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Don Johnson

Biography

Actor most widely known for starring on the tv screen series Miami Vice, that he won a Golden World. He also performed the title personality in the series Nash Bridges. In 2014, he previously a supporting function in the intimate comedy ANOTHER Girl. He was students on the American Conservatory movie theater before getting his first performing function in 1969 within a stage creation. He discovered short-lived music achievement with the very best 5 one and best 20 record Heartbeat in 1986. He wedded his second wife, Kelly Phleger, on Apr 29, 1999; the few has three kids: Sophistication, Jasper and Deacon. He previously a supporting function contrary Jamie Foxx within the 2012 Traditional western Django Unchained.

Quick Facts


Full Name Don Johnson
Date Of Birth December 15, 1949
Place Of Birth Flat Creek, MO
Height 1.8 m
Profession TV Actor
Education University of Kansas, Wichita South High School
Nationality American
Spouse Kelley Phleger, Melanie Griffith, Melanie Griffith, Melanie Griffith
Children Dakota Johnson, Jesse Johnson, Grace Johnson, Deacon Johnson, Jasper Johnson
Parents Wayne Johnson, Nell Johnson
Siblings Deanne Johnson, Greg Johnson, Linda Johnson, Casey Johnson
Partner Patti D'Arbanville
Awards Saturn Award, Saturn Award for Best Actor, Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama, TV Land Favorite Fashion Plate - Male Award
Nominations Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, TV Land Coolest Crime Fighting Team Award
Movies Django Unchained, Machete, The Hot Spot, A Boy and His Dog, Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man, Cold in July, Tin Cup, Dead Bang, In Pursuit of Honor, The Other Woman, Sweet Hearts Dance, Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star, Born Yesterday, The Harrad Experiment, The Long Hot Summer, Moondance Alexander, Alex of Venice, Return to Macon County, Guilty as Sin, The Magic Garden of Stanley Sweetheart, Soggy Bottom U.S.A., Zachariah, Goodbye Lover, First, You Cry, Revenge of the Stepford Wives, Word of Honor, The Rebels, Paradise, G.I. Joe: The Movie, Cease Fire, Elvis and the Beauty Queen, Lange Flate Ballær 2, A Good Old Fashioned Orgy, Vengeance: A Love Story, Amateur Night at the Dixie Bar and Grill, Katie: Portrait of a Centerfold, Torno a vivere da solo, Melanie, Swan Lake, The City, Good Morning and... Goodbye!, Cover Girls, Snowblind, Mann's World, Four Loko Vineyards, Southern Discomfort, The Two Lives of Carol Letner, Heartbeat, Vineyard Haven, From Here to Eternity: Pearl Harbor, From Here to Eternity: Crossroads and Secrets
TV Shows Miami Vice, Nash Bridges, Blood & Oil, From Dusk till Dawn: The Series, Just Legal, A Series of Unfortunate Events, Sick Note, Beulah Land, Nashville 99, The American Girls, Sarge, From Here to Eternity, Young Dr. Kildare
Star Sign Sagittarius

