Reginald VelJohnson Biography

Reginald VelJohnson is an American actor, best known for playing ‘Carl Winslow’ in the sitcom ‘Family Matters.’ Check out this biography to know about his childhood, family, personal life, career, and achievements.

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Birthday: August 16, 1952

Nationality: American

Famous: Actors Voice Actors

Age: 67 Years, 67 Year Old Males

Sun Sign: Leo

Born in: Queens, New York, United States

Famous as: Actor

Height: 5'8" (173 cm), 5'8" Males

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father: Reginald Johnson Sr.

mother: Eve Johnson

siblings: Barry VelJohnson

U.S. State: New Yorkers

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education: Benjamin N. Cardozo High School, New York University

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Reginald VelJohnson is an American actor, best known for playing ‘Carl Winslow’ in the sitcom ‘Family Matters.’ He is known for frequently playing law enforcement officers in films and TV series. Born and raised in New York City, he became interested in acting when he was a teenager. His father abandoned him and his mother when he was 13 years old, following which his mother remarried. After his high-school graduation, Reginald enrolled at ‘New York University’ and earned an MFA degree. He made his acting debut in 1981, with a small role in the film titled ‘Wolfen.’ He then appeared in supporting roles in films such as ‘Crocodile Dundee’ and ‘Plain Clothes.’ He earned widespread popularity playing the role of ‘Sgt. Al Powell’ in two ‘Die Hard’ movies. He made his TV debut in 1985, with the series ‘The Equalizer.’ Following this, he had a major TV break when he was cast as ‘Carl Winslow’ in the sitcom ‘Family Matters.’ He appeared in all 215 episodes of the series and became a household name. He then made guest appearances in many series and also appeared in recurring roles in series such as ‘Hart of Dixie,’ ‘Tron: Uprising,’ and ‘I’m in the Band.’

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Childhood & Early Life
  • Reginald made his film debut in 1981, with a small role as a morgue attendant in the crime horror ‘Wolfen’. Three years later, he played yet another small role, a corrections officer, in the fantasy–comedy film titled ‘Ghostbusters.’
  • Reginald made his TV debut in 1985, with the crime-drama series titled ‘The Equalizer.’ The series featured him in three different characters in three separate episodes.
  • In 1986, he earned a slightly bigger role, ‘Gus,’ in the comedy–action film titled ‘Crocodile Dundee.’ The film was praised by critics and audiences, thereby helping Reginald in strengthening his career. Over time, the film attained the status of a cult classic.
  • In 1988, Reginald had the biggest breakthrough of his career when he appeared in the action drama ‘Die Hard.’ Starring Bruce Willis in the lead role, the film was the biggest success of the year. Reginald’s performance as ‘Sgt. Al Powell’ was also appreciated. The film became a cult hit, and Reginald reprised his role in the 1990 movie ‘Die Hard 2.’
  • In 1989, Reginald got the role that he is best known for to date. He was cast to play ‘Carl Winslow,’ one of the main roles in the sitcom ‘Family Matters.’ The series became a huge critical and commercial success, and Reginald reprised his role in the rest of its eight seasons, appearing in 215 episodes of the series.
  • However, the success of the show did not help Reginald in his acting career. Even after the show ended in the late 1990s, Reginald was mostly busy doing theatrical plays. However, he had appeared in many guest roles in the 1990s, such as those in the series ‘Dream On’ and ‘Tales from the Crypt.’
  • In 1993, he appeared as ‘Preston’ in the revisionist Western film titled ‘Posse.’ Other than his lead role in ‘Family Matters,’ his career was mostly inactive during the 1990s.
  • In early 2000s, he played supporting roles in films such as ‘Ground Zero’ and ‘Like Mike.’ He played guest roles in series such as ‘The Fugitive,’ ‘Crossing Jordan,’ ‘The Parkers,’ and ‘That’s So Raven.’
  • In 2004, he played ‘She’ in the ‘Broadway’ play titled ‘She All Dat!’ Around the same time, he wrote the critically acclaimed series of short stories ‘Division Street.’
  • In the mid-2000s, he strengthened his film career with supporting roles in films such as ‘Suits on the Loose,’ ‘Death to the Supermodels,’ ‘Hidden Secrets,’ and ‘Three Days to Vegas.’ He also appeared in a key role in the short film titled ‘Sunday Evening Haircut.’ The film was based on a story from ‘Division Street.’ He also worked as an executive producer for the film.
  • While his film roles consisted of mainly supporting or small roles in films, his TV career moved at a comparatively steadier pace.
  • He appeared in recurring roles in series such as ‘I’m in the Band,’ ‘Hart of Dixie,’ and ‘Tron: Uprising.’ In the more recent years, he has played guest roles in series such as ‘Girl Meets World’ and ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine.’
  • In 2019, he began playing the voice role of ‘God’ in the series titled ‘Lazor Wulf.’
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Family & Personal Life
  • There have been rumors about Reginald VelJohnson being gay. However, this has not been confirmed. He is reportedly single.
  • In February 2017, a website reported that Reginald had died of a heart attack. However, he himself refuted the claim on ‘Twitter.’
  • Reginald is an avid runner and constantly participates in marathons.

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