Paul Johansson

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Paul Johansson
BornPaul Joseph Otto Johansson
(1964-01-26) January 26, 1964 (age 50)
Spokane, Washington, United States
OccupationActor, director
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Paul Johansson
BornPaul Joseph Otto Johansson
(1964-01-26) January 26, 1964 (age 50)
Spokane, Washington, United States
OccupationActor, director

Paul Joseph Otto Johansson (born January 26, 1964) is an American-Canadian actor, writer and director, best known for playing Dan Scott on the WB/CW television series, One Tree Hill, and for his role as Nick Wolfe on the short lived Highlander: The Series spin-off Highlander: The Raven. He directed the film version of Ayn Rand's novel, Atlas Shrugged: Part I.[1][2]


Early life[edit]

Paul Johansson was born in Spokane, Washington, the son of ice hockey player Earl Johnson, but raised in Kelowna, B.C.[3] He was an athlete like his father and played for the Canadian Olympic Basketball Team and for the University of British Columbia.[4] After quitting basketball he began writing, which in turn led to acting.

Acting career[edit]

Johansson landed his first role on the popular soap opera Santa Barbara. He played Greg Hughes from 1989 to 1990. Soon he made appearances in other television shows such as Parker Lewis Can't Lose, Beverly Hills, 90210 and Lonesome Dove.[5]

Johansson became well-known to fans of 90210 for playing John Sears, a fraternity brother who unsuccessfully vied for the affections of Kelly Taylor (Jennie Garth) and set up Steve Sanders (Ian Ziering) to burglarize a professor's office. Sears was later blackballed from the fraternity for the incident. Johnasson's character did not return until the season 4 finale, where he attempted to humiliate Steve at every turn, only to be brought down by Steve's friends Brenda Walsh (Shannen Doherty) and Donna Martin (Tori Spelling).

He also appeared in commercials, most notably as the delivery man in a Diet Coke commercial. He has appeared in the films Soapdish, John Q and Alpha Dog and had a small role in The Notebook. From 1995 to 1996, Johnansson appeared on Days of our Lives in the recurring role of Wyatt St. Clair, the brother of the evil Jude St. Clair. He subsequently featured in Takashi Miike's 2003 film Gozu, appearing as a man with a cow's head. In 2003 Johansson wrote and directed the film The Incredible Mrs. Ritchie. He has also directed several episodes of One Tree Hill. In 2006 he starred in Emily Skopov's Novel Romance, alongside Traci Lords and Sherilyn Fenn. He appeared in the 7th season of The Drew Carey Show, playing a sportscaster.

He is the director of Atlas Shrugged: Part I (2011), the first third of a proposed trilogy based on the novel by Ayn Rand. The film received a "13% Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes, indicating that only five of thirty-nine reviewers liked it.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Johansson's ex-wife is actress Gabriela Oltean.

His mother, Joanne Leone Johansson, died on October 14, 2011, after a 20-year battle with breast cancer. Season 9, episode 11 of the CW's One Tree Hill (titled "Danny Boy", in which Paul's character Dan Scott dies) was dedicated to her memory. "Obituary: Joanne Leone Johansson". Newspaper. Vancouver Sun and/or The Province. . His brother Pete Johansson is a well known Comedian, Writer and Actor currently living in London, England.


1989-1990Santa BarbaraGreg Hughes
1990Laker GirlsBart Jeffris
They Came from Outer SpaceDoug
1991SoapdishBlair Brennan/Bolt
1991-1993Parker Lewis Can't LoseNick Comstock
1992Martial Law 2: UndercoverSpencer Hamilton
1993Midnight WitnessPaul
When the Party's OverHenry
1993-1994Beverly Hills, 90210John Sears
1994Burke's Law
The 5 Mrs. BuchanansJesse Buchanan
1994-1995Lonesome DoveAustin Peale
1995-1996Days of our LivesWyatt St. Clair
1995-1996Lonesome Dove: The Outlaw YearsAustin Peale
1996Ed McBain's 87th Precinct: IceDet. Bert Kling
1997Ed McBain's 87th Precinct: HeatwaveDet. Bert Kling
7th HeavenTom Harrison
She's So LovelyIntern #2
Dead Man's GunSanford Hogan
1998PlayersJeff Taylor
Dharma & GregLeonard
Earth: Final ConflictSloane
Carnival of SoulsMichael
1998-1999Highlander: The RavenNick Wolfe
1999Wishmaster 2: Evil Never DiesGregory
First WaveHatcher
2000Glory GloryWes
Hope IslandSteve Kramer
Da Vinci's InquestTom Sprawl
The Last DanceCharlie Parker
The Drew Carey ShowRon Higgins
2002Darkness FallingSean Leonard
John QTuck Lampley
Edge of MadnessHenry Mullen
The DistrictFather Patrick Debreno
2003The Incredible Mrs. RitchieJackEmmy Award for Outstanding Writing in a Children/Youth/Family Special
Nominated - Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing in a Children/Youth/Family Special
2003-2012One Tree HillDan ScottSeries regular season 1-7; episodes 1-13. Special Guest star, season 8. Returning as series regular for season 9.[7]
2004Window TheoryStu
The NotebookAllie's Mom's Ex Boyfrienduncredited
2006Alpha DogPeter Johansson
Mind GamesMichael
Novel RomanceJake Buckley
2008IQ-145Ben Compost
2009The Boondock Saints II: All Saints DayKuntsler
2011Atlas Shrugged: Part IJohn Galt (seen from back of head with hat only in Part 1 of planned trilogy)[8]
2012Criminal MindsClark Preston
2013CSI: Crime Scene Investigation ?
2013Beauty and The BeastCurt Windsor


  1. ^ New York Times
  2. ^ New York Times
  3. ^ Paul Johansson Biography (1964–)
  4. ^ Paul Johansson Online
  5. ^ TV Guide
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  7. ^ "Dan Is Back! Paul Johansson Returning for Final Season of One Tree Hill". July 18, 2011. Retrieved July 18, 2011. 
  8. ^ Murty, Govindini (July 21, 2010) Libertas Film Magazine "EXCLUSIVE: LFM Visits the Set of Atlas Shrugged + Director Paul Johansson's First Interview About the Film". Libertas Film Magazine. Retrieved 2010-08-16.

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