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David Johansen


Miami Vice Character
Singer at party ("The Dutch Oven")
Miami Vice Performer
January 9, 1950, Staten Island, New York
Cyrinda Foxe (1973-77, divorced)
Kate Simon (1983-present)

David Roger Johansen (born January 9, 1950) is an American singer, songwriter, and actor, also known by the name Buster Poindexter, who made his film debut in the series Miami Vice as an unnamed singer of his song "King of Babylon" at a party attended by David Jones (played by Cleavant Derricks) and Trudy in the episode "The Dutch Oven".


Johansen was born in Staten Island, New York. Johansen took an interest in music, and vowed to be like his idol, Mick Jagger. In the early 1970s Johansen joined the group New York Dolls, who released two albums but failed to achieve commercial success, but their sound would influence the punk-rock groups of the late 1970s. In 1977, Johansen left the Dolls for a solo career, but achieved no success until the late 1980s, when he began performing under the pseudonym Buster Poindexter, and joined the house band on Saturday Night Live, and released his first hit, "Hot, Hot, Hot". Johansen began appearing on TV shows such as The Equalizer (with Keith Szarabajka, Joe Morton, and Steve Buscemi), Cupid (with Byrne Piven), Oz (with Rita Moreno), which was his most recent TV appearance, and in the movies Scrooged, Let It Ride (with Richard Edson), Freejack (with Amanda Plummer, Esai Morales, and Johansen's idol, Mick Jagger), Mr. Nanny (with Afa Anoai), Car 54, Where Are You? (with Penn Jillette, Teller, and Coati Mundi), and his most recent appearance Coda in 2005. He has reunited with the New York Dolls and toured again, as well as appearing as himself in the 2015 Netflix feature A Very Murray Christmas..


  • 1978 David Johansen
  • 1978 The David Johansen Group Live
  • 1979 In Style
  • 1981 Here Comes the Night
  • 1982 Live It Up
  • 1984 Sweet Revenge
  • 1987 Buster Poindexter
  • 1988 Stay Awake: Various Interpretations of Music from Vintage Disney Films (1988), as "Buster Poindexter and The Banshees of Soul"
  • 1989 Buster Goes Berserk
  • 1994 Buster's Happy Hour
  • 1997 Buster's Spanish Rocketship
  • 2000 David Johansen and the Harry Smiths
  • 2002 Shaker
  • 2003 Stormy Weather: The Music of Harold Arlen
  • 2005 Jim White Presents Music From Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus

Personal Life

Johansen married Cyrinda Foxe, an aspiring actress in 1973, but left Johansen to be with Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, and they divorced in 1977. Johansen later married Kate Simon in 1983, he has no children.