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Don Johnson Gets Another $28 Million as Judge Adds Interest to 'Nash Bridges' Payout

by Jean Bentley, posted Sep 9th 2010 11:30AM
Don JohnsonDon Johnson got another big payday for 'Nash Bridges,' his San Francisco-set police drama that's been off the air since 2001. A judge added $28 million in interest to the amount a jury ordered the 'Bridges' production company to pay the actor in a July decision, according to Reuters.

That can buy a whole lot of yellow convertibles.

Johnson sued Rysher Entertainment LLC back in February of 2009, saying he was owed millions in profits as the co-owner of the copyright to his popular show. A jury agreed, and, in July, awarded the actor $23.2 million. Judge Michael Stern added 10 percent interest for every year since Johnson and Rysher signed the deal in 1998, amounting to $28 million in interest and $51.2 million total.

Though the show only ran for six seasons, it continues to air in syndication in 43 countries around the world. The show followed the titular character, a divorced fortysomething police inspector, and his partner, played by Cheech Marin, as they tooled around San Francisco in a vintage yellow convertible and solved crimes.

Johnson originally sought more than $100 million in his lawsuit, but told Reuters that he was happy with the court's decision. "I'm delighted," he said. "It's appropriate. I've waited a long time."

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