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Jesse's Kitten 84 05-02-2018 04:51 AM

Don Johnson #7: Don Is A Classic!!
Don Johnson #7: Don Is A Classic!!


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 Crockett into the world's favorite cop. For his work on "Miami Vice" Johnson won a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a TV Series in 1986, and was nominated in the same category a year later. He also picked up an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series in 1985.

Johnson was born in Flat Creek, Missouri, the son Eva Lea (Wilson), a beautician, and Freddie Wayne Johnson, a farmer. As a kid, he wanted to become a professional bowler. Later, after a few brushes with the law at a young age, he discovered acting. After working on the stage for a while he ventured into films and television, but was not able to break into stardom despite, among other things, starring in the sci-fi cult classic A Boy and His Dog (1975). During the late 1960s and early 70s, Johnson had two short-lived marriages that were annulled; the names of his first two wives have never been made public. Tippi Hedren, Johnson's co-star in The Harrad Experiment (1973), allowed him to date her daughter Melanie Griffith despite the fact that she was only 14 and he was 22; the relationship culminated in a six-month marriage during 1976. In the 1980s he lived with actress Patti D'Arbanville and they had one son together. He remarried Griffith in 1989, but divorced in 1996 when she left him for Antonio Banderas. Johnson has been married to fifth wife Kelly Phleger since 1999, and they have three children together.

Johnson starred in four failed TV pilots before landing his career-high role on "Miami Vice", which propelled him to superstardom. He directed four highly praised episodes of the show, one of them co-starring Melanie Griffith. He balanced his work on the series by appearing in the critically acclaimed TV film The Long Hot Summer (1985), an adaptation of the William Faulkner novel, and the film Sweet Hearts Dance (1988) with Susan Sarandon. After the series ended he focused solely on his film career. Although movies like Dead Bang (1989), The Hot Spot (1990) and Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man (1991) did not fare well with the critics, quite a few of them have obtained a considerable cult following, with fans praising them as all being quality contributions to their genre. His film work has given Johnson the opportunity to work with legendary filmmakers like John Frankenheimer, Sidney Lumet and Dennis Hopper.

After working steadily, Johnson returned to TV in 1996 with the cop show Nash Bridges (1996). The show, which Johnson created and produced, did very well. It co-starred Cheech Marin and Jodi Lyn O'Keefe. Johnson played the title role, a captain in the San Francisco PD's Special Investigations Unit. He was again paired with a flashy vehicle, this time an electric-yellow 1971 Plymouth Barracuda convertible. After "Nash Bridges" went off the air Johnson kept a low profile, but continues to appear in films and on television. He starred in the failed WB courtroom drama Just Legal (2005), which was produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, and has traveled to Europe to make such films as the Norwegian screwball comedy Long Flat Balls II (2008) and the Italian films Bastardi (2008) and Torno a vivere da solo (2008). He will soon be seen in the romantic comedy When in Rome (2010) with Anjelica Huston and Danny DeVito, as well as the indie comedy A Good Old Fashioned Orgy (2011). 'Don Johnson (I)' starred in the 2007 feature film, _"Moondance Alexander" (2007)_, along with Lori Loughlin, Kay Panabaker, James Best, Sasha Cohen, and Whitney Sloan.


Saturday Night Live (TV Series) (2015) ... Don Johnson
Blood and Oil (TV Series) (2015) ... Hap Briggs
From Dusk Till Dawn (TV Series) (2014) ... Sheriff Earl McGraw
Eastbound & Down (TV Series) (2010-2012) ... Eduardo Sanchez
Glenn Martin DDS (TV Series) (2010-2011) ... Grandpa Whitey
A Mann's World (TV Movie) (2011) ... Allan Mann
Southern Discomfort (TV Movie)
Just Legal (TV Series) (2005-2006) ... Grant Cooper
Word of Honor (TV Movie) (2003) ... Benjamin Tyson
Nash Bridges (TV Series) (1996-2001) ... Nash Bridges / Insp. Nash Bridges
In Pursuit of Honor (TV Movie) (1995) ... Sgt. John Libbey
Seriously... Phil Collins (TV Movie) (1990)
Miami Vice (TV Series) (1984-1990) ... Detective James Crockett
Tales of the Unexpected (TV Movie)
The Long Hot Summer (TV Movie) (1985) ... Ben Quick
Tales of the Unexpected (TV Series) (1985) ... Reeve Baker
Matt Houston (TV Series) (1983) ... Terry Spence
Six Pack (TV Movie) (1983) ... Brewster Baker
The Two Lives of Carol Letner (TV Movie) (1981) ... Bob Howard
Elvis and the Beauty Queen (TV Movie) (1981) ... Elvis Presley
Revenge of the Stepford Wives (TV Movie) (1980) ... Officer Andy Brady
Beulah Land (TV Mini-Series) (1980) ... Bonard Davis
From Here to Eternity (TV Series) (1980) ... Jefferson 'Jeff' Davis Prewitt
The Rebels (TV Movie) (1979) ... Judson Fletcher
Amateur Night at the Dixie Bar and Grill (TV Movie) (1979)... Cowboy
Pressure Point (TV Movie) (1978)
First, You Cry (TV Movie) (1978) ... Daniel Easton
Katie: Portrait of a Centerfold (TV Movie) (1978) ... Gunther
The American Girls (TV Series) (1978) ... Everett Simms
The Two-Five (TV Movie) (1978) ... Charlie Morgan
Ski Lift to Death (TV Movie) (1978) ... Mike Sloan
What Really Happened to the Class of '65? (TV Series) (1978) ... Edgar
Police Story (TV Series) (1977) ... Lee Morgan
Big Hawaii (TV Series) (1977) ... Gandy
Eight Is Enough (TV Series) (1977) ... Doug
Cover Girls (TV Movie) (1977) ... Johnny Wilson
Nashville 99 (TV Series) (1977) ... Mike Watling
The City (TV Movie) (1977) ... Sergeant Brian Scott
Barnaby Jones (TV Series) (1976) ... Wayne Lockwood
The Streets of San Francisco (1976) ... Off. Larry Wilson
Law of the Land (TV Movie) (1976) ... Quirt
The Rookies (1974) ... Al Devering
Kung Fu (1973) ... Nashebo
The Bold Ones: The New Doctors (1972) ... Ev Howard
Young Dr. Kildare (1972) ...Ted Thatcher
Sarge (1971) ... Deloy Coopersmith
The Combatants (1971) ... Deloy Coopersmith


