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Don Johnson

Don Johnson

Birthday: 15 December 1949, Flat Creek, Missouri, USA
Birth Name: Donnie Wayne Johnson
Height: 180 cm

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" C ...Show more

Don Johnson
[on his younger days on drugs and alcohol] A lot of my friends didn't make it. And the ones that liv Show more [on his younger days on drugs and alcohol] A lot of my friends didn't make it. And the ones that lived, some of them are irreparably damaged for life. I remember incredibly vibrant, beautiful, talented people, who today are walking wounded, they can't put two sentences together. Hide
I like to have really fine things. I have a great appreciation for fine art, fine homes, fine wine, Show more I like to have really fine things. I have a great appreciation for fine art, fine homes, fine wine, fine cigars and fine friends. Hide
Anybody, any actor, any director, will tell you that the hardest job in show business is doing a wee Show more Anybody, any actor, any director, will tell you that the hardest job in show business is doing a weekly series, because you work 16, 14, 15 hours a day, five days a week. Hide
[on the forgotten veterans] Now is the time to make a firm statement to show solidarity in support o Show more [on the forgotten veterans] Now is the time to make a firm statement to show solidarity in support of our fighting men and women... past, present and future. My reverence for their courage and sense of duty is profound... Hide
I was very lucky with my first album. It did very well. The second one was kind of "uhhh". But that Show more I was very lucky with my first album. It did very well. The second one was kind of "uhhh". But that happens. Hide
[interviewed on the "Ron and Ron" radio talk show] I can do whatever I want - I'm rich, I'm famous, Show more [interviewed on the "Ron and Ron" radio talk show] I can do whatever I want - I'm rich, I'm famous, and I'm bigger than you. Hide
[on landing Miami Vice (1984)] For anybody, let alone someone coming from Missouri, and someone with Show more [on landing Miami Vice (1984)] For anybody, let alone someone coming from Missouri, and someone with absolutely no contacts or no understanding of the business, I was very lucky. Hide
Even though some of the films I've made haven't been particularly commercial, I don't find them fail Show more Even though some of the films I've made haven't been particularly commercial, I don't find them failures. Hide
[on his sudden success with Miami Vice (1984)] You're in this constant state of flux and transition, Show more [on his sudden success with Miami Vice (1984)] You're in this constant state of flux and transition, as if you had jet lag all the time. The acting part of it is easy. It's all the other things that come with it that are a bit difficult. Hide
People in the business will stay with you through drugs and alcohol and divorces and insanity and ev Show more People in the business will stay with you through drugs and alcohol and divorces and insanity and everything else, but you have a failure, pal, and they don't want to know nothing about you! Hide
[on his album "Heartbeat"] I wanted the record to be modern, tough rock and I think I achieved that Show more [on his album "Heartbeat"] I wanted the record to be modern, tough rock and I think I achieved that on some level. I didn't want it to sound like something that other people designed and I just stopped by for a few minutes to do the vocals. And I made it clear to Walter that I would walk away from it if I didn't think it was credible. I was prepared every step of the way to throw it away and walk away. Hide
The thing about the violence on television is, there's a good deal of it that's irresponsible. The thing about the violence on television is, there's a good deal of it that's irresponsible.
There's a long, long list of well-known drunks and drug addicts in the business who work regularly. There's a long, long list of well-known drunks and drug addicts in the business who work regularly.
It's a great thing for an actor, who loves to do what he does, just to get a job! It's a great thing for an actor, who loves to do what he does, just to get a job!
Hollywood is very much an industry town. Your life becomes caught up in all of the parties and this Show more Hollywood is very much an industry town. Your life becomes caught up in all of the parties and this list and that list. That's not something that I respond well to. Hide
[on how his 9 month old son inspired him to get sober] Actually I didn't look at the baby. The baby Show more [on how his 9 month old son inspired him to get sober] Actually I didn't look at the baby. The baby looked at me and had a look of horror on his face. I'd been out for a weekend's foray into the world of hanging out with my buddies and running wild and hitting one spot and another. I walked in after one of those weekends and stepped into my house where there was this wonderful little scene of madonna and child at the breakfast table. And I walk in, looking like something the cat had drug in and all twisted, mangled, and my eyes looking like two dark circles, you know, I mean messed up, man. And my little boy is mid-bite in his oatmeal, and he's looking up at me going "What in the hell is that?" You know. "Oh, oh it's only Daddy", you know. And that's when it hit me. Hide
I would think that anybody who was going to do a Miami Vice (1984) movie would at some point have to Show more I would think that anybody who was going to do a Miami Vice (1984) movie would at some point have to deal with "the Don Johnson factor". Hide
Television actors are bigger than movie actors these days. More people see them, more people recogni Show more Television actors are bigger than movie actors these days. More people see them, more people recognize them; the salaries in television are rivaling those in feature films. Hide
I'm better than [Robert De Niro], I'm better than [Al Pacino]. I've got the talent, they've got the Show more I'm better than [Robert De Niro], I'm better than [Al Pacino]. I've got the talent, they've got the material. Hide
Let me just say, I've seen a pub or two, and I sure knew the definition of the word "party". Let me just say, I've seen a pub or two, and I sure knew the definition of the word "party".
[on Nash Bridges (1996)] I'm walking a different kind of line with this show. I want the tone of it Show more [on Nash Bridges (1996)] I'm walking a different kind of line with this show. I want the tone of it to be something we can enjoy, something we can laugh with, and at the same time, I want it to be about the people - their heart, their feelings. Hide
I was a little, skinny, runt kid, and I decided that bowling was what I was going to do in life. I was a little, skinny, runt kid, and I decided that bowling was what I was going to do in life.
I was a pariah when it came to television - I'd made five pilots or six pilots and none of them had Show more I was a pariah when it came to television - I'd made five pilots or six pilots and none of them had sold. Hide
This is my problem: I do too many things at the same time. This is my problem: I do too many things at the same time.
[on his hit single "Heartbeat"] I was in Los Angeles and I had been over to see Jesse (his then 2-ye Show more [on his hit single "Heartbeat"] I was in Los Angeles and I had been over to see Jesse (his then 2-year-old son) and Patti (the boy's mother). I went back to the hotel that night and the lyrics started pouring out. I can look at the song now and see this deep sense of yearning, this sense of loss in someone's life and I can certainly identify with that. Hide
I've had some ambivalent feelings about being an actor. I don't know that I've ever been totally and Show more I've had some ambivalent feelings about being an actor. I don't know that I've ever been totally and completely comfortable with it. Hide
Don Johnson's FILMOGRAPHY
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