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|Born||Reginald Vel Johnson, Jr.
August 16, 1952
Queens, New York, U.S.
|Education||Benjamin N. Cardozo High School
New York University
|Known for||Carl Winslow on Family Matters
Al Powell in Die Hard
Reginald VelJohnson (born Reginald Vel Johnson Jr., August 16, 1952) is an American actor and comedian. He is best known for playing policeman characters such as Carl Winslow on the sitcom Family Matters, which ran from 1989 to 1998, and LAPD Sgt. Al Powell in the films Die Hard and Die Hard 2.
VelJohnson was born Reginald Vel Johnson, Jr. on August 16, 1952 in Queens, New York, the son of Eve, a nurse, and Reginald Johnson, Sr., a hospital attendant. His father left the family when VelJohnson was 13 years old and his mother subsequently married John Reilly. VelJohnson attended Benjamin N. Cardozo High School where he was classmates with George Tenet, and porn star Ron Jeremy. He later obtained a Bachelor of Arts from New York University. Before embarking on an acting career, he changed his name from Reginald Vel Johnson (his birth name) to Reginald VelJohnson. He later said he changed the spelling, "because I wanted a name people would remember."
VelJohnson is known for playing police officers in films and on television. In Ghostbusters, he had a brief appearance as a Municipal Corrections Officer, and in Crocodile Dundee, he plays a limo driver. VelJohnson played Sgt. Al Powell in the 1988 film Die Hard and later reprised the character in the 1990 sequel Die Hard 2, for which he still received fourth billing. He also portrayed a yelling apartment resident for promoting Instant Lottery games for a Michigan Lottery commercial in 1988. VelJohnson also played a police officer alongside Tom Hanks in Turner & Hooch (1989). Johnson was cast as police officer Carl Winslow in the sitcom Family Matters alongside Jo Marie Payton, who played his wife Harriette Winslow; he starred on that show until 1998. He also had a minor role in the 2002 film Like Mike. VelJohnson reprised his role of Sgt. Al Powell in the GameCube video game title, Die Hard: Vendetta, also in 2002. In 2004, he took the title role in the off-Broadway show She all Dat! (playing "she"). Since the end of Family Matters, besides making a few guest appearances on TV shows, VelJohnson has done mostly theater work. He wrote a critically acclaimed series of short stories called Division Street. One of them, called Sunday Evening Haircut, was made into a short film in 2005, which starred VelJohnson himself, alongside Kiki Shepard. VelJohnson has also made guest appearances in several TV shows, including The Equalizer, Diagnosis: Murder, Twice in a Lifetime, Will & Grace, Monk, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Eve, Crossing Jordan, The Parkers, That's So Raven, Chuck, in which he reprises his role as Al Powell, and Bones.
In 2007, he appeared in the short films Reverse, Nerve Endings, and Time Upon A Once which were made during the reality show On the Lot. The following year he appeared as the "Sgt. Al Powell" character from the Die Hard series in an episode of NBC's Chuck entitled "Chuck Versus the Santa Claus", as the cousin of Big Mike (Mark Christopher Lawrence). In 2010, VelJohnson started a recurring role as the principal on the Disney sitcom I'm in the Band and also Funnyordie.com's short HBO film entitled Just 3 Boyz starring Tim Heidecker, Eric Wareheim, and Zack Galifianakis. He has also appeared in the comedy film, The Formula, starring alongside Brandon Baker and Sasha Jackson.
