Brad Johnson, the actor who starred in Melrose Place and Steven Spielberg’s Always, has passed away. He was 62.
Johnson died on February 18 in Fort Worth, Texas of complications from COVID-19.
His rep, Linda McAlister, confirmed the news of his death to the Hollywood Reporter.
“Although he was kidnapped too early, he lived life to the fullest and taught his children to do the same,” his family said in a statement.
“Brad greatly enjoyed improving and enhancing land so that its natural beauty was preserved and respected,” the statement continued. “He’s always been happiest outside, which showed in his passion for the country. As much as he loved cowboys, hunting and country, Brad loved nothing more than his family.”
His family members also remembered him as “a true Renaissance man” in the obituary dedicated to the soap opera star.
“Not only was he interested in all that life had to offer, he was gifted,” they recalled. “Even though he was taken prematurely, he lived his life to the fullest. He was larger than life. Brad was loved by many and loved people back, a true friend, trusted colleague and a devoted husband and father. He will never be forgotten and his legacy will live on.”
Johnson is survived by his 35-year-old wife Laurie, eldest son Shane, daughters Bellamy, Rachel, Eliana, Eden, Rebekah, Annabeth and youngest son William.
He also rose to fame as a Calvin Klein model before moving to Hollywood and appearing as the Marlboro Man in several cigarette commercials.
In 1989 he caught the attention of director Spielberg and starred in his romantic fantasy drama Always opposite Holly Hunter and Richard Dreyfuss.
In Fox’s hit ’90s drama Melrose Place, Johnson played an iconic recurring role as Dr. Dominick O’Malley.
Born in Tucson, Arizona in October 1959, Johnson was the son of a horse trainer and had a passion for the great outdoors.
Johnson later became involved with a professional rodeo circuit in 1984 and was scouted by a casting director looking for cowboys for a new beer commercial while wrestling oxen in Wyoming.
Other credits Johnson has had to his name include Soldier of Fortune, Inc., Riverworld, CSI, Dallas, The Birds II: Land’s End, and Rough Riders.
Johnson also built a hunting lodge in New Mexico and had a strong interest in restoring Winchester Model 1886 rifles. Throughout his career, he has lived in quaint towns in north Texas and in the mountains of Colorado.