C. David Johnson

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C. David Johnson
Born Christopher David Johnson
(1955-11-29) November 29, 1955 (age 62)
Montreal, Quebec
Nationality Canadian
Occupation Actor
Years active 1986–present
Known for Street Legal
Spouse(s) Diane D'Aquila (m. 1987–1992)
Website http://www.cdavidjohnson.com/

Christopher David Johnson (born November 29, 1955) is a Canadian actor best known for his role of Chuck Tchobanian on the dramatic television series Street Legal.

Early life[edit]

Johnson was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec. He attended Stanstead College, the University of New Brunswick and the Vancouver Playhouse Acting School.

Career[edit]

Johnson rose to popularity when he landed the leading role of Charles 'Chuck' Tchobanian on the dramatic television series Street Legal in 1987.[1] The show went on to become one of the most successful TV series in Canadian history. It ran for eight years and Johnson received four consecutive Gemini nominations for Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role.[2]

Following the success of Street Legal, Johnson was cast as a regular on the family series Mysterious Island. In 1998 he starred alongside Ted Danson, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Brian Dennehy in the feature film Thanks of a Grateful Nation, an examination of the aftermath of Operation Desert Storm and its effects on the men and women who served in the Gulf War.

Johnson has guest starred on numerous TV series including The Best Years, Zoe Busiek: Wild Card, The Dresden Files and starred in several television movies including The Julie Posey Story (on Lifetime), The Man Who Saved Christmas with Jason Alexander and Ed Asner (CBS) and Terminal Invasion (Sci-Fi Channel).

He was an occasional guest host of the current events program As It Happens on CBC Radio One; a Canadian radio institution which is broadcast in the United States through American Public Media.

Johnson made his professional theatre debut with Theatre New Brunswick where he starred in such productions as Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Misery, Sleuth and in Peter Pan as Captain Hook. He has performed for over thirty years in theatres across Canada and has appeared on the stages of prominent Canadian theatre companies. He has worked extensively at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. At Soulpepper in Toronto, he won rave reviews[citation needed] for his performances in such productions as The Way of the World,[3] Jitters,[4] and The Play's the Thing[5] for which he received a prestigious Dora Award nomination. At the Stratford Festival, Johnson landed the coveted role of Captain Von Trapp in The Sound of Music.[6] Among his other noteworthy roles there, he also played Speed, the clownish servant in Two Gentlemen of Verona.[7]

In 2010, he made his Broadway debut as Bob in the musical Priscilla: Queen of the Desert.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Macrae, Craig (April 14, 2015). "'Street Legal' Cast Talk Steamy Scenes". ET Canada. 
  2. ^ "Johnson, C. David". Canadian Theatre Encyclopedia. Athabasca University Press. 
  3. ^ Hoile, Christopher (July 7, 2008). "Review - The Way of the World". Stage Door. 
  4. ^ Crew, Robert (July 1, 2010). "Jitters: Hilarious love letter to Canadian actors". Toronto Star. 
  5. ^ Hoile, Christopher (September 14, 2003). "Review - The Play's the Thing". Stage Door. 
  6. ^ Taylor, Kate (June 2, 2001). "So long, farewell, why won't it say goodbye?". The Globe and Mail. 
  7. ^ Schlueter, June (Feb 1, 2013). Two Gentlemen of Verona: Critical Essays. Routledge. p. 266. 
  8. ^ Ouzounian, Richard (October 22, 2010). "C. David Johnson: Into the outback with Priscilla". Toronto Star. 

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