40 years performing in concert, on television, radio, and a movie for Sony Pictures as Johnny Counterfit, Comedian-Impressionist-Actor-Songwriter-television-radio-personality
Performing at The White House, large and small city theaters, county and state fairs, corporate events and churches; I love people!
Lights, Camera, Action! I had two small roles in the Sony Pictures-Lifetime Movie Network film, Patsy & Loretta. One on-camera-speaking part, as the announcer introducing the "Loretta Lynn" character, and the other as a voice-over the radio announcer introducing the "Patsy Cline" character. This movie depicts the true story of friendship between country legends, Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn. Now on the Lifetime Movie Network and Streaming services, worldwide.
I have the starring role in the CBS television special, a Claymation Christmas Celebration. Collectively, the animators, the director, my fellow actors, and I won an EMMY. We went on to make the full length feature film, Festival of Claymation.
For many years, I've performed in television and radio commercials for some iconic brands. Among them, Post Raisin Bran, KFC-Kentucky Fried Chicken, Heinz-57, and John Deere
I travel back in time to November 1963, to convince President Kennedy not to get off the plane in Dallas, Texas. As a result, other plots are put into action to kill the young president, and I'm changing history!
Born: Omaha, Nebraska
Mom & Dad, along with me and my siblings moved from Omaha to Portland, Oregon when I was 3 years young. I moved to Nashville, TN in 1993.
Elementary School: Richmond, in S.E. Portland (Graduated)
High School: Franklin, in S. E. Portland (Graduated)
NETWORK TELEVISION & EMMY AWARD
My network television break came in 2 separate events,
thanks to CBS & ABC. First, in 1986, Will Vinton
Productions was seeking someone to provide a specific
kind of voice for the starring role of "Rex" in the stop-action
CBS special, A Claymation Christmas Celebration. I auditioned,
and was awarded the part. For all of our combined efforts,
the television special won an EMMY in 1987.
~Additional television appearances are listed below, not including the many local/regional programs on which I've appeared.....yikes, over a 40 (and counting) career.
FIRST FEATURE FILM & MUSIC VIDEO
I continued the role I created as "Rex" in 1987, for the full length feature film, Will Vinton's Festival of Claymation, and provided the voice of
the "Statue of Liberty" in the Michael Jackson "Moonwalker" video.
In 1990, ABC Television in Hollywood contacted me to appear in their new network show, America's Funniest People. Over the next few years, my segment continued in reruns, then was sold to other television shows for airing.
The achievement of seeing my name on the marquee of
the exclusive Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, in
my home town of Portland, Oregon was very gratifying.
The former Paramount Theater had been built in 1928,
renovated in 1984, and is located in the heart of the
downtown area, on Broadway. 12 years into my career,
my performance here in 1993, just prior to my moving
to Nashville, TN was a personal as well as
a professional milestone.
MOVING TO NASHVILLE, TN
Moving to Nashville, TN September 13, 1993 was a wise decision. Before I decided to relocate, I made several trips to the city, performing there and meeting with industry professionals. By virtue of my voice
impressions and comedy, within one year of moving to Nashville, I found myself performing on the Grand Ole Opry (March 25, 1994....and 25 years hence), and the popular Music City Tonight television show, on TNN-The Nashville Network (circa November 1994).
SONY PICTURES-LIFETIME MOVIE NETWORK
2019: I added (on-camera, speaking role) Movie Actor to my credentials, upon completing two separate roles in the Sony Pictures/Lifetime
Movie Network film, Patsy & Loretta. Release date: October 2019.
PBS TELEVISION: During 2020, I enjoyed the airing of a concert special I recorded for the Song of the Mountains syndicated presentation.
RADIO & STREAMING
I continue enjoy airplay on radio stations around the world, as well as streaming on Spotify, and Pandora. Many Internet based programs feature me on their syndicated programs too.
Currently, you will find me on music and comedy related television shows, and Internet based reruns of my many network television appearances.
I worked while in the 7th & 8th grade earning money repairing cars, and mowing lawns. In High School, and into my mid 20's some of my jobs included loading/unloading and driving trucks, general warehouse duties, pouring utility boxes, covers, and vaults in a concrete plant, for electrical and plumbing customers.
The reaction of Actor, Ernest Borgnine is priceless as I perform
my John Wayne impression for Hollywood Producer, A.C. Lyles >>>
Most disliked jobs:
Politicians get away with only what We the People allow......Johnny Counterfit
Johnny Counterfit recordings with Country Artists
George Jones "MCA" CD: It Don't Get Any Better Than This,
with George Jones, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Bobby Bare,
and Johnny Counterfit as Johnny Cash (George Jones asked
Johnny Counterfit (see liner notes) to fill in for an ailing
Johnny Cash on the recording)
Merle Haggard "Hag" CD: Cabin in the Hills. Merle Haggard asked
Johnny Counterfit (see liner notes) to perform his singing impression
of Johnny Cash, on the title cut.
