Don Johnson was planning to quit acting before he landed Miami Vice part

Don Johnson almost quit acting before he landed as Vice Miami Vice: Bang Showbiz

Don Johnson almost quit acting before he landed as Vice Miami Vice: Bang Showbiz

Don Johnson was ready to quit acting before he landed his iconic role in Miami Vice.

The 71-year-old actor starred in the TV show — which ran for five seasons between 1984 and 1989 — as Detective James ‘Sonny’ Crockett, partner of Detective Ricardo Tubbs, played by Philip Michael Thomas, 72.

The “Nash Bridges” star admitted that when he was cast on the show, he “was considering quitting.”

Speaking on SiriusXM’s “The Jess Cagle Podcast with Julia Cunningham,” he said, “Well, with my resignation from work.”

But after Don was selected in the conditional program “Everything changed”.

“I was thinking, ‘Okay, I don’t know what I’m going to do but I have to do something,'” he said, “and then I got Miami Vice and everything changed.”

The “Knives Out” star admitted that throughout his career – until he got his big break – he went through periods of great financial hardship and wanted to leave Hollywood because he had no money after he “took away” women, liquor and horses.

He said, “I was an actor and struggled for several years, living below the national poverty level. Some of the years have been pretty good, but you know, like the Georgia raft, I’ve been looking for women, and wine and horses.

“It was a very difficult time. And you know, I was still growing up. There were a lot of things I wasn’t aware of.”

However, the “Watchman” star knew that his appearance, i.e. being “so beautiful”, was something he ” vowed to beat.”

He also remembers how he and his ex-wife Melanie Griffith – whom he met when he was 22 and she was 14 while on the set of ‘The Harrad Project’ in 1972 – kept big cats with Melanie’s mother Tippi Hedren. , Alfred Hitchcock starred in “The Birds,” and they “raised” roughly “20 or 30 lions and tigers.”

Don said, “We bred those lions and tigers…maybe Penny and Melanie, we bred 20 or 30 lions and tigers.

“And when they were teenagers, about six months old, we would take them to the sanctuary. But yes, we would raise them and bottle-feed them and then put them on their regular cat food.

“I’ve gotten really good at working with wild cats.”

Along with lions and tigers, Melanie and Don are raising their daughter, actress Dakota Johnson, 32, after their second marriage in 1989.

They married for the first time in 1976 in Las Vegas after their engagement on Melanie’s eighteenth birthday, but they separated six months later.

The actor has four more children. Jesse Johnson, 38, mother, model Patti de Arbanville, three children with current wife Kelly Fleger, daughter Grace, 21, and sons Jasper, 19, and Deacon, 15.

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