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#Fact
1 He was exempt from the draft during the Vietnam War.
2 His first marriage was to a dancer in Kansas in 1968. His second marriage took place in Los Angeles in 1973. Both marriages were annulled.
3 Developing sports themed television series with Ron Shelton. [2008]
4 Attended and graduated from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas (1971).
5 Attended and graduated from Wichita South High School in Wichita, Kansas (1967).
6 Lives in Los Angeles, California.
7 Was considered for the role of Francis Dollarhyde in Manhunter (1986), which went to Tom Noonan.
8 Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7080 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on July 26, 1996.
9 Came up with the idea for Las Vegas (2003), and was planning to produce and star on the series himself. The series was going to be called "Casino Eye".
10 Best known by the public for his starring roles as Detective Sonny Crockett on Miami Vice (1984), and the title character on Nash Bridges (1996).
11 Beat out Nick Nolte, Jeff Bridges, Richard Dean Anderson, Mark Harmon, Larry Wilcox and Gary Cole for the role of Sonny Crockett on Miami Vice (1984).
12 Wellcraft allowed him to design his own offshore powerboat, the Scarab Excel 43 ft. Don Johnson Signature Series, and he raced a similar one.
13 Considers himself to be done with police series, but does not rule out joining a series "if it were international in scope and global in nature".
14 He often arrived on the set of Miami Vice (1984) in his own powerboat, called "My Vice".
15 In the late 1980s, he was working on a film project titled "The Pro", which he hoped to direct. According to Johnson, Jack Nicholson was going to star as the Pro - a wizard who brings a boy into the world of professional golfing.
16 Is a cigar aficionado.
17 Was the director's first choice for the role of Tom Wingo in The Prince of Tides (1991), which went to Nick Nolte.
18 Was considered for the role of Edward Deline on Las Vegas (2003), which went to James Caan.
19 Was considered for the role of Horatio Caine on CSI: Miami (2002), which went to David Caruso.
20 Was the cause of much media frenzy and an uproar when he didn't wear socks to a meeting with then U.S. President Ronald Reagan. Johnson said in his defense: "I've always said that for me, a sports jacket over a t-shirt is good enough for meeting anyone, except the Queen. As for the socks, well, I must confess that I simply don't own a pair anymore. See, I live in Miami.".
21 Good friends with Bruce Willis, Kevin Costner, Sylvester Stallone, Robert Wagner, Jack Nicholson and Nick Nolte.
22 Galco designed a special shoulder holster especially for him to use on Miami Vice (1984). This was called the "Miami Classic". In the Galco Gunleather headquarters, there is a large display that contains the Miami Vice shoulder holster rig that Johnson wore, accompanied by an autographed photo of him.
23 Was given a Ferrari Testarossa by Enzo Ferrari as an appreciation of his work on Miami Vice (1984).
24 Legendary fashion designer Gianni Versace cited Don Johnson and his alter-ego Sonny Crockett as inspirations. Versace once said: "The first person I dressed in Miami was Don Johnson.".
25 He and Tom Cruise were the premier faces of the Ray Ban brand of sunglasses during the 1980s. None of them took part in any official campaigns, but simply by clever product placement strategies both helped boost Ray Ban's sales enormously. Johnson wore many different models on Miami Vice (1984), most notably a pair of Ray-Ban Wayfarers (Model L2052, Mock Tortoise) which increased sales of Ray Ban's to 720,000 units in 1984 alone.
26 During pre-production of Miami Vice (1984), he wanted Sonny Crockett to be "more of a cowboy", and suggested "a lot of denim, V-neck sweaters and cowboy boots". He was really unsure about how the heavy use of pastel and bright colors would fit the macho, no-nonsense persona of his character, but producer Michael Mann and costume designer Jodie Lynn Tillen managed to convince him. They saw Crockett more in the lines of a beach bum. Johnson relented and as a result became one of the biggest fashion symbols of the 1980s.
27 Won the 1988 APBA Offshore World Cup in the Superboat class.
28 Was considered for the lead role of Eliot Ness in The Untouchables (1987). The role went to his good friend Kevin Costner, which turned out to be his breakthrough role.
29 To maintain his perpetual two-day stubble on Miami Vice (1984), he shaved with a sideburn trimmer.
30 Was considered for the role of Michael Cheritto in Heat (1995), which went to Tom Sizemore.
31 Was considered for the role of John McClane in Die Hard (1988), which went to Bruce Willis.
32 Before having great success on Miami Vice (1984), he appeared on The Dating Game (1965) as one of the "three eligible bachelors" and was not chosen.
33 Is a devotee of the culture of Vietnam and he owns a small island off the south coast. He honeymooned there with his wife, Kelley, in May 1999.
34 In 1985, during the height of Miami Vice (1984), he had made a trip to Germany to personally order a 959 Porsche from the factory in Stuttgart.
35 Loves the Tuscany area of Italy and has vacationed there often.
36 Auditioned for the role of Sonny Crockett on Miami Vice (1984) while he was in Miami working on a low-budget film about Vietnam called Cease Fire (1985).
37 Is mentioned in Walter Kirn's novel "Thumbsucker".
