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Don Johnson
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Birth Name: Donald Wayne Johnson
Birthdate: December 15, 1949
Birthplace: Flat Creek, Missouri
Occupations: Actor, Director, Musician, Producer
Don Johnson Photo

Claim to Fame: 1984-89: Starred in the hit series Miami Vice (and directed some episodes)

Significant Other(s):
Wife: dancer; married in 1968; marriage annulled
Wife: second youthful marriage annulled
Miss Pamela, member of musical group Girls Together Outrageously; together in late 1960s
Wife: Melanie Griffith, actress; married in 1976; divorced in 1977; remarried on June 26, 1989; divorced a second time; mother of Johnson's daughter, Dakota
Patti D'Arbanville (aka Patti D'Arbanville-Quinn), actress; together from 1981 to 1985; mother of Johnson's son, Jesse
Barbra Streisand, actress, singer; no longer together
Jeanne Anderson; reportedly were engaged briefly in 1996
Jodi Lyn O'Keefe, actress; costarred on Johnson's TV series Nash Bridges; born October 10, 1978; no longer together
Wife: Mary "Kelley" Phleger; born in June 1968; announced engagement in April 1998; married

Father: farmer
Mother: beautician
Son: Jesse, born 1982; mother, Patti D'Arbanville; Johnson successfully sued to gain custody in late 1980s
Daughter: Dakota Mayi, born October 4, 1989; mother, Melanie Griffith
Daughter: Atherton Grace, born 1999; mother, Kelley

This wry, handsome actor toiled largely unrecognized for 15 years on stage, TV and film until becoming a TV icon of the mid-1980s. As Detective Sonny Crockett on Michael Mann's post-modern, trendy cop drama "Miami Vice" (1984-89), Johnson used his gravelly voice, five-o'clock shadow, Armani wardrobe and quietly anguished machismo to good effect, making him the more charismatic half of the pastel-clad detective duo. The Missouri native began acting and singing in high school, and after college joined San Francisco's American Conservatory Theater. Johnson made his film debut, starring in the forgettable drama "The Magic Garden of Stanley Sweetheart". He toiled through another five films before gaining fame on TV, his most notable features being the groovy college drama "The Harrad Experiment" (1973), with his future mother-in-law Tippi Hedren, and the bleak science fiction drama "A Boy and His Dog" (1974). Stardom arrived for Johnson with his five-year run in "Miami Vice", in which he and Philip Michael Thomas played two tough, glamorous and very well-dressed cops. The series became a cultural phenomenon, aided by superb MTV-style cinematography, Jan Hammer's rock score and Johnson's sexy, humorous performance. The actor also directed a handful of episodes. Celebrities clamored for cameo roles and hip twentysomethings stayed home of Friday nights to check out the pastel Armani costumes. Inevitably, the 80s and "Miami Vice" came to an end and Johnson made a bid for film stardom, without much success. The charming rural romance "Sweet Hearts Dance" (1988) did not do well at the box office, nor did the John Frankenheimer thriller "Dead-Bang" (1989), Dennis Hopper's "The Hot Spot" (1990) or the Mickey Rourke co-starrer "Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man" (1991). He also starred in the courtroom drama "Guilty as Sin" (1993) but proved most effective as the third leg of a romantic triangle with Kevin Costner and Rene Russo in "Tin Cup" (1996). Later that year, he found renewed small screen success as the Bay Area police detective "Nash Bridges". Johnson's private life has continued to keep him in the news. He married actress Melanie Griffith in 1976, but they divorced the following year. He subsequently was involved with actress Patti D'Arbanville. A Hollywood Lothario and carouser of the John Barrymore school, Johnson conquered problems with alcohol and cocaine and remarried Griffith in 1989. The pair co-starred in "Paradise" (1991) and the remake of "Born Yesterday" (1993) before Griffith left Johnson for actor Antonio Banderas in 1995.

Goodbye Lover (1999)
CBS: The First 50 Years (1998)
Tin Cup (1996)
In Pursuit of Honor (1995)
Born Yesterday (1993)
Guilty As Sin (1993)
Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man (1991)
Paradise (1991)
Tales of the Unexpected (1991)
American Red Cross Emergency Test (1990)
The Hot Spot (1990)
Dead Bang (1989)
Sweet Hearts Dance (1988)
Don Johnson: Heartbeat (1986)
G.I. Joe: The Movie (1986)
Cease Fire (1985)
The Long, Hot Summer (1985)
Miami Vice 2: The Prodigal Son (1985)
Miami Vice (1984)
Soggy Bottom USA (1983)
Melanie (1982)
Elvis and the Beauty Queen (1981)
The Two Lives of Carol Letner (1981)
Beulah Land (1980)
Revenge of the Stepford Wives (1980)
From Here to Eternity: Aftermath and Revenge (1980)
From Here to Eternity: Crossroads and Secrets (1980)
From Here to Eternity: Island and Homecoming (1980)
From Here to Eternity: Pearl Harbor (1980)
The Rebels (1979)
Amateur Night at the Dixie Bar and Grill (1979)
Snowblind (1978)
First, You Cry (1978)
Katie: Portrait of a Centerfold (1978)
The Two-Five (1978)
Ski Lift to Death (1978)
Cover Girls (1977)
The City (1976)
Law of the Land (1976)
A Boy and His Dog (1975)
Return to Macon County (1975)
The Harrad Experiment (1973)
Zachariah (1970)
The Magic Garden of Stanley Sweetheart (1970)

1985: Golden Globe Award, Best Actor in a Television Series (Drama), Miami Vice

Johnson recorded a duet with Barbra Streisand that was featured on her 1988 album, Till I Loved You

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

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