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Date Of BirthJanuary 9, 1950
SpouseMara Hennessey (m. 2003), Kate Simon (m. 1983–2011), Cyrinda Foxe (m. 1977–1978)
MarkHigh pitched,Raw Vocals
FactWas considered for the role of Max Cady in Cape Fear (1991).

David Johansen is an American musician, singer and songwriter. He is best known as the lead singer of the New York Dolls. He is also known for his work as a solo artist, and as a member of the band Buster Poindexter and His Banshees of Blue.

Johansen was born in Staten Island, New York, on January 9, 1950. His father was a doctor, and his mother was a nurse. He has two older sisters. Johansen’s early education took place at the prestigious P.S. 41 in Greenwich Village.

Johansen began his musical career in the late 1960s, playing in a number of bands including the New York Dolls. The Dolls were a highly influential proto-punk band, and their stage act was a major influence on the punk and glam rock movements of the 1970s. The band’s debut album, New York Dolls, was released in 1973 to critical acclaim.

The Dolls disbanded in 1977, and Johansen embarked on a solo career. His first solo album, David Johansen, was released in 1978. The album was a commercial and critical success, and spawned the hit single “Hot Hot Hot.”

In 1980, Johansen formed the band Buster Poindexter and His Banshees of Blue. The band had a hit with their cover of “Hot Hot Hot,” which became an anthem of sorts for the 1980s. The band also had success with their cover of “Me and Mrs. Jones.”

Johansen has continued to release solo albums throughout his career, including 1990’s In Style, 2001’s David Johansen and the Harry Smiths, and 2010’s David Johansen Group. He has also appeared on numerous television shows and movies, including an episode of The Simpsons.

Johansen has been married three times. His first marriage was to Vera Ramone King, the ex-wife of Ramones frontman Joey Ramone. The couple had one child together, a daughter named Vera Johansen. Johansen’s second marriage was to model Catherine Oxenberg. The couple had two daughters together, Alexandra and Olivia. Johansen’s third marriage is to model Jessica Lee Morgan. The couple has one son together, David Jr.

Johansen has an estimated net worth of $5 million. He has earned his wealth through his successful musical career.

General Info

Full NameDavid Johansen
Date Of BirthJanuary 9, 1950
ProfessionFilm Score Composer, Actor, Songwriter


SpouseMara Hennessey (m. 2003), Kate Simon (m. 1983–2011), Cyrinda Foxe (m. 1977–1978)


Music GroupsNew York Dolls
NominationsMTV Video Music Award for Best New Artist
MoviesGandahar, Scrooged, Let It Ride, Tales from the Darkside: The Movie, Desire and Hell at Sunset Motel, Freejack, Mr. Nanny, Naked in New York, Car 54, Where Are You?, Burnzy's Last Call, The Deli, Campfire Stories, Crooked Lines, Glass Chin, Nick and Jane, The New York Dolls: Pre-Crash Condition, Bod...

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#Marks / Signs
1Flamboyant Stage manner
2High pitched,Raw Vocals


1Every singer who's worth his salt is an actor. You play different characters in different songs. Sometimes you're a romantic lead, sometimes you're this madcap party barbarian. You play all these roles, running through every aspect of emotion.


1He is of Norwegian (father) and Irish (mother) descent.
2Was considered for the role of Max Cady in Cape Fear (1991).
3Singing under the name Buster Poindexter, he had a big hit with the song "Hot, Hot, Hot."
4Former member of the early 70s glam rock group; New York Dolls.




