Paul Johansson

Paul Joseph Otto Johansson (born January 26, 1964) is an American actor and director in film and television, best known for playing Dan Scott on the WB/CW series, One Tree Hill, and for his role as Nick Wolfe on the short lived Highlander: The Series spin-off Highlander: The Raven. He directed the 2011 film adaptation of Ayn Rand's novel, Atlas Shrugged: Part I.[1][2]

Paul Johansson
Paul Johansson at Camp As Sayliyah, Qatar.jpg
Johansson at Camp As Sayliyah, Qatar in 2009
Paul Joseph Otto Johansson

(1964-01-26) January 26, 1964 (age 57)
Spokane, Washington, United States
OccupationActor, film director
Years active1989–present

Life and careerEdit

Early lifeEdit

Paul Johansson was born in Spokane, Washington, the son of ice hockey player Earl Johnson, but raised in Kelowna, British Columbia.[3]

Acting careerEdit

Johansson landed his first role on the soap opera Santa Barbara. He played Greg Hughes from 1989 to 1990. Soon he made appearances in other television shows such as Parker Lewis Can't Lose and Beverly Hills, 90210, and later recurred on Lonesome Dove: The Series and starred on Lonesome Dove: The Outlaw Years.[4]

Johansson became well-known to fans of 90210 for playing John Sears, a fraternity brother who unsuccessfully vied for the affections of Kelly Taylor (Jennie Garth) and set up Steve Sanders (Ian Ziering) to burglarize a professor's office. The character returned for the season 4 finale.

He also appeared in commercials, most notably as the delivery man in a Diet Coke commercial. He has appeared in the films Soapdish, John Q and Alpha Dog, and had a small uncredited role in The Notebook.[5] He portrayed the role of Dan Scott in One Tree Hill beginning in 2003 until the show's end in 2012. He subsequently featured in Takashi Miike's 2003 film Gozu, appearing as a man with a cow's head. In 2003 Johansson wrote and directed the film The Incredible Mrs. Ritchie. He has also directed several episodes of One Tree Hill. In 2006 he starred in Emily Skopov's Novel Romance, alongside Traci Lords and Sherilyn Fenn. He appeared in the 7th season of The Drew Carey Show, playing a sportscaster.

He is the director of Atlas Shrugged: Part I (2011), the first third of a proposed trilogy based on the novel by Ayn Rand. The film received an approval rating of 12% on Rotten Tomatoes based on reviews from 52 critics.[6]

Personal lifeEdit

His mother, Joanne Leone Johansson, died on October 14, 2011, after a 20-year battle with breast cancer. Season 9, episode 11 of the CW's One Tree Hill (titled "Danny Boy", in which Paul's character Dan Scott dies) was dedicated to her memory.[7]



Year Title Role Notes
1991 Soapdish Blair Brennan/Bolt
1992 Martial Law 2: Undercover Spencer Hamilton Direct-to-video film
1993 Midnight Witness Paul
1993 When the Party's Over Henry
1997 She's So Lovely Intern #2
1998 Carnival of Souls Michael
1999 Wishmaster 2: Evil Never Dies Gregory Direct-to-video film
2000 Glory Glory Wes
2002 John Q Tuck Lampley
2002 Edge of Madness Henry Mullen
2003 Darkness Falling Sean Leonard
2004 Berserker Barek
2004 Window Theory Stu
2004 The Notebook Allie's Mom's Ex Boyfriend Uncredited[5]
2006 Alpha Dog Peter Johansson
2006 Novel Romance Jake Buckley
2008 Toxic Gus
2009 The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day Kuntsler
2011 Atlas Shrugged: Part I John Galt [8]
2013 The Winner 3D Darkman
2014 Kid Cannabis Detective Morgan
2014 The Palmer Supremacy Ben Compost
2014 Dear Eleanor Hugh
2016 The River Thief Saul
2017 Father Africa Daniel


