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Don Johnson

Actor, Director, Producer, Writer, Additional Credits
Born December 15, 1949 (74 years)
Donald Wayne Johnson (born December 15, 1949) is an American actor, producer, director, singer, and songwriter. He's best known for his role as Det. James "Sonny" Crockett in the 1980s television series Miami Vice, winning a Golden Globe for his work in the role.

In 1984, after more then a decade of acting on television, Johnson landed a starring role as undercover police detective Sonny Crockett in the Michael Mann/Universal Television cop series, Miami Vice (1984-1990). Miami Vice made him "a major international star." According to Rolling Stone, "No one had more swagger in the Reagan era than Don Johnson."

His work on Miami Vice earned him a Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series - Drama, in 1986, and he was nominated for the same award in 1987. He was also nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series in 1985. Between seasons on Miami Vice, he gained further renown through TV miniseries such as the 1985 remake of The Long, Hot Summer. In 1996, he had a supporting role in Tin Cup, along with Kevin Costner, Rene Russo, and Cheech Marin. Johnson received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1996.

He later starred in the 1996–2001 CBS-TV police drama Nash Bridges with Cheech Marin, Jeff Perry, Jaime P. Gomez, Kelly Hu, Wendy Moniz, Annette O'Toole, Jodi Lyn O'Keefe as his daughter Cassidy, and James Gammon as his father Nick.

In October 2010, he began appearing on the HBO series Eastbound & Down, playing Kenny Powers' long-lost father, going by the alias "Eduardo Sanchez." He also reprised his role as Sonny Crockett for a Nike commercial with LeBron James in which the NBA player contemplates acting and appears alongside Johnson on Miami Vice.

He had a supporting role in the 2012 Quentin Tarantino film Django Unchained, playing a southern plantation owner named Spencer "Big Daddy" Bennett. In 2014, Johnson starred as the character "Jim Bob" opposite Sam Shepard and Michael C. Hall in Jim Mickle's critically acclaimed crime film, Cold in July. In 2014, he had a supporting role in the film The Other Woman as Cameron Diaz's character's father. In 2015, Johnson began starring in the ABC prime time soap opera Blood & Oil.

In 2018, he starred as the character of Arthur, the love interest of Vivian, played by Jane Fonda in Bill Holderman's romantic-comedy Book Club. In 2019, Johnson played the role of Richard Drysdale in Rian Johnson's murder-mystery Knives Out; and starred as Police Chief Judd Crawford in the HBO series Watchmen.

In 2021, he co-starred on Kenan, until its cancellation in May 2022. He also appeared in a Nash Bridges television film, with co-star Cheech Marin, on the USA Network in 2021.
Movies & Shows on Plex
  • Brawl in Cell Block 99
  • Dragged Across Concrete
  • Cold in July
  • A Boy and His Dog
  • Vengeance: A Love Story
  • Nash Bridges
  • Goodbye Lover
  • Alex of Venice
  • Moondance Alexander
  • Cease Fire
Known For
  • Knives Out
  • Miami Vice
  • The Other Woman
  • A Boy and His Dog
  • Brawl in Cell Block 99
  • Cold in July
  • Machete
  • Tin Cup
  • The Hot Spot
  • Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man
  • Dragged Across Concrete
  • Nash Bridges
  • Book Club
  • Dead Bang
  • Blood & Oil (2015)
  • Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star
  • Guilty as Sin
  • Vengeance: A Love Story
  • In Pursuit of Honor
  • Alex of Venice
  • Paradise
  • Nash Bridges
  • Born Yesterday
  • High Heat

