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Reginald VelJohnson Biography

Birth Name:
Reginald Vel Johnson
Birth Place:
Queens, New York, United States
Actor, writer

Fast Facts

  • 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



    • Barry VelJohnson -- Brother
    • Dan Johnson -- Father
    • Eva Riley -- Mother
    • John Riley -- Stepfather