|Born||Paul Joseph Otto Johansson
January 26, 1964
Spokane, Washington, United States
Paul Joseph Otto Johansson (born January 26, 1964) is an American-Canadian actor, writer and director, best known for playing Dan Scott on the WB/CW television series, One Tree Hill, and for his role as Nick Wolfe on the short lived Highlander: The Series spin-off Highlander: The Raven. He directed the film version of Ayn Rand's novel, Atlas Shrugged: Part I.
Paul Johansson was born in Spokane, Washington, the son of ice hockey player Earl Johnson, but raised in Kelowna, B.C. He was an athlete like his father and played for the Canadian Olympic Basketball Team and for the University of British Columbia. After quitting basketball he began writing, which in turn led to acting.
Johansson landed his first role on the popular soap opera Santa Barbara. He played Greg Hughes from 1989 to 1990. Soon he made appearances in other television shows such as Parker Lewis Can't Lose, Beverly Hills, 90210 and Lonesome Dove.
Johansson became well-known to fans of 90210 for playing John Sears, a fraternity brother who unsuccessfully vied for the affections of Kelly Taylor (Jennie Garth) and set up Steve Sanders (Ian Ziering) to burglarize a professor's office. Sears was later blackballed from the fraternity for the incident. Johnasson's character did not return until the season 4 finale, where he attempted to humiliate Steve at every turn, only to be brought down by Steve's friends Brenda Walsh (Shannen Doherty) and Donna Martin (Tori Spelling).
He also appeared in commercials, most notably as the delivery man in a Diet Coke commercial. He has appeared in the films Soapdish, John Q and Alpha Dog and had a small role in The Notebook. From 1995 to 1996, Johnansson appeared on Days of our Lives in the recurring role of Wyatt St. Clair, the brother of the evil Jude St. Clair. He subsequently featured in Takashi Miike's 2003 film Gozu, appearing as a man with a cow's head. In 2003 Johansson wrote and directed the film The Incredible Mrs. Ritchie. He has also directed several episodes of One Tree Hill. In 2006 he starred in Emily Skopov's Novel Romance, alongside Traci Lords and Sherilyn Fenn. He appeared in the 7th season of The Drew Carey Show, playing a sportscaster.
He is the director of Atlas Shrugged: Part I (2011), the first third of a proposed trilogy based on the novel by Ayn Rand. The film received a "13% Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes, indicating that only five of thirty-nine reviewers liked it.
Johansson's ex-wife is actress Gabriela Oltean.
His mother, Joanne Leone Johansson, died on October 14, 2011, after a 20-year battle with breast cancer. Season 9, episode 11 of the CW's One Tree Hill (titled "Danny Boy", in which Paul's character Dan Scott dies) was dedicated to her memory. "Obituary: Joanne Leone Johansson". Newspaper. Vancouver Sun and/or The Province.. His brother Pete Johansson is a well known Comedian, Writer and Actor currently living in London, England.
|1989-1990||Santa Barbara||Greg Hughes|
|1990||Laker Girls||Bart Jeffris|
|They Came from Outer Space||Doug|
|1991-1993||Parker Lewis Can't Lose||Nick Comstock|
|1992||Martial Law 2: Undercover||Spencer Hamilton|
|When the Party's Over||Henry|
|1993-1994||Beverly Hills, 90210||John Sears|
|The 5 Mrs. Buchanans||Jesse Buchanan|
|1994-1995||Lonesome Dove||Austin Peale|
|1995-1996||Days of our Lives||Wyatt St. Clair|
|1995-1996||Lonesome Dove: The Outlaw Years||Austin Peale|
|1996||Ed McBain's 87th Precinct: Ice||Det. Bert Kling|
|1997||Ed McBain's 87th Precinct: Heatwave||Det. Bert Kling|
|7th Heaven||Tom Harrison|
|She's So Lovely||Intern #2|
|Dead Man's Gun||Sanford Hogan|
|Dharma & Greg||Leonard|
|Earth: Final Conflict||Sloane|
|Carnival of Souls||Michael|
|1998-1999||Highlander: The Raven||Nick Wolfe|
|1999||Wishmaster 2: Evil Never Dies||Gregory|
|Hope Island||Steve Kramer|
|Da Vinci's Inquest||Tom Sprawl|
|The Last Dance||Charlie Parker|
|The Drew Carey Show||Ron Higgins|
|2002||Darkness Falling||Sean Leonard|
|John Q||Tuck Lampley|
|Edge of Madness||Henry Mullen|
|The District||Father Patrick Debreno|
|2003||The Incredible Mrs. Ritchie||Jack||Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing in a Children/Youth/Family Special
Nominated - Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing in a Children/Youth/Family Special
|2003-2012||One Tree Hill||Dan Scott||Series regular season 1-7; episodes 1-13. Special Guest star, season 8. Returning as series regular for season 9.|
|The Notebook||Allie's Mom's Ex Boyfriend||uncredited|
|2006||Alpha Dog||Peter Johansson|
|Novel Romance||Jake Buckley|
|2009||The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day||Kuntsler|
|2011||Atlas Shrugged: Part I||John Galt (seen from back of head with hat only in Part 1 of planned trilogy)|
|2012||Criminal Minds||Clark Preston|
|2013||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||?|
|2013||Beauty and The Beast||Curt Windsor|
- New York Times
- New York Times
- Paul Johansson Biography (1964–)
- Paul Johansson Online
- TV Guide
- "Dan Is Back! Paul Johansson Returning for Final Season of One Tree Hill". July 18, 2011. Retrieved July 18, 2011.
- Murty, Govindini (July 21, 2010) Libertas Film Magazine "EXCLUSIVE: LFM Visits the Set of Atlas Shrugged + Director Paul Johansson's First Interview About the Film". Libertas Film Magazine. Retrieved 2010-08-16.