• Bio

  • Bjørn Johnson is an award-winning actor, director, producer, acting coach and fight choreographer in theater, film and television. He is one of the most recognizable commercial actors in the industry, and has guest starred in critically-acclaimed television shows such as Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Married Without Kids, Mad Men, ER (series finale), Sons of Anarchy, Nip/Tuck, The Event, The Sopranos, Criminal Minds and Dexter. His most recognized role is as the iconic Mr. Schniedelwichsen in Warner Bros.’ Beerfest. As a theatre director, Bjørn was awarded the LA Weekly’s Best Director Achievement for “Dutchman.” He speaks four languages and has mastered ten accents.

    The actor has been performing for almost as long as he’s been walking. Born in Minneapolis, MN, by the time he was five years old he could perform nearly 1000 songs. Before long, he was regularly leading collegiate and professional productions all over the world. While in New York, a performance by Colleen Dewhurst in “Whose Afraid of Virginia Woolf” changed the actor’s life. Moved to tears by her portrayal, a chance meeting later that evening saw the nineteen year old Bjørn sipping gin & tonics with the legendary actress. After their conversation, Bjørn knew he could never follow any path other than acting. 

    Since that night, the Bjørn’s life has been blessed with no shortage of world-famous mentors. After earning his BA in Dramatic Literature from George Williams College, Bjørn studied at Circle in the Square in New York, the NYU Tisch School of the Arts, and apprenticed with B.H. Barry at the Juilliard School of Drama and Opera Programs, learning the art of fight choreography and synthesizing all of the different acting techniques and philosophies there are. Bjørn’s ongoing study with Larry Moss and V. William Reed empowered him with an expert tenor voice before he even had his career fully assembled. Bjorn even ran Michael Kahn’s private acting studio for three years.

    The eternal student, Bjorn stands on the shoulders of the gurus who taught him, and his own experience, to offer a truly unique contribution to the Craft, both as a practitioner and a teacher.