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Birth information

15 December 1949 Flat Creek, Missouri, USA

Given Name

Donnie Wayne Johnson

Nickname

DJ
The Don

How tall is Don Johnson?

1.75 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Kelley Phleger
Melanie Griffith
Melanie Griffith
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Life Story of Don Johnson

Best known for his starring role as Det. Sonny Crockett on the hugely successful TV series Miami Vice (1984), Don Johnson is one of the stars who really defined the 1980s. As James "Sonny" Crockett he went toe-to-toe with drug dealers, pimps, prostitutes, assassins, illegal arms-dealers and crooked cops on a weekly basis from 1984 to 1989, appearing in a grand total of 110 episodes. The show, which was executive-produced by four time Oscar-nominated director, producer and writer Michael Mann, paired Johnson with the equally cool Philip Michael Thomas as Det. Ricardo Tubbs and the calm and stoic presence of Edward James Olmos as Lt. Martin Castillo. It revolutionized television with its modern fashion, pop music, unique style and use of real locations. Johnson typically wore $1000 Armani, Versace and Hugo Boss suits over pastel cotton T-shirts, drove a Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona (later a Ferrari Testarossa) and lived on an Endeavour 42-foot sailboat named "St. Vitus' Dance" with his pet alligator Elvis. He also had full use of an offshore powerboat. Still, "Miami Vice" had not only style but substance, and his portrayal of the Vietnam veteran turned vice detective turned Sonny...

Significant features of Don Johnson

Frequently plays policemen
Distinctive, gravelly voice

How much money has Don Johnson earned?

Nash Bridges (1996) $150,000 per episode

What movies did Don Johnson play or participate?

Producers Filmography
Vault (2019) , Blood & Oil (2015) , Word of Honor (2003) , Nash Bridges (2001) , The Marshal (1995) , In the Company of Darkness (1993) , Life on the Flipside (1988) , Heartbeat (1987) ,
Directors Filmography
The Marshal (1995) , Miami Vice (1988) ,
Actors Filmography
Watchmen (2019) Judd Crawford, Knives Out (2019) Richard Drysdale, Vault (2019) Gerry, Dragged Across Concrete (2018) Chief Lt. Calvert, Daddy Issues (2018) Roman, Book Club (2018) Arthur, LA to Vegas (2018) Jack...

Birth information

15 December 1949 Flat Creek, Missouri, USA

Given Name

Donnie Wayne Johnson

Nickname

DJ
The Don

How tall is Don Johnson?

1.75 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Kelley Phleger
Melanie Griffith
Melanie Griffith
?
?

Life Story of Don Johnson

Best known for his starring role as Det. Sonny Crockett on the hugely successful TV series Miami Vice (1984), Don Johnson is one of the stars who really defined the 1980s. As James "Sonny" Crockett he went toe-to-toe with drug dealers, pimps, prostitutes, assassins, illegal arms-dealers and crooked cops on a weekly basis from 1984 to 1989, appearing in a grand total of 110 episodes. The show, which was executive-produced by four time Oscar-nominated director, producer and writer Michael Mann, paired Johnson with the equally cool Philip Michael Thomas as Det. Ricardo Tubbs and the calm and stoic presence of Edward James Olmos as Lt. Martin Castillo. It revolutionized television with its modern fashion, pop music, unique style and use of real locations. Johnson typically wore $1000 Armani, Versace and Hugo Boss suits over pastel cotton T-shirts, drove a Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona (later a Ferrari Testarossa) and lived on an Endeavour 42-foot sailboat named "St. Vitus' Dance" with his pet alligator Elvis. He also had full use of an offshore powerboat. Still, "Miami Vice" had not only style but substance, and his portrayal of the Vietnam veteran turned vice detective turned Sonny...

Significant features of Don Johnson

Frequently plays policemen
Distinctive, gravelly voice

How much money has Don Johnson earned?

Nash Bridges (1996) $150,000 per episode

What movies did Don Johnson play or participate?

