Don JohnsonHap Briggs
Don Johnson, the award-winning actor probably best known as Det. Sonny Crockett on the hugely successful iconic TV series Miami Vice, is one of the stars who defined the 1980s. The series was executive produced by four-time Oscar nominated director Michael Mann. Johnson earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series in 1985 and won a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a TV Series in 1986 and was nominated in the same category the following year.
Born in Flat Creek, Missouri he began acting in the early 70s. He studied at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco where he made his professional debut in Your Own Thing, a rock musical modeled after William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. Few know that he got his big break by starring in the controversial off-Broadway play Fortune and Men’s Eyes which was directed by and starred Sal Mineo. Also in the 70s, Johnson co-wrote songs with Dickey Betts from the Allman Brothers Band, several of which are on their album.
While shooting The Harrad Experiment he met a very young Melanie Griffith, with whom he has a daughter, actress Dakota Johnson.
During the run of Miami Vice, Johnson starred in the critically acclaimed TV film The Long Hot Summer in 1985, and starred opposite Susan Sarandon in the feature film Sweet Hearts Dance in 1988. When Miami Vice ended, Johnson focused on his film career with Dead Band, The Hot Spot and Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man. His film work has given Johnson the opportunity to work with legendary filmmakers like John Frankenheimer, Sidney Lumet and Dennis Hopper.
In 1995, Johnson co-wrote a two hour movie with his neighbor Hunter S. Thompson. While the movie was not picked up, CBS bought the story and Johnson returned to television in 1996 with the cop show Nash Bridges as creator and producer.
The multi-hyphenate continues to work in all mediums. He co-starred opposite Sam Shepard and Michael C. Hall in Cold in July. In the spring of 2014, he starred opposite Cameron Diaz in the 20th Century Fox film The Other Woman.
Johnson is married to Kelley Phleger and they have three children in addition to his son Jesse and daughter Dakota Johnson.
Hap Briggs is the baron of the Bakken region of North Dakota and as the man behind the billion-dollar company, Briggs Oil, he’s a legend in the business. As the boom reaches new heights, Hap is determined to never forget his blue collar roots yet will also play a little dirty to remain the man on top.