Actor Brad Johnson, best known for Steven Spielberg’s ‘Melrose Place’ and ‘Always’, has died. He was 62 years old. He is survived by his wife and their eight children.
Johnson died Feb. 18 of complications from COVID-19 in Fort Worth, Texas, his rep, Linda McAlister, confirmed. The Hollywood Reporter.
“Brad was a true Renaissance man. He was not only interested in all that life had to offer, he was also good at it,” said one obituary for the actor read.
Johnson’s professional career began on the rodeo circuit in 1984, where he was first noticed by a movie scout. The Hollywood hopeful would work as the Marlboro Man in commercials and appear in several Calvin Klein commercials before finding resounding success on screen.
Her first big break came in 1989 in Spielberg’s drama “Always,” which also starred Richard Dreyfuss and Holly Hunter. From there, Johnson went on to appear in a number of notable productions including “Flight of the Intruder”, the TNT miniseries “Rough Riders”, the “Left Behind” film series, “Melrose Place” from Fox and many others.
In 2021, Johnson was cast in the western film “Treasure Valley,” although his scenes ultimately went unfilmed after actor-screenwriter Jay Pickett died suddenly early in production. Her last credited role is the 2015 Western drama “Nail 32.”
While Hollywood success would bring Johnson and his family to California, the actor would eventually spend part of his life in New Mexico, North Texas, and Colorado.
“Although he loved cowboys and the outdoors, Brad loved nothing more than his family. He put them before him in every way and they know they couldn’t have been blessed with a better husband and father,” the obituary read.