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Los Angeles, California
|Occupation(s)||Actor, Musician, Singer-Songwriter, Martial Artist|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, bass, drums, piano|
|Years active||1997-present (music career)|
|Associated acts||Operator, Fly|
Johnny Strong (born 1974) is an American actor, musician and martial artist. He is best known for his roles in Black Hawk Down (as Medal of Honor recipient Randy Shughart) and The Fast and the Furious as Leon. Aside from acting, Strong is also the founder of the band Operator.
Strong was born in Los Angeles. At 7 began studying martial arts, taking Judo in the San Fernando Valley. He went on to learn Kickboxing, Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do, Boxing, and eventually earned a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu under Chris Lisciandro. At 12, he began to play guitar and taught himself to play drums, bass, and piano. He was signed to two major labels RCA and Atlantic Records. He has released six albums: Bombthreat: Before She Blows with his former band "Fly", Lick My Neck Good Sleep, Can You Hear Me Now?, Soulcrusher, The War of Art, and Close to Extinction with his current band "Operator".
Strong has had various roles in television, and landed a role in the Steven Seagal film The Glimmer Man. He then worked on Sylvester Stallone's Get Carter, The Fast and The Furious, and Black Hawk Down. Strong stars in Sinners & Saints, a New Orleans-based police thriller featuring Sean Patrick Flanery and Tom Berenger released in 2012.
2013 marked his return to the screen, starring in Daylight's End, an apocalyptic thriller, with Lance Henriksen.
|1996||Seduced by Madness: The Diane Borchardt Story||Tim|
|The Glimmer Man||Johnny Deverell|
|1997||On the Edge of Innocence||Squeamich|
|Don't Eat the Chili at the Detour Diner||Gavin|
|1998||Bury Me in Kern County||Oldie|
|2001||The Fast and the Furious||Leon|
|Black Hawk Down||Randall Shughart|
|2010||Sinners and Saints||Sean Riley|