Monday, December 27, 2010

Cherie Johnson who played Punkie Brewster's best friend

Cherie Johnson was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania November 21, 1975. She is best known as Punkie Brewster's (Soleil Moon Frye) best friend named oddly enough, Cherie Johnson. Another oddity about the show is that her Grandma on the show was her real life Grandma, Susie Garrett. 

Cherie Johnson (Cherie Johnson) of the TV show "Punky Brewster"

Cherie got her acting start in 1984 with a little help from her uncle who was a producer, and got a part on "Punky Brewster" as of course Cherie Johnson, Punky's best friend.  She co-starred with Soleil Moon Frye (Punky Brewster), George Gaynes (Henry Warnimont
), Susie Garrett (Betty Johnson), Ami Foster (Margaux Kramer), and Casey Ellison (Allen Anderson). Cherie stuck with the role until the show's end in 1988.

Soleil Moon Frye (Punky Brewster) and Cherie Johnson (Cherie Johnson) of the TV show "Punky Brewster"
The cast of the TV show "Punky Brewster"  Front: Cherie Johnson (Cherie Johnson), Brandon (Brandon the Wonder dog), Soleil Moon Frye (Punky Brewster), Back: Susie Garret (Betty Johnson), Ami Foster (Margaux Kramer), Casey Ellison (Allen Anderson), Geroge Gaynes (Henry Warnimont)

During her run on "Punky Brewster", Cherie starred in the television movie "Playing with Fire" co-starring Gary Coleman, Cicely Tyson, Yaphet Kotto, Ron O'Neal, and Tammy Lauren.  She also starred her voice in an animated version of "Punky Brewster", "It's Punky Brewster" for 3 episodes in 1985.  That same year she also appeared on the day time soap "Days of Our Lives".

Cherie Johnson (Cherie Johnson) of the TV show "Punky Brewster"

After "Punky Brewster", Cherie landed a role in the TV movie "A Little Bit Strange" co-starring Michael Warren, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Shawn Skie, and Martin Lawrence (1989);

The following year Cherie managed to get a role on the TV show "Family Matters".  Johnson portrayed the role of Maxine, the best friend of Laura Winslow (Kellie Shanygne Williams) who appeared frequently throughout the shows run. Johnson played the role 1 year after the show started until the show ended in 1998.  The show also starred Reginald VelJohnson (Carl Winslow), Jaleel White (Steven "Urkel"), Darius McCrary (Eddie Winslow), JoMarie Payton (Harriette Winslow), and Rosetta LeNoire (Mother Winslow).  

Cherie Johnson then

Cherie Johnson as Maxine on the TV show "Family Matters"

Cherie Johnson as Maxine on the TV show "Family Matters"

During her run on the show she also made a guest appearance in the series "Goode Behavior" in 1996 which starred Sherman Hemsley, Dorien Wilson, Alex Datcher, Scott Grimes, and Bianca Lawson.

Cherie Johnson as Maxine on the TV show "Family Matters"
Jaleel White (Steven "Urkel") and Cherie Johnson (Maxine) on the TV show "Family Matters"
Cherie Johnson (Maxine) and Kellie Shanygne Williams (Laura Winslow) on the TV show "Family Matters"

Cherie went on to appear in shows and films such as "Teaching Mrs. Tingle" starring Helen Mirren, Marisa Coughlan, Katie Holmes, Jeffrey Tambor, Barry Watson, Marisa Coughlan, Liz Stauber, Michael McKean, Molly Ringwald, and Vivica A. Fox (1999); and she made several appearances on "The Parkers" staring Mo'Nique, Dorien Wilson, Countess Vaughn, Jenna von Oÿ, Ken Lawson, and Yvette Wilson (1999-2002). 

Cherie Johnson today
Cherie Johnso

Johnson lent her voice to "The Proud Family" (2002); "Malibooty! co-starring Brian Hooks, Kent King, Kym Whitley, Traci Bingham and Sticky Fingaz (2003); "Eve" starring Ali Landry, Natalie Desselle, Jason George, and Eve (2005); "Killer Weekend" co-starring Eric Roberts, Frida Farrell, Jake Terrell, Moe Irvin, and Jenna Zablocki  (2007);"Dead Tone" starring Brian Hooks, Jud Tylor, Germán Legarreta, Antwon Tanner, and Rutger Hauer (2007); and "The Intruders" co-starring Steven Bauer, Lisa Wilcox, Alla Korot, and Meadow Williams (2009).

Cherie Johnson now

Cherie Johnson now, not the innocent little Cherie from "Punky Brewster"

Cherie landed a leading role in "I Do... I Did!" co-starring Marcus Patrick, April Scott, Antwon Tanner, Shar Jackson, Gwendoline Yeo, and Jazsmin Lewis (2009); she then starred in "Raven" co-starring Meadow Williams, Roland Kickinger, Steven Bauer, Dee Wallace, Courtney Gains, Alicia Leigh Willis, and Kira Brannlund  (2009); and "Nobody Smiling" co-starring Dante Anders, Eric Bivens-Bush, Jeanette Branch, and Sarah Dandashy (2010).

Cherie Johnson today

With several up and coming films slated for release, we'll be seeing much more of Cherie Johnson in the future.  Her soon to be released titles include "Lights Out", "Fanaddict", "Guardian of Eden", and "The Maul".

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