Reginald Veljohnson

  • Birth Name: Reginald Vel Johnson
  • Birth Place: Queens, New York, United States
  • Profession: Actor, Writer
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  • 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)

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MIXED-ISH - In "mixed-ish," Rainbow Johnson recounts her experience growing up in a mixed-race family in the '80s and the constant dilemmas they had to face over whether to assimilate or stay true to themselves. Bow's parents Paul and Alicia decide to move from a hippie commune to the suburbs to better provide for their family. As her parents struggle with the challenges of their new life, Bow and her siblings navigate a mainstream school in which they're perceived as neither black nor white. This family's experiences illuminate the challenges of finding one's own identity when the rest of the world can't decide where you belong. (ABC/Kelsey McNeal)

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