Harry Johnson, Star of ‘Battlestar Galactica’ and ‘Law & Order’, Dies at 81

Harry Johnson. Photo: Reproduction Youtube
Harry Johnson. Photo: Reproduction Youtube

Harry Johnson, the North American actor known for his roles in series like ‘Battlestar Galactica‘, ‘Law and Order‘ and ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’, has passed away at the age of 81. His wife, Christine, confirmed the news to Deadline, stating that Johnson died on January 2 in Los Angeles.

Born on December 27, 1942, in Plainfield, New Jersey, Johnson had a prolific career marked by his debut in the original ‘Battlestar Galactica‘. After signing with Universal, he appeared in several notable productions in the 1970s, including ‘Sword of Justice’, ‘BJ and the Bear’, and ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’, starring Nicholas Hammond. Johnson also acted in the TV movie ‘Captain America’ and in ‘The Incredible Hulk’, and worked with Adam West in the 1981 TV movie ‘Time Warp’.
Throughout his career, Johnson contributed to iconic series such as ‘Buck Rogers in the 25th Century’, ‘Simon & Simon’, ‘The Greatest American Hero’, ‘MAS*H’, ‘LA Law’, ‘Airwolf’, ‘The A-Team’, ‘Who’s the Boss?’, ‘Jake and the Fatman’, ‘Melrose Place’, ‘Roswell’, ‘Cold Case’, and ‘Law & Order’.

In cinema, he had notable roles in the original ‘RoboCop‘ and ‘Warlock’, and also lent his voice to characters in video games like ‘Need for Speed: Carbon’ and ‘Need for Speed: Most Wanted’.

In the 1990s, Johnson gained additional recognition for his role in the Harry and Louise commercials, which were part of a campaign against Bill Clinton’s health care proposals. In the commercials, he and Louise Caire Clark portrayed a middle-class couple discussing health issues.

Johnson’s death represents the loss of a versatile talent and a beloved figure in the entertainment industry.

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