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James Crockett
Miami Vice character
Miami Vice Blues Glass.jpg
Don Johnson as Sonny Crockett
First appearance Brother's Keeper/Pilot
Portrayed by Don Johnson (series)
Colin Farrell (film)
Episode count 111 episodes and 1 film
Nickname(s) Sonny
Aliases Sonny Burnett
Gender Male
Age Mid 30s (series)
Early 30s (film)
Occupation Metro-Dade Police (series)
Miami-Dade Police (film)
Title Detective
Family Jack Crockett (brother, series)
Spouse(s) Caroline (ex-wife, series)
Caitlin Davies (killed in series)
Children Billy Crockett (with Caroline)
Relatives Jake Crockett (cousin, series)
Address Miami, Florida
Religion Christian
Nationality American

James "Sonny" Crockett is a fictional character from the Miami Vice television series and film of the same name. The character is portrayed by Don Johnson in the television series, and Colin Farrell in the movie version of the show. He was introduced in the Miami Vice pilot in 1984 and appeared in all 111 episodes and in the motion picture. The character has also appeared in numerous video games as well as in various popular culture references.





James Crockett, more commonly known as Sonny Crockett, first appears in the pilot episode of Miami Vice (1984) as an undercover vice cop on the trail of a Colombian drug lord. While undercover he meets Ricardo "Rico" Tubbs (Philip Michael Thomas), an NYPD undercover officer, who too is on the trail of a drug dealer and cop killer, Calderone (Miguel Pinero). Unbeknownst to them, Calderone and the Colombian are the same person that they're looking for. Crockett and Tubbs both go undercover as Sonny Burnett and Rico Cooper respectively, to try to get close to Calderone. They are successful and in the end capture him. Just as they go to see him in jail, Calderone made his $2 million bail and is on his way out of the country. Crockett promises Tubbs, that they will get him, but as reconciliation asks him if he's interested in a career in Southern Law Enforcement. There begins their new partnership as Vice Cops for the Metro-Dade Police Department (now Miami-Dade Police Department).


For the 2006 film adaptation of Miami Vice, James "Sonny" Crockett was completely reinvented and thus had no relation to the television series character. He had no backstory, like in the series where he was married and later divorced, the film version of Sonny Crockett only has a backstory for his undercover alias, Sonny Burnett.[1] The television version of Crockett carried a lot of baggage onto the set such as divorces, dead partners, and Vietnam, and so the new Crockett, by contrast, could travel light and sleek, with no back stories to burden the picture with exposition.[1][2]


For the 2006 film, Colin Farrell stated, "If I was to think about the early Crockett, I would have been in trouble because I would have been arguing over the suits that I wanted to wear and no socks with my slip-ons, and all that kind of stuff". Furthermore, Farrell didn't look to Johnson's portrayal for much inspiration.[3]


Awards and Recognitions

Year Result Award Category Recipient(s)
1985 Nominated Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Don Johnson[4]
1986 Winner Golden Globe Awards Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series - Drama Don Johnson[5]
1987 Nominated Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series - Drama Don Johnson[5]

Impact on popular culture

In 2006, inline with the release of the feature film, a Det. James "Sonny" Crockett action figure was released. It included a figure of Crockett and a plastic aligator.[6] In 2006, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories is released, and includes a character based on Crockett, who interacts with Lance Vance, voiced by Philip Michael Thomas, and Phil Collins himself,[7] who performs a full length in-game version of "In the Air Tonight".


  1. ^ a b Scott, A.O. (2006-07-28). "'Miami Vice': Operatic Passions, Yet Cool in the Heat". New York Times ( Retrieved 2007-12-19.  
  2. ^ Travers, Peter (2006-07-20). "Miami Vice: Review". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2009-05-11.  
  3. ^ Breznican, Anthony (2006-07-26). "'Miami Vice' makes series of changes". USA Today. Retrieved 2009-05-10.  
  4. ^ "Advanced Primetime Awards Search". Academy of Television Arts and Science. Retrieved 2007-11-03.  
  5. ^ a b "Miami Vice". Hollywood Foreign Press Association/Golden Globes. Retrieved 2007-11-03.  
  6. ^ "Mezco Toyz Miami Vice Detective James "Sonny" Crockett Action Figure". Retrieved 2009-05-11.  
  7. ^ Paphides, Pete (2008-04-25). "Phil Collins casually serves notice of his retirement". Times Online (London). Retrieved 2008-05-08.  


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