Born: 15 December 1949
Birthplace: Flat Creek, Missouri
Best known as: The star of TV's Miami Vice and Nash Bridges
A veteran of routine leading man roles during the 1970s, Don Johnson labored in relative obscurity until the smash success of the stylish 1980s police drama Miami Vice (1984-89). The MTV-inspired Vice starred Johnson as James "Sonny" Crockett, a macho undercover cop whose pastel casual chic clothing kicked off a national fashion trend. The fast-living, dimpled rogue that was Crockett seemed to be an extension of Johnson, whose wild times off-screen were frequently reported in the tabloids. After a stint in rehab in the early 1990s, Johnson bounced back with another successful TV series, Nash Bridges (1996-2001). Although his big screen career never matched his television success, Johnson has appeared in several solid productions over the years, including Sweet Hearts Dance (1988, with Susan Sarandon), The Hot Spot (1990, with Virginia Madsen) and Guilty as Sin (1993). In 2005 he starred in the television series Just Legal.
Extra credit: Johnson was married to actress Melanie Griffith twice, once in 1976 and again from 1989-96... He has a son with actress Patti D'Arbanville... In 1986 Johnson released the album Heartbeat which featured a hit single of the same name... The role of Sonny Crockett was played by Colin Farrell in the 2006 feature film remake of Miami Vice.
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