Eric Johnson currently stars in the ABC hit show “Rookie Blue” as Detective Luke Callaghan. Returning for a second season, the show is a one-hour, 13-part drama that follows the lives of five inexperienced rookies thrown into the world of big city policing – where even the smallest mistake can have life-or-death consequences. Previously, Johnson starred in the title role of SCI-FI Channel’s original action-adventure series, “Flash Gordon,” the modern-day retelling of the classic comic strip franchise.
Johnson is most recognized for his role as Whitney Fordman on “Smallville,” a character he portrayed for three years. His career began over a decade ago, when he landed the role of teen Tristan, the younger counterpart to Brad Pitt in the film “Legends of the Fall.” Prior to and following “Smallville,” Johnson has enjoyed a successful career in both the USA and his native Canada working in a number of films and TV series, including “Texas Rangers,” “Question of Privilege,” “Stealing Sinatra” and “Bang Bang You’re Dead.” Most recently, Johnson made guest starring appearances in several television series, including “Criminal Minds,” “The Dead Zone,” “Supernatural,” “Ghost Whisperer” and “The Unit.”
At the age of 9, to further his desire to be the center of attention, Johnson enrolled in theater school, a far more appropriate venue for his little performances than the hockey arena or dinner table. Johnson’s passion for an audience was undeniable and he soon began performing in professional theater as well as landing film and television roles. It was after appearing in the epic Western drama “Legends of the Fall” that he realized film and television was the best way to act out his imagination without people looking at him funny.
Born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta Canada, Eric and his wife, Adria Budd Johnson, are involved in the social-eco change organization The Hollywood Hill (http://www.hhill.org/).