Johnny Counterfit (partial list) CD, DVD's
Live in Concert 1, 2, 3 * Counterfit Politics * On Stage * Johnny Counterfit Sings with an Orchestra
Songs I've Written, vol. 1 (15 songs)
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Below are a few stars with whom Johnny's has worked, and known, that will be of special interest to your viewers/readers/listeners.
Jimmy Doohan (Scotty-Star Trek) Late 1980’s-1992
Jimmy Doohan and Johnny were friends; they shared some scotch, some voices,
meals together, dialects, and lots of laughs. Johnny was Jimmy's a guest at a Star
Trekkie convention-Los Angeles, CA, and afterward, wrote some comedy lines
for Jimmy's convention appearances.
Cash & Counterfit
Performed I Walk the Line for Johnny Cash & June Carter-Cash
Johnny Cash said of Johnny Counterfit: Cash nephew, Mark Alan Cash asked his uncle, who would sing in the (yet to be filmed, Walk the Line movie)? Cash replied, if they don’t use my recordings, I want Johnny Counterfit to do it; he’s the best I’ve ever seen.
Lynda Evans: I missed out on a dinner date with the Dynasty star, in 1990. At the time, I was appearing in America's Funniest People at ABC Television Studios, in Los Angeles.
Richard Burton Impression: "Outrageously Funny" Shakespeare & Country Music
Johnny's voice impression of Shakespearian actor, Richard Burton as a country music
artist singing, Camelot, from the hit Broadway musical of the same name. Johnny wrote the arrangement for his show.
~The set-up of this bit is designed so that some who may not know who actor, Richard Burton was, will still enjoy it~
Adam West: Television’s Batman. Timberline Lodge, Mt. Hood, Oregon. Johnny and Adam appeared in concert. Prior to the show, Johnny and Adam visited together at the lodge; Adam asked Johnny to teach him how to do the voices and mannerisms of John Wayne, and Ronald Reagan; imagine the spectacle this created!
Frankie Laine: Johnny was part of a concert show, with Frankie as the headline artist, in Central California. Mr. Laine was an American singer, songwriter, and actor whose career spanned nearly 75 years, from his first concerts in 1930 with a marathon dance company to his final performance of "That's My Desire" in 2005. His hits included "That's My Desire", "That Lucky Old Sun", "Mule Train", "Jezebel", "High Noon", "Save Your Sorrow", "I Believe", "Hey Joe!", "The Kid's Last Fight", "Cool Water", "Rawhide", and "Lord, You Gave Me a Mountain". He sang well-known theme songs for many movie Western soundtracks, including 3:10 To Yuma, Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, and Blazing Saddles, although his recordings were not charted as a country.
Carol Lawrence-Actress/Singer, whose stardom ascended with her role in West Side Story, in 1957: When Johnny was a senior in High School, he attended a concert performance by Carol Lawrence. Carol needed someone from the audience to help her with a skit, and (she) chose Johnny from the audience. This was before Johnny had even considered show business as a career, although he had been performing in concert since his junior year of High School, during open mic nights with local bands.
Milton Berle, Legendary Television, Film, and Radio Comedian: Though we spent only part of one day together, making each other laugh, we were kindred spirits. He made me feel as though we’d known each other all our lives. ~Johnny Counterfit
Johnny is included in a series of DVD collector sets entitled, Country's Family Reunion; some of the greatest legends of country music are in this series.
Though I don't consider myself a legend, I'm honored
to be in this series with so many artists who
are true country music legends!
Songs I've Written volume 1
Another dimension to Johnny's successful career
This CD features 15 songs Johnny wrote and recorded in his own singing voice. Add to that, the songs are written in 6 different formats: Traditional Country * Contemporary Christian * Folk * Soft Rock * Bluegrass * Comedy
Streaming platforms have added Johnny's new CD to their list of artists
Spotify * Apple Music * iTunes * Napster Amazon * Tidal * KDigital * Deezer * Yandex YouTube Music* Google Music Store
August 29, 2016: Inducted into the Traditional
Country Music Association's Hall of Fame
Biggest Career Challenge:Those standing between me and the audience.
Blending today with yesterday is very important; this is how I keep my show fresh! ~Johnny Counterfit
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