His first acting role was in elementary school, where he played a teddy bear in a toy shop.
Among his high-school classmates were adult-film star Ron Jeremy and former CIA director George Tenet. While VelJohnson had a starring role in the class production of The King and I, Jeremy played piano in the orchestra.
Was the only Family Matters cast member to appear in every episode of the series, which was a spinoff of the sitcom Perfect Strangers.
In 1993, he was awarded the inaugural Spirit Award for his volunteer work with the Catholic Big Brothers organization.
Learned the long-running Family Matters was canceled when he received a call to clean out his dressing room.
Portrayed Sgt. Al Powell in the first two Die Hard films, provided the character's voice in the 2002 video game Die Hard: Vendetta and reprised the role in the 2008 "Chuck Versus Santa Claus" episode of NBC's Chuck.
Wrote and starred in the 2005 film short Sunday Evening Haircut, about a couple whose marriage is troubled because he feels his wife is overly religious.
Dan Johnson — Father
Eva Riley — Mother
John Riley — Stepfather
Barry VelJohnson — Brother
New York University, New York, New York, United States (BA in Theater)