Kenny Johnson

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Kenny Johnson
Kenny Johnson, May 2007.
Born Kenneth Allen Johnson
(1963-07-13) July 13, 1963 (age 51)
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.

Early career[edit]

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.

The Shield[edit]

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.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Johnson has been married to Cathleen Oveson since late 2005. They have one child.[2]


Year Title Role Notes
1990 Mirage Greg
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
1995 Bushwhacked State Patrolman
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
1998 Blade Heatseeking Dennis
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 Burned Lou Video release
2006 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Randy Bolen TV Series, 1 episode
2006 Aquaman Sheriff TV Short
2006 Cold Case Joseph Shaw TV Series, 5 episodes
2007 Ungodly Officer Murphy
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
2010 Shanghai Connor
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 Solace David Raymond
2014 Bates Motel Caleb Calhoun TV Series, 3 episodes
2014 Castle Harden TV Series, 1 episodes
2014 Chicago Fire Tommy Welch TV Series, 1 episodes
2015 Run the Tide Bo


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