May 10, 2019
Looking back at my childhood, no show was more culturally significant in the '80s than Miami Vice. I loved that show! The cars, the clothes, the music, it was 10 kinds of awesome! Today's featured celebrity is an phenomenon all to himself - it's Don Johnson!
I've always bee a fan of his. It seems since his transition from leading man to a character actor he has become even more popular. My favorite role of his was in
as Lt. Falcon. Yo, Joe! Let's see what The Don has been doing these days!
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See if you know if the following celebrities have had a visit from the "Grim Reaper":
Powers Boothe: Starred in the TV movie "Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones", also appeared in the movies "Nixon", "Tombstone" and "Red Dawn"
Maureen Stapleton: She appeared in "Bye Bye Birdie", "Interiors", "Reds", "Cocoon" and other movies
Learn More About Don Johnson, see Then & Now pictures, and find out What He's Been Up To on Celebrity Nooz
BIRTH DATE: December 15, 1949 in Flat Creek, Missouri, USA
BIRTH NAME: Donnie Wayne Johnson
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.
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.
WHERE IS HE 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.
2018 Dragged Across Concrete...Chief Lt. Calvert
2018 Daddy Issues (TV Movie)...Roman
2018/I Book Club...Arthur
2018 LA to Vegas (TV Series)...Jack Silver
- Jack Silver (2018) ... Jack Silver
2017 Sick Note (TV Series)...Kenny West
- Chicken Soup (2017) ... Kenny West
- Airplane Mode (2017) ... Kenny West
- The Golden Grain (2017) ... Kenny West
- Janina Kolkiewicz (2017) ... Kenny West
- Playing Ball (2017) ... Kenny West
- Queen of Hearts (2017) ... Kenny West
2017 Brawl in Cell Block 99...Warden Tuggs
2017 Vengeance: A Love Story...Jay Kirkpatrick
2017 A Series of Unfortunate Events (TV Series)...Sir
- The Miserable Mill: Part One (2017) ... Sir
- The Miserable Mill: Part Two (2017) ... Sir
2016 TripTank (TV Series)...Johnny Bahama
- The Director (2016) ... Johnny Bahama (voice)
2015 Blood & Oil (TV Series)...Hap Briggs
- Departures (2015) ... Hap Briggs
- Art of the Deal (2015) ... Hap Briggs
- Rats, Bugs and Moles (2015) ... Hap Briggs
- Fight or Flight (2015) ... Hap Briggs
- Convergence (2015) ... Hap Briggs
- Rocks and Hard Places (2015) ... Hap Briggs
- The Birthday Party (2015) ... Hap Briggs
- Hustle and Flow (2015) ... Hap Briggs
- The Ripple Effect (2015) ... Hap Briggs
- Pilot (2015) ... Hap Briggs
2014-2015 From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series (TV Series)...Sheriff Earl McGraw
- Bizarre Tales (2015) ... Sheriff Earl McGraw
- The Take (2014) ... Sheriff Earl McGraw (credit only)
- Place of Dead Roads (2014) ... Sheriff Earl McGraw
- Self-Contained (2014) ... Sheriff Earl McGraw
- Let's Get Ramblin' (2014) ... Sheriff Earl McGraw
- Blood Runs Thick (2014) ... Sheriff Earl McGraw (credit only)
- Pilot (2014) ... Sheriff Earl McGraw
2014 Alex of Venice...Roger
2014 The Other Woman...Frank
2014 Cold in July...Jim Bob
2012 Django Unchained...Big Daddy
2010-2012 Eastbound & Down (TV Series)...Eduardo Sanchez
- Chapter 21 (2012) ... Eduardo Sanchez
- Chapter 19 (2012) ... Eduardo Sanchez
- Chapter 18 (2012) ... Eduardo Sanchez
- Chapter 11 (2010) ... Eduardo Sanchez
- Chapter 10 (2010) ... Eduardo Sanchez
2011 A Mann's World (TV Movie)...Allan Mann
2010-2011 Glenn Martin DDS (TV Series)...Grandpa Whitey
- Windfall (2011) ... Grandpa Whitey (voice)
- A Very Martin Christmas (2010) ... Grandpa Whitey (voice)
- Bust 'Em Up (2010) ... Grandpa Whitey (voice)
