Cherie Johnson

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Cherie Johnson
Born(1975-11-21) November 21, 1975 (age 36)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
OccupationActress, writer, producer
Years active1984–present
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Cherie Johnson
Born(1975-11-21) November 21, 1975 (age 36)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
OccupationActress, writer, producer
Years active1984–present

Cherie Johnson (born November 21, 1975) is an American actress. She is best known for her roles on Punky Brewster and the long-running situation comedy show Family Matters, where she plays Laura Winslow's best friend Maxine "Max" Johnson. In 2009, she wrote, starred and produced the independent film I Do... I Did!, playing Vivian. Johnson has so far produced eight films.[1] In 2010, she made writer debut when she released her book Around The World Twice. In 2011, she released her second, writing Two Different Walks Of Life "A Celebrity and a Average Housewife", which explains her life as an actress. She is currently working on her third novel Peaches & Cream and is starring in the romantic drama film Fanaddict, set to be released sometime in late 2011.[dated info]



Born in Pittsburgh, Johnson is African American and Puerto Rican.


Johnson's beginnings in show business are attributed to her uncle, David W. Duclon, a successful screen writer and TV producer. Duclon encouraged his niece's desire to act, and secured auditions and early screen appearances for her. In 1984, after two seasons as executive producer of NBC's Silver Spoons, Duclon successfully pitched a new pilot to the network about an orphaned young girl who is taken in by a curmudgeonly older man. The concept won the approval of NBC programming chief Brandon Tartikoff, who named the titular character, and series, Punky Brewster (after a girl he had known in his youth). Johnson was cast by Duclon in the role of Punky's (Soleil Moon Frye) best friend, the character of which was modeled and named after herself. Punky Brewster was an immediate success among young audiences, and Johnson continued as the fictional Cherie throughout the series' run (1984–1986 on NBC, and 1987–1988 in first-run syndication).

In 1992, Johnson was provided her next long-running TV role, when Duclon hired her to join the cast of ABC's hit sitcom Family Matters (which he had begun executive producing in 1990). Johnson played Maxine "Max" Johnson, the best friend of Laura Winslow (Kellie Shanygne Williams), appearing in the recurring role until the series' end in 1998.

In addition to her starring roles, she has made guest appearances on The Parkers, and The Proud Family. She has also appeared on the soap opera Days of our Lives. She has produced many films over the past 10 years. In 2009 she wrote, starred and produced the film I Do... I Did! it got premiered on BET. In 2010 she starred in the films Lights Out, Nobody Smiling and Guardian of Eden. As of 2011 she is currently starring in the romantic drama film Fanaddict set to be release sometime in the fall.


Johnson has a seven-book publishing deal. Her first book, Around The World Twice, has been released. On April 14, 2011, Johnson also released a poetry book with her I Do...I Did! co-writer, entitled Two Different Walks Of Life. Her sophomore novel, Peaches & Cream, is set to debut in August 2012. Writing has become Johnson's second career choice; she is a contributing writer for Dimez magazine, Temptation magazine, and Glam Couture magazine, where she does a monthly article titled "Cherie Picking". Johnson also holds the position of editor-at-large at Success News Paper.

Other ventures

Editor and Co-host

Cherie is the Editor at Large for "Success News" and that she also has a column in "Glam Couture Magazine" called Cherry Picking about beauty products. She has a monthly column in Dimez Magazine, Temptation Magazine and co-host a sports radio show with Penny Hardaway and Charles Oakley which is[1]

Personal life

Johnson joined Shadow Play Entertainment's literacy campaign, called "Take Time to Read", as the national spokesperson, sharing her thoughts on why reading is so important no matter what career people choose. She has said that favorite artists are Prince and Dr. Dre, and she is currently looking out for Dr. Dre's upcoming album Detox.[2] Johnson has also stated that she is a big sports fanatic; her favorite team is the Pittsburgh Steelers, and she is a fan of NBA player Paul Pierce.[2][1] During an interview, Johnson described herself as somewhat of a nerd and a homebody and that she loves to read, write, paint, eat and travel. She also stated she doesn't watch any TV or many movies, but she loves music and her family.[1] She has also stated she is somewhat of a "Twitter-holic".[1]

Community involvement

Cherie spends her free time working with many children charities and she is also on the Alzheimer’s Association board.[1] [1]


1985Playing with FireEileen PhillipsSupport Role
1989A Little Bit StrangeTasha MastersonSupport Role
1999Teaching Mrs. TingleStudentUncredited Role
2003"Malibooty"Lady-Mix TapeSupporting Role
2007Dead ToneRoxyMain Role/Co-Executive Producer
2007"Killer Weekend"ReneeMain Role
2008"Cash Rules"Producer
2009The IntrudersBernadetteSupport Role
I Do... I Did!VivianMain Role/Producer/Writer
RavenStarlaSupport Role/Producer
2010Lights OutDetective MonroeSupport Role
Nobody SmilingJoSupport Role
Guardian of EdenDestinyMain Role
2011FanaddictBrendaMain Role
The MaulTBASupport Role
1984–1988Punky BrewsterAs Herself(85 episodes)
1985It's Punky BrewsterAs Herself(3 episodes)
Days of Our LivesLatoya Preston
1990–1998Family MattersMaxine Johnson(59 episodes)
1996Goode BehaviorUnknown(3 episodes)
1999–2002The ParkersTiffany(3 episodes)
2002The Proud FamilyChanel(1 episode)
2005EveAngela(1 episode)


Awards and nominations

Awards and nominations
YearAwardCategoryTitle of workResult
1986Young Artist AwardBest Young Supporting Actress in a Television SeriesPunk BrewsterNominated
1987Young Artist AwardExceptional Performance by a Young Actress in a Long Running Series Comedy or DramaPunk BrewsterNominated
1988Young Artist AwardBest Animation Voice Over GroupPunk BrewsterNominated
1993Young Artist AwardBest Young Actress Recurring in a Television SeriesFamily MattersNominated


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