Amy Jo Johnson

Active - 1995 - 2020  |   Born - Oct 6, 1970 in Dennis, Massachusetts, United States  |   Genres - Drama, Children's/Family

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Biography by Cammila Collar

While sprightly actress Amy Jo Johnson is well known for her roles on shows like Felicity and Wildfire, hardcore fans remember the Cape Cod native as the Pink Ranger on the kids show Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers. That was back in 1993, but long before then, Johnson had an extremely successful career as a gymnast. Training from the time she was a small child, Johnson worked her way up to Class One and participated in more than one Olympic Games.

Tragically, a severe injury ended Johnson's career as a gymnast when she was just 17, but with determination, she changed her focus and set her sights on acting. After studying at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute, Johnson began auditioning, racking up jobs like the infamous Power Rangers gig and the TV movie Susie Q. The young actress continued to act in theater while increasingly rich onscreen parts came, including the role of Julie on the drama Felicity in 1998. Julie was originally written to be a dancer, but with Johnson's input, the character was changed to be a singer/songwriter, giving Johnson a chance to showcase her musical talent. She would use that talent again in the VH1 movie Sweetwater the next year, eventually pursuing music as an entire second career. She released an album called The Trans-American Treatment in 2001, and a second album, Imperfect, in 2005.

Johnson stayed with Felicity for two and a half years before leaving the show to star in a variety of movies like Interstate 60 and Hard Ground. In 2004, she played Stacy Reynolds for the fourth season of the Lifetime cop drama The Division, and in 2005, she joined the cast of the popular TV drama Wildfire. Later, Johnson would find success on the series Flashpoint.

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Factsheet

  • Competed internationally as a gymnast until the age of 17.
  • Attended the Lee Strasberg Institute in New York.
  • Got her big break in 1993 playing Pink Ranger Kimberly on the children's live-action TV series Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers.
  • Used her gymnastics experience for her role in the 1997 made-for-TV movie Perfect Body, playing a gymnast with an eating disorder.
  • A singer-songwriter and musician, she used her vocal talents playing crooner Nansi Nevins in the 1999 made-for-TV biopic Sweetwater: A True Rock Story.
  • Best known for her role as Julie Emrick on the TV drama Felicity (1998-02).
  • Joined the cast of CBS's Flashpoint as police sniper Jules Callaghan in 2008; contributed original songs to the series.