Bart Johnson:Mormon Actor
Barton Robert Johnson is an American actor, best known for his role as Coach Jack Bolton in the Disney High School Musical movie series. He is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Johnson was born on December 13, 1970, in Hollywood, California. He is the eldest son of Bob Johnson, a chiropractor, and Charlene Johnson, an entertainment industry hairstylist and makeup artist. In 1985, Johnson’s father moved the family, which included two additional sons and four daughters, to Midway, Utah, where they turned an old flour mill, coincidentally called the Johnson Mill, into their family home first and then an award-winning bed and breakfast.
Johnson often went with his mother to television and movie sets, including The Brady Bunch and Mork and Mindy. He was an extra in Newsies, where his mother was key hairstylist.
His first movie role was as a cop in the feature film Mi Familia, produced by Francis Ford Coppola. He also appeared in Double Jeopardy, Maverick, and The Date. He has been featured in television roles as well, including Walker, Texas Ranger; JAG; Clueless; Diagnosis Murder; Babylon 5; and Sunset Beach.
Since his success in High School Musical, he has appeared in Las Vegas, Daddy Day Camp, Desertion, and many other movies. He ventured into writing and directing with a film named The Run, which was filmed in Paraguay. He also filmed a documentary of his brothers, actors Adam and Brad, on a road trip from Los Angeles to Los Cabos, Mexico, called 6 Bucks and a Bottle of Water.
Johnson has also appeared on stage. He trained with the Groundings comedy troupe in Los Angeles. He was acclaimed for his performances in “The Country Club,” an award-winning stage production in Los Angeles.
Johnson married actress Robyn Lively in September 1999. They are the parents of three children. They live in Los Angeles, but also spend time at the Johnson Mill Inn and Gardens in Midway, Utah, where Bart lived with his family since 1985. Johnson and Lively bought the bed and breakfast inn in 2005, just prior to his father’s death.
Johnson is also a licensed pilot. He enjoys many sports, including surfing, kickboxing, and mountain biking.