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Paul Johansson
Paul Johansson at Camp As Sayliyah, Qatar.jpg
General Information
Gender: Male
Nicknames: The Paul
Birthday: January 26, 1964
Age: 56
Birthplace: Spokane, Washington, USA
Social Networks: Twitter
Other Information
Height: 6'2"
Occupation(s): Actor
Film Director
Talents: Acting
Family & Friends
Family: Joanne Leone Johansson (mother)
Quinn (son)
Earl "Ching" Johnson (father)
Friends: Bethany Joy Lenz
Jason Priestley
Relationships: Gabriela Oltean (ex-wife)
Series Information
Character: Gabriel the Woodcutter
Only appearance: Heartless

Paul Joseph Otto Johansson 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.

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Life and career

Early life

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

Acting career

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.

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. 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 a "13% Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes, indicating that only five of thirty-nine reviewers liked it.

Personal life

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.


Year Title Type Role
1989 Swimsuit TV Movie Scott Clark
1989 Matinee TV Movie
1989 - 1990 Santa Barbara TV Series Greg Hughes
1990 Laker Girls TV Movie Bart Jeffris
1990 They Came from Outer Space TV Series Doug
1991 Soapdish Bolt
1991 Martial Law II: Undercover Video Spencer Hamilton
1991 - 1992 Parker Lewis Can't Lose TV Series Nick Comstock
1992 When the Party's Over Henry
1993 Midnight Witness Paul
1993 - 1994 Beverly Hills, 90210 TV Series John Sears
1994 Burke's Law TV Series Avery
1994 The 5 Mrs. Buchanans TV Series Jesse Buchanan
1994 - 1995 Lonesome Dove: The Series TV Series Austin Peale
1995 Robin's Hoods TV Series Dean Cavallari
1995 - 1996 Lonesome Dove: The Outlaw Years TV Series Austin Peale
1996 Ed McBain's 87th Precinct: Ice TV Movie Det. Bert Kling
1997 Ed McBain's 87th Precinct: Heatwave TV Movie Det. Bert Kling
1997 7th Heaven TV Series Tom Harrison
1997 She's So Lovely Intern #2
1997 Dead Man's Gun TV Series Sanford Hogan
1998 Players TV Series Jeff Taylor
1998 Dharma & Greg TV Series Leonard
1998 Earth: Final Conflict TV Series Sloane
1998 Carnival of Souls Michael
1998 - 1999 Highlander: The Raven TV Series Nick Wolfe
1999 Wishmaster 2: Evil Never Dies Video Gregory
1999 The Infinite Power Workout TV Series Guest star
1999 First Wave TV Series Hatcher
2000 Hope Island TV Series Steve Kramer
2000 Da Vinci's Inquest TV Series Tom Sprawl
2000 The Last Dance TV Movie Charlie Parker
2000 Andromeda TV Series Guderian
2001 The Drew Carey Show TV Series Ron Higgins
2002 John Q Tuck Lampley
2002 Edge of Madness Henry Mullen
2002 Hooded Angels Wes
2002 The District TV Series Father Patrick Debreno
2003 The Incredible Mrs. Ritchie TV Movie Jack
2003 Dark Side Sean Leonard
2004 Berserker: Hell's Warrior Barek
2004 The Notebook Allie's Mom's Ex Boyfriend (uncredited)
2005 Window Theory Stu
2006 Alpha Dog Peter Johansson
2006 A Trick of the Mind TV Movie Michael
2006 Novel Romance Jake Buckley
2008 IQ-145 TV Series Ben Compost
2008 Toxic Gus
2009 The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day Kuntsler

As a director

Year Title Notes
1998 Conversations in Limbo Short
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
Sacrifice (pre-production)


  • Paul was born in the US, but raised in Canada. He has citizenship in both countries.
  • Played with the Canadian National Basketball team touring for two years. 1986 in Korea and China and in 1987 to Israel and Greece.
  • He is the son of professional hockey player Earl "Ching" Johnson (a member of the 1954 Stanley Cup-winning Detroit Redwings team). Earl went by Johnson when he was playing hockey, but he later changed the family name to Johansson to reflect his Swedish heritage.
  • Became good friends with fellow Canadian Jason Priestley when both were scouted in Vancouver and brought to Los Angeles to pursue their careers in showbiz. They went on to work together in Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990), Conversations in Limbo (1998), and Dark Side (2003).
  • Speaks French.
  • Wilmington, North Carolina acting and directing Season 5 of One Tree Hill [January 2008]
  • Produced the first movie in the Atlas Shrugged Trilogy based on Ayn Rand's novel, Atlas Shrugged. [August 2010]