It has just been revealed that Brad Johnson, known for roles in Melrose Place, the drama Always, and his stint as a Marlboro Man, died in February at the age of 62. Linda McAlister, Johnson’s rep, said the actor died in Fort Worth, Texas from Covid-19-related complications.

Brad Johnson Cause Of Death

Johnson’s family released a statement and said that Johnson “lived life to the fullest and taught his children to do the same.” They also said he “greatly enjoyed improving and enhancing land, in a way that maintained and respected its natural beauty. He always felt most at home outdoors, and his passion for the land made that evident. As much as he loved cowboying, hunting, and land, Brad loved nothing more than his family.”

Brad William Johnson was born on October 24, 1959, in Tucson, Arizona. He was a cowboy before he was an actor and was scouted for a beer commercial while working on the professional rodeo circuit.

He gained his footing in advertisements, shooting projects for Calvin Klein and briefly became the Marlboro Man, but soon secured a role in Dallas as his first official part. Early in his career, Johnson worked with acclaimed director Steven Spielberg on the romantic drama film Always, which also featured Audrey Hepburn in her final film role.


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He continued acting through the ’90s and 2000s, with one of his other biggest roles being Henry Nash in the TNT historical war miniseries Rough Riders. He eschewed living in Hollywood, spending time living in the Colorados before settling in North Texas. Johnson also had a healthy second career with his company Johnson Land & Home, which was focused on investing and developing land for ranches, properties and hunting or recreation areas.

Johnson is survived by his wife Laurie, to whom he was married for 35 years, and their children: Shane, BellamyRachelElianaEdenRebekahAnnabeth and William.

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