Brad Johnson, the one-time rodeo cowboy and “Marlboro Man” who starred in Melrose Place and worked with Steven Spielberg, has passed away.
Brad Johnson, the actor who appeared on Melrose Place and in the movie by Steven Spielberg Always, is deceased. He was 62.
Johnson died of Covid-19 complications on Feb. 18 in Fort Worth, Texas, the New York Post reported.
A spokeswoman for Johnson Linda McAlister confirmed the news of his death to the… Hollywood reporter magazine.
“Although he was taken too early, he lived to the fullest and taught his children to do the same,” his family said in a statement.
“Brad thoroughly enjoyed improving and improving land, in a way that maintained and respected its natural beauty,” the statement continued.
“He has always felt most at home in the great outdoors, and his passion for the country made that clear. As much as he loved cowboys, hunting and country, Brad loved nothing more than his family.”
His relatives also remembered him as “a true Renaissance man” in the obituary dedicated to the soap star.
“He was not only interested in all that life had to offer, but he was also gifted at it,” they said.
“Although taken too soon, he lived to the fullest. He was greater than life. Brad was loved by many and loved people back, a true friend, trusted colleague and a devoted husband and father, he will never be forgotten, and his legacy will endure.”
Johnson is survived by his wife of 35, Laurie, his eldest son, Shane, his daughters Bellamy, Rachel, Eliana, Eden, Rebekah, Annabeth, and his youngest son, William.
He also gained fame as a Calvin Klein model before coming to Hollywood and starring in several cigarette ads as a Marlboro man.
In 1989, he caught the eye of director Spielberg and starred in his romantic fantasy drama Always alongside Holly Hunter and Richard Dreyfuss.
About the hit TV drama from the 90s Melrose Place Johnson scored an iconic recurring role as Dr Dominick O’Malley.
Born in October 1959 in Tucson, Arizona, Johnson was the father of a horse trainer and passionate about the outdoors.
Johnson later became involved in a professional rodeo circuit in 1984 and was scouted by a casting director in search of cowboys for a new beer commercial while wrestling oxen in Wyoming.
Other credits Johnson had to his name include: Soldier of Fortune, Inc.† river world† CSI, Dallas† The Birds II: Land’s End and rough riders†
Johnson also built a hunting lodge in New Mexico and had a strong interest in restoring Winchester Model 1886 rifles. He lived in picturesque towns in North Texas and in the mountains of Colorado over the course of his career.
This article originally appeared in the NY Post and is reproduced here with permission.