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Johnny Strong (born John Christopher Strong on July 22, 1974) is an American actor, musician, singer, songwriter, martial artist and stuntman. He is best known for his roles in Black Hawk Down (as Medal of Honor recipient Randy Shughart) and The Fast and the Furious as Leon. Aside from acting, Strong is also the lead vocalist and founder of the band Operator.

Johnny Strong
Birth nameJohn Christopher Strong
Born (1974-07-22) July 22, 1974 (age 45)
Los Angeles County, California, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Actor
  • musician
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • martial artist
  • stuntman
Instruments
Years active1997–present (music career)
LabelsAtlantic
Associated acts

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Early life and educationEdit

Strong was born in Los Angeles County, California. At 7 began studying martial arts, taking Judo in the San Fernando Valley. He went on to learn Kickboxing, Jeet Kune Do, Boxing, and eventually earned a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu under Chris Lisciandro. At 12, he began to play guitar and taught himself to play drums, bass, and piano.

He was married on December 10, 1997 to Alexandra Holden, but they have since divorced, without issue.

CareerEdit

MusicEdit

He was signed to two major labels RCA and Atlantic Records. He has released six albums: Bombthreat: Before She Blows with his former band Fly, Lick My Neck Good Sleep, Can You Hear Me Now?, Soulcrusher, The War of Art, Close to Extinction, Warhorse and White Light.

FilmEdit

Strong has had various roles in television, and landed a role in the Steven Seagal film The Glimmer Man. He then worked on Sylvester Stallone's Get Carter, The Fast and The Furious, and Black Hawk Down (film). Strong stars in Sinners & Saints, a New Orleans-based police thriller featuring Sean Patrick Flanery and Tom Berenger released in 2012.

2016 marked his return to the screen, starring in Daylight's End, an apocalyptic vampires thriller movie, with Lance Henriksen.

FilmographyEdit

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