Johnny Strong

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Johnny Strong
Birth nameJohn Christopher Strong
Born (1974-07-22) July 22, 1974 (age 45)
Los Angeles County, California, U.S.
  • Actor
  • musician
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • martial artist
  • stuntman
Years active1997–present (music career)
Associated acts

Johnny Strong (born John Christopher Strong on July 22, 1974) is an American actor, musician, singer, songwriter, martial artist and stuntman. 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 lead vocalist and founder of the band Operator.

Early life and education[edit]

Strong was born in Los Angeles County, California. At 7 began studying martial arts, taking Judo in the San Fernando Valley. He went on to learn Kickboxing, 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 married on December 10, 1997 to Alexandra Holden, but they have since divorced, without issue.



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, Close to Extinction, Warhorse and White Light.


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 (film). Strong stars in Sinners & Saints, a New Orleans-based police thriller featuring Sean Patrick Flanery and Tom Berenger released in 2012.

2016 marked his return to the screen, starring in Daylight's End, an apocalyptic vampires thriller movie, with Lance Henriksen.


Year Film Role Notes
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
2000 Get Carter Eddie
2001 The Fast and the Furious Leon
Black Hawk Down Randall Shughart
2010 Sinners and Saints Sean Riley
2016 Daylight's End Thomas Rourke

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