R. Brandon Johnson

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Richard Brandon Johnson
Born Bloomington, Minnesota, U.S.
Other names Brandon Johnson
Occupation Actor, TV host, real-estate investor
Years active 1997–present
Spouse(s) Ariel Fox (m. 2013)

Richard Brandon Johnson (born in Bloomington, Minnesota) (often credited as Brandon Johnson), known as R. Brandon Johnson, is an American actor and TV host. He guest starred as dance show host Gary Wilde on the Disney Channel original series Shake It Up and host of TNT reality competition 72 Hours.


Johnson got his first big break on the small screen playing the recurring character Dr. Michael McBain on the ABC Daytime series One Life to Live in 2003, playing the role until 2004. Johnson returned to the series in 2007 and in 2008 in the recurring role of Chuck Wilson III, later also playing the character's father Chuck Wilson, Jr. in a 1968 flashback storyline.[1][2] Johnson appeared in 3 episodes of the Disney Channel original series Hannah Montana as Brian Winters, the quirky host of a fictional series called Singing with the Stars. The role was a parody of American Idol host Ryan Seacrest.[1][2] His feature film credits include The Notorious Bettie Page starring Gretchen Mol, the comedy Rick starring Bill Pullman and lead roles in the horror films Malevolence and Little Erin Merryweather, which was an official selection of the Cannes Film Festival.[1][2][3][4]

Johnson has many credits as a television host. He first broke onto the scene as the host of the entertainment show Cool In Your Code, which was shot entirely on the streets of New York City and was nominated for 18 New York Emmy Awards and won 4. He was also the host of HGTV's Get Out Way Out!, My Yard Goes Disney, My House Goes Disney, RV 2013, FOX Soccer Channel's Fox Soccer USA, G4TV's Formula D and Outdoor Life Network's Rally America and USA Network's Character Fantasy and TNT's reality competition series 72 Hours [1][2] Johnson also formerly co-starred on the Disney Channel comedy series Shake It Up as Gary Wilde, the host of the fictional dance show Shake It Up, Chicago!.[1]

Personal life[edit]

He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and also an accomplished drummer; he is one of the founding members of the alternative rock band Ill Rocket, as well as a member of The Progress, Pelt, Touch Is Automatic, Yellow No. 5 and The Duncan Bleak Ensemble.[5]

Johnson married his interior designer fiancée Ariel Fox on May 4, 2013 at Wayfarers Chapel in Rancho Palos Verdes, California.[6] They have one son together.


  1. ^ a b c d e "R. Brandon Johnson is "Gary Wilde"". Medianet: Disney Channel. Archived from the original on 2012-03-18. Retrieved 2010-11-12. 
  2. ^ a b c d "R. Brandon Johnson". IMDb. Retrieved 2010-11-14. 
  3. ^ Malevolence official site
  4. ^ Little Erin Merryweather on IMDb
  5. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1076937/bio
  6. ^ "Celebrity News, Celebrity Gossip and Pictures from Us Weekly - Us Weekly". Usmag.com. 2014-07-17. Retrieved 2014-07-23. 

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