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Kenny Johnson, May 2007.
|Born||Kenneth Allen Johnson
July 13, 1963
New Haven, Connecticut
|Spouse(s)||Cathleen Oveson (December 21, 2005—present)|
Kenneth "Kenny" Johnson (July 13, 1963, New Haven, Connecticut) is an American actor well known for his portrayal of Detective Curtis Lemansky on the American drama The Shield, Joseph Shaw Cold Case, Detective Hamilton "Ham" Dewey on Saving Grace, Herman Kozik on Sons of Anarchy, Matt Webb on the U.S. TV series Prime Suspect, Tyler Gray on Burn Notice, and U.S. Marshal Max Clayton on Dexter.
Born Kenneth Allen Johnson in New Haven, Connecticut but raised in Vermont, Johnson got his start in television commercials, including one of the very first ads for LA Gear. A former champion arm wrestler, he appeared as bit characters in various television programs, such as Family Matters, Grace Under Fire, Caroline in the City, Pensacola: Wings of Gold, Sliders, 18 Wheels of Justice, Just Shoot Me!, NCIS: Los Angeles, Lie to Me, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and The Protector.
In 1998, he appeared in the first several minutes of the first Blade, as Heatseeking Dennis, who was saved (by Blade) from a vampire played by Traci Lords. In October 2005, he appeared in the Smallville Season 5 episode "Mortal" as a metahuman called Tommy Lee. He also appeared in the 2006 Hallmark Channel original movie, Desolation Canyon, with Stacy Keach and Patrick Duffy and starred in the 2005 indie film Zzyzx, a thriller about two friends who take a detour on their way to Las Vegas.
After The Shield, Johnson had recurring roles on Cold Case, first as a supposed murder victim, and later as a love interest for Lilly Rush. He was later cast in the TNT series Saving Grace, as Det. Hamilton "Ham" Dewey. Kenny also appeared during the second, third and fourth (Fall 2011) seasons of Sons of Anarchy as Sgt. At Arms and biker named Herman Kozik from the Tacoma chapter. He also starred in the short film I Heard the Mermaids Singing.
On August 16, 2010, Johnson appeared in Fox TV's Lie to Me along with several fellow cast members from The Shield (Benito Martinez, Catherine Dent, David Rees Snell, Cathy Cahlin Ryan, and David Marciano).
On June 19, 2011, Johnson appears in Lifetime TV's series The Protector along with fellow Sons of Anarchy cast mate Ally Walker.
Johnson also appeared as a regular on NBC's crime drama Prime Suspect, which premiered September 22, 2011, playing the contractor-boyfriend of the shows lead character, Detective Jane Timoney (Maria Bello).
Kenny's latest film is Few Options, All Bad (2011) where he is cast as Frank Connor, a convicted drug smuggler who leaves prison after 22 years for one youthful mistake.
He recently guest starred as Tyler Gray in Season 6 of Burn Notice (2012), and as U.S. Marshal Max Clayton in the 8th and final season of Dexter (2013). He is also starring in the 2014 thriller Solace, and TV series Bates Motel.
Johnson originally auditioned for the role of ill-fated Terry Crowley, which ultimately went to Reed Diamond. Casting directors were so impressed with the audition that they asked him to come in for the role of Lemansky. Johnson was unsure of how to go about the character, who wasn't very much developed at that point. During the audition, Johnson made some choices for the character that he initially thought ruined his chances of winning the role. However, the audition turned out to be successful and he was cast. Lemansky quickly became a major player in the first season because of the chemistry Johnson shared with his castmates.
Johnson has been married to Cathleen Oveson since late 2005. They have one child.
|1990||The Forbidden Dance||Dave|
|1992||Red Shoe Diaries||Tracer||TV Series, 1 episode|
|1993||The Webbers||Chuck||TV Film|
|1993||Family Matters||Gorgeous Waiter||TV Series, 1 episode|
|1994||Grace Under Fire||Skip||TV Series, 1 episode|
|1994||Something Wilder||Chad||TV Series, 1 episode|
|1996||Pacific Blue||Deke||TV Series, 1 episode|
|1996||Caroline in the City||Blair||TV Series, 1 episode|
|1996||The Big Easy||George Stodermayer||TV Series, 1 episode|
|1996||Sliders||Slain Skater||TV Series, 1 episode|
|1996||The Burning Zone||Dr. Jake Lietman||TV Series, 1 episode|
|1997||Sins of the Mind||Anders||TV Series, 1 episode|
|1998||Major League: Back to the Minors||Lance Pare|
|1998||Archibald the Rainbow Painter|
|1999||Just Shoot Me||Brian McDonald||TV Series, 1 episode|
|1999||Ryan Caulfield: Year One||Detective Billy Zabo||TV Series, 1 episode|
|1998-2000||Pensacola: Wings of Gold||Burner||TV Series, 27 episodes|
|2001||The Huntress||Kevin Styles||TV Series, 2 episodes|
|2001||18 Wheels of Justice||Sonny||TV Series, 1 episode|
|2001||Under Heavy Fire||Jimmy Joe||TV Film|
|2002-2006||The Shield||Detective Curtis Lemansky||TV Series, 66 episodes|
|2002||One on One||Brandon||TV Series, 1 episode|
|2003||Boomtown||Robert "Bobby" Cherry||TV Series, 1 episode|
|2005||Smallville||Tommy Lee||TV Series, 1 episode|
|2006||Desolation Canyon||Press Reynolds||TV Film|
|2006||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Randy Bolen||TV Series, 1 episode|
|2006||Cold Case||Joseph Shaw||TV Series, 5 episodes|
|2007-2010||Saving Grace||Detective Ham Dewey||TV Series, 46 episodes|
|2008||I Heart the Mermaids Singing||Al||Short|
|2008-2009||The Tony Rock Project||TV Series, 2 episodes|
|2009-2011||Sons of Anarchy||Kozik||TV Series, 12 episodes|
|NCIS: Los Angeles||Tommy Boyd||TV Series, 1 episode|
|Lie to Me||Malcolm Hessler||TV Series, 1 episode|
|2011-12||Prime Suspect||Matt Webb||TV Series, 13 episodes|
|2011||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Detective Sean Riggs||TV Series, 1 episode|
|2011||The Protector||Detective Cummings||TV Series, 1 episode|
|2011||Few Options||Frank Connor|
|2012||The Mentalist||Greg Marshall||TV Series, 1 episode|
|2012||Burn Notice||Tyler Gray||TV Series, 3 episodes|
|2013||Timmy Muldoon and the Search for the Shadoweyes Bandit||Shotgun Lenny||Video Short|
|2013||Dexter||U.S. Marshall Max Clayton||TV Series, 5 episodes|
|2013||Jeans Generation||General Malishev|
|2014||Bates Motel||Caleb Calhoun|
- Official website
- Kenny Johnson on Facebook
- Kenny Johnson at the Internet Movie Database
- Kenny Johnson on Twitter
- Audio Interview (2010) with 'The Rafferty/Mills Connection' podcast
- Audio Interview (2010) with 'Rex Sikes/Movie Beat' podcast
- Audio Interview (2011) with 'Rex Sikes/Movie Beat Pt2' podcast