- Vegas Strip (2010) ... (voice)
2011 Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star...Miles Deep
2011 A Good Old Fashioned Orgy...Jerry Keppler (uncredited)
2011 Four Loko Vineyards (Short)
2010 Southern Discomfort (TV Movie)
2010 When in Rome...Beth's Dad (uncredited)
2008 Torno a vivere da solo...Nico
2008 Long Flat Balls II...Admiral Burnett
2008 Bastardi...Sante Patene
2007 Moondance Alexander...Dante Longpre
2005-2006 Just Legal (TV Series)...Grant Cooper
- The Bar (2006) ... Grant Cooper
- The Code (2006) ... Grant Cooper
- The Rainmaker (2006) ... Grant Cooper
- The Heater (2006) ... Grant Cooper
- Body in the Trunk (2006) ... Grant Cooper
- The Limit (2005) ... Grant Cooper
- The Runner (2005) ... Grant Cooper
- Pilot (2005) ... Grant Cooper
2003 Word of Honor (TV Movie)...Benjamin Tyson
1996-2001 Nash Bridges (TV Series)...Insp. Nash Bridges
1998 Goodbye Lover...Ben Dunmore
1996 Tin Cup...David Simms
1995 In Pursuit of Honor (TV Movie)...Sgt. John Libbey
1993 Guilty as Sin...David Edgar Greenhill
1993 Born Yesterday...Paul Verrall
1991/I Paradise...Ben Reed
1991 Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man...Marlboro
1990 The Hot Spot...Harry Madox
1984-1990 Miami Vice (TV Series)...Detective James Crockett
1989 Don Johnson: Tell It Like It Is (Video short)
1989 Dead Bang...Jerry Beck
1988 Sweet Hearts Dance...Wiley Boon
1987 Heartbeat (Video)...Documentary Filmmaker
1987 G.I. Joe: The Movie (Video)...Lt. Falcon (voice)
1986 Don Johnson: Heartbeat (Video short)...Don Johnson
1985 Cease Fire...Tim Murphy
1985 The Long Hot Summer (TV Movie)...Ben Quick
1985 Tales of the Unexpected (TV Series)...Reeve Baker
- People Don't Do Such Things (1985) ... Reeve Baker
1983 Six Pack (TV Movie)...Brewster Baker
1983 Matt Houston (TV Series)...Terry Spence
- The Woman in White (1983) ... Terry Spence
1982 Aladdin and the Magic Lamp...Wazir's Son (English version, voice)
1981 The Two Lives of Carol Letner (TV Movie)...Bob Howard
1981 Soggy Bottom, U.S.A....Jacob Gorch
1981 Swan Lake...Benno (English version) (voice)
1981 Elvis and the Beauty Queen (TV Movie)...Elvis Presley
1980 Revenge of the Stepford Wives (TV Movie)...Officer Andy Brady
1980 Beulah Land (TV Mini-Series)...Bonard Davis
- Part III (1980) ... Bonard Davis (credit only)
- Part II (1980) ... Bonard Davis (credit only)
- Part I (1980) ... Bonard Davis
1980 From Here to Eternity (TV Series)...Jefferson 'Jeff' Davis Prewitt
- Pearl Harbor (1980) ... Jefferson 'Jeff' Davis Prewitt
1979 The Rebels (TV Movie)...Judson Fletcher
1979 Amateur Night at the Dixie Bar and Grill (TV Movie)...Cowboy
1978 Lupin the 3rd: The Mystery of Mamo...Scientist (1978 Frontier Dub) (English version, voice, uncredited)
1978 First, You Cry (TV Movie)...Daniel Easton
1978 Katie: Portrait of a Centerfold (TV Movie)...Gunther
1978 The American Girls (TV Series)...Everett Simms
- A Crash Course in Survival (1978) ... Everett Simms
1978 The Two-Five (TV Movie)...Charlie Morgan
1978 Ski Lift to Death (TV Movie)...Mike Sloan
1978 What Really Happened to the Class of '65? (TV Series)...Edgar
- Class Crusader (1978) ... Edgar
1977 Police Story (TV Series)...Lee Morgan
- Trigger Point (1977) ... Lee Morgan
1977 Big Hawaii (TV Series)...Gandy
- Gandy (1977) ... Gandy
1977 Eight Is Enough (TV Series)...Doug
- Trial Marriage (1977) ... Doug
1977 Cover Girls (TV Movie)...Johnny Wilson
1977 Nashville 99 (TV Series)...Mike Watling
- Sing Me a Song to Die By (1977) ... Mike Watling
1977 The City (TV Movie)...Sergeant Brian Scott
1976 Barnaby Jones (TV Series)...Wayne Lockwood
- Renegade's Child (1976) ... Wayne Lockwood
