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Don Johnson gets $19 million in lawsuit over 'Nash Bridges' pay

02/11/2013 by Kristina Lopez

Don Johnson has settled a lawsuit with Rysher Entertainment over a deal the actor had with the production company for "Nash Bridges."

Johnson sued the company and claimed that a 1995 deal he had with Rysher Entertainment gave him 50 percent ownership of the drama series if it made more than 66 episodes, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The series lasted a total of 122 episodes from 1996 to 2001.

The actor sued for the money he believed he was owed as a result of the deal and the lawsuit went to a jury trial in 2010. Rysher Entertainment claimed that "Nash Bridges" actually lost money and that Johnson's pay should be decided by the profits the company made after distribution fees and production costs were considered, according to the entertainment news outlet.

Johnson was initially awarded $23.2 million by the jury before the trial judge awarded interest, which boosted the total to $50 million. However, the money was cut down to $15 million on appeal. Recent documents submitted to the Los Angeles Superior Court revealed that the two parties settled the suit in January for $19 million.

The 63-year-old actor is likely best known for his role on the 80s television series "Miami Vice." He recently had a role in the Oscar-nominated film "Django Unchained" and has appeared in "Eastbound & Down," "Machete" and "Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star."

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