Date of Birth : Dec 15th 1949
One of those 15-years-in-the-making overnight successes, this ruggedly handsome, dirtyblond heartthrob burst onto the cinema scene in 1970 playing the title role in the hippie drama The Magic Garden of Stanley Sweetheart which he followed with parts in the rock Western Zachariah (1971), the sex-clinic romp The Harrad Experiment (1973), Return to Macon County (which also starred then-unknown Nick Nolte), and the cult sci-fi film A Boy and His Dog (both 1975).
His career in eclipse for nearly a decade, Johnson reemerged on TV in 1984 as the hip, unshaven, pastel-clad star of “Miami Vice.” The show’s success revitalized his bigscreen career, and his recent feature-film work has been commendably diverse. He’s played a Vietnam vet in Cease Fire (1985), a midlife crisis case in Sweet Hearts Dance (1988), a weary cop in Dead Bang (1989), a lecherous drifter in The Hot Spot (1990), a would-be bank robber in Harley Davidson & the Marlboro Man (1991) and a suave, sexy murder suspect in Guilty as Sin (1993).
Johnson met actress Melanie Griffith when she was 14 and they both worked in The Harrad Experiment they were married three years later, subsequently divorced, and then remarried in 1989. In recent years they’ve costarred in the moving drama Paradise (1991) and a remake of the comedy Born Yesterday (1993), in which they were both well cast. In fact, he has delivered consistently strong, credible performances, but his box-office batting average has been poor; none of his starring vehicles has been a financial success.