I have received many requests for information about the actor responsible for bringing Alexander to unlife. Here's all I have. Though it would be an honour to be, am not in contact with Geordie Johnson or his agent, and I have no personal information about Mr Johnson. Everything below was either included in the publicity material I received from RHI Entertainment in 1991, found on the Internet, or donated by visitors to Lucard's Home Page. If anyone has more to add, please feel free to contribute.
From the "Dracula: the Series" publicity material (1990):
Geordie Johnson had just finished a stint in the famous two-character play "A Walk in the Woods" at the National Arts Center in Ottawa, Canada when he got the call to audition for the title role in the new syndicated television program, "Dracula: the Series." His one caution to the producers: he was light-haired and Dracula had always been portrayed as a brunet. Plus, he was sporting a mustache. Would that be a problem?
The mustache would have to go, he was told, but a blond vampire might fit their updated interpretation of the old legend as ruthless billionaire power broker in "Dracula: the Series." Initially the producers wanted Johnson to die his hair white-blond, but they decided the actor's Count Dracula needed no embellishment--he was naturally "hip" enough.
Fatefully, Geordie Johnson had played Dracula in a Canadian stage version of the vampire legend. Johnson had [also] appeared in the television series "Adderly" seen on the CBS Television Network and the syndicated series "Alfred Hitchcock Presents." [In addition,] Johnson had a continuing role for four years in the Canadian television series, "The Campbells."
Johnson had performed a wide rage of theatrical roles, notably at the Shaw Festival and Stratford Festival. He is equally adept at playing early English comedy, Shakespearean drama, frothy Philip Barry comedies such as "Holiday," and steamy Tennessee Williams roles including Brick in "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof."
Johnson won a DORA award for his portrayal of a violent dimwit in Judith Thompson's drama "I Am Yours." He also appears as the Antipholi (twins) in the CBC presentation of the Stratford Festival production of "The Comedy of Errors," which was sold to PBS television in the U.S. and the BBC in England.
The actor grew up in a small town in the foothills of the mountains in Alberta, Canada. He worked summers and weekends during high school in the sawmill founded by his grandfather in the 1920's and taken over by his father in the 1960's. "My job was tough and dangerous work, breaking logs into two by four studs. You could easily lose an eye to wood splinters flying out of the saw if you weren't careful," recalls Johnson.
Johnson admits he didn't have a specific plan, but, "I knew I didn't want to work in a sawmill my entire life." So he earned a bachelor of fine arts degree from the University of Calgary where he studied acting and directing in styles ranging from the Italian 16th century commedia dell'arte to Shakespeare. Upon graduation from college, Johnson joined an improvisational acting company and travelled across British Columbia, Alberta and Vancouver Island. The young actor was very good at improvisation, but his self-described "laid-back personality" didn't mesh with the rigors of improvisational performing, which require an actor to always be "on."
Johnson left the troupe and moved to Toronto [in 1980] where he built a solid reputation as an actor. For the first four years, he and a friend set up a renovation company to get them through the lean times between gigs. Johnson sold his share of the business as he got busier acting in theatre, film and television.
By 1990, however, Johnson says he started to feel complacent, so he decided to pass on the Shaw and Stratford festivals and make an all-out attack on a career in television. Almost immediately, he auditioned for and won the role of Alexander Lucard/Dracula in "Dracula: the Series."
Some of Geordie Johnson's other known roles: