The character typically wore thousand-dollar Versace and Hugo Boss suits over pastel cotton T-shirts, drove a Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona (really a replica kit on a 1981 Corvette chassis), followed by a Ferrari Testarossa, wore expensive timepieces by Rolex and Ebel, and lived on a 40-foot (12 m) (later a 42 -ft) Endeavour yacht with his pet alligator, Elvis.
Miami Vice was noted for its revolutionary use of music cinematography and imagery and its glitzy take on the police drama genre.
His biography noted that he had previously appeared in "Burnt Cork and Melody" and "The Hullabaloo." He also attended the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas.
Johnson has spoken about his draft-exempt status and his dislike for war.
Don was married twice to Melanie Griffith, who he met when he was 22 and she was just 14 and during their time together they had a daughter Dakota, who is now taking the lead role in Fifty Shades Of Grey.