Producers Filmography
Vault (2019) , Blood & Oil (2015) , Word of Honor (2003) , Nash Bridges (2001) , The Marshal (1995) , In the Company of Darkness (1993) , Life on the Flipside (1988) , Heartbeat (1987) ,
Directors Filmography
The Marshal (1995) , Miami Vice (1988) ,
Actors Filmography
Watchmen (2019) Judd Crawford, Knives Out (2019) Richard Drysdale, Vault (2019) Gerry, Dragged Across Concrete (2018) Chief Lt. Calvert, Daddy Issues (2018) Roman, Book Club (2018) Arthur, LA to Vegas (2018) Jack...

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Don Johnson and Frances Fisher in Watchmen (2019)

Made his professional debut in the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, in "Your Own Thing", a rock musical modeled after William Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night". Made five pilots for NBC early in his career that were all rejected.

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Don Johnson in Miami Vice (1984)

Got his big break into stardom by starring in the controversial off-Broadway play "Fortune and Men's Eyes", which was directed by and starred Sal Mineo. The play, which featured a realistic rape scene in a men's prison, generated plenty of press reviews due to the once taboo subject of homosexuality in the arts.

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Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas in Miami Vice (1984)

Scored three hits on the Billboard Hot 100 singles charts with "Heartbeat" (US #6, 1986), "Heartache Away" (US #56, 1986) and the Barbra Streisand duet "Til I Loved You" (US #25, 1989).

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Jamie Lee Curtis, Don Johnson, Toni Collette, Christopher Plummer, K Callan, Chris Evans, etc.

Children: Atherton Grace Johnson (born December 28, 1999), Jasper Breckenridge Johnson (born June 6, 2002), and Deacon James Johnson (born April 29, 2006) with Kelley Phleger; Dakota Johnson (born October 4, 1989) with Melanie Griffith; Jesse Johnson (born December 7, 1982) with Patti D'Arbanville.

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Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas in Miami Vice (1984)

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).

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Don Johnson, Sam Shepard, and Michael C. Hall in Cold in July (2014)

Ex-son-in-law of Tippi Hedren and Peter Griffith.

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Don Johnson in Dragged Across Concrete (2018)

Has a family in Colorado with whom he used to celebrate Christmas.

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Don Johnson in Miami Vice (1984)

Popular Finnish music group Don Johnson Big Band is named after him.

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Don Johnson in Miami Vice (1984)

The creators of Miami Vice (1984) were originally against casting him. Before the series, he had starred in four failed television pilots.

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Don Johnson in Vengeance - Pfad der Vergeltung (2017)

In the 1970s, he co-wrote songs with former The Allman Brothers Band guitarist/singer Dickey Betts, several of which were recorded by the band.

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Don Johnson in Miami Vice (1984)

Auditioned for the role of Sonny Crockett on Miami Vice (1984) while he was in Miami working on a low-budget film about Vietnam called Cease Fire (1985).

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Don Johnson in Miami Vice (1984)

Loves the Tuscany area of Italy and has vacationed there often.

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Don Johnson, Dermot Mulroney, and Will Stewart in Goodbye Lover (1998)

In 1985, during the height of Miami Vice (1984), he had made a trip to Germany to personally order a 959 Porsche from the factory in Stuttgart.

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Don Johnson in Miami Vice (1984)

Is a devotee of the culture of Vietnam and he owns a small island off the south coast. He honeymooned there with his wife, Kelley, in May 1999.

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Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas in Miami Vice (1984)

Before having great success on Miami Vice (1984), he appeared on The Dating Game (1965) as one of the "three eligible bachelors" and was not chosen.

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Don Johnson in Miami Vice (1984)

Was considered for the role of John McClane in Die Hard (1988), which went to Bruce Willis.

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Don Johnson in Miami Vice (1984)

Was considered for the role of Michael Cheritto in Heat (1995), which went to Tom Sizemore.

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Don Johnson in Miami Vice (1984)

Won the 1988 APBA Offshore World Cup in the Superboat class.

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Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas in Miami Vice (1984)

During pre-production of Miami Vice (1984), he wanted Sonny Crockett to be "more of a cowboy", and suggested "a lot of denim, V-neck sweaters and cowboy boots". He was really unsure about how the heavy use of pastel and bright colors would fit the macho, no-nonsense persona of his character, but producer Michael Mann and costume designer Jodie Lynn Tillen managed to convince him. They saw Crockett more in the lines of a beach bum. Johnson relented and as a result became one of the biggest fashion symbols of the 1980s.