Alex of Venice ... Roger ... 2014
The Other Woman ... Frank ... 2014
Cold in July ... Jim Bob ... 2014
Django Unchained ... Big Daddy ... 2012
Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star ... Miles Deep ... 2011
A Good Old Fashioned Orgy ... Jerry Keppler (uncredited) ... 2011
Machete ... Von ... 2010
When in Rome ... Beth's Dad (uncredited) ... 2010
Torno a vivere da solo ... Nico ... 2008
Long Flat Balls II ... Admiral Burnett ... 2008
Bastardi ... Sante Patene ... 2008
Moondance Alexander ... Dante Longpre ... 2007
Goodbye Lover ... Ben Dunmore ... 1998
Tin Cup ... David Simms ... 1996
Guilty as Sin ... David Edgar Greenhill ... 1993
Born Yesterday ... Paul Verrall ... 1993
Paradise ... Ben Reed ... 1991
Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man ... Marlboro ... 1991
The Hot Spot ... Harry Madox ... 1990
Dead Bang ... Jerry Beck ... 1989
Sweet Hearts Dance ... Wiley Boon ... 1988
Cease Fire ... Tim Murphy ... 1985
Aladdin and the Magic Lamp ... Wazir's Son (English version, voice) ... 1982
Melanie ... Carl ... 1982
Soggy Bottom, U.S.A. ... Jacob Gorch ... 1981
Swan Lake ... Benno (English Version) (Voice) ... 1981
Return to Macon County ... Harley McKay ... 1975
A Boy and His Dog ... Vic ... 1975
The Harrad Experiment ... Stanley Cole ... 1973
Lollipops, Roses and Talangka ... Frank ... 1971
Zachariah ... Matthew ... 1971
The Magic Garden of Stanley Sweetheart ... Stanley Sweetheart ... 1970


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Barrybgb 05-02-2018 07:50 AM

Thanks for the new thread, Donna.

Melis 05-02-2018 06:00 PM

looking good

Jesse's Kitten 84 05-03-2018 05:27 AM

You're welcome. :) :hug:

I hope we get new pics and news soon.


Melis 05-03-2018 08:47 PM

I bet he'll post something.

Jesse's Kitten 84 05-05-2018 05:23 AM

And it will be soon.

Oh he's going to be in the movie, Book Club:



Melis 05-05-2018 05:11 PM

Cool. I hope it's good.

Jesse's Kitten 84 05-07-2018 05:38 AM

I hope so too.


donjohnson.fanIconic! 😎😍 #donjohnson #sonnycrockett #miamivice #1980s #bestactor #hugefan

Melis 05-07-2018 08:00 PM

Nice pic

Jesse's Kitten 84 05-09-2018 04:53 AM

Don posted:


donjohnson: Head casting for my new HBO gig ⏱

MarissaAngell 05-09-2018 02:16 PM

Oh ho! :wave:

I just came upon this thread I think.
I gotta admit though I fancy the MV and the following NB series and I actually believe Don has a flippin awesome way of playing his roles.
I particularly fancy his Sonny Crockett and Nash Bridges roles. Not that I've seen him anything else...

But that classic cop vibe that literally gives me the whole idea in what I believe a cop should be is there.
I am watching MV and NB at the moment and gee I can only stare :drool:

Melis 05-09-2018 02:22 PM

Oh wow, look at everything they did to him!

Thanks for stopping by the thread. Don does a great job playing his characters.

Jesse's Kitten 84 05-11-2018 06:28 AM

Now I want to see how he looks on TV with everything that they did to him.

Hi. :wave:


Melis 05-11-2018 08:41 PM

Me too

Jesse's Kitten 84 05-13-2018 04:27 AM


donjohnson: Senior Prom Night 2018! How lucky am I?!! Love u @grace.johhnson 🌹

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