Reginald VelJohnson

Reginald VelJohnson

Reginald VelJohnson

Birth Date: August 16, 1952
Birth Place: Queens, New York
Notable Films: Die Hard, Die Hard II, Ghostbusters, Turner & Hooch, Crocodile Dundee
Awards: WRIFF Award (Best Actor in a Supporting Role | The Formula)

Reginald VelJohnson Biography:

Reginald VelJohnson Jr. was born in Queens, his mother was a nurse, and his father was a hospital attendant. When VelJohnson was 13-years-old, his father left the family, and his mother remarried. He attended Benjamin N. Cardozo High School before graduating New York University. Just before becoming an actor he altered his name from Vel Johnson to VelJohnson in order to make it more memorable. He had early roles in Wolfe (1981), and Ghostbusters (1984), before getting his big break.

In 1985, VelJohnson made appearances on the TV show The Equalizer, and, a year later played the role of Gus in Crocodile Dundee (1986). But, it was 1988 when his career took a real upturn. He won the role of Sgt. Al Powell in Die Hard (1988), and followed this up with a supporting role in Turner & Hooch (1989). The following year, he played Powell again in the sequel Die Hard 2 (1990). During this time Powell also claimed the lead role in successful CBS sitcom Family Matters, a role he played for nine years.

Since the turn of the millennium, VelJohnson has appeared in movies like Three Days to Vegas (2007) and You Again (2010). His TV work has also included performances in Ghost Whisperer, Monk, Hart of Dixie, and Mike & Molly. Outside of the acting world, VelJohnson has a keen interest in singing and dancing. He has also contributed voice roles to video games, namely Die Hard: Vendetta.