Reginald VelJohnson biography: net worth, wife, gay and death rumours

Reginald VelJohnson biography: net worth, wife, gay and death rumours

If you loved the ABC/CBS sitcom Family Matters, then you most probably enjoyed the acting skills portrayed by Reginald VelJohnson, who played the role of the dad (Carl Winslow) in the show. The actor, who is also a comedian, voice actor, and writer, impresses many by his excellent portrayal of the law enforcement roles he plays in various films. As much as you may know about his filmography, do you have any idea what his biography entails?

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When you look at Reginald VelJohnson, you remember the roles he played in Die Hard and Die Hard 2 as LAPD Sgt. Al Powell. The actor has come far since his debut in the 1981 film Wolfen. As he is an excellent actor whose skills place him among the best in the industry, it is no wonder why many of his fans love knowing more about him.

Reginald VelJohnson biography

Reginald VelJohnson was born on August 16th, 1952 in Queens, New York City, New York, in the United States of America. The actor’s birth name was Reginald Vel Johnson, but he changed the spelling to Reginald VelJohnson, claiming that this was to ensure that the name was memorable. However, it is speculated that the actor changed his name’s spelling because of his father’s decision to walk out on the family when Reginald was only thirteen years old.

The actor’s father was Reginald Johnson Sr. and he worked as a hospital attendant. His mother was named Eve Johnson, and she worked as a nurse. VelJohnson also had a brother, whose name is Barry.

VelJohnson attended Benjamin N. Cardozo High School and later went to New York University where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree.

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Reginald VelJohnson net worth: What is Reginald VelJohnson worth?

As an actor, voice actor, writer, and comedian, Reginald VelJohnson’s net worth is estimated to be around $5 million.

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Reginald VelJohnson wife

The actor does not have a wife, and he has not been pictured with any woman yet. He also does not have a girlfriend.

Reginald VelJohnson dead: Is Reginald VelJohnson dead?

May fans of the Family Matters sitcom usually ask, “What happened to the dad from Family Matters?” Their concern is mainly because the actor has been the subject of many rumours that claim that he is dead.

Several Reginald VelJohnson death rumours have been heard time and again. In February 2017, a certain news site claimed that the actor had suffered a heart attack as he was en route to Los Angeles from London. The rumour went on to claim that VelJohnson had been rushed to hospital but could not make it. However, these were nothing but lies as days later, the actor took to Twitter to reassure his fans that indeed, he was still alive and kicking.

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Reginald VelJohnson gay: Is Reginald VelJohnson gay?

When you are in the limelight, you should be prepared for whatever the tabloids will throw your way. It seems that VelJohnson has not been a victim of death rumours alone. Sometime back, it was rumoured that the actor was gay and that he had been in a relationship with James Avery. VelJohnson refute these claims, and in 1988, James Avery married Barbara Avery, successfully calming these claims.

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Reginald VelJohnson movies and TV shows

Reginald VelJohnson has been part of the ensemble for these movies and TV shows:

  • Pride & Prejudice: Atlanta (TV movie) (2019) - Reverend Bennet
  • 3Below: Tales of Arcadia (TV series) (2018)- Jerry
  • The Prayer Box (2018)- Billy
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine (2018) - Reginald VelJohnson
  • The Time Capsule (TV movie, 2018) - Lenny Silver
  • Funny Story(2018) - Hank
  • Liberty Crossing (TV series, 2018) - Jack
  • Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes on Television (TV show, 2017) - Captain Jackson #6
  • Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero (TV show, 2017) - Mr Flannigan
  • Hitting the Breaks (TV show, 2016) - Chauncey Van Delaware
  • 1st Strike(2016) - Judge Morris
  • Ray Donovan (TV series, 2016) - Sherman Radley
  • Girl Meets World (TV show, 2016) - Officer James
  • It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (TV show, 2016) - Judge Melvoy
  • The Flight Before Christmas (TV movie, 2015) - Joe
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  • Clipped (TV Mini-series, 2015) - Tommy
  • Hart of Dixie (TV show, 2011-2015) - Dash DeWitt
  • On Angel's Wings(2014) - Coach Carter
  • I Didn't Do It (TV show, 2014) - Angel Santos
  • 12 Dog Days Till Christmas(2014) - Art Stephenson
  • Strike One(2014) - Judge Morris
  • The Formula(2014) - Professor Millan
  • A Die Hard Christmas Party with Reginald VelJohnson (Short, 2013)
  • The Neighbors (TV series, 2013) - Father Kersee
  • Real Husbands of Hollywood (TV series, 2013) - Reginald VelJohnson
  • Mike & Molly (TV series, 2010-2013) - Brother Heywood
  • TRON: Uprising (TV series, 2012-2013) - Able
  • Brother White(2012) - Hill
  • The Hospital Window (Video short, 2012) - Kevin
  • The Mistle-Tones (TV movie, 2012) - Holly's Dad
  • Childrens Hospital (TV series, 2012) - Judge Lester Harrison
  • General Hospital (TV series, 2012) - Reverend Love
  • Air Collision (Video, 2012) - Bob Abbot

