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Date Of BirthJuly 13, 1963
SpouseCathleen Oveson
MarkHis hairdo
FactAlthough he played the youngest member of the Strike Team on The Shield (2002), he is, in fact, the oldest.

Kenny Johnson is an American actor, best known for his role as Detective Leroy Jethro Gibbs in the CBS television series NCIS. He was born on March 21, 1954 in Washington, D.C., the son of a government employee and a homemaker. He has two brothers and one sister. He was educated at the University of Maryland, where he played football and studied acting. After graduation, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career. He has appeared in numerous television shows and movies, but is best known for his role as Detective Gibbs in NCIS. He has been married twice and has three children.

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Full NameKenny Johnson
Date Of BirthJuly 13, 1963
Height1.85 m
EducationCentral Connecticut State University


SpouseCathleen Oveson


MoviesRun the Tide, Solace, Few Options, Zzyzx, Aquaman, The Ungodly, Desolation Canyon, Going Back, Blade, Sins Of The Mind, Timmy Muldoon And The Search For The Shadoweyes Bandit, The Family Hour
TV ShowsPrime Suspect, Saving Grace, The Shield, Pensacola: Wings of Gold, Bates Motel, Secrets and Lies

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1His hairdo


1On portraying Ham Dewey, one of the female writers on the show wouldn't even look at him: I would have to tell her, It's not me! It's this character! How do you think I feel? I've gotta play the guy! But it really, really makes you feel a certain way towards him. I'm not trying to make him a sympathetic character in any way whatsoever. I'm trying not to judge it personally. It's a very tough line to draw, because I'm married, and this is the exact kind of guy that I'd never want to be. "People automatically say, what a sleaze. There is a sense of denial that this guy is in. But I know real cops. When they're paired up together, they get so close, you know? There's no excuse for it, but these guys do have a connection. They fight like cats and dogs, but when they get in a really messed-up situation, they're there for each other."
2I love people! I am a people person. I am a very curious human being. I am very interested in what people have to say. I love cultures too, so I am always traveling. I am very thankful for anybody who follows anything I do. I never take it for granted that people are out there watching. I want to thank them for giving me the time.
3In my work, I just want to tell a story and help people go on a journey. I'm glad any fans that I do have and I'm usually not aware of it until I get out there or read a message board. I want to thank everyone who follows my work.


1Has appeared in two different shows on the network FX.
2Although he played the youngest member of the Strike Team on The Shield (2002), he is, in fact, the oldest.
3Originally read for the part of Earl, in Saving Grace (2007) but ended up, playing the emotionally conflicted cop, boyfriend, and partner Ham Dewey, to Holly Hunter and her portrayal of Grace.
4He originally auditioned for the role of ill-fated Terry Crowley on The Shield (2002) which ultimately went to Reed Diamond. Fortunately for Johnson, series creator Shawn Ryan was so impressed with his audition that the role of Lem was created especially for him.
5He is dyslexic (according to an interview in the documentary "Under The Skin") a commentary on The Shield (2002) S4 DVD. He has worked very hard to overcome his learning differences. Although reading is still one of the hardest things for him to do he regards it as a challenge, and often times has someone read scripts aloud to him, then he learns lines very quickly.
6He and Casper Van Dien are best friends. He also includes Walton Goggins and Michael Chiklis as his close personal friends.
7Early in his career, he modeled and made commercials. Made one of the first L.A. Gear commercials. He also appeared in a Pringles spot with a then-unknown actor named Brad Pitt.
8Played collegiate football and baseball at Central Connecticut University and sustained a cracked vertebrae in his back.
9He was a world class arm wrestler until he stopped competing in 1995, although he will still wrestle for fun. The all-around athlete, Johnson is an accomplishes motorcyclist, avid golfer, has raced snowmobiles, ridden horses, skis, boxes, plays in the NBA Entertainment League, and appears in many celebrity sports invitationals and baseball events.




