AKA Donald Wayne Johnson Born: 15-Dec-1949Birthplace: Flat Creek, MOGender: Male Race or Ethnicity: White Sexual orientation: Straight Occupation: Actor, Musician Nationality: United States Executive summary: Miami Vice, Nash Bridges With his gravelly voice, dashing good looks, perpetual stubble and a wardrobe of assorted pastels, Don Johnson came to fame as Sonny Crockett on the '80s drug-war drama Miami Vice with Philip Michael Thomas.
From 1996-2001 he starred in Nash Bridges, a slick cop drama co-starring Cheech Marin and set in San Francisco.
He also starred in Harlan Ellison's A Boy and His Dog, one of the best science-fiction movies ever made, despite its absurd-sounding plot -- Johnson played a post-apocalyptic rapist accompanied by a telepathic mutt much brighter than he.
After A Boy and His Dog, Johnson's movie career faded, and he was relegated to TV movies and guest roles on Barnaby Jones and The Streets of San Francisco.
In his first major stage role, he played the cute young boy raped in prison in Sal Mineo's production of Fortune and Men's Eyes.
In his first movie, he played the title role in the 1970 sexcapade The Magic Garden of Stanley Sweetheart, and he subsequently starred in such strange films as Zachariah, a musical western based on Hermann Hesse's Siddhartha with Country Joe Mc Donald and Dick Van Patten, and The Harrad Experiment with Tippi Hedren, where Johnson played a lothario student at an anything-goes college, complete with nude yoga classes and mixed-gender roommate assignments.
He later played a lawyer on Just Legal, a quickly-cancelled comedy-drama that aired on the WB in 2005.
He was cast as the sensitive young soldier drawn to prostitute Kim Basinger in a short-lived TV series based on From Here to Eternity, and starred in pilots for six TV series, all of which went unsold, before Miami Vice hit the airwaves in 1984.
Suddenly a sex symbol, Johnson declared himself a pop singer, hitting the charts with "Heartbeat" and a duet with Barbra Streisand, "Till I Loved You".