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Ashley Johnson
Born Ashley Suzanne Johnson
August 9, 1983 (1983-08-09) (age 26)
Camarillo, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress, Voice Actress
Years active 1990–present

Ashley Suzanne Johnson (born August 9, 1983) is an American actress, best known for her two-season role as Chrissy Seaver in the TV show Growing Pains.[1]


Early life

Johnson was born in Camarillo, California, the youngest daughter of Nancy (née Spruiell), an independent film producer; and Clifford Johnson, the son of concert pianist Evelyn Taft and an exploration ship's captain, who died of lung and liver cancer in July 2000. She has a brother, Chris, who worked on the television show, The District, and a sister, Haylie, with whom she has formed a band.

Her father's job moved to Michigan when she was just nine days old. The family settled in the village of Franklin, Michigan, among Detroit's affluent northern suburbs. Both Ashley and Haylie are former Miss Jr. Michigan titleholders. Ashley graduated high school when she was 15.

Acting career

Ashley has had a prolific career at a young age; before she was twenty-one years old, she had already been a part of the casts of eight different TV series. Her acting career began at age six, when she played the role of Chrissy Seaver on the television show Growing Pains from 1990 to 1992, where, since the sixth and seventh season, she and then little-known actor Leonardo DiCaprio were the main characters who were added in the show before its cancellation. She also appeared in the 1994 sitcom All American Girl, which lasted for only one season, and was Mel Gibson's daughter in the 2000 comedy What Women Want. In 2008 she became a regular on the drama Dirt as Sharlee Cates, a starlet whose character is based on pop singer Britney Spears. In 2009, she appeared in Omega, the finale of the first season of Joss Whedon's Dollhouse. She also appeared in the show's unaired pilot, Echo. She also was in the episode The Blaming of the Shrew on Roseanne.

Also a voice actress, she voiced Gretchen Grundler on the Walt Disney TV animated series Recess, Terra in the Teen Titans animated series during the show's second season, Jinmay on Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go! and Gwen Tennyson on Ben 10 Alien Force and in future variations of the Ben 10 franchise.

Personal life

She attends the International School of Music, where she studies Violin and Piano; and also plays guitar and cello. When not acting or studying music, Johnson co-runs the photography company Infinity Pictures, with her friend, production assistant Mila Shah.[2] She loves to snowboard and surf, was taught to sail by her father, and she is an avid gun shooter.



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