A Father That Knows Best: Reginald VelJohnson (7 of 7)

In honor of Father’s Day I decided to highlight the famous fathers of television and film.

Reginald VelJohnson

The ”Father Who Knows Best” is Reginald VelJohnson. VelJohnson is most famous for his role as the often irked Carl Winslow. Despite flying off the handle from time to time, he was always self correcting.

VelJohnson was born in Queens, New York and attended high school with George Tenet and porn star Ron Jeremy. After graduating from New York University with  Bachelor of Arts, Reginald began landing small roles in very popular film such as  Ghostbusters and  Crocodile Dundee.

His big break came in 1988 action film  Die Hard where he played the role of Sgt. Al Powell. VelJohnson also played a police officer alongside Tom Hanks in Turner and Hooch. He often played a cop in most roles.

“Johnson was cast as Carl Winslow in the sitcom Perfect Strangers alongside Jo Marie Payton, who played his wife Harriette Winslow, a recurring character on that series. The Winslows were spun off into the sitcom Family Matters in 1989, on which he starred until 1998″.

Interesting fact: he was the only character to appear in every episode.

If Steve Q. Urkel‘s clutzy antics were paint, Carl Winslow would be its canvas. He was the helpless butt of jokes and a loving protective father. He was stubborn but he always gave an apology when it was needed.

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