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Don Johnson in The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (2005)

He and Tom Cruise were the premier faces of the Ray Ban brand of sunglasses during the 1980s. None of them took part in any official campaigns, but simply by clever product placement strategies both helped boost Ray Ban's sales enormously. Johnson wore many different models on Miami Vice (1984), most notably a pair of Ray-Ban Wayfarers (Model L2052, Mock Tortoise) which increased sales of Ray Ban's to 720,000 units in 1984 alone.

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Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas in Miami Vice (1984)

Legendary fashion designer Gianni Versace cited Don Johnson and his alter-ego Sonny Crockett as inspirations. Versace once said: "The first person I dressed in Miami was Don Johnson.".

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Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas in Miami Vice (1984)

Was given a Ferrari Testarossa by Enzo Ferrari as an appreciation of his work on Miami Vice (1984).

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Don Johnson in The Hot Spot - Spiel mit dem Feuer (1990)

Galco designed a special shoulder holster especially for him to use on Miami Vice (1984). This was called the "Miami Classic". In the Galco Gunleather headquarters, there is a large display that contains the Miami Vice shoulder holster rig that Johnson wore, accompanied by an autographed photo of him.

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Jane Fonda and Don Johnson in Book Club - Das Beste kommt noch (2018)

Was the cause of much media frenzy and an uproar when he didn't wear socks to a meeting with then U.S. President Ronald Reagan. Johnson said in his defense: "I've always said that for me, a sports jacket over a t-shirt is good enough for meeting anyone, except the Queen. As for the socks, well, I must confess that I simply don't own a pair anymore. See, I live in Miami.".

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Don Johnson, Nick Nolte, and Robin Mattson in Wild Drivers (1975)

Was the director's first choice for the role of Tom Wingo in The Prince of Tides (1991), which went to Nick Nolte.

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Don Johnson, Nick Nolte, and Robin Mattson in Wild Drivers (1975)

Is a cigar aficionado.

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Don Johnson, Nick Nolte, and Robin Mattson in Wild Drivers (1975)

In the late 1980s, he was working on a film project titled "The Pro", which he hoped to direct. According to Johnson, Jack Nicholson was going to star as the Pro - a wizard who brings a boy into the world of professional golfing.

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Don Johnson and Nick Nolte in Wild Drivers (1975)

He often arrived on the set of Miami Vice (1984) in his own powerboat, called "My Vice".

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Don Johnson in The Late Late Show with James Corden (2015)

Considers himself to be done with police series, but does not rule out joining a series "if it were international in scope and global in nature".

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Minnie Driver, Don Johnson, etc.

Wellcraft allowed him to design his own offshore powerboat, the Scarab Excel 43 ft. Don Johnson Signature Series, and he raced a similar one.

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Bruce Willis, Don Johnson, Edward James Olmos, etc.

Beat out Nick Nolte, Jeff Bridges, Richard Dean Anderson, Mark Harmon, Larry Wilcox and Gary Cole for the role of Sonny Crockett on Miami Vice (1984).

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Don Johnson and Susanne Ljung in Jacobs stege (1985)

Best known by the public for his starring roles as Detective Sonny Crockett on Miami Vice (1984), and the title character on Nash Bridges (1996).

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Don Johnson in Jacobs stege (1985)

Came up with the idea for Las Vegas (2003), and was planning to produce and star on the series himself. The series was going to be called "Casino Eye".

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Don Johnson in Miami Vice (1984)

Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7080 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on July 26, 1996.

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Don Johnson and Susanne Ljung in Jacobs stege (1985)

Was considered for the role of Francis Dollarhyde in Manhunter (1986), which went to Tom Noonan.

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Don Johnson in Jacobs stege (1985)

Currently resides in Los Angeles, California.

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Don Johnson in Wogan (1982)

Attended and graduated from Wichita South High School in Wichita, Kansas (1967).

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Don Johnson in Good Morning Britain (1983)

Attended and graduated from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas (1971).

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Don Johnson in The Graham Norton Show (2007)

Developing sports themed television series with Ron Shelton (2008).

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Don Johnson and Jimmy Kimmel in Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2003)

His first marriage was to a dancer in Kansas in 1968. His second marriage took place in Los Angeles in 1973. Both marriages were annulled.

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Don Johnson in Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2003)

He was exempt from the draft during the Vietnam War.

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