Brad Johnson, a rodeo cowboy and “Marlboro Man” who starred in Always, has died. 62-year-old
Johnson died Feb. 18 in Fort Worth, Texas, of COVID-19 complications, his spokesperson said. THR reported his death.
Johnson appeared in Flight of the Intruder (1991) and Rough Riders (1997) for filmmaker John Milius.
Johnson played Rayford Steele in three Left Behind movies with Kirk Cameron, Dominick O’Malley on Fox’s Melrose Place, and Maj. Matthew Quentin Shepherd on Soldier of Fortune, Inc.
Johnson played Ned Blessing in the 1993 miniseries Ned Blessing: My Life and Times and Lone Justice 2 (1995). (1996).
Dorinda Durston (Hunter) falls for Ted Baker (Johnson) in Always (1989) when her boyfriend Pete Sandich (Dreyfuss) dies. Johnson plays Van Johnson in the 1943 original starring Spencer Tracy.
Brad William Johnson was born in Tucson, Arizona, on Oct. 24, 1959. A casting director seeking for cowboys for a beer commercial observed him wrestling steers in Wyoming in 1984.
The 6-foot-3 player Before arriving to Hollywood, Johnson worked as a Marlboro Man in ads and commercials for the cigarette company, as well as in various Calvin Klein ads. He appeared on Dallas (1986) and Nam Angels (1989) before Always.
Johnson refurbished Winchester Model 1886 guns as a hobby. Before going to North Texas, he sold ranch real estate in Colorado.
Johnson was contracted for a role in Treasure Valley, a Western set in Idaho, but none of his scenes were filmed after actor-writer Jay Pickett, 60, died in July.
Shane, Bellamy, Rachel, Eliana, Eden, Rebekah, Annabeth, and William are among his survivors.
His family said, “He lived life to the fullest and inspired his children to do the same.” Brad loved enhancing land while preserving its natural beauty. His love of the outdoors was obvious. Brad loved his family more than cowboying, hunting, or land.