David Johansen

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New York City born David Johansen sang in Rock & Roll dance bands as a teenager, joining Charles Ludlum's Ridiculous Theater and starting the New York Dolls. The highly influential Dolls made two iconic Rock & Roll records before disbanding in the mid seventies. At this time he created the David Johansen Group which recorded six highly acclaimed ... See full bio »

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Known For

Scrooged Ghost of Christmas Past
Let It Ride Looney
Kick-Ass Soundtrack
Tales from the Darkside: The Movie Halston (segment "Cat From Hell")


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 2021 Pretend It's a City (TV Mini-Series documentary) (writer - 1 episode)
- Pretend It's a City (2021) ... (writer: "Jet Boy")
 2018 The Grinch (performer: "Zat You, Santa Claus?" - as Buster Poindexter)
 2018 The House That Jack Built (performer: "Hit The Road Jack")
 2017 England Is Mine (writer: "Lonely Planet Boy")
 2017 I Love Dick (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Cowboys and Nomads (2017) ... (writer: "Lonely Planet Boy" - uncredited)
 2016 Mike & Mike (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 28 September 2016 (2016) ... (performer: "Hot, Hot, Hot" - as Buster Poindexter, uncredited)
 2016 Vince Giordano: There's a Future in the Past (Documentary) (performer: "Of All the Wrongs You've to Me")
  Vinyl (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2016) (writer - 1 episode, 2016)
- Pilot (2016) ... (performer: "Personality Crisis", "Stranded In The Jungle") / (writer: "Personality Crisis")
 2015 Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip (performer: "Hot Hot Hot" - as Buster Poindexter)
 2015 A Very Murray Christmas (TV Special) (performer: "I Saw The Light", "Fairytale Of New York", "O Tannenbaum" (uncredited))
 2014 Red Band Society (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car (2014) ... (writer: "Personality Crisis" - uncredited)
 2014 Gotham (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Selina Kyle (2014) ... (writer: "Jet Boy" (Uncredited))
 2013 Morrissey: 25 Live (Video) (writer: "Looking for a Kiss")
 2012 Miss Farkku-Suomi (music: "Personality Crisis")
 2012 The Three Stooges (writer: "Dance Like A Monkey")
 2011 Chuck (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Chuck Versus the Business Trip (2011) ... (performer: "Hot Hot Hot")
 2010 Get Him to the Greek (writer: "Personality Crisis")
 2010 I'm in a Rock 'n' Roll Band (TV Mini-Series documentary) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Singer (2010) ... (writer: "Looking for a Kiss" - uncredited)
 2010 Kick-Ass ("We're All in Love")
 2009 America's Got Talent (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Audition Show #2 (2009) ... (performer: "Hot Hot Hot" - uncredited)
 2009 The Perfect Age of Rock 'n' Roll (writer: "Lonely Planet Boy")
 2009 Adventureland (writer: "Looking for a Kiss")
 2008 Four Christmases (performer: "Hot Hot Hot" - as Buster Poindexter)
 2008 Beverly Hills Chihuahua (performer: "Hot Hot Hot" - as Buster Poindexter)
 2007 Anamorph (arranger: "In Love Again") / (performer: "In Love Again")
 2007 Entourage (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- The Cannes Kids (2007) ... (performer: "Hot, Hot, Hot" - as Buster Poindexter, uncredited)
 2005 True Crime: New York City (Video Game) (writer: "Subway Train")
 2005 I Love the 80's 3-D (TV Series documentary) (performer - 1 episode)
- 1988 (2005) ... (performer: "Hot, Hot, Hot" - as Buster Poindexter)
 2005 Punk: Attitude (Documentary) (writer: "Looking For a Kiss", "Personality Crisis", "Jet Boy")
 2004 The Aviator (performer: "Ain't Cha Glad" (1933))
 2003 Crooked Lines (performer: "Oh Babe, What Would You Say")
 2003 The Office (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Christmas Special: Part 1 (2003) ... (performer: "Hot Hot Hot" - uncredited)
 2003 Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus (Documentary) (performer: "The Last Kind Word Blues") / (writer: "The Last Kind Word Blues")
 2003 End of the Century (Documentary) (writer: "Looking for a Kiss")
 2002 God Is on Their Side (performer: "He's Got the Whole World (In His Hands)", "When the Saints Go Marching In", "Onward, Christian Soldiers", "Lili Marleen" - uncredited)