God Is on Their Side2002performer: "He's Got the Whole World In His Hands", "When the Saints Go Marching In", "Onward, Christian Soldiers", "Lili Marleen" - uncredited
Futurama2002TV Series performer - 1 episode
Auto Focus2002performer: "Snap!" - as Buster Poindexter
The Simpsons2002TV Series performer - 1 episode
Freddy Got Fingered2001writer: "Personality Crisis"
Everybody Loves Raymond2000TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Filth and the Fury2000Documentary writer: "Looking For A Kiss" - as Johansen
The Bachelor1999performer: "Hit the Road Jack" - as Buster Poindexter
Heart1999writer: "Looking for a Kiss"
My Favorite Martian1999performer: "Hot Hot Hot" - as Buster Poindexter
Velvet Goldmine1998writer: "Personality Crisis"
Burnzy's Last Call1995performer: "Space Monkey", "I Want to Be at My Own Funeral" / writer: "Space Monkey", "I Want to Be at My Own Funeral"
Grumpier Old Men1995performer: "Hit The Road Jack" - as Buster Poindexter
Angus1995performer: "Hot, Hot, Hot" - as Buster Poindexter
Postcards from America1994writer: "Trash", "Looking for a Kiss"
Car 54, Where Are You?1994performer: "Mambo Luv"
Beavis and Butt-Head1993TV Series performer - 1 episode
Mr. Nanny1993performer: "ROUGH STUFF" - as Buster Poindexter / writer: "ATTITUDE DUDE", "I DON'T WANNA GO TO SCHOOL", "DREAM DAD", "ROUGH STUFF"
Doogie Howser, M.D.1990TV Series performer - 1 episode
Valentina1989TV Series performer - 1 episode
Grammy Living Legends1989TV Movie performer: "Cabaret"
The Dream Team1989performer: "HIT THE ROAD JACK" - as Buster Poindexter
Scrooged1988performer: "Brown Eyed Girl" - as Buster Poindexter
Casual Sex?1988performer: "Hot Hot Hot" - as Buster Poindexter
China Girl1987performer: "Chinatown Tonight"
Saturday Night Live1986TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Miami ViceTV Series performer - 1 episode, 1985 writer - 1 episode, 1985
My Science Project1985performer: "Hit and Run"
Fear City1984lyrics: "New York Doll", "Sucker City" / performer: "New York Doll", "Sucker City"
Times Square1980performer: "Flowers in the City" credit only / writer: "Flowers in the City" credit only
Up the Academy1980lyrics: "Girls" / music: "Girls" / performer: "Girls"
Rock ConcertTV Series performer - 1 episode, 1979 writer - 1 episode, 1979
Mike & Mike2016TV Series performer - 1 episode
VinylTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2016 writer - 1 episode, 2016
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip2015performer: "Hot Hot Hot" - as Buster Poindexter
A Very Murray Christmas2015performer: "I Saw The Light", "Fairytale Of New York", "O Tannenbaum" uncredited
Red Band Society2014TV Series writer - 1 episode
Gotham2014TV Series writer - 1 episode
Morrissey: 25 Live2013Video writer: "Looking for a Kiss"
Miss Farkku-Suomi2012music: "Personality Crisis"
The Three Stooges2012writer: "Dance Like A Monkey"
Chuck2011TV Series performer - 1 episode
Get Him to the Greek2010writer: "Personality Crisis"
Kick-Ass2010"We're All in Love"
America's Got Talent2009TV Series performer - 1 episode
Adventureland2009writer: "Looking for a Kiss"
Four Christmases2008performer: "Hot Hot Hot" - as Buster Poindexter
Beverly Hills Chihuahua2008performer: "Hot Hot Hot" - as Buster Poindexter
Anamorph2007arranger: "In Love Again" / performer: "In Love Again"
Entourage2007TV Series performer - 1 episode
I Love the 80's 3-D2005TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
The Aviator2004performer: "Ain't Cha Glad" 1933
Crooked Lines2003performer: "Oh Babe, What Would You Say"
The Office2003TV Series performer - 1 episode
Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus2003Documentary performer: "The Last Kind Word Blues" / writer: "The Last Kind Word Blues"
End of the Century2003Documentary writer: "Looking for a Kiss"