1976 The Streets of San Francisco (TV Series)...Off. Larry Wilson
- Hot Dog (1976) ... Off. Larry Wilson
1976 Law of the Land (TV Movie)...Quirt
1975 Lollipops and Roses at Burong Talangka...Franky, Cocoy Laurel's friend
1975 Return to Macon County...Harley McKay
1975 A Boy and His Dog...Vic
1974 The Rookies (TV Series)...Al Devering
- The Teacher (1974) ... Al Devering
1973 Kung Fu (TV Series)...Nashebo
- The Spirit-Helper (1973) ... Nashebo
1973 The Harrad Experiment...Stanley Cole
1972 Young Dr. Kildare (TV Series)...Ted Thatcher
- House Call (1972) ... Ted Thatcher
1972 The Bold Ones: The New Doctors (TV Series)...Ev Howard
- Endtheme (1972) ... Ev Howard
1971 Sarge (TV Series)...Deloy Coopersmith
- The Combatants (1971) ... Deloy Coopersmith
1971 Lollipops, Roses and Talangka...Frank
1970 The Magic Garden of Stanley Sweetheart...Stanley Sweetheart
To see Then & Now pictures of Don Johnson, visit: Celebrity Nooz
--Answers to DEAD OR ALIVE--
Fred Schepisi - ALIVE
Powers Boothe - DEAD (Cardiac arrest)
Born: 06/01/1949 Died: 5/14/2017
Maureen Stapleton - DEAD (Pulmonary disease)
Born: 06/21/1925 Died: 03/13/2006
WHO PASSED ON THIS WEEK...
Sprent Dabwido, 46, Nauruan politician, President (2011-2013), throat cancer.
Antoine Koné, 56, Ivorian Roman Catholic prelate, Bishop of Odienné (since 2009).
Yevgeny Krylatov, 85, Russian composer, pneumonia.
N. R. Madhava Menon, 84, Indian legal educator, liver cancer.
David Montgomery, 72, American baseball executive (Philadelphia Phillies), cancer.
Jerónimo Bello, 25, Argentine rugby player (SIC), complications of quadriplegia.
Seamus Close, 71, Northern Irish politician, liver cancer.
Karina Constantino David, 73, Filipino political activist and public servant.
Vicente Emano, 76, Filipino politician, Governor of Misamis Oriental (1988-1998) and Mayor of Cagayan de Oro (1998-2007, 2010-2013).
Georg Katzer, 84, German composer.
Te Wharehuia Milroy, 81, New Zealand Maori language academic.
Prasert na Nagara, 100, Thai scholar.
Subir Nandi, 66, Bangladeshi musician and playback singer (Shuvoda, Megher Pore Megh), multiple organ failure.
Robert Pear, 69, American journalist (The New York Times), stroke.
Václav Postránecký [cs], 75, Czech actor (I Enjoy the World with You), cancer.
Adam Svoboda, 41, Czech ice hockey player (Nürnberg Ice Tigers, national team), suicide by hanging.
Jean Vanier, 90, Canadian philosopher, theologian and humanitarian, founder of L'Arche, thyroid cancer.
Joel Virador, 52, Filipino politician, member of the House of Representatives (2003-2007), thyroid cancer.
Anuar Abu Bakar, 48, Malaysian football player (Selangor, national team) and manager (PKNS), liver cancer.
Max Azria, 70, Tunisian fashion designer.
Coral Bonelli, 57, Argentine actress (40 y 20) and transgender rights activist, diabetes.
Jack Cohen, 85, British scientist and author.
Gjermund Eggen, 77, Norwegian cross-country skier, world champion (1966).
Pieter Howes, 34, South African political commentator (Inquisitr, Twitter), suicide.
Andrés Junquera, 73, Spanish footballer (Real Madrid, Real Zaragoza), heart attack.
John Lukacs, 95, Hungarian-born American historian.
Kip Niven [es], 73, American actor (Magnum Force, Alice), heart attack.
Seymour Nurse, 85, Barbadian cricketer (West Indies cricket team).
Jimmy Satterfield, 79, American football coach (Furman University).
Paco Cabasés, 102, Argentine footballer (Talleres de Córdoba), pneumonia.
Lewis A. Fidler, 62, American politician, New York City Council (2002-2013).
Eugene McGee, 78, Irish Gaelic football manager (Offaly, Cavan).
Norma Miller, 99, American lindy hop dancer, heart failure.
