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Johnson in MIAMI VICE.
About Don Johnson (1949 – )
Don Johnson was born on December 15, 1949, in Flat Creek, Missouri, to very young parents; 19 and 17 years old. Donnie Wayne Johnson is Don Johnson's birth name, and he goes by the nickname DJ.
Don grew up on a farm in Whichita, Kansas, and went to South High School, where he was bitten by the acting bug. The year he graduated from South High School, he won the lead role of Tony in the high school's production of West Side Story. Don went to the University of Kansas, in Laurence, Kansas.
After refining his acting chops at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, Don landed a stage role in the 1969 Los Angeles stage production of FORTUNE AND MEN'S EYES. This led to his 1970 film debut, cast in the lead role of THE MAGIC GARDEN OF STANLEY SWEETHEART. This was a good experience for him, but it led to nowhere.
Don Johnson continued to act on stage, in films and on TV. He finally hit pay dirt in a hit TV series, MIAMI VICE;(1984), where he wowed the TV audience in the lead role as Det. James 'Sonny' Crockett.
Another huge TV show that he starred in was NASH BRIDGES;(1996-2001), where he was Insp. Nash Bridges; another popular role for Don.
Don Johnson has had a somewhat rocky personal life when it comes to relationships, though he is an excellent father to all of his five children.
Actress Patti D'Arbanville and Don Johnson never married, but they had a son together, Jesse Wayne Johnson; (Jesse Johnson), who was born in December of 1982.
Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson have a true Hollywood history together. WhenMelanie was fourteen, they both worked in the film, THE HARRAD EXPERIMENT. They were married three years later for the first time in 1972, after first living together since Melanie turned fifteen.
However, they divorced in July of 1976. Several years later, in June of 1989, Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith remarried. They had one child together, Dakota Johnson, who was born October 4th, 1989. Don and Melanie divorced in February of 1996.
Don married the love of his life, nursery school teacher and San Francisco socialite, Kelley Phleger on April 29th, 1999. They have three children; one daughter, Atherton Grace, and two sons; Jasper and Deacon.
Two of Don's five children have chosen to make a living in the arts.
Jesse Johnson first appeared as an actor on his fathers hit TV series, NASH BRIDGES. Jesse was also in the TV movie WORD OF HONOR, again with his dad, Don Johnson. He keeps himself busy in not only being in films and TV work, but also is a musician, instrumentalist, and has tried his hand at writing a screenplay.
Dakota Johnson has also become an actress and does modeling. In 1999, she was in CRAZY IN ALABAMA, acting along side her mom, Melanie Griffith. This was also a movie that was directed by her step-father Antonio Banderas. In 2010, Dakota had a small part in SOCIAL NETWORK, but she made the most of it. Her star is rising, as she gets meatier roles, such as the 2015 film, CHLOE AND THEO.
Don married the love of his life, married Kelley Phleger on April 29th, 1999. They have three children; one daughter, Atherton Grace, and two sons; Jasper and Deacon.
During the time of Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith's second marriage to each other, they co-starred in PARADISE, in 1991, and BORN YESTERDAY, in 1993.
In the 1993 hit movie, GUILTY AS SIN, Don Johnson had a lead role, co-starring with Rebecca De Mornay and Stephen Lang.
IN 2012, Don Johnson had a meaty supporting role, playing a villain; Big Daddy, the dastardly plantation owner, in Quentin Quarrantion's DJANGO UNCHAINED.
Don Johnson's notable movie credits include...
DJANGO UNCHAINED (2012)
BUCKY LARSON: BORN TO BE A STAR (2011)
VINEYARD HAVEN (2010)
WHEN IN ROME (2010)
TORNO A VIVERE DA SOLO (2008)
LONG FLAT BALLS II (2008)
MOONDANCE ALEXANDER (2007)
GOODBYE LOVER (1998)
TIN CUP (1996)
HARLEY DAVIDSON AND THE MARLBORO MAN (1991)
DEAD BANG (1989)
SOGGY BOTTON, USA (1980)
A BOY AND HIS DOG (1975)
THE HARRAD EXPERIMENT (1973)
LOLLIPOPS AND ROSES (1971)
Don Johnson and his co-stars in A BOY AND HIS DOG (1975).
Don Johnson in MIAMI VICE (TV Series).