C. David Johnson
Actor, Narrator, Host, Director
Canadian actor C. David Johnson became a household name when he landed the leading role of Chuck Tchobanian on the dramatic television series STREET LEGAL. The show went on to become one of the most successful TV series in Canadian history. The series ran for eight years and Johnson received four consecutive Gemini nominations for Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role.
In great demand following the success of Street Legal, Johnson was cast as a regular on the family series MYSTERIOUS ISLAND, filmed on location in New Zealand. In 1998 he starred alongside Ted Danson, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Brian Dennehy in the feature film THANKS OF A GRATEFUL NATION, an examination of the aftermath of Desert Storm and its effects on the men and women who served in the Gulf War. Johnson has guest starred on numerous TV series including THE BEST YEARS, ZOE BUSIEK: WILD CARD, THE DRESDEN FILES and starred in several of MOW’s including THE JULIE POSEY STORY (Lifetime), THE MAN WHO SAVED CHRISTMAS with Jason Alexander and Ed Asner (CBS) and TERMINAL INVASION (Sci-Fi Channel). Most recently, Johnson guest starred on an episode of SPIKE TV’s new comedy BLUE MOUNTAIN STATE. He can also be heard as a guest host on CBC Radio’s current events program AS IT HAPPENS. On the air for more than 40 years, AS IT HAPPENS is a Canadian institution and is broadcast in the United States through American Public Media.
Johnson made his professional theatre debut with Theatre New Brunswick where he starred in such productions as CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF, MISERY, SLEUTH and in PETER PAN as Captain Hook. He has continued to perform for over thirty years in theatres across Canada and has appeared on the stages of Canada’s most illustrious theatre companies including Soulpepper in Toronto, the National Arts Centre and North America’s largest classical repertory theatre, the Stratford Festival.
At Soulpepper, Johnson won rave reviews for his performances in such productions as JITTERS, MARY STUART, KING LEAR, THREE PENNY OPERA, THE REAL THING, THE WAY OF THE WORLD and THE PLAY’S THE THING for which he received a prestigious DORA Nomination.
At Stratford Festival, Johnson landed the coveted role of Captain Von Trapp in THE SOUND OF MUSIC and appeared in productions of INHERIT THE WIND, HENRY IV and TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA. In the 2011 season he portrayed Pat Denning in 42nd STREET, and Major General Stanley in THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE.
After moving to the New York area, Johnson made his Broadway debut in 2010 as Bob the Mechanic in the hit musical PRISCILLA: QUEEN OF THE DESERT. He has understudied in Broadway productions of The Sydney Theatre Company (with Cate Blanchett and Richard Roxburgh), the Royal Court Theatre (with Francesca Annis), and The Lincoln Center Theater, in a new work by John Guare.
He was nominated for a Henry Award for his portrayal of Lyndon Johnson in ALL THE WAY at the Denver Center, played King Henry II in THE LION IN WINTER for Palm Beach Dramaworks, and performed the title role in JULIUS CAESAR for Playmakers Rep at UNC Chapel Hill.
For the last two seasons he has returned to the familiar role of a lawyer, as Reggie Thompson in CBC’s DIGGSTOWN, starring Vinessa Antoine, and filmed in Nova Scotia.