Paul Johansson

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Paul Johansson
Born Paul Joseph Otto Johansson
(1964-01-30) January 30, 1964 (age 52)
Spokane, Washington, United States
Occupation Actor, film director, writer
Years active 1989–present

Paul Joseph Otto Johansson (born January 30, 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]

Life and career[edit]

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.

He has a son named Quinn.



Year Title Role Notes
1991 Soapdish Blair Brennan/Bolt
1992 Martial Law 2: Undercover Spencer Hamilton Video
1993 Midnight Witness Paul
1993 When the Party's Over Henry
1997 She's So Lovely Intern #2
1998 Carnival of Souls Michael
1999 Wishmaster 2: Evil Never Dies Gregory Video
2000 Glory Glory Wes
2002 John Q Tuck Lampley
2002 Edge of Madness Henry Mullen
2003 Darkness Falling Sean Leonard
2004 Berserker Barek
2004 Window Theory Stu
2004 The Notebook Allie's Mom's Ex Boyfriend Uncredited
2006 Alpha Dog Peter Johansson
2006 Novel Romance Jake Buckley
2008 Toxic Gus
2009 The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day Kuntsler
2011 Atlas Shrugged: Part I John Galt[7]
2013 The Winner 3D Darkman
2013 Love and Skin Richard Short
2014 Kid Cannabis Detective Morgan
2014 Dear Eleanor Hugh


Year Title Role Notes
1989 Swimsuit TV movie
1989–90 Santa Barbara Greg Hughes Role held: April 11, 1989 – February 12, 1990
1990 Laker Girls Bart Jeffris TV movie
1990 They Came from Outer Space Doug Episode: "Undressed for Success"
1991–92 Parker Lewis Can't Lose Nick Comstock Recurring, 16 episodes
1993–94 Beverly Hills, 90210 John Sears Recurring, 13 episodes
1994 Burke's Law Episode: "Who Killed the Beauty Queen?"
1994 The 5 Mrs. Buchanans Jesse Buchanan Episode: "Pilot"
1994–95 Lonesome Dove Austin Peale 13 episodes
1995–96 Days of Our Lives Wyatt St. Clair Recurring
1995–96 Lonesome Dove: The Outlaw Years Austin Peale Main cast, 22 episodes
1996 Ed McBain's 87th Precinct: Ice Det. Bert Kling TV movie
1997 Ed McBain's 87th Precinct: Heatwave Det. Bert Kling TV movie
1997 7th Heaven Tom Harrison Episode: "Choices"
1997 Dead Man's Gun Sanford Hogan Episode: "Black Widow"
1998 Players Jeff Taylor Episode: "Confidence Man"
1998 Dharma & Greg Leonard Episode: "The Second Coming of Leonard"
1998 Earth: Final Conflict Sloane Episode: "Destruction"
1998–99 Highlander: The Raven Nick Wolfe Main cast, 22 episodes
1999 First Wave Hatcher Episode: "Night Falls"
2000 Hope Island Steve Kramer 2 episodes
2000 Da Vinci's Inquest Tom Sprawl Episode: "It's a Bad Corner"
2000 The Last Dance Charlie Parker TV movie
2000 Andromeda Guderian Episode: "Double Helix"
2001 The Drew Carey Show Ron Higgins Episode: "Bus-ted"
2002 The District Father Patrick Debreno 2 episodes
2003 The Incredible Mrs. Ritchie Jack TV movie
Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing in a Children/Youth/Family Special
Nominated - Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing in a Children/Youth/Family Special
2003–12 One Tree Hill Dan Scott Main cast (Seasons 1–7, 9)
Special guest star (Season 8)
129 episodes (158 credited)
2006 Mind Games Michael TV movie
2008 IQ-145 Ben Compost 3 episodes
2012 Criminal Minds Clark Preston Episode: "A Thin Line"
2013 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Edward Trigg Episode: "Sheltered"
2013 Stonados Joe Randall TV movie
2013 Beauty and The Beast Curt Windsor Episode: "Father Knows Best"
2014 House of Secrets Rick TV movie
2014 A Daughter's Nightmare Adam TV movie
2014 - 2015 Mad Men Ferg Donnelly 3 episodes


  1. ^ New York Times
  2. ^ New York Times
  3. ^ Paul Johansson Biography (1964–)
  4. ^ Paul Johansson Online
  5. ^ TV Guide
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  7. ^ 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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