Born on July 13, 1963 in Vermont, Kenny Johnson is an actor best known for his role of Detective Curtis Lemansky on the drama series The Shield. Also raised in Vermont, Johnson attended Central Connecticut State University. Johnson is a sports aficionado, and he participated in several sports teams when he was in college. Johnson’s first glimpse to show business came when he first got his start doing television commercials, including one of the very first ads for LA Gear. He is also a former army wrestling champion, appearing as bit characters in various television programs, including the TV series Family Matters, Grace Under Fire, Caroline in the City, Pensacola: Wings of Gold, Sliders, 18 Wheels of Justice, and Just Shoot Me!.
In 1998, Johnson appeared during the first few minutes of the first Blade movie, playing the role of Heatseeking Dennis who was eventually saved by Blade from a vampire played by Traci Lords. In 2005, he landed a role on a Smallville Season 5 episode called Mortal. He played a metahuman called Tommy Lee. What followed was a Hallmark Channel production, the 2006 original movie called Desolation Canyon, where he shared the screen with Stacey Keach and Patrick Duffy. His next project was the indie film Zzyzx, a Las Vegas-based thriller.
As for his most renowned role, Kenny Johnson first auditioned for the character of Terry Crowley on The Shield. This role eventually went to Reed Diamond. However, series creator Shawn Ryan was reportedly so impressed with Johnson’s audition that he created a new character just for him. After several episodes, however, his character Lem was killed off in March 21, 2006, in an episode called Postpartum. After The Shield, he was cast in another series TNT’s Saving Grace as Det. Ham Dewey. He also had a recurring role on Cold Case.