How did Brad Johnson die? 'Melrose Place' star, 62, always put family first

How did Brad Johnson die? 'Melrose Place' star, 62, always put family first
Actor Brad Johnson died at 62 (Vince Bucci/Getty Images)

'Melrose Place' actor Brad Johnson died on February 18, 2022, in Fort Worth, Texas, due to Covid-19 complications as confirmed by his representative Linda McAlister to 'THR'. Johnson was born in 1959 in Tucson, Arizona, and began his powerful career in 1984 when he was discovered by a casting director looking for cowboys to star in beer commercials. It didn't take long for the actor to become the Marlboro Man and land modeling gigs for Calvin Klein. 

Fast forward to 1986, he landed his first acting role in an episode of CBS's episode of 'Dallas'. His big break came along with Steven Spielberg's drama 'Always' which led to other opportunities like 'A Guy Named Joe' and 'Flight of the Intruder'. By 1993 he had landed the titular role in the miniseries Ned Blessing: The Story of My Life and Times' and in 1996 he landed the recurring role of pediatrician Dominick O'Malley in 'Melrose Place'. Johnson's last role was supposed to be in 2021' Treasure Valley,' but it didn't undergo production after the death of fellow actor-writer late Jay Pickett. 


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Johnson had an ardent fire for restoring old Winchester Model 1886 rifles and eventually turned to sell ranch real estate in North Texas. The late actor is survived by his wife Laurie, and children Shane, Bellamy, Rachel, Eliana, Eden, Rebekah, Annabeth, and William. His family shared their feelings in a statement, “Although he was taken too early, he lived life to the fullest and taught his children to do the same. Brad 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.”

Who is Laurie Johnson, Brad Johnson's wife?

Johnson had been married to Laurie since 1986 up until his death. The couple tied the knot in 1986 in an intimate ceremony and had eight children together. Laurie is said to be the founder and CEO of Johnson Land and Home, LLC, which specializes in the investment, acquisition, development, and marketing of luxury destination properties. The family enterprise will now be handled by Laurie and their children.


Not much is known about her and the kids because they have always managed to stay away from the spotlight. But she has attended a few red carpet events with Johnson. While her exact date of birth isn't known, she is said to be around 60 years and was born in 1962. Laurie and Brad's sons are Shane, the eldest, and William. Daughter Bellamy is married to Brian Olomon, Rachel is married to Layne Ellis, Eliana is married o Jordan Williams and Eden is married to Dylan Gressett. Their occupations, birth dates, and net worth are unclear. 

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