He may not have gotten his mainstream fame until 2019 in the film, Alita: Battle Angel, playing the supporting character, Hugo, but Keean Johnson has been in the industry since 2007 when he made his first appearance in Big Green Rabbit. Since then, he has gone on to star in shows like Spooksville, The Fosters, and Nashville.
Johnson’s rapid success in Hollywood is one of the many pieces of evidence of the opportunities open to young people as a result of Hollywood being a creative industry that rewards talent no matter what.
In this article, we will explore everything you need to know about the young actor, his background and career thus far. Read on to learn more about Keean Johnson.
Keean Johnson Biography
Keean Johnson was born on the 25th of February 1996 in Colorado. His birth name is Keean Manny Johnson and he is one of the at last two children born to his parents, with the other being his younger brother named Cade.
His parents encouraged his early start in acting and supported him through homeschooling and acting lessons. As a result of his parents’ support and his early introduction into the world of acting, he began to appear on Broadway shows at a young age, including an appearance in the play, Billy Elliot and Plainsong, with the former going on to win a Tony Award.
His acting journey took him from New York to Chicago and then to Los Angeles where he has continued to star in various on-screen projects, starring in over 15 onscreen projects within the first 12 years of his career.
Since he became an onscreen actor, he has also been a recipient of a couple of award nominations, including two nominations from the Young Artist Award in 2013 for his work on Spooksville.
Movies and TV Shows
When Keean earned his debut appearance in 2007, at the age of 11 in the TV show, Big Green Rabbit, it was as an unnamed character and he did not appear in any other project until 2012 at the age of 16, when he starred in the short film, Sam Presents, playing the character, Sam Armstrong.
It marked the launch of what has been a steady rise to the top in the movie industry for Keean Johnson. In the following year, he got his first major role in a TV show, Spooksville, where he played the character Adam Freeman for 22 episodes and reprised the role in a spin-off show, Spooksville Freak Files in 5 episodes.
After Spooksville came to an end in 2014, Keean began to appear in another project, Nashville, playing the character, Colt Wheeler and in the same year, starred in an episode of Switched at Birth.
His time on Nashville did not come to an end until 2016 but during his break on Nashville, he starred in another show, The Fosters, playing the characters, Tom and Tony.
Before he hit mainstream and box office success through Alita: Battle Angel, he starred in his first feature-length film in Heritage Falls, playing the character, Markie Fitzpatrick in 2016.
In 2016, he also appeared in the shows, Notorious and Guidance, where he starred in 8 episodes, playing Kyo Ozonaka. After 2016, Keean Johnson did not appear in any other project until 2019, when he returned to the screen as Hugo in Alita: Battle Angel.
Johnson playing a supporting character in the film and has been hailed as one of the better parts of the film that earned over $400 million in the box office on a budget of $170 million.
In 2019, Keean Johnson also starred in Low Tide and Midway.
With age on his side and a string of successful appearances in movies and TV shows already in his resume, Keean is poised for a long and fulfilling career in Hollywood.
Other Facts About Him
- Keean Johnson has found success as an actor and has equally found success romantically. He is in a relationship with a fellow actor, Sofia Boutella. Although their relationship made it onto the news in February 2019, they were already together since 2018.
- His younger brother, Cade Johnson is also an aspiring actor and has already starred in a History Channel documentary, playing the young version of Ronald Reagan in Reagan.
- He enjoys traveling, particularly to Iceland and his travel companions include a sketchbook, headphones and a good book.