Brad Johnson dead at 62
The Hollywood Reporter confirmed, Thursday, the death of actor Brad Johnson in February due to complications from Covid-19.
He is best known to many for his role in the 1989 Steven Spielberg fantasy drama Always, in which he and Richard Dreyfuss vied for the heart of Holly Hunter. (Bad news for Richard, he’s actually a ghost.)
Consistently working in television and cable films throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, Johnson was a co-lead on the Left Behind series.
He was 62 years old.
Brad William Johnson, beloved husband, father, and cowboy, was called to his lord’s home on February 18, 2022.
Anyone who knows Brad knows how difficult it is to sum up the details of his life on one page,” a press release states.
He also portrayed Bombard in Flight of the Intruder starring alongside Danny Glover and Willem Dafoe in the 1991 action film.
The actor also got involved in rodeos, which led him to Dallas, Texas, from his home state of Arizona.
According to the press release, Johnson was recruited by a talent scout to be featured in films while working on a rodeo.
“The Marlboro man was a staple of American culture.
For the longest time it’s been at the same level as 007,” Johnson reversed his stance in tar-stained American folklore for MEL magazine in 2019.
However, he admitted that he was never a smoker. “But I lit a million of them,” he said.
In 2000, Johnson appeared with Kirk Cameron as co-lead on Left Behind: The Movie, which went from a live-to-video version to a stage show.
The adventure-drama series was based on the end-of-days novels by Tim Hague and Jerry B. Jenkins that targeted the Christian market.
Although it wasn’t the breakthrough of some of the religious films that followed, it was still groundbreaking, and had enough of a legacy for reboots and spin-offs.