Cherie Johnson

Recent Role:

Star on I Do...I Did

Born:

Pittsburgh Pennsylvania

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  • Cherie Johnson was born in the small town of Duquesne (Du-kane) a few minutes outside Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, but this soon to be trend setter had her sights on Hollywood, California at the young age of 6. Little did a young Cherie know that she had a famous Uncle ( David Duclon, the creator of Silver Spoons, Mork & Mindy, The Jeffersons, Happy Days, The Odd Couple, Laverne & Shirley, etc) who held her close to his heart and mind. Using Cherie as a muse, he wrote a pilot for NBC titled “Punky Brewster“ and anticipated his niece would solely be thrilled that he named one of the characters after her. Her response was not that of a typical 6 year old. This bright-eyed bushy tailed star gazer couldn’t grasp the idea of anyone other than herself playing a character of her namesake. Unfortunately, nepotism was far from a key factor in casting. Uncle Duclon had sold the show to NBC and the part of Cherie was to be casted in Chicago, New York City, and Los Angeles. Not a clue of what an audition was, this star born child’s persistence paid off. After 6 auditions, hundreds of other potential actress’ across the country, and a heartwarming meeting with Brandon Tartikoff (then president of NBC) little Cherie Johnson went from muse to TV Star! “Punky Brewster” was a hit and Cherie couldn’t ask for more, but just one year later, “Punky Brewster” expanded into a cartoon series in which Cherie contributed her voice for her Little Cherie. With a hit TV show, a hit Cartoon Series, Cherie was then nominated for a Young Artist Award for three consecutive years. Cherie stayed plenty busy in her formative years making TV appearances in such projects as “Playing with Fire”, co-starring Gary Coleman. What an inspiration and a role model! In 1986, Cherie was chosen to tour the USA as the National Cheer Representative for the Just Say No to Drugs Campaign through 1988. She gained national recognition and was honored when she was selected to introduce Nancy Reagan (then First Lady) to the historical movement. Cherie was on top of the world literally when she and fellow NBC TV Children traveled to Finland to guest-star on “Andy Williams and the NBC Kids Search for Santa” Christmas Special. After 4 years, “Punky Brewster” came to an end but little Cherie wasn’t fearful. She went on to star on Days of Our Lives until 1990. With her new found stardom, Cherie stayed busy starring with stars such as Martin Lawrence in “It’s A Bit Strange”. Her body of work later included her memorable role as Maxine in ABC’s (CBS‘s) hit TV show “Family Matters” co-starring Jaleel White (Steve Urkel) & Kellie Williams (Laura Winslow). On December 8th 1991, Cherie was recognized by the National Association Of Youth In Entertainment by winning the Award of Excellence and was nominated for her 4th time for A Young Artist Award in 1993. With all this celebrity and busy work schedule, Cherie’s bleeding heart made sure she found time to volunteer teaching computer classes to children with Downs Syndrome. Continuing her plight, in 1994, Cherie founded the “Off The Streets“ program which provided recreational activities, tutoring services, and a safe haven for children who’s parents worked long hours. The program included teaching the children arts & crafts, various fields of the entertainment industry (singing, dancing, acting), and skills that prepared them for the real world. After 9 years, “Family Matters” ended. Yet again, Cherie found herself working steadily on TV shows such as “Good Behavior”, hit films such as “Teaching Mrs. Tingle“. Cherie’s guest-starring role as Kim’s (Countess Vaughn) cousin on UPN‘s “The Parkers“, turned into a memorable recurring role . In 2002, Cherie revisited her voice over roots when she landed a recurring role on the Disney Channels “The Proud Family“ co-starring Kyla Pratt and was reunited with her childhood friend Soleil Moon Frye (Punky Brewster). In 2003, Cherie decided to step back into the big screen with her cameo appearance in the summer comedy “Malibooty” executive produced by Brian Hooks. Winter 2004, Cherie made an appearance on UPN‘s “Eve’ playing opposite Brian, which served as a liaison that established a greater work relationship and resume between the two. It only seemed natural that the two would collaborate once again on next years much anticipated horror/thriller film “7eventy-5ive”. With Brian Hooks directing and starring, Cherie Johnson quickly accepted her dream position as Co-Executive producer as well as co-starring.moreless

    Gender:

    Female

    Birth Place:

    Pittsburgh Pennsylvania

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (1)

    • Cherie Johnson: Punky's staying power definitely came from the Punky Power in the show, I would say. The kids were really what it was about, and our show actually had meaning. A lot of shows nowadays don't really have meaning, and they don't have a message, unless they're children's shows. We taught kids CPR, we started a "Just Say No to Drugs" campaign, and we also taught kids that the things we did on TV were things that you could do at home, and with your friends. So, not only did we have the Punky Power, but we gave the Punky Power to other children. And the things we taught, I believe, were so important that people have brought them into their adulthoods. That show was only four years in my career, and it is my heart. Not a day goes by where I don't think about it and the people that I worked with, and I miss them. I love Punky. Punky lives in me.

    Trivia (2)

    • Famous singer/performer Andy Gibb appeared on a Season 2 episode of Punky Brewster, and Cherie still credits him as her "first love" (he kissed her on the cheek during the episode). He even came to her birthday party that same year at Disney World, and he played miniature golf with the kids all day long. Cherie fondly remembers this, and she says that she still wears the gold cross he gave her as a present.

    • Cherie considers Punky Brewster the best experience of her whole acting career. She claims that she has never been part of anything where the cast and crew was as loving and friendly as those who were on Punky.