emergency Test, ABC, 1990.

NBC Saturday Sports Showcase, NBC, 1990.

SeriouslyPhil Collins, CBS, 1990.

That's What Friends Are For, CBS, 1990.

Presenter, The 16th Annual People's Choice Awards, CBS, 1990.

Victory & Valor: A Special Olympics All-Star Celebration (also known as The International Special Olympics All-Star Gala), ABC, 1991.

Presenter, The Walt Disney Company Presents the American Teacher Awards, The Disney Channel, 1992.

Host, The Grand Opening of Euro Disney, CBS, 1992.

Host, One Child, One Dream: The Horatio Alger Awards, NBC, 1993.

The 19th Annual People's Choice Awards, NBC, 1993.

Host, The Horatio Alger Awards, NBC, 1994.

Bob HopeLaughing With the Presidents, NBC, 1996.

Presenter, The 22nd Annual People's Choice Awards, 1996.

Presenter, The 1996 Emmy Awards, 1996.

Host, The 23rd Annual People's Choice Awards, 1997.

Guest host, CBS: The First 50 Years, CBS, 1998.

The Great American History Quiz, History Channel, 1999.

Hollywood Animal Crusaders, Animal Planet, 1999.

Host, The 26th Annual People's Choice Awards, CBS, 2000.

Christmas in Tinseltown, BBC, 2001.

NBC's 75th Anniversary Special (also known as NBC's 75th Anniversary Celebration), NBC, 2002.

Inside TV Land: Cops on Camera, TV Land, 2002.

CBS at 75, CBS, 2003.

50 Most Awesomely Bad SongsEver, VH1, 2004.

Generation Boom, TV Land, 2006.

The 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards, NBC, 2006.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Quirt, Law of the Land, NBC, 1976.

Sergeant Brian Scott, The City, NBC, 1977.

Johnny Wilson, Cover Girls, NBC, 1977.

Charlie Morgan, The Two-Five, ABC, 1978.

Brewster Baker, Six Pack, NBC, 1983.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Contestant, The Dating Game, ABC, 1969.

Deloy Coopersmith, "The Combatants," Sarge, NBC, 1971.

Ev Howard, "End Theme," The Bold Ones: The New Doctors, NBC, 1972.

Nashebo, "Spirit Helper," Kung Fu, ABC, 1973.

"The Teacher," The Rookies, ABC, 1973.

Officer Larry Wilson, "Hot Dog," Streets of San Francisco, ABC, 1976.

"Renegade's Child," Barnaby Jones, CBS, 1976.

Nashville 99, CBS, 1977.

"Gandy," Big Hawaii, NBC, 1977.

Boyfriend, "Trial Marriage," Eight Is Enough, ABC, 1977.

"Pressure Point," Police Story, NBC, 1977.

"A Crash Course in Survival," The American Girls, CBS, 1978.

"The Class Crusader," What Really Happened to the Class of '65?, NBC, 1978.

"People Don't Do Such Things," Tales of the Unexpected, NBC, 1979.

"The Woman in White," Matt Houston, ABC, 1983.

The Mississippi, CBS, 1983.

"Miami Vice," E! True Hollywood Story, E! Entertainment Television, 2001.

Mad TV, Fox, 2001.

Larry King Live, CNN, 2003.

David Edgar Greenhill, Cinema mil, 2005.

Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show, syndicated, 2005.

"El Nadal," La Rentadora, 2006.

Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, BBC, 2006.

Corazon de, 2006.

Detective James "Sonny" Crockett, La Imagen de tu vida, 2006.

Richard & Judy, Channel 4, 2007.

Also appeared in Young Dr. Kildare, NBC; and The Word, Channel 4.

Television Executive Producer; Pilots:

Executive Producer, Life on the Flipside (also known as Flipside, Homeward Bound, and Pop Rock), NBC, 1988.

Television Executive Producer; Movies:

In the Company of Darkness, CBS, 1993.

