Eric Johnson

Eric Johnson


8/7/1979, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Birth Name

Eric Johann Johnson



Also Known As

Eric Johann Johnson
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Eric was born on August 7, 1979 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. At age nine, his parents enrolled him in theatre school. During his youth, he landed several TV commercials. At 18, he began landing roles for small screen productions. His most famous role was playing the jock Whitney,…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Eric originally auditioned for the parts of Clark Kent, and Lex Luthor before landing the role of Whitney Fordman on Smallville.

    • Eric produced his first screenplay, Fishbowl (2004) with his wife Adria.

    • Eric cites his childhood job as a newspaper delivery boy as the sole reason he does not have a dog as an adult.

    • Eric is friends with his former Smallville co-star Allison Mack.

    • Eric has lived in several different cities for his various roles, including Toronto, Vancouver, and Los Angeles.

    • Eric starred in the pilot for Falcon Beach, but it was recast with another actor when it was picked up, due to scheduling conflicts.

    • Eric auditioned for the WB show Roswell, but was not cast. Luckily for him, director David Nutter remembered him when he auditioned for Smallville.

    • Eric supports the social-eco change organization "The Hollywood Hill."

    • Eric is married to producer/writer Adria Budd, whom he met while she was working on the Smallville set as Annette O'Toole's personal assistant. They were married on August 7, 2004, which also happened to be Eric's 25th birthday.

    • In 2001 Eric was nominated for a Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program for his role in the controversial movie Scorn (2000).

    • Eric was nominated for a Young Artist Award, "Best Young Actor - Guest in a Television Series" for V in 1985.

    • Some of Eric's hobbies include photography, painting, playing guitar, kayaking, rock climbing, camping, and hiking.

    • Eric's most high-profile role prior to Smallville was playing "Teen Tristan" in the feature film Legends of the Fall. Brad Pitt played the same character as an adult.

    • Eric says that he was pretty much the opposite of his character Whitney on Smallville, while he was in high school.

    • Eric's favorite movies are Citizen Kane, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and Se7en.

    • Eric's favorite cars are the 1970 Plymouth Barracuda and Shelby Cobra.

    • Eric Johnson is 6' 2".

  • Quotes

    • Eric: The coolest achievement for me is that I actually get to do this for a living. Everyday I am thankful for this opportunity to do what I love to do. There are many people who would love to be in my shoes and I really try not to lose sight of that.

    • Eric: Kissing scenes are always a little awkward and I don't know any actors that look forward to them; you just want to get it over with as soon as possible no matter who it's with. Some fans may think it's a perk of the job but it's quite the opposite.

    • Eric: (on his former co-star Kristin Kreuk) Kristin is great. Not only is she really good at what she does, she is an honest and genuine person as well.

    • Eric: I'll tell you, "Flash" is the best nickname that I've had for most of my life.

    • Eric: (on his new show "Flash Gordon") I think it's going to appeal to a lot of people. It's been amazing, in my initial experiences talking about the show, how many men in their 40s into their 60s just light up when you mention Flash Gordon. And I don't think there's a 13-year-old boy in the world who isn't going to think this is the coolest show ever. Frickin' ray guns! How cool is that?

    • Eric: When I was a kid, I never got into comic books. I was too lost in my own fantasy world to be reading about others.

  • Great Actor

    Eric's most high-profile role to American audiences (before Smallville) was playing "teen Tristan" in the Brad Pitt-starring film Legends of the Fall. Up in Canada, Eric played the lead in an award-winning film titled Scorn. Eric enjoys playing guitar, camping and playing basketball, football and baseball. He also recently directed a short film. For much more on Eric, visit Eric Johnson Web. Whitney left Smallville during the first season finale to enter the military. However, Eric returned for the second season episode titled "Visage." It's been a while since we've mentioned the late, great Whitney Fordman around here. The actor who played him, Eric Johnson, is still very alive and keeping quite busy doing a new TV series based on the classic comic strip Flash Gordon.moreless
  • Eric Johnson as Whitney Fordman added a great deal to Smallville. I've missed seeing him.

    Eric Johnson has an extensive resume of credits. I can't understand why he hasn't become a bigger star. His role as Joshua Steed in the upcoming "The Work and the Glory: A House Divided" may go straight to DVD since it is about the Latter Days Saints. He will have a starring role along with Jason Priestly in 2007's "Everest '82". I hope that this does Eric Justice. He has directed two shorts 2005's Fishbowl and 2002's Candy from Strangers.

    He played the starring role of Darren Huenemann, in 2000's "Scorn" Eric's role is based on a true story which occurred in the early Nineties in British Columbia. He wanted to have his mother and grandmother murdered so he could inherit their money.moreless