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Also Known As: Donnie Wayne Johnson Died:
Born: December 15, 1949 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Flatt Creek, Missouri, USA Profession: actor, singer, producer, songwriter, director

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Having spent the first part of his career struggling to gain a professional footing while overindulging in drugs and alcohol, actor Don Johnson suffered the indignity of six failed pilots before finally achieving massive success as Det. Sonny Crockett on Michael Mann's trendy cop drama, "Miami Vice" (NBC, 1984-89). More than just a hit show, "Miami Vice" was a cultural watermark that set the trend for pastel Armani suits, three-day beards, and sockless feet stuffed into loafers - all set to a rock-n-roll beat. While his star was never brighter than on television, Johnson started a second, brief career as a pop singer while trying to kick-start a feature career with such forgettable movies as "Sweet Hearts Dance" (1988), "Dead Bang" (1989) and the critically maligned "Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man" (1991). Johnson's party-all-night persona, which he cultivated in the 1970s, was put on hold for a time at his career peak, but resumed full-force in the 1990s during his high-profile reunion with actress Melanie Griffith, whom he had previously married after a three-year affair when she was 14. Following a TV hiatus after the demise of "Vice," Johnson returned to primetime prominence with "Nash...

Having spent the first part of his career struggling to gain a professional footing while overindulging in drugs and alcohol, actor Don Johnson suffered the indignity of six failed pilots before finally achieving massive success as Det. Sonny Crockett on Michael Mann's trendy cop drama, "Miami Vice" (NBC, 1984-89). More than just a hit show, "Miami Vice" was a cultural watermark that set the trend for pastel Armani suits, three-day beards, and sockless feet stuffed into loafers - all set to a rock-n-roll beat. While his star was never brighter than on television, Johnson started a second, brief career as a pop singer while trying to kick-start a feature career with such forgettable movies as "Sweet Hearts Dance" (1988), "Dead Bang" (1989) and the critically maligned "Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man" (1991). Johnson's party-all-night persona, which he cultivated in the 1970s, was put on hold for a time at his career peak, but resumed full-force in the 1990s during his high-profile reunion with actress Melanie Griffith, whom he had previously married after a three-year affair when she was 14. Following a TV hiatus after the demise of "Vice," Johnson returned to primetime prominence with "Nash Bridges" (CBS, 1996-2001), a successful cop drama that was eventually canceled due to extravagant costs. While the ensuing years were plagued by personal and financial scandal, including stints in rehab and declaring bankruptcy, Johnson regained a hold on his life and career in the early millennium, reminding fans to never count the handsome actor out.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Mr. Right (2015)
2.
 Other Woman, The (2014)
5.
 When in Rome (2010)
6.
 Machete (2010)
8.
 Bastardi (2008)
10.
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Milestones close milestones

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Moved from Missouri to Wichita when he was six years old
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After reform school, went to live with father in East Wichita, KS
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Performed in plays at the University of Kansas for two years
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Continued theater training at San Francisco's prestigious American Conservatory Theatre (ACT)
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Landed first professional stage role in ACT production of the musical "Your Own Thing," two weeks after arriving in San Francisco
1969:
Cast in first major stage role in Sal Mineo's Los Angeles production of "Fortune and Men's Eyes," playing the lead role of Smitty
1970:
Landed first leading role in a feature film, "The Magic Garden of Stanley Sweetheart"
1973:
Co-starred with Tippi Hedren in Ted Post's "Harrad Experiment"; began relationship with Hedren's then-14 year old daughter Melanie Griffith who was an extra on the film
1975:
Acted in sci-fi cult classic "A Boy and His Dog"
1976:
TV-movie acting debut, "Law of the Land" (NBC)
1980:
Played Jeff Pruitt on NBC drama series "From Here to Eternity"; cancelled after 13 episodes
1980:
Co-starred in TV movie "Revenge of the Stepford Wives" (NBC)
1981:
Portrayed Elvis Presley in NBC movie "Elvis and the Beauty Queen"
1984:
Cast in breakthrough role as pastel-wearing Florida detective Sonny Crockett on NBC's "Miami Vice"; also directed several episodes
1985:
Cast as a Vietnam veteran haunted by his experience in "Cease Fire"
1985:
Played the Paul Newman role in NBC remake of "The Long Hot Summer"
1986:
Released debut album <i>Heartbeat</i>
1988:
Headlined an ensemble cast in "Sweet Hearts Dance"
1989:
Portrayed an LA homicide detective in John Frankenheimer's disappointing "Dead Bang"
1991:
Co-starred with Mickey Rourke in "Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man"
1991:
Co-starred with then-wife Melanie Griffith in "Paradise"
1993:
Executive produced CBS movie "In the Company of Darkness"
1993:
Acted opposite Griffith and John Goodman in a remake of "Born Yesterday"; fourth and last film (to date) with Griffith
1996:
Played a professional golfer in Ron Shelton's "Tin Cup"; first on-screen pairing with Cheech Marin
1996:
Returned to series TV, playing the title role of a San Francisco detective on "Nash Bridges" (CBS); again paired with Cheech Marin; also executive produced
1996:
Received star on Hollywood Walk of Fame
1998:
Appeared in Roland Joffe's "Goodbye Lover" with Patricia Arquette
2006:
Cast in short-lived drama "Just Legal" (The WB) as a jaded lawyer
2007:
Made West End debut as Nathan Detroit in "Guys and Dolls"
2009:
Played Kristen Bell's character's father in romantic comedy "When in Rome"
2010:
Appeared in action thriller "Machete," co-directed by Ethan Maniquis and Robert Rodriguez
2011:
Acted opposite Nick Swardson in comedy feature "Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star"
2012:
Played a southern plantation owner named 'Big Daddy' opposite Jamie Foxx in "Django Unchained," a Western drama set in Mississippi; film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino
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Education