38 In the 1970s, he co-wrote songs with former The Allman Brothers Band guitarist/singer Dickey Betts, several of which were recorded by the band.
39 The creators of Miami Vice (1984) were originally against casting him. Before the series, he had starred in four failed television pilots.
40 Popular Finnish music group Don Johnson Big Band is named after him.
41 Has a family in Colorado with whom he used to celebrate Christmas.
42 Ex-son-in-law of Tippi Hedren and Peter Griffith.
43 Co-wrote a two-hour movie with his neighbor Hunter S. Thompson. The movie was not picked up, but CBS bought and turned the story into Nash Bridges (1996).
44 He and Miami Vice (1984) co-star John Diehl were investors in the boxing career of Mark Breland.
45 Children: Atherton Grace Johnson (born December 28, 1999 at 7 lbs. 15 oz.), Jasper Breckenridge Johnson (born June 6, 2002 in Los Angeles, California), and Deacon James Johnson (born April 29, 2006 at 27.5 inches, 7 pounds Los Angeles, California) (with wife Kelley Phleger); Dakota Johnson (born October 4, 1989) (with then-wife Melanie Griffith); Jesse Johnson (born December 7, 1982) (with ex-girlfriend Patti D'Arbanville).
46 Scored three hits on the Billboard Hot 100 singles charts with "Heartbeat" (US #6, 1986), "Heartache Away" (US #56, 1986) and the Barbra Streisand duet "Til I Loved You" (US #25, 1989).
47 Got his big break into stardom by starring in the controversial off-Broadway play "Fortune and Men's Eyes", which was directed by and starred Sal Mineo. The play, which featured a realistic rape scene in a men's prison, generated plenty of press reviews due to the once taboo subject of homosexuality in the arts.
48 Made his professional debut in the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, in "Your Own Thing", a rock musical modeled after William Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night". Made five pilots for NBC early in his career that were all rejected.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Brawl in Cell Block 99 post-production Warden Tuggs
Sick Note 2017 TV Series Kenny West
Vengeance: A Love Story 2017 Jay Kirkpatrick
A Series of Unfortunate Events 2017 TV Series Sir
TripTank 2016 TV Series Johnny Bahama
Blood & Oil 2015 TV Series Hap Briggs
From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series 2014-2015 TV Series Sheriff Earl McGraw
Alex of Venice 2014 Roger
The Other Woman 2014 Frank
Cold in July 2014 Jim Bob
Django Unchained 2012 Big Daddy
Eastbound & Down 2010-2012 TV Series Eduardo Sanchez
Glenn Martin DDS 2010-2011 TV Series Grandpa Whitey
Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star 2011 Miles Deep
A Good Old Fashioned Orgy 2011 Jerry Keppler (uncredited)
Four Loko Vineyards 2011 Short
A Mann's World 2011 TV Movie Allan Mann
Southern Discomfort 2010 TV Movie
Machete 2010 Von
When in Rome 2010 Beth's Dad (uncredited)
Torno a vivere da solo 2008 Nico
Lange flate ballær II 2008 Admiral Burnett
Bastardi 2008 Sante Patene
Moondance Alexander 2007 Dante Longpre
Just Legal 2005-2006 TV Series Grant Cooper
Word of Honor 2003 TV Movie Benjamin Tyson
Nash Bridges 1996-2001 TV Series Nash Bridges Insp. Nash Bridges
Goodbye Lover 1998 Ben Dunmore
Tin Cup 1996 David Simms
In Pursuit of Honor 1995 TV Movie Sgt. John Libbey
Guilty as Sin 1993 David Edgar Greenhill
Born Yesterday 1993 Paul Verrall
Paradise 1991 Ben Reed
Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man 1991 Marlboro
The Hot Spot 1990 Harry Madox
Miami Vice 1984-1990 TV Series Detective James Crockett
Dead Bang 1989 Jerry Beck
Sweet Hearts Dance 1988 Wiley Boon
Heartbeat 1987 Video Documentary Filmmaker
G.I. Joe: The Movie 1987 Video Lt. Falcon (voice)
Cease Fire 1985 Tim Murphy
The Long Hot Summer 1985 TV Movie Ben Quick
Tales of the Unexpected 1985 TV Series Reeve Baker
Matt Houston 1983 TV Series Terry Spence
Six Pack 1983 TV Movie Brewster Baker
Aladdin and the Magic Lamp 1982 Wazir's Son (English version, voice)
Melanie 1982 Carl
The Two Lives of Carol Letner 1981 TV Movie Bob Howard
Soggy Bottom, U.S.A. 1981 Jacob Gorch
Swan Lake 1981 Benno (English version) (voice)
Elvis and the Beauty Queen 1981 TV Movie Elvis Presley
Revenge of the Stepford Wives 1980 TV Movie Officer Andy Brady
Beulah Land 1980 TV Mini-Series Bonard Davis
From Here to Eternity 1980 TV Series Jefferson 'Jeff' Davis Prewitt
The Rebels 1979 TV Movie Judson Fletcher
Amateur Night at the Dixie Bar and Grill 1979 TV Movie Cowboy
Pressure Point 1978 TV Movie
First, You Cry 1978 TV Movie Daniel Easton
Katie: Portrait of a Centerfold 1978 TV Movie Gunther
The American Girls 1978 TV Series Everett Simms
The Two-Five 1978 TV Movie Charlie Morgan
Ski Lift to Death 1978 TV Movie Mike Sloan
What Really Happened to the Class of '65? 1978 TV Series Edgar
Police Story 1977 TV Series Lee Morgan
Big Hawaii 1977 TV Series Gandy
Eight Is Enough 1977 TV Series Doug
Cover Girls 1977 TV Movie Johnny Wilson
Nashville 99 1977 TV Series Mike Watling
The City 1977 TV Movie Sergeant Brian Scott
Barnaby Jones 1976 TV Series Wayne Lockwood
The Streets of San Francisco 1976 TV Series Off. Larry Wilson
Law of the Land 1976 TV Movie Quirt
Return to Macon County 1975 Harley McKay
A Boy and His Dog 1975 Vic
The Rookies 1974 TV Series Al Devering
Kung Fu 1973 TV Series Nashebo
The Harrad Experiment 1973 Stanley Cole
The Bold Ones: The New Doctors 1972 TV Series Ev Howard
Young Dr. Kildare 1972 TV Series Ted Thatcher
Sarge 1971 TV Series Deloy Coopersmith
Lollipops, Roses and Talangka 1971 Frank
Zachariah 1971 Matthew
The Magic Garden of Stanley Sweetheart 1970 Stanley Sweetheart