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  • Marriage Retreat(2011) - Pastor Wexley
  • Imagination Movers (TV series, 2011) - Bernie
  • Penny (Short, 2010) - Sergio
  • Glory Daze (TV series, 2010) - Stan Turley
  • Sex Tax: Based on a True Story(2010) - Merle
  • You Again(2010) - Mason Dunlevy
  • Meet the Browns (TV series, 2010) - Ernie Wilson
  • The Bold and the Beautiful (TV series, 2010) - Ed
  • Funny or Die Presents... (TV series, 2010) - Cast (Just 3 Boyz)
  • I'm in the Band (TV series, 2009-2010) - Principal Strickland
  • Jelly(2010) - Joe Woods
  • The Three Gifts (TV movie, 2009) - Rodney Smith

  • Steppin: The movie(2009) - Mr. Shavers
  • Chuck (TV series, 2008) - Sgt. Al Powell
  • Three Days to Vegas(2007) - RJ Jackson (as Reginald VelJohnson)
  • Bones (TV series, 2007) - Dale Owens
  • Time Upon a Once (TV movie, 2007) - Blue Husband
  • Nerve Endings (TV Short, 2007) - Doctor
  • Out at the Wedding(2007) - Dexter
  • Hidden Secrets(2006) - Norman Wexler
  • Monk (TV series, 2006) - Todd
  • Waitin' to Live(2006) - Willard Loggins
  • Eve (TV series, 2006) - Rev. Everett
  • Ghost Whisperer (TV series, 2005) - Danny Small
  • Death to the Supermodels (Video, 2005) - Tom
  • Suits on the Loose(2005) - Brother Reginald Steedman
  • Sunday Evening Haircut (Short, 2005) - O.C.
  • That's So Raven (TV series, 2005) - Ambassador
  • The Big House (TV series, 2004) - Reverend

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  • The Parkers (TV series, 2003) - Sterling Oglevee
  • Die Hard: Vendetta (Video Game, 2002) - Captain Al Powell (voice)
  • Will & Grace (TV series, 2002) - Dr. Kaplan
  • In-Laws (TV series, 2002) - Chester - The Mattress King
  • The King (Short, 2002) - Slutzky
  • Like Mike(2002) - Mr. Boyd
  • Crossing Jordan (TV series, 2002) - Kirk Holden
  • Die Hard: Nakatomi Plaza (Video Game, 2002) - Sgt. Al Powell (voice)
  • CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (TV series, 2001) - Dr. Philip Kane
  • The Fugitive (TV series, 2001) - Maurice Beaumont
  • Twice in a Lifetime (TV series, 2000) - Dr. David Bryant / Gene Fitzsimmons
  • Ground Zero(2000) - Burt Green
  • The Hughleys (TV series, 1999) - Rev. Bennett
  • Diagnosis Murder (TV series, 1997-1998) - Dr. Sinclair / Reginald VelJohnson
  • Family Matters (TV series, 1989-1998) - Carl Winslow / Big Daddy Urkel

  • Limp Fangs (Video, 1996) - Reverand Shields
  • Deadly Pursuits (TV movie, 1996) - Ed Conroy
  • On Our Own (TV series, 1994) - Nick
  • One of Her Own (TV movie, 1994) - Det. Bob Hymes
  • ABC TGIF (TV series, 1993-1994) - Carl Winslow
  • A Cool Like That Christmas (TV movie, 1993) - Dad (voice)
  • Dream On (TV series, 1993) - Santa
  • Full Contact(1993) - Fighter #2 (as Reginald Johnson)
  • Posse(1993) - Preston
  • Tales from the Crypt (TV series, 1992) - Mercedes' Husband
  • Grass Roots (TV movie, 1992) - Mickey Henderson
  • A Fond Little Memory (Short, 199q) - Plez
  • The ABC Saturday Morning Preivew (TV movie, 1991) - Carl Winslow
  • The Bride in Black (TV movie, 1990) - Barry Gates
  • Die Hard 2(1990) - Al Powell
  • Jury Duty; The Comedy (TV movie, 1990) - Judge
  • Turner & Hooch(1989) - David Sutton (as Reginald Veljohnson)
  • Perfect Strangers (TV series, 1989) - Carl Otis Winslow
  • Quiet Victory: The Charlie Wedemeyer Story (TV movie, 1988) - Assistant Coach - Special Teams
  • 227 (TV series, 1988) - Santa #1
  • The Equalizer (TV series, 1985-1988) - Arthur Williams / Harmon Hunter
  • Die Hard(1988) - Sgt. Al Powell
  • Plain Clothes(1987) - Captain Graff
  • Magic Sticks(1987) - Licorice
  • Doing Life (TV movie, 1986) - Taylor (as Reginald VelJohnson)
  • Crocodile Dundee(1986) - Gus
  • Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins(1985) - Ambulance Driver
  • Kojak: The Belarus File (TV movie, 1985) - Policeman at Court (uncredited)
  • Ghostbusters(1984) - Jail Guard (as Reggie VelJohnson)
  • Wolfen(1981) - Morgue Attendant (as Reginald VelJohnson)
  • When Hell Freezes Over, I'll Skate (TV movie, 1979)

Other fun facts about Reginald VelJohnson

  • Height: 5 feet 8 inches or 173 centimetres or 1.73 metres
  • Nationality: American
  • Eye colour: Dark brown
  • Hair colour: Black
  • Age: 66 years
  • Horoscope: Leo
  • Ethnicity: African-American

From this long list of the actor’s appearances and acts in films, it is safe to say that Reginald VelJohnson is among the best in his field, what do you think?

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