|1981||Wolfen||Morgue Attendant||Credited as Reginald Vel Johnson|
|1984||Ghostbusters||Corrections Officer||Credited as Reggie Vel Johnson|
|1985||Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins||Ambulance Driver|
|1988||Plain Clothes||Captain Graff|
|1988||Die Hard||Sgt. Al Powell|
|1989||Turner & Hooch||Detective David "Dave" Sutton|
|1990||Die Hard 2||Sgt. Al Powell|
|1991||Fond Little Memory, AA Fond Little Memory||Short film|
|2000||Ground Zero||Burt Green|
|2002||Like Mike||Mr. Boyd|
|2005||Sunday Evening Haircut||O.C.||Short film
|2005||Suits on the Loose||Brother Steedman|
|2005||Death to the Supermodels||Tom||Direct-to-video release|
|2006||Hidden Secrets||Norman Wexler|
|2007||Three Days to Vegas||Johnny|
|Out at the Wedding||Dexter|
|2009||Steppin: The Movie||Mr. Shavers|
|2010||Jelly (film)||Joe Woods|
|2010||You Again||Mason Dunlevy|
|2012||Air Collision||Bob Abbot|
|2013||The Formula||Professor Millan|
|1985–1988||Equalizer, TheThe Equalizer||N/A (1985)
Harmon Hunter (1986)
Arthur Williams (1988)
|Episode: "Lady Cop"
Episode: "Dead Drop"
Episode: "Sea of Fire"
|1988||227||Santa Thief, TheThe Santa Thief||Episode: "The Night They Arrested Santa Claus"|
|1989||Perfect Strangers||Carl Winslow||Episode: "Crimebusters"|
|1989–1998||Family Matters||Carl Winslow||215 episodes|
|1992||Tales from the Crypt||Hotel Guest||Episode: "Werewolf Concerto"|
|1993||Dream On||Santa||Episode: "Silent Night, Holy Cow:|
|1994||Cool Like That Christmas, AA Cool Like That Christmas||Dad (Voice)||Television movie|
|1994||One of Her Own||Det. Bob Hymes||Television movie|
|1996||Deadly Pursuits||Ed Conroy||Television movie|
|1998||Diagnosis: Murder||Dr. David Sinclair||Episode: "The Last Resort"|
|1999||Hughleys, TheThe Hughleys||Rev. Bennett||Episode: "Daddy's Going to Hell"|
|2000||Twice in a Lifetime||Dr. David Bryant||Episode: "Whistle Blower"|
|2001||Fugitive, TheThe Fugitive||Maurice Beaumont||Episode: "Lagniappe"|
|2002||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Dr. Phillip Kane||Episodes: "Face Lift" and "Gentle, Gentle"|
|2002||Crossing Jordan||Mr. Holden||Episode: "Someone to Count On"|
|2002||Will & Grace||Dr. Kaplan||Episode: "It's the Gay Pumpkin, Charlie Brown"|
|2003||Parkers, TheThe Parkers||Sterling Oglevee||Episode: "A Sterling Relationship"|
|2005||That’s So Raven||Dikembe, The Ambassador||Episode: "The Royal Treatment"|
|2005||Ghost Whisperer||Danny Small||Episode: "Undead Comic"|
|2006||Eve||Rev. Everett||Episode: "Oh, Brother"|
|2006||Monk||Todd||Episode: "Mr. Monk and the Class Reunion"|
|2007||On the Lot||Neighbor in 'Time Upon a Once'||Episode: "11 Cut to 10 & 10 Directors Complete"|
|2007||Bones||Dale Owens||Episode: "The Santa in the Slush"|
|2008||Chuck||Sgt. Al Powell||Episode: "Chuck Versus Santa Claus"|
|2009||Three Gifts, TheThe Three Gifts||Rodney Smith||Television movie|
|2009-2011||I'm in the Band||Principal/Superintendent Cornelius Strickland||Recurring role|
|2010||Funny or Die Presents||Christopher||Episode: "Just 3 Boyz"|
|2010||Bold and the Beautiful, TheThe Bold and the Beautiful||Ed||2 episodes|
|2010||Meet the Browns||Ernie Wilson||Episode: "Meet the Baby Daddy"|
|2011–2015||Hart of Dixie||Dash DeWitt||Recurring role|
|2011–2013||Mike & Molly||Brother Heywood||5 episodes|
|2012–2013||Tron: Uprising||Able||Recurring role|
|2012||General Hospital||Reverend Love|
|2012||The Mistle-Tones||Holly's dad||Television movie|
|2013||Real Husbands of Hollywood (Season 2)||Himself||Tisha and Duane|
|2014||Strike One||Judge Morris|
|2015||Clipped||Tommy (Buzzy's Husband)|
|2015||The Flight Before Christmas||Joe||Played husband of "Marie" (Jo Marie Payton, who also played Reginald's wife on Family Matters)|
|2016||It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia||Judge Melvoy||Episode: "McPoyle vs. Ponderosa: The Trial of the Century"|
|2016||Girl Meets World||Officer James||Episode: "Girl Meets True Maya"|
|2016||Ray Donovan||Sherman Radley||Episode: "Norman Saves the World"|
|2017||Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero||Mr. Flannigan (voice)||Episode: "My Mischievous Son"|
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