Born: Omaha, Nebraska
Mom & Dad, along with me and my siblings moved from Omaha
to Portland, Oregon when I was 3 years young.
Elementary School: Richmond, in S.E. Portland (Graduated)
High School: Franklin, in S. E. Portland (Graduated)
My network television break came in 2 separate events,
thanks to CBS & ABC. First, in 1986, Will Vinton
Productions was seeking someone to provide a specific
kind of voice for the starring role of "Rex" in the stop-action
special, A Claymation Christmas Celebration. I auditioned
and was awarded the part. For all of our combined efforts,
the television special won an EMMY in 1987.
I continued the role in 1987 for the full length feature film,
Will Vinton's Festival of Claymation.
In 1990, ABC television in Hollywood contacted me to
appear in their new network show, America's Funniest
People. Over the next few years, my segment continued
in reruns, then was sold to other television shows for airing.
The achievement of seeing my name on the marquee of
the exclusive Portland Center for the Performing Arts, in
my home town of Portland, Oregon was very gratifying.
The former Paramount Theater had been built in 1928,
renovated, and renamed The Portland Theater, and is
located in the heart of the downtown area on Broadway.
12 years into my career, my performance here in 1993,
just prior to my moving to Nashville, TN was a personal
as well as professional milestone.
Moving to Nashville, TN September 13, 1993 was
a wise decision. Before I decided to relocate, I made
several trips to the city, performing there and meeting
with industry professionals. By virtue of my voice
impressions and comedy, within one year of moving
to Nashville, I found myself performing on the Grand
Ole Opry, and the popular Music City Tonight television
show, on TNN-The Nashville Network.
Lights, Camera, Counterfit
Currently, you will find me on music and comedy related television shows including, Country's Family Reunion, Music City Tonight, and Larry's Country Diner on the Heartland Television Network, and RFD Television Network. I still enjoy making appearances on the historic Grand Ole Opry,
and I also enjoy airplay on radio stations around the world, as well
as streaming on Spotify, and Pandora. Many Internet based
programs feature me on their syndicated programs too.
I worked while in the 7th & 8th grade earning money repairing cars, and mowing lawns. In High School, and into my mid 20's some of my jobs included loading/unloading and driving trucks, general warehouse duties, pouring utility boxes, covers, and vaults in a concrete plant, for electrical and plumbing customers.
Most disliked jobs:
Show Business: Photographs throughout this website.
and recorded in his own voice. Internet television and radio
feature Johnny, worldwide.
Political Affiliation: NONE, unless you want to count our U.S. Constitution.
Politicians get away with only what We the People allow......Johnny Counterfit
Side Note: My show contains only clean material, and I never give any political opinions or commentary; the audience wants to laugh and sing-along, and that's all we do, together!
Recordings CD's DVD's
Published author, Johnny Counterfit:
BOOK #1. JFK-Averting the Assassination
Now selling on Internet stores and on this website.
The book is also available in Public Libraries.
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August 29, 2016: Elected into the Traditional Country Music Association's Hall of Fame
Elise John Working for me
It was a great honor for me to perform here for the President, the First Lady, and their guests.
Biggest Career Challenge: Those standing between me and the audience!