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.



1991SoapdishBlair Brennan/Bolt
1992Martial Law 2: UndercoverSpencer HamiltonVideo
1993Midnight WitnessPaul
1993When the Party's OverHenry
1997She's So LovelyIntern #2
1998Carnival of SoulsMichael
1999Wishmaster 2: Evil Never DiesGregoryVideo
2000Glory GloryWes
2002John QTuck Lampley
2002Edge of MadnessHenry Mullen
2003Darkness FallingSean Leonard
2004Window TheoryStu
2004The NotebookAllie's Mom's Ex BoyfriendUncredited
2006Alpha DogPeter Johansson
2006Novel RomanceJake Buckley
2009The Boondock Saints II: All Saints DayKuntsler
2011Atlas Shrugged: Part IJohn Galt[7]
2013The Winner 3DDarkman
2013Love and SkinRichardShort
2014Kid CannabisDetective Morgan
2014Dear EleanorHugh


1989SwimsuitTV movie
1989–90Santa BarbaraGreg HughesRole held: April 11, 1989 – February 12, 1990
1990Laker GirlsBart JeffrisTV movie
1990They Came from Outer SpaceDougEpisode: "Undressed for Success"
1991–92Parker Lewis Can't LoseNick ComstockRecurring, 16 episodes
1993–94Beverly Hills, 90210John SearsRecurring, 13 episodes
1994Burke's LawEpisode: "Who Killed the Beauty Queen?"
1994The 5 Mrs. BuchanansJesse BuchananEpisode: "Pilot"
1994–95Lonesome DoveAustin Peale13 episodes
1995–96Days of our LivesWyatt St. ClairRecurring
1995–96Lonesome Dove: The Outlaw YearsAustin PealeMain cast, 22 episodes
1996Ed McBain's 87th Precinct: IceDet. Bert KlingTV movie
1997Ed McBain's 87th Precinct: HeatwaveDet. Bert KlingTV movie
19977th HeavenTom HarrisonEpisode: "Choices"
1997Dead Man's GunSanford HoganEpisode: "Black Widow"
1998PlayersJeff TaylorEpisode: "Confidence Man"
1998Dharma & GregLeonardEpisode: "The Second Coming of Leonard"
1998Earth: Final ConflictSloaneEpisode: "Destruction"
1998–99Highlander: The RavenNick WolfeMain cast, 22 episodes
1999First WaveHatcherEpisode: "Night Falls"
2000Hope IslandSteve Kramer2 episodes
2000Da Vinci's InquestTom SprawlEpisode: "It's a Bad Corner"
2000The Last DanceCharlie ParkerTV movie
2000AndromedaGuderianEpisode: "Double Helix"
2001The Drew Carey ShowRon HigginsEpisode: "Bus-ted"
2002The DistrictFather Patrick Debreno2 episodes
2003The Incredible Mrs. RitchieJackTV movie
Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing in a Children/Youth/Family Special
Nominated - Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing in a Children/Youth/Family Special
2003–12One Tree HillDan ScottMain cast (Seasons 1–7, 9)
Special guest star (Season 8)
129 episodes (158 credited)
2006Mind GamesMichaelTV movie
2008IQ-145Ben Compost3 episodes
2012Criminal MindsClark PrestonEpisode: "A Thin Line"
2013CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationEdward TriggEpisode: "Sheltered"
2013StonadosJoe RandallTV movie
2013Beauty and The BeastCurt WindsorEpisode: "Father Knows Best"
2014House of SecretsRickTV movie
2014A Daughter's NightmareAdamTV movie


  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. ^ 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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