The Horatio Alger Awards, NBC, 1993-94.

Television Work; Movies:

Co-executive producer, Word of Honor, 2003.

Television Work; Series:

Director, Miami Vice, 1985-88.

Director and producer (with Jeff Fahey), The Marshall, ABC, 1995.

Executive producer, Nash Bridges (series), CBS, 1996-2001.

Television Executive Producer; Specials:

Don Johnson's Music Video Feature Heartbeat, HBO, 1987.

One Child, One Dream: The Horatio Alger Awards, NBC, 1993.

Film Appearances:

(Film debut) Stanley Sweetheart, The Magic Garden of Stanley Sweetheart, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1970.

Matthew, Zachariah, Cinerama, 1971.

Lollipops and Roses (also known as Lollipops, Roses and Talangka), 1971.

Stanley, The Harrad Experiment, Cinerama, 1973.

Vic, A Boy and His Dog, LQ/JAF, 1975.

Harley McKay, Return to Macon County, American International Pictures, 1975.

Voice of Benno, Swan Lake, 1978.

Carl Daniel, Melanie, Embassy, 1981.

Jacob Gorch, Soggy Bottom U.S.A., Gaylord, 1982.

Wazir's son, Arajin to maho no ranpu (also known as Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp), 1982.

Tim Murphy, Cease Fire, Cineworld, 1985.

Voice of Lieutenant Falcon, G.I. Joe: The Movie, Marvel Productions, 1987.

Wiley Boon, Sweet Hearts Dance, TriStar, 1988.

Jerry Beck, Dead-Bang, Warner Bros., 1989.

Harry Madox, The Hot Spot, Orion, 1990.

Marlboro, Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/Pathe, 1991.

Ben Reed, Paradise, Buena Vista, 1991.

David Greenhill, Guilty As Sin, Buena Vista, 1993.

Paul Verrall, Born Yesterday, Buena Vista, 1993.

David Simms, Tin Cup, Warner Bros., 1996.

Ben Dunmore, Goodbye Lover, Warner Bros., 1998.

Porn Star: The Legend of Ron Jeremy, 2001.

Bastardi, 2007.

Dante, Moondance Alexander, FoxFaith, 2007.

Admiral Burnett, Lange flate ballaer II—I kongens klaer (also known as Long Flat Balls II), SF Norge, 2008.

Stage Appearances:

Your Own Thing, American Conservatory Theatre, San Francisco, CA, 1968.

Smitty, Fortune and Men's Eyes, Coronet Theatre, Los Angeles, 1969.



Heartbeat, Epic, 1986.

Let It Roll, Epic, 1989.

Albums; Contributing Vocals:

"I'm No Angel," I'm No Angel, Greg Allman, Epic, 1986.

"Till I Loved You," (duet with Barbra Streisand) Till I Loved You, Barbra Streisand, Columbia, 1988.

"Dreams," Dreams, Allman Brothers Band, Polydor, 1989.


Lollipops and Roses (also known as Lollipops, Roses and Talangka), 1971.

The Harrad Experiment, 1973.

The Allman Brothers Band: Brothers of the Road (video), 1985.


Documentary filmmaker, Heartbeat, 1987.

Classic Albums: Paul Simon-Graceland, 1997.



(With Dickey Betts) "Blind Love" and "Can't Take It with You," both recorded by the Allman Brothers, Enlightened Rogues, Capricorn, 1979.

(Co-author) "Love Roulette" and "Can't Take Your Memory," Heartbeat, Epic, 1986.

Film Music:

Urban Task Force (video), 2001.



Entertainment Weekly, March 29, 1996, p. 28; January 23, 1998, p. 57.

Inside Media, May 1, 1996, p. 42.

Life, April, 1989, pp. 70-74.

Newsweek, October 7, 1985, pp. 96-98.

People Weekly, July 17, 1985; May 18, 1998, p. 123.

Playboy, January, 1987, p. 49.

Rolling Stone, November 7, 1985, pp. 32-34.

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