Filmography

2024
Doctor Odyssey (TV Series)
2023
The Collective · as Liam
2023
2023
A Little White Lie · as T. Wasserman
2022
Bonnie · as Detective James Crockett
2022
High Heat · as Ray
2021
Nash Bridges · as Nash Bridges
2021
Kenan (TV Series) · as Rick
2020
Home Movie: The Princess Bride (TV Series) · as Prince Humperdinck
2019
Knives Out · as Richard Drysdale
2019
Watchmen (TV Series) · as Judd Crawford
2019
Vault · as Gerry
2018
Dragged Across Concrete · as Chief Lt. Calvert
2018
Book Club · as Arthur
2018
LA to Vegas (TV Series) · as Jack Silver
2017
Sick Note (TV Series) · as Kenny West
2017
2017
Vengeance: A Love Story · as Jay Kirkpatrick
2017
A Series of Unfortunate Events (TV Series) · as Sir
2015
Blood & Oil (2015) (TV Series) · as Hap Briggs
2014
2014
Cold in July · as Jim Bob
2014
The Other Woman · as Frank
2014
TripTank (TV Series) · as Johnny Bahama (voice)
2014
From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series (TV Series) · as Earl Mcgraw
2012
Django Unchained · as Spencer "big Daddy" Bennett
2011
A Good Old Fashioned Orgy · as Jerry Keppler (uncredited)
2011
2010
Machete · as Von Jackson
2010
When in Rome · as Beth's Dad
2009
Glenn Martin DDS (TV Series) · as Grandpa Whitey (voice)
2009
Eastbound & Down (TV Series) · as Eduardo Sanchez
2008
2008
Long Flat Balls II · as Admiral Burnett
2008
Bastardi · as Sante Patene
2007
2005
Just Legal (TV Series) · as Grant Cooper
2005
American Dad! (TV Series) · as Mr. Mccormick
2003
Word of Honor · as Benjamin Tyson
2001
Piñero · as Detective Sonny Crocket
1999
Judging Amy (TV Series) · as Defense Attorney
1998
Goodbye Lover · as Ben Dunmore
1996
Tin Cup · as David Simms
1996
Nash Bridges (TV Series) · as Nash Bridges
1995
In Pursuit of Honor · as Sgt. John Libbey
1993
Guilty as Sin · as David Greenhill
1993
Born Yesterday · as Paul Verrall
1991
Paradise · as Ben Reed
1991
Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man · as Robert Lee Anderson / The Marlboro Man
1990
The Hot Spot · as Harry Madox
1990
The Word (TV Series) · as Cast
1989
Dead Bang · as Jerry Beck
1988
Sweet Hearts Dance · as Wiley Boon
1987
G.I. Joe: The Movie · as Lt. Falcon (voice)
1987
Heartbeat · as Documentary Filmmaker
1985
Cease Fire · as Tim Murphy
1985
The Long Hot Summer (TV Series) · as Ben Quick
1984
Miami Vice: Brother's Keeper · as Det. James “sonny” Crockett
1984
Miami Vice (TV Series) · as Sonny Crockett
1982
Matt Houston (TV Series) · as Terry Spence
1982
Aladdin and the Magic Lamp · as Wazir's Son
1982
Melanie · as Carl
1982
Famous T & A · as Stanley Cole
1981
Soggy Bottom, U.S.A. · as Jacob Gorch
1981
Swan Lake · as Benno (english Version)
1981
Elvis and the Beauty Queen · as Elvis Presley
1980
Revenge of the Stepford Wives · as Officer Andy Brady
1980
Beulah Land (TV Series) · as Bonard Davis
1980
From Here to Eternity (TV Series) · as Jefferson 'jeff' Davis Prewitt
1979
Tales of the Unexpected (TV Series) · as Reeve Baker
1979
1978
First, You Cry · as Daniel Easton
1978
1978
Ski Lift to Death · as Mike Sloan
1977
1977
Cover Girls · as Johnny Wilson
1977
Eight is Enough (TV Series) · as Doug
1977
The City · as Sgt. Brian Scott
1976
Law of the Land · as Quirt
1975
1975
Return to Macon County · as Harley Mckay
1973
The Harrad Experiment · as Stanley Cole
1973
Police Story (TV Series) · as Lee Morgan
1973
Barnaby Jones (TV Series) · as Wayne Lockwood
1972
The Streets of San Francisco (TV Series) · as Off. Larry Wilson
1972
The Rookies (TV Series) · as Al Devering
1972
Kung Fu (TV Series) · as Nashebo
1971
Zachariah · as Matthew
1971
Sarge (TV Series) · as Deloy Coopersmith
1970
1969
The Bold Ones: The New Doctors (TV Series) · as Ev Howard

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