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Blood & Oil 2015 TV Series executive producer - 10 episodes
Word of Honor 2003 TV Movie co-executive producer
Nash Bridges 1996-2001 TV Series executive producer - 122 episodes
The Marshal 1995 TV Series executive producer - 25 episodes
In the Company of Darkness 1993 TV Movie executive producer
Life on the Flipside 1988 TV Movie executive producer
Heartbeat 1987 Video executive producer

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Cortá por Lozano 2017 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Grand Theft Auto V 2013 Video Game performer: "Heartbeat"
I Love the '80s Strikes Back 2003 TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Miami Vice TV Series performer - 2 episodes, 1986 - 1989 writer - 1 episode, 1986
Heartbeat 1987 Video performer: "Streetwise"
The Allman Brothers Band: Brothers of the Road 1985 Video documentary writer: "Can't Take It with You"
The Harrad Experiment 1973 performer: "It's Not Over", "Wait For Me"
Lollipops, Roses and Talangka 1971 performer: "Close to You"

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Marshal 1995 TV Series 1 episode
Miami Vice 1985-1988 TV Series 4 episodes

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Heartbeat 1987 Video idea

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Urban Task Force 2001 Video

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Piñero 2001 the producers wish to thank
Porn Star: The Legend of Ron Jeremy 2001 Documentary special thanks
Clive James' Postcard from... 1990 TV Series documentary with thanks to - 1 episode

