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Don Johnson has made his mark in Hollywood and around the world thanks to his acting chops. Born and raised in the United States, many first came to know him for his role as Sonny Crockett in the edgy police detective television series, Miami Vice. The series catapulted him to fame, making him a household name. But Johnson is much more than just a television actor and there are probably several things you don’t know about him.
Let’s take a look at four interesting facts about Don Johnson and his life so far.
Don Johnson the Family Man
While many people know Johnson as an actor, he is a father to five children. He has also been married five times to four different women – yes, you read that correctly. He married Melanie Griffith two different times, each leading to divorce. It wasn’t until 1999 when he married Kelley Phleger that he seemed to find his “partner for life”, as the two have remained married since, and have three children together.
Don Johnson Has a Love of Blackjack
Many celebrities have a love of blackjack. Some of the celebrities that often come to mind in terms of blackjack include A-listers like Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Prince Harry, Tiger Woods and Michael Jordan, but did you also know that Don Johnson has made quite the name for himself? Johnson has won many top prizes over the years, in fact, some even say he’s won a small fortune. There are rumours that he once won over 15 million dollars playing blackjack at the Tropicana Casino in Atlantic City.
If Johnson’s love of blackjack has left you inspired to play, you can check out the blackjack official rules, brush up on techniques and strategies, and give it a go.
Don Johnson the Music Man
While much of Johnson’s acting career is well-known, some may not realise he has also had a career in music. Back in the 1980s, he released two pop albums. His highest climbing hit was “Heartbeat”, which hit No. 5 on the coveted Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. He even had Barbra Streisand, who was his girlfriend at the time, provide backing vocals for a song on his album Let It Roll.
Johnson Loves an Adrenaline Rush
It seems Johnson isn’t afraid of an adrenaline rush and was once quite the speedboat racer. Thanks to his time spent on the water while shooting scenes of Miami Vice, only a year into the show he entered a 1,100-mile powerboat race and took the top title. The race began in New Orleans and followed the Mississippi River to St Louis. He then went on to win the Offshore World Cup in 1988 and even work with a company to design a power boat.
Just Scratching the Surface
The fact is that these few small facts are just scratching the surface when it comes to the long and successful life of Don Johnson. Chances are, he’s still got some tricks up his sleeves.