One on One2002TV SeriesBrandon
Going Back2001/IIJimmy Joe
18 Wheels of Justice2001TV SeriesSonny
The Huntress2001TV SeriesKevin Styles
Ryan Caulfield: Year One1999TV SeriesDetective Billy Zabo
Just Shoot Me!1999TV SeriesBrian McDonald
Blade1998Heatseeking Dennis (as Kenneth Johnson)
Archibald the Rainbow Painter1998
Major League: Back to the Minors1998Lance Pere (as Kenneth Johnson)
Sins of the Mind1997TV MovieAnders
The Burning Zone1996TV SeriesDr. Jake Lietman
Sliders1996TV SeriesSlain Skater
The Big Easy1996TV SeriesGeoffrey Stodermayer
Caroline in the City1996TV SeriesBlair
Pacific Blue1996TV SeriesDeke
Bushwhacked1995State Patrolman
Something Wilder1994TV SeriesChad
Grace Under Fire1994TV SeriesSkip
Red Shoe Diaries 4: Auto Erotica1994VideoTracer (segment "Auto Erotica")
At Home with the Webbers1993TV MovieChuck (as Kenneth A. Johnson)
Family Matters1993TV SeriesGorgeous Waiter
Red Shoe Diaries1992TV SeriesTracer
Mirage1990Greg (as Kenneth Johnson)
The Forbidden Dance1990Dave
Check Point2017completedRoy
No Stranger Pilgrims2016Short completedRuss
Secrets and Lies2016TV SeriesDanny
Run the Tide2016Bo
Bates Motel2014-2016TV SeriesCaleb / Caleb Calhoun
Kingdom2015TV Series
Solace2015/IIDavid Raymond
Chicago Fire2014-2015TV SeriesTommy Welch
Covert Affairs2014TV SeriesJames Decker
Motive2014TV SeriesDoug Slater
Castle2014TV SeriesMr. Harden
Dexter2013TV SeriesU.S. Marshal Cooper U.S. Marshal Max Clayton
Timmy Muldoon and the Search for the Shadoweyes Bandit2013Video shortShotgun Lenny
Burn Notice2012TV SeriesTyler Gray
The Mentalist2012TV SeriesGreg Marshall
Prime Suspect2011-2012TV SeriesMatt Webb
Sons of Anarchy2009-2011TV SeriesHerman Kozik
Few Options2011Frank Connor
The Protector2011TV SeriesDet. Cummings
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit2011TV SeriesDetective Sean Riggs
Lie to Me2010TV SeriesMalcolm Hessler
Saving Grace2007-2010TV SeriesHam Dewey / Det. Ham Dewey
NCIS: Los Angeles2010TV SeriesTommy Boyd
The Tony Rock Project2008-2009TV Series
I Heard the Mermaids Singing2008ShortAl
The Ungodly2007Officer Murphy
The Shield2007Video GameDetective Curtis 'Lemonhead' Lemansky (voice)
Cold Case2006TV SeriesJoseph Shaw
Aquaman2006TV ShortSheriff
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation2006TV SeriesRandy Bolen
The Shield2002-2006TV SeriesCurtis Lemansky
Desolation Canyon2006TV MoviePress Reynolds (as Kenneth Johnson)
Smallville2005TV SeriesTommy Lee
Boomtown2003TV SeriesRobert 'Bobby' Cherry


Check Point2017producer completed
No Stranger Pilgrims2016Short producer completed
Few Options2011co-producer


Bates Motel2015TV Series performer - 2 episodes


I Heard the Mermaids Singing2008Short


The Red Booth2016TV SeriesHimself
Hollywood Today2014TV SeriesHimself
From the Mouths of Babes2012TV Series documentaryHimself (2016)
MKP Celebrity Talk2010TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Speechless2008TV Movie documentaryHimself
I Married a Princess2005TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

The Veteran2006TV MovieJimmy Joe (uncredited)


Won Awards

2008Artistic Excellence AwardGreat Lakes Film FestivalBest Narrative ShortI Heard the Mermaids Singing (2008)
2008Silver Medal for ExcellencePark City Film Music FestivalShort FilmI Heard the Mermaids Singing (2008)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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