Multi-talented actor, writer and director Paul Johansson stars as Dan Scott, Lucas (Chad Michael Murray) and Nathan's (James Lafferty) father, who is struggling to recover from his latest attack and seemingly wants to put his family back together, in The WB's hit drama "One Tree Hill."
Born and raised in Spokane, Washington, Johansson was an avid athlete like his father, a former NHL player. After playing with the Canadian National team and leading his University to the Canadian College Championship game, he began contemplating a professional career in basketball overseas. Johansson chose to close the door on his athletic career and instead set his sights on Hollywood.
Making his Hollywood debut on the soap opera "Santa Barbara," he soon moved on to a succession of television roles in such shows as "Parker Lewis Can't Lose," "Beverly Hills, 90210," "Lonesome Dove: The Series," "Highlander: The Raven" and "Ed McBain's 87th Precinct." Johansson also made memorable guest appearances in "Dharma and Greg" and "The Drew Carey Show." He also had a recurring role in "The District."
On the big screen, Johansson played Sally Field's soap opera husband in the film "Soapdish." His other movie credits include "When the Party's Over," "The Big Picture," "She's So Lovely," "A Wilderness Station" and "Carnival of Souls." Johansson can next be seen in "Alpha Dog," opposite Bruce Willis and Sharon Stone.
As a filmmaker, Paul wrote and directed the acclaimed 19-minute film short, "Conversations in Limbo," which opened the Toronto Short Film Festival. This film was honored at the Nashville Independent Film Festival and ultimately acquired by the Sundance Film Channel.
Paul was recently awarded two Emmys for the Showtime television film he wrote and directed, "The Incredible Mrs. Ritchie." The film stars Gena Rowlands and James Caan and was produced by Nick Cassavetes.
Currently, Johansson lives in Los Angeles.
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