University of Kansas: Lawrence , Kansas -
American Conservatory Theatre: San Francisco , California -
Wichita South High School: Wichita , Kansas - 1967

Notes

Not to be confused with TV and movie sound technician Don Johnson, whose career covers the same years

Johnson wrote two songs with Allman Brothers guitarist Dickey Betts ("Blind Love", "Can't Take It With You"), which appeared on the band's 1979 LP "Enlightened Rogues".

On his time spent around Andy Warhol's Factory: "We were all fairly fucked up, and the reefer took a toll on my memory. But I do remember we all knew something was happening. We had come together from all over the U.S.--me from Missouri, Holly [Woodlawn] from Florida, Lou Reed from Long Island, Andy [Warhol] from Michigan or Minnesota or some-fuckin'-where. And the one thing we all had in common was that we hated boredom--I think that's why we gravitated to each other. We were all young, and completely fuckin' crazy--completely on the edge and pushin' the envelope. It was just a constant ballet of debauchery." --Johnson to ROLLING STONE, September 25, 1986

"There can't be anything more important than the time you give your child. The secret to good parenting is time. You have to be there for every football game, every dance recital, every school play."

"I cannot imagine not helping children. They are God's most beautiful but most helpless creatures. I don't dream about things I want anymore. I dream for the health and success of my children. For all children. I pray for that. For me, it's not about things in life. It's about the love you make and the love you share." --Don Johnson to PARADE MAGAZINE, June 15, 1997

"He's a real veteran. He's got the soul of a poet and the hide of an armadillo. He's taken his lumps, but he'll still be standing in the 15th round." --Cheech Marin to ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY, March 29, 1996

About his rural Missouri childhood: "I had two pairs of blue jeans--everyday and good jeans. And one suit to wear to church. A pair of tennis shoes and dress shoes. And everything was clean." --Don Johnson quoted in LOS ANGELES TIMES, March 28, 1999

April 2004, Don Johnson filed for bankruptcy to protect his Colorado ranch from being sold at auction

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Pamela Des Barres. Author. Celebrity rock groupie; recalled him--and his sexual prowess--fondly in her 1988 tell-all bestseller "I'm With the Band"; together in the late 1960s.
wife:
Melanie Griffith. Actor. Married in 1976; divorced in 1977; remarried on June 26, 1989; divorced a second time; mother of Johnson's daughter Dakota.
companion:
Tanya Tucker. Country singer. Dating at the time relationship with Patti D'Arbanville began.
companion:
Patti D'Arbanville. Actor. Together from 1981 to 1985; first met at Andy Warhol's Factory 13 years before she would mother Johnson's son Jesse.
companion:
Barbra Streisand. Actor, singer. No longer together; recorded a duet entitled "Till I Loved You" for her 1988 album of the same name.
companion:
Kari Whitman.
companion:
Jeanne Anderson. Reportedly were engaged briefly in 1996.
companion:
Jodi Lyn O'Keefe. Actor. Co-starred on Johnson's TV series "Nash Bridges"; born on October 10, 1978; no longer together.
wife:
Kelley Phleger. Former debutante, born in June 1968; married on April 29, 1999 in a civil ceremony presided over by San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown.
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sister:
Jamie Skylar. Younger.
son:
Jesse Johnson. Born c. 1982; mother, Patti D'Arbanville; Johnson successfully sued to gain custody in the late 1980s.
step-son:
Alexander Bauer. Born in 1985; son of actor Steven Bauer; Johnson raised him while married to Melanie Griffith and considers him his son.
daughter:
Dakota Mayi Johnson. Born on October 4, 1989; mother, Melanie Griffith.
daughter:
Atherton Grace Johnson. Born on December 28, 1999; mother, Kelley Phleger.
son:
Jasper Breckenridge. Born June 6, 2002, mother Kelley Phleger.
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