A Very Murray Christmas2015The Bartender
Glass Chin2014Stanley Loori
New York Dolls Live at Bowery Ballroom2011TV Movie
New York Dolls in Newcastle2011TV Movie
Teen Titans2005TV SeriesDing Dong Daddy Dowd
Coda2005ShortAugust West
The Adventures of Pete & Pete2005TV SeriesPark Ranger Thorsen
Crooked Lines2003Charlie
Arena2003TV Series documentaryBuffalo Bill
God Is on Their Side2002God (as Buster Poindexter)
Dream Lover2002/IIVideo shortDavid
Campfire Stories2001Ranger Bill
Deadline2001TV SeriesBenny
Oz2000TV SeriesEli Zabitz
200 Cigarettes1999Tiki Bartender
The Tic Code1999Marvin
Cupid1998TV SeriesHomeless Guy in Park / Narrator
The Deli1997The Cabbie
Cats Don't Dance1997Bus Driver (voice)
Nick and Jane1997Carter
Burnzy's Last Call1995Andre
The Weinerville Chanukah Special1995TV MovieGonsah K'nocker (as Buster Poindexter)
CBS Schoolbreak Special1995TV SeriesFreddy Kay
Car 54, Where Are You?1994Officer Gunther Toody
Naked in New York1993Orangutang
Mr. Nanny1993Tommy Thanatos
Desire and Hell at Sunset Motel1991Auggie
Tales from the Darkside: The Movie1990Halston (segment "Cat From Hell")
Let It Ride1989Looney
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color1989TV SeriesBuster Poindexter
Scrooged1988Ghost of Christmas Past
Married to the Mob1988'The Priest'
Late Night with David Letterman1988TV SeriesBuster Poindexter
Gandahar1988Shayol (English version, voice)
Saturday Night Live1986-1987TV SeriesBuster Poindexter Buster Poindexter - Musical Guest
The Equalizer1987TV SeriesGarnet
Candy Mountain1987Keith Burns
Miami Vice1985TV SeriesSinger at Party


Mr. Nanny1993
Candy Mountain1987


Vince Giordano: There's a Future in the Past2016DocumentaryHimself
Park Bench with Steve Buscemi2015TV SeriesHimself
Sami Yaffa - Sound Tracker2014TV Series documentaryHimself
Clockwork Orange County2012Video documentaryHimself
I'm in a Rock 'n' Roll Band2010TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself - Singer, New York Dolls
Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations2009TV Series documentaryHimself
Later... With Jools Holland2009TV SeriesHimself - Interview
Motherfucker: A Movie2007Documentary
Soundstage2007TV Series documentaryHimself
The Old, Weird America: Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music2007DocumentaryHimself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1994-2007TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Musical Guest
New York Dolls: On the Lip2006Video documentary shortHimself
3-D Rocks2005DocumentaryHimself
All Dolled Up: A New York Dolls Story2005DocumentaryHimself
Punk: Attitude2005DocumentaryHimself
New York Doll2005DocumentaryHimself
Lightning in a Bottle2004DocumentaryHimself
Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus2003DocumentaryHimself
25 Years of Punk2001TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Pretenders: Greatest Hits2000Video documentaryHimself (segment "No Turn Left Unstoned")
Unauthorized Biography: Milo, Death of a Supermodel1997TV Special shortBuster Poindexter (as Buster Poindexter)
Rock Family Trees1995TV Series documentaryHimself
Great Performances1994TV SeriesHimself
Showbiz Today1990TV SeriesHimself
Live with Kelly and Michael1989-1990TV SeriesHimself
Grammy Living Legends1989TV MovieHimself (as Buster Poindexter)
The Jim Henson Hour1989TV SeriesHimself
The Songwriter's Hall of Fame 20th Anniversary... The Magic of Music1989TV MovieHimself (as Buster Poindexter)
Late Night with David Letterman1988TV SeriesHimself
The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour1988TV SeriesHimself - Buster Poindexter
The 30th Annual Grammy Awards1988TV SpecialHimself (as Buster Poindexter)
The New Show1984TV SeriesHimself / Various
Rock Concert1979TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

Mayor of the Sunset Strip2003DocumentaryHimself - New York Dolls (as David JoHansen)
End of the Century2003DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
The Filth and the Fury2000DocumentaryHimself

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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