You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Drummer-actor Bernard ‘Bunchy’ Johnson dies

New Orleans native just finished filming scenes for HBO's 'Treme'

Drummer and actor Bernard “Bunchy” Johnson, died of a heart attack March 21. He was 58.

Johnson, a native of New Orleans, had just finished filming scenes for David Simon’s new HBO series, “Treme,” which was shot in his childhood neighborhood.

Nicknamed “Bunchy” because of his size, Johnson’s feature acting credits included “Monster’s Ball,” “Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans,” and “Love Song for Bobby Long.” On TV, he appeared in Fox’s “K-Ville.”

He also appeared in Off Broadway’s “Staggerlee.”

During his 40-year musical career, Johnson played with numerous New Orleans acts and toured with R&B singers including Johnnie Taylor, Billy Preston and Will Porter. He recently finished recording tracks for the Porter’s debut album and was working with musicians including Dr. John, Allen Toussaint, and Leroy Jones.

Right up until his death he played with Jeremy Davenport at the Ritz-Carlton New Orleans, according to the Times-Picayune. As a member of the “Joints Jumpin'” revue he appeared at Harrahs Casino at the Big Easy.

A series of traditional memorials are planned for Johnson, a favorite musician of the New Orleans scene.

More Music

  • American Music Awards Alessia Cara

    American Music Awards: What You Didn't See on TV

    Drummer and actor Bernard “Bunchy” Johnson, died of a heart attack March 21. He was 58. Johnson, a native of New Orleans, had just finished filming scenes for David Simon’s new HBO series, “Treme,” which was shot in his childhood neighborhood. Nicknamed “Bunchy” because of his size, Johnson’s feature acting credits included “Monster’s Ball,” “Bad […]

  • Top Rock Agent at CAA Nashville

    Powerhouse Nashville Rock Agent Scott Clayton Leaves CAA for WME

    Drummer and actor Bernard “Bunchy” Johnson, died of a heart attack March 21. He was 58. Johnson, a native of New Orleans, had just finished filming scenes for David Simon’s new HBO series, “Treme,” which was shot in his childhood neighborhood. Nicknamed “Bunchy” because of his size, Johnson’s feature acting credits included “Monster’s Ball,” “Bad […]

  • Della Reese dead

    Della Reese, 'Touched by an Angel' Star and R&B Singer, Dies at 86

    Drummer and actor Bernard “Bunchy” Johnson, died of a heart attack March 21. He was 58. Johnson, a native of New Orleans, had just finished filming scenes for David Simon’s new HBO series, “Treme,” which was shot in his childhood neighborhood. Nicknamed “Bunchy” because of his size, Johnson’s feature acting credits included “Monster’s Ball,” “Bad […]

  • Get Out

    'Get Out,' 'Detroit,' Issa Rae, Jay-Z, Mary J. Blige Among Top NAACP Image Award Nominees

    Drummer and actor Bernard “Bunchy” Johnson, died of a heart attack March 21. He was 58. Johnson, a native of New Orleans, had just finished filming scenes for David Simon’s new HBO series, “Treme,” which was shot in his childhood neighborhood. Nicknamed “Bunchy” because of his size, Johnson’s feature acting credits included “Monster’s Ball,” “Bad […]

  • Diana Ross American Music Awards

    TV Review: The 2017 American Music Awards

    Drummer and actor Bernard “Bunchy” Johnson, died of a heart attack March 21. He was 58. Johnson, a native of New Orleans, had just finished filming scenes for David Simon’s new HBO series, “Treme,” which was shot in his childhood neighborhood. Nicknamed “Bunchy” because of his size, Johnson’s feature acting credits included “Monster’s Ball,” “Bad […]

  • Charles Manson Hospitalized

    Charles Manson Dies at 83

    Drummer and actor Bernard “Bunchy” Johnson, died of a heart attack March 21. He was 58. Johnson, a native of New Orleans, had just finished filming scenes for David Simon’s new HBO series, “Treme,” which was shot in his childhood neighborhood. Nicknamed “Bunchy” because of his size, Johnson’s feature acting credits included “Monster’s Ball,” “Bad […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content