Alex Johns (August 23, 1966 – August 7, 2010) was an American film and television producer. Johns is best known for his work as the co-executive producer of more than seventy episodes of the animated television series Futurama. He also the co-executive producer of the 2006 film, The Ant Bully.
Johns was born in Roseville, California, on August 23, 1966. He was the grandson of actor Steve Cochran (1917-1966). Johns graduated from Escalon High School in Escalon, California, in 1984. He attended both San Diego State University and the University of California, San Diego.
He began his career in the film industry by colorizing classic black-and-white movies in the late 1980s. Johns was successful in this work despite the fact that he was colorblind, which he kept a professional secret. He began working in television in the 1990s on the series, The Ren & Stimpy Show.
Matt Groening, the creator of Futurama, hired Johns to work on the show. Johns would eventually co-executive produce more than seventy episodes of Futurama during his career. Groening also gave Johns a prominent production role in the 1999 Christmas television special, Olive, the Other Reindeer, which starred Drew Barrymore and Ed Asner.
Film director John A. Davis hired Johns to co-executive produce the 2006 computer-animated film, The Ant Bully. In a professional twist, Johns had actually fired Davis from the production staff of Olive, the Other Reindeer in the late 1990s due to tactical and budgetery reasons. Davis spoke of the unusual situation in an interview in 2010 explaining, "Alex was in the uncomfortable position of telling me I was being replaced, but to hear his spin, it sounded like I was getting a promotion! He was awesome...He did such a great job firing me, I had to hire him! (for The Ant Bully)." The film went on to gross more than $28 million at the U.S. domestic box office.
Alex Johns died on August 7, 2010, of a long illness at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles at the age of 45. He was survived by his mother, Xandria Walker, and four brothers - David Cimino, Michael Johns, Christopher Johns and Daniel Johns. He was predeceased by his father, Wendell Johns.