 2002 Futurama (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Crimes of the Hot (2002) ... (performer: "Hot Hot Hot" - as Buster Poindexter)
 2002 Auto Focus (performer: "Snap!" - as Buster Poindexter)
 2002 The Simpsons (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Blame It on Lisa (2002) ... (performer: "Hot Hot Hot")
 2001 Freddy Got Fingered (writer: "Personality Crisis")
 2000 Everybody Loves Raymond (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- The Walk to the Door (2000) ... (performer: "Hot Hot Hot" - uncredited)
 2000 The Filth and the Fury (Documentary) (writer: "Looking For A Kiss")
 1999 The Bachelor (performer: "Hit the Road Jack" - as Buster Poindexter)
 1999 Heart (writer: "Looking for a Kiss")
 1999 My Favorite Martian (performer: "Hot Hot Hot" - as Buster Poindexter)
 1998 Velvet Goldmine (writer: "Personality Crisis")
 1995 Burnzy's Last Call (performer: "Space Monkey", "I Want to Be at My Own Funeral") / (writer: "Space Monkey", "I Want to Be at My Own Funeral")
 1995 Grumpier Old Men (performer: "Hit The Road Jack" - as Buster Poindexter)
 1995 Angus (performer: "Hot, Hot, Hot" - as Buster Poindexter)
 1994 Postcards from America (writer: "Trash", "Looking for a Kiss")
 1994 Car 54, Where Are You? (performer: "Mambo Luv")
 1993 Beavis and Butt-Head (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- A Very Special Christmas with Beavis and Butt-Head (1993) ... (performer: "Is Zat You Santa Claus?" - as Buster Poindexter)
 1993 Mr. Nanny (performer: "ROUGH STUFF" - as Buster Poindexter) / (writer: "ATTITUDE DUDE", "I DON'T WANNA GO TO SCHOOL", "DREAM DAD", "ROUGH STUFF")
 1990 Doogie Howser, M.D. (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Oh Very Young (1990) ... (performer: "Hot Hot Hot" - as Buster Poindexter, uncredited)
 1989 Valentina (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Ciao Valentina (1989) ... (performer: "Hot Hot Hot")
 1989 Grammy Living Legends (TV Special) (performer: "Cabaret")
 1989 The Dream Team (performer: "Hit the Road, Jack" - as Buster Poindexter)
 1988 Scrooged (performer: "Brown Eyed Girl" - as Buster Poindexter)
 1988 Casual Sex? (performer: "Hot Hot Hot" - as Buster Poindexter)
 1986-1987 Saturday Night Live (TV Series) (performer - 6 episodes)
- Angie Dickinson/Buster Poindexter/David Gilmour (1987) ... (performer: "Hot, Hot, Hot" - as Buster Poindexter, uncredited)
- Bronson Pinchot/Paul Young (1987) ... (performer: "Heart of Gold" - as Buster Poindexter, uncredited)
- William Shatner/Lone Justice (1986) ... (performer: "Zat You, Santa?" - as Buster Poindexter, uncredited)
- Steve Guttenberg/The Pretenders (1986) ... (performer: "Rockin' Good Way" - as Buster Poindexter, uncredited)
- Malcolm-Jamal Warner/Run-DMC (1986) ... (performer: "Hit The Road Jack" - as Buster Poindexter, uncredited)
 1987 China Girl (performer: "Chinatown Tonight")
 1985 Stripper (Documentary) (performer: "King of Babylon") / (writer: "King of Babylon")
  Miami Vice (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 1985) (writer - 1 episode, 1985)
- The Dutch Oven (1985) ... (performer: "King of Babylon" - uncredited) / (writer: "King of Babylon" - uncredited)
 1985 My Science Project (performer: "Hit and Run")
 1984 Fear City (lyrics: "New York Doll", "Sucker City") / (performer: "New York Doll", "Sucker City")
 1980 Times Square (performer: "Flowers in the City" (credit only)) / (writer: "Flowers in the City" (credit only))
 1980 Up the Academy (lyrics: "Girls") / (music: "Girls") / (performer: "Girls")
  Rock Concert (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 1979) (writer - 1 episode, 1979)
- Episode dated 10 February 1979 (1979) ... (performer: "Funky But Chic", "Girls") / (writer: "Funky But Chic", "Girls")
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Other Works:

Album: "Live It Up" (Blue Sky Records) See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Portrayal | 1 Interview | 4 Articles | 3 Pictorials | See more »

Alternate Names:

David JoHansen | The New York City Dolls | Buster Poindexter

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Every singer who's worth his salt is an actor. You play different characters in different songs. Sometimes you're a romantic lead, sometimes you're this madcap party barbarian. You play all these roles, running through every aspect of emotion. See more »


He is of Norwegian (father) and Irish (mother) descent. See more »


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