Presented to a Canadian actor or actress in recognition of their exceptional body of work in Canadian television.
Clark Johnson is an actor and director. He has been a director and series regular on Homicide: LIFE on the Street, The Wire, and the Amazon comedy Alpha House with John Goodman and Bill Murray. He began his professional career in football but after being unceremoniously cut by Toronto and Hamilton in Canada and Pittsburgh and Buffalo (twice) in the NFL, his first film job was in Toronto as Lee Major’s driver. He started directing professionally in 1997 in the fourth season of Homicide. He was the director of the pilot episodes and the series finales of both The Shield (Emmy nomination) and The Wire; Clark also directed the pilot and other episodes of Sleeper Cell (won AFI best miniseries, nominated Golden Globe), The Walking Dead, Memphis Beat, Lights Out, The Get Down and Luke Cage, among others. He also directed several and played a role in Homeland for Showtime. His feature film career includes directing and playing roles in an original feature production for HBO’s, Boycott (AFI nominated, best movie/miniseries, won Peabody award), in 2001 then two feature films: S.W.A.T. in 2003 and The Sentinel in 2006. In 2016, he made his Broadway debut in a revival of Kurt Vonnegut’s musical God Bless You Mr. Rosewater with James Earl Jones. In short, Clark is comfortable singing and dancing. Whether it be on stage, in front of the camera or behind it. Clark is currently in post-production on an independent feature film titled Juanita.