Paul Johansson

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Paul Johansson
Born Paul Joseph Otto Johansson
(1964-01-26) January 26, 1964 (age 50)
Spokane, Washington, United States
Occupation Actor, director

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.[1][2]


Early life[edit]

Paul Johansson was born in Spokane, Washington, the son of ice hockey player Earl Johnson, but raised in Kelowna, B.C.[3] He was an athlete like his father and played for the Canadian Olympic Basketball Team and for the University of British Columbia.[4] After quitting basketball he began writing, which in turn led to acting.

Acting career[edit]

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.[5]

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.[6]

Personal life[edit]

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.


Year Film Role Notes
1989 Swimsuit
1989-1990 Santa Barbara Greg Hughes
1990 Laker Girls Bart Jeffris
They Came from Outer Space Doug
1991 Soapdish Blair Brennan/Bolt
1991-1993 Parker Lewis Can't Lose Nick Comstock
1992 Martial Law 2: Undercover Spencer Hamilton
1993 Midnight Witness Paul
When the Party's Over Henry
1993-1994 Beverly Hills, 90210 John Sears
1994 Burke's Law
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
1998 Players Jeff Taylor
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
First Wave Hatcher
2000 Glory Glory Wes
Hope Island Steve Kramer
Da Vinci's Inquest Tom Sprawl
The Last Dance Charlie Parker
Andromeda Guderian
2001 Berserker Barek
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.[7]
2004 Window Theory Stu
The Notebook Allie's Mom's Ex Boyfriend uncredited
2006 Alpha Dog Peter Johansson
Mind Games Michael
Novel Romance Jake Buckley
2008 IQ-145 Ben Compost
Toxic Gus
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)[8]
2012 Criminal Minds Clark Preston
2013 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation  ?
2013 Beauty and The Beast Curt Windsor


  1. ^ New York Times
  2. ^ New York Times
  3. ^ Paul Johansson Biography (1964–)
  4. ^ Paul Johansson Online
  5. ^ TV Guide
  6. ^
  7. ^ "Dan Is Back! Paul Johansson Returning for Final Season of One Tree Hill". July 18, 2011. Retrieved July 18, 2011. 
  8. ^ 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.

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