Born in Queens, New York, Reginald VelJohnson has become a prominent name in the entertainment industry, not only as an actor in film, in television and on the stage, but as a producer and writer as well. Before starting his career in Los Angeles, VelJohnson earned his Bachelor of Arts from New York University.
Best known for his role as Carl Winslow on the Emmy-nominated sitcom “Family Matters,” VelJohnson was the only cast member to appear in every episode of the show’s nine-year run. He also sang in and wrote a couple of episodes of the show. Since then, he has had no trouble keeping busy and has worked on many popular series and made-for-TV movies. He has held a recurring role on such shows as CBS’s “CSI” and Fox’s “On the Lot,” as well as guest appearances in “Will and Grace,” “Monk,” “The Ghost Whisperer” and “Bones,” to name just a few. VelJohnson also starred in several short films and the TV movie “On Her Own.”
In addition to being a seasoned TV actor, VelJohnson is no stranger to the big screen. He starred as Sergeant Al Powell alongside Bruce Willis in the four-time Oscar® nominated “Die Hard” and its sequel, “Die Hard 2.” He also lent his voice to the same character in the video games based on the movies. VelJohnson has also played a number of supporting roles in major films such as the Golden Globe and Oscar nominees “Ghost Busters” and “Crocodile Dundee.” His other film credits include “Turner & Hooch” with Tom Hanks, “Like Mike” with young rap artist Lil’ Bow Wow and “Death to the Supermodels.”
VelJohnson has homes in Raleigh, North Carolina and Los Angeles. He currently resides in Oceanside, New York and is known for his extensive hat collection.