Kadir Misiroglu, 86, Turkish writer and historian.
Celil Oker, 67, Turkish author.
Barbara Perry, 97, American actress (The Andy Griffith Show, The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Hathaways).
Shih Chi-yang, 84, Taiwanese politician, Minister of Justice (1984-1988), Vice Premier (1988-1993) and President of the Judicial Yuan (1994-1999), multiple organ failure.
Hani Shukrallah, 69, Egyptian journalist (Al-Ahram).
Graciela Araujo [es], 88, Argentine actress.
Lojzka Bratuž [sl], 84, Italian literary historian and linguist.
J. R. Cobb, 75, American musician (Atlanta Rhythm Section, Classics IV), heart attack.
Rachel Held Evans, 37, American Christian writer, encephalitis after allergic antibiotic reaction.
Terje Moe Gustavsen, 64, Norwegian politician, Minister of Transport and Communications (2000-2001) and Director of the Public Roads Administration (since 2007), lung infection.
Thomas Hynes, 80, American politician and lawyer, complications from Parkinson's disease.
Jumpin Jackie Jackson, 79, American basketball player (Harlem Globetrotters).
MacArthur Lane, 77, American football player (St. Louis Cardinals, Green Bay Packers, Kansas City Chiefs).
Prospero Nograles, 71, Filipino politician, member (2001-2010) and Speaker of the House of Representatives (2008-2010).
Adam Sky, 42, Australian DJ, severed artery from broken glass.
Tommy Sopwith, 86, British racing driver.
Tyrone Thompson, 51, American politician, member of the Nevada Assembly (since 2013).
Richard Brown, 86, American lawyer, Queens County District Attorney (since 1991).
Kjell Grandhagen, 64, Norwegian military officer, head of the Norwegian Intelligence Service (2010-2015), multiple myeloma.
Dante Gullo, 71, Argentine sociologist and politician, member of the Chamber of Deputies (2007-2011) and Buenos Aires City Legislature (2011-2015).
Andy Jick, 66, American sports announcer (Boston Celtics, Boston College Eagles).
Chuck Kinder, 76, American novelist, heart failure.
V. Viswanatha Menon, 92, Indian politician.
Mose Se Sengo, 73, Congolese musician.
Goro Shimura, 89, Japanese mathematician (Shimura variety, Taniyama-Shimura conjecture).
Frits Soetekouw, 80, Dutch footballer (Ajax, DWS, national team).
Roland Aboujaoudé, 88, Lebanese Maronite Catholic hierarch, Auxiliary Bishop of Antioch (1985-2011).
Michel Crauste, 84, French rugby union player (Racing, Lourdes, national team).
Fatimih Dávila, 31, Uruguayan model, Miss Uruguay (2006), homicide.
Antunes Filho [pt], 89, Brazilian theatre director.
Rafael Hernández Colón, 82, Puerto Rican politician, Governor (1973-1977, 1985-1993), leukemia.
Master Hirannaiah, 85, Indian actor (No 73, Shanthi Nivasa, ...Re), liver disease.
Frank Ivancie, 94, American businessman and politician, Mayor of Portland, Oregon (1980-1985).
Lord Toby Jug, 53, British politician.
Red Kelly, 91, Canadian Hall of Fame ice hockey player (Detroit Red Wings, Toronto Maple Leafs) and politician, MP (1962-1965).
Micha Lindenstrauss, 81, German-born Israeli judge, State Comptroller (2005-2012).
Reginald Mengi, 75, Tanzanian businessman.
Ali Mroudjaé, 79, Comorian politician, Prime Minister (1982-1984).
Pauline O'Regan, 96, New Zealand educator and writer.
Chris Reccardi, 54, American animator, storyboard artist, cartoon director (The Ren & Stimpy Show, Samurai Jack, The Powerpuff Girls) and musician, heart attack.
John Starling, 79, American bluegrass musician (The Seldom Scene), Grammy winner (1992), heart failure.
Murray Thomson, 96, Canadian peace activist.
Ilinca Tomoroveanu [ro], 77, Romanian actress.
Guido van den Berg, 44, German politician, member of the Landtag of North Rhine-Westphalia (since 2012), cancer.
Juan Vicente Torrealba, 102, Venezuelan harpist and composer.
Warren W. Wiersbe, 89, American biblical scholar and pastor.
Mike Williamson, 90, Australian sports commentator (3AK, 3AW, HSV-7).
David Gordon Wilson, 91, British-born American professor of engineering.