Year Title Role Notes
1989 Swimsuit Scott Clark Television movie
1989 Matinee N/A Television movie
1989–1990 Santa Barbara Greg Hughes Series regular: April 11, 1989 – February 12, 1990
1990 Laker Girls Bart Jeffris Television movie
1990 They Came from Outer Space Doug Episode: "Undressed for Success"
1991–1992 Parker Lewis Can't Lose Nick Comstock Recurring role, 16 episodes
1993–1994 Beverly Hills, 90210 John Sears Recurring role, 13 episodes
1994 Burke's Law Avery Drew Episode: "Who Killed the Beauty Queen?"
1994 The 5 Mrs. Buchanans Jesse Buchanan Episode: Pilot
1994–1995 Lonesome Dove: The Series Austin Peale Recurring role, 13 episodes
1995–1996 Lonesome Dove: The Outlaw Years Austin Peale Main role, 22 episodes
1995 Robin's Hoods Dean Cavallari Episode: "Labors of Love"
1996 Ed McBain's 87th Precinct: Ice Det. Bert Kling Television movie
1997 Ed McBain's 87th Precinct: Heatwave Det. Bert Kling Television movie
1997 7th Heaven Tom Harrison Episode: "Choices"
1997 Dead Man's Gun Sanford Hogan Episode: "The Black Widow"
1998 Players Jeff Taylor Episode: "Confidence Man"
1998 Dharma & Greg Leonard Episode: "The Second Coming of Leonard"
1998 Earth: Final Conflict Sloane Episode: "Destruction"
1998–1999 Highlander: The Raven Nick Wolfe Main role, 22 episodes
1999 First Wave Hatcher Episode: "Night Falls"
2000 Hope Island Steve Kramer 2 episodes
2000 Da Vinci's Inquest Tom Sprawl Episode: "It's a Bad Corner"
2000 The Last Dance Charlie Parker Television movie
2000 Andromeda Guderian Episode: "Double Helix"
2001 The Drew Carey Show Ron Higgins Episode: "Bus-ted"
2002 The District Father Patrick Debreno Episode: "The Killing Point", "Faith"
2003 The Incredible Mrs. Ritchie Jack Television movie
Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing in a Children/Youth/Family Special
Nominated - Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing in a Children/Youth/Family Special
2003–2012 One Tree Hill Dan Scott Main role (seasons 1–7, 9); Special guest star (season 8); 129 episodes
2006 Mind Games Michael Television movie
2008 IQ-145 Ben Compost Episodes: "Memories of Yesterday", "Door Number Two", "What's Our Plan?"
2012 Criminal Minds Clark Preston Episode: "A Thin Line"
2013 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Edward Trigg Episode: "Sheltered"
2013 Stonados Joe Randall Television movie
2013 Beauty and The Beast Curt Windsor Episode: "Father Knows Best"
2014 House of Secrets Rick Television movie
2014 A Daughter's Nightmare Adam Television movie
2014–2015 Mad Men Ferg Donnelly Episodes: "Severance", "Time & Life", "Lost Horizon"
2015 Bones Graig Smith Episode: "The Carpals in the Coy-Wolves"
2015 Love, Again David Baker Television movie
2016 Once Upon a Time Gabriel/Woodcutter Episode: "Heartless"
2016 The Stepchild John Television movie
2016–2018 Van Helsing Dmitri Main role
2020 NCIS Porter Brandt Episode: "In a Nutshell"

As a directorEdit

Year Title Notes
2003 The Incredible Mrs. Ritchie Television film
2005–2012 One Tree Hill Television series; 14 episodes
2011 Atlas Shrugged: Part I Film
2017 Van Helsing Television series; 2 episodes


  1. ^ MICHAEL M. GRYNBAUM (2009). "Movies". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Baseline & All Movie Guide. Archived from the original on 18 April 2009. Retrieved 12 May 2016.
  2. ^ Chocano, Carina (28 April 2011). "'Atlas Shrugged: Part I,' Ayn Rand's Opus - Review" – via
  3. ^ "Paul Johansson Biography (1964-)". Retrieved 12 May 2016.
  4. ^ "Paul Johansson". TV Guide. Retrieved May 12, 2016.
  5. ^ a b "We just noticed that this "One Tree Hill" star is also in "The Notebook"". Yahoo! News. September 12, 2016. Retrieved March 14, 2020.
  6. ^ "Atlas Shrugged: Part I". Rotten Tomatoes. 15 April 2011. Retrieved 12 May 2016.
  7. ^ "Joanne Leone JOHANSSON's Obituary on The Province". The Province. Retrieved 8 December 2016.
  8. ^ Murty, Govindini (July 21, 2010) Libertas Film Magazine Archived 2010-08-01 at the Wayback Machine "EXCLUSIVE: LFM Visits the Set of Atlas Shrugged + Director Paul Johansson's First Interview About the Film". Libertas Film Magazine. Retrieved 2010-08-16.

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