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Good Morning America 2015 TV Series Himself - Guest / Himself
Ok! TV 2015 TV Series Himself
Live with Kelly and Ryan 2015 TV Series Himself - Guest
Jimmy Kimmel Live! 2015 TV Series Himself
Entertainment Tonight 2008-2015 TV Series Himself
Extra 2015 TV Series Himself
Saturday Night Live 1988-2015 TV Series Himself
Michael Des Barres: Who Do You Want Me to Be? 2014 Documentary Himself
The Graham Norton Show 2014 TV Series Himself - Guest
HuffPost Live Conversations 2014 TV Series Himself
The View 2014 TV Series Himself
Le grand journal de Canal+ 2014 TV Series documentary Himself
Vivir de cine 2013 TV Series Himself
Cinema 3 2013 TV Series Himself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson 2010-2012 TV Series Himself - Guest / Himself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 1993-2012 TV Series Himself
Szene Miami - Porträt einer Weltstadt 2012 TV Movie documentary Himself
Conan 2011 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Oprah Winfrey Show 2010 TV Series Himself
WWE Raw 2010 TV Series Himself
Quelli che... il calcio 2007 TV Series Himself
Richard & Judy 2007 TV Series Himself
Friday Night with Jonathan Ross 2006 TV Series Himself
La rentadora 2006 TV Series Himself
Mon plus grand moment de cinéma 2006 TV Series short Herself
CC Variety TV 2006 Video short Himself
The 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards 2006 TV Movie documentary Himself (uncredited)
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show 2005 TV Series Himself
Christmas in Tinseltown 2004 TV Short documentary Himself
CBS at 75 2003 TV Special documentary Himself
Larry King Live 2003 TV Series Himself
Inside TV Land: Cops on Camera 2002 TV Movie documentary Himself
NBC 75th Anniversary Special 2002 TV Special Himself
Leute heute 2002 TV Series documentary Himself
MADtv 2001 TV Series Himself
E! True Hollywood Story 2001 TV Series documentary Himself
The 26th Annual People's Choice Awards 2000 TV Special Himself - Host and Presenter: Favorite New Television Dramatic Series
Hollywood Animal Crusaders 1999 TV Movie documentary Himself
Bravo Profiles: The Entertainment Business 1998 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
CBS: The First 50 Years 1998 TV Movie documentary Himself
The 23rd Annual People's Choice Awards 1997 TV Special Himself - Host
Bob Hope: Laughing with the Presidents 1996 TV Special documentary Himself
The 48th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1996 TV Special Himself
Late Show with David Letterman 1996 TV Series Himself
The 22nd Annual People's Choice Awards 1996 TV Special Himself - Presenter
The Arsenio Hall Show 1994 TV Series Himself
The 19th Annual People's Choice Awards 1993 TV Special Himself - Presenter
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1987-1992 TV Series Himself - Guest / Himself
The Grand Opening of Euro Disney 1992 TV Special documentary Himself - Host (US version)
The 2th Annual American Teacher Awards 1991 TV Special Himself
The Word 1991 TV Series
Late Night with David Letterman 1985-1991 TV Series Himself - Guest / Himself
Victory & Valor: Special Olympics World Games 1991 TV Movie documentary Himself
That's What Friends Are for: Arista's 15th Anniversary Concert 1990 TV Movie documentary Himself
The 16th Annual People's Choice Awards 1990 TV Special Himself - Presenter
Seriously... Phil Collins 1990 TV Movie Himself
Un dia és un dia 1990 TV Series Himself
Clive James' Postcard from... 1990 TV Series documentary Himself
After Hours 1990 TV Series Himself
The 1990 Annual ShoWest Awards 1990 TV Special Himself - Presenter
The 61st Annual Academy Awards 1989 TV Special Himself - Presenter
The 46th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1989 TV Special Himself - Audience Member
Bob Hope's Jolly Christmas Show 1988 TV Movie Himself
Cover Story 1988 TV Series Himself
All Star Gala at Ford's Theatre 1987 TV Movie Himself
The 29th Annual Grammy Awards 1987 TV Special Himself - Presenter
Bob Hopes High-Flying Birthday Extravaganza 1987 TV Movie Himself
The 38th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1986 TV Special Himself
1986 MTV Video Music Awards 1986 TV Special Himself - Performer
Bob Hope's High-Flying Birthday 1986 TV Movie Himself
NBC 60th Anniversary Celebration 1986 TV Special documentary Himself
The 12th Annual People's Choice Awards 1986 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Favourite All-Around Female Entertainer and Accepting Award for Favourite Television Dramatic Program
The 43rd Annual Golden Globe Awards 1986 TV Special Himself - Winner: Best Actor in a Drama Series
Jimmy Buffett: Live by the Bay 1986 Video Himself - Presenter (uncredited)
The 37th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1985 TV Special Himself - Nominee
America 1985 TV Series Himself
The NBC All Star Hour 1985 TV Movie Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
WWE: DX: One Last Stand 2011 Video Himself
WWE Raw 2010 TV Series Himself
Memòries de la tele 2009 TV Series Himself
Biography 2008 TV Series documentary Himself
Quelli che... il calcio 2007 TV Series Himself
La imagen de tu vida 2006 TV Series Detective James Crockett
Corazón de... 2006 TV Series Himself
Cinema mil 2005 TV Series Himself / David Edgar Greenhill
50 Most Awesomely Bad Songs... Ever 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself
Piñero 2001 Detective Sonny Crocket (uncredited)
Porn Star: The Legend of Ron Jeremy 2001 Documentary Himself
Classic Albums 1997 TV Series documentary Himself
Sex Violence & Values: Changing Images 1986 TV Movie Vice Cop with Rifle (uncredited)
Famous T & A 1982 Video documentary Stanley Cole
The Eighties 2016 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Entertainment Tonight 2015-2016 TV Series Himself
Extra 2015 TV Series Himself
Inside Edition 2015 TV Series documentary Himself
The Insider 2015 TV Series Himself
Pioneers of Television 2014 TV Mini-Series documentary Det. James Crockett - Miami Vice

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2004 TV Land Award TV Land Awards Favorite Fashion Plate - Male Miami Vice (1984)
1996 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Television On 26 July 1996. At 7080 Hollywood Blvd.
1988 ShoWest Award ShoWest Convention, USA Male Star of the Year
1987 Bravo Otto Germany Bravo Otto Best Male TV Star (TV-Star m)
1986 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama Miami Vice (1984)
1976 Golden Scroll Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Actor A Boy and His Dog (1975)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2013 Gold Derby Award Gold Derby Awards Ensemble Cast Django Unchained (2012) · Dennis Christopher
· Leonardo DiCaprio
· Jamie Foxx
· Walton Goggins
· Samuel L. Jackson
· James Remar
· Christoph Waltz
· Kerry Washington
2012 SDFCS Award San Diego Film Critics Society Awards Best Ensemble Performance Django Unchained (2012) · Leonardo DiCaprio
· Samuel L. Jackson
· Jonah Hill
· Christoph Waltz
· Jamie Foxx
· Kerry Washington
· Zoë Bell
· James Remar
· Walton Goggins
· Bruce Dern
2006 TV Land Award TV Land Awards Coolest Crime Fighting Team Miami Vice (1984) · Philip Michael Thomas
2003 TV Land Award TV Land Awards Hippest Fashion Plate - Male Miami Vice (1984)
1987 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama Miami Vice (1984)
1985 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Miami Vice (1984)
1985 People's Choice Award People's Choice Awards, USA Favorite Male TV Performer

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1988 Bravo Otto Germany Bravo Otto Best Male TV Star (TV-Star m)

TitleSalary
Nash Bridges (1996) $150,000 per episode

#Quote
1 [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.
2 [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.
3 [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.
4 [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.
5 [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.
6 This is my problem: I do too many things at the same time.
7 There's a long, long list of well-known drunks and drug addicts in the business who work regularly.
8 The thing about the violence on television is, there's a good deal of it that's irresponsible.
9 It's a great thing for an actor, who loves to do what he does, just to get a job!
10 [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.
11 I was very lucky with my first album. It did very well. The second one was kind of "uhhh". But that happens.
12 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.
13 I was a pariah when it came to television - I'd made five pilots or six pilots and none of them had sold.
14 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".
15 [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...
16 Even though some of the films I've made haven't been particularly commercial, I don't find them failures.
17 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!
18 I was a little, skinny, runt kid, and I decided that bowling was what I was going to do in life.
19 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.
20 Let me just say, I've seen a pub or two, and I sure knew the definition of the word "party".
21 [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.
22 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.
23 I like to have really fine things. I have a great appreciation for fine art, fine homes, fine wine, fine cigars and fine friends.
24 I'm better than [Robert De Niro], I'm better than [Al Pacino]. I've got the talent, they've got the material.
25 [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.
26 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.

#Trademark
1 Gravelly voice
2 Frequently plays policemen

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