Johnny Whitaker

Johnny is best known for his work as “Jody” in the CBS Television Series, “Family Affair” 1966-1971. He went on to make 5 Walt Disney Films and to Star in the musical “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” 1973.  Johnny went on to Star in his own Saturday Morning Television Series for Sid and Marty Krofft Television in “Sigmund and the Sea Monsters” (NBC 1973-75)  

     In the summer of 1976, he received the news of his television sister, Mary Anissa Jones “BUFFY’s” passing from a Drug Overdose. Johnny went back to high school and graduated then went on to college and

Actor, Director, Child Advocate, Drug Counselor,
Advocate for Mental Health &
Substance Abuse Disorders  and Prison & Jail  Reform

“Actor’s Toolkit” Classes & Workshops by JOHNNY WHITAKER

Where in the World is Johnny?  


John is currently working on a lot of different projects, However, 
Friday & Saturday,August 18-20 Johnny will be in KANAB, utah at the
Western Legends  Heritage & Music
Festival to celebrate great Westerns
Filmed in and around the Kanab area
known as “Little Hollywood”

Johnny is currently at home in Santa Clarita, California packing his bags for UTAHi

Johnny is teaching his “Actor’s Toolkit” Classes to Children, Teens and Adults.  To find out how to find out when he is coming to your area, please E-mail for more information.  Johnny’s classes can also be used to help your organization with fundraisers and corporate “team building skills” it is not only fun and entertaining, but educational as well.  

You & your co-workers and/or your kids can learn from a professional, scene techniques, cold reading, acting and performing for the film/television camera and stage. Techniques that only someone who has DONE it and BEEN there can show you. Even if you aren’t an actor, you will learn “HOW TO ACT”.  You’ll have a fun, entertaining, team building and educational event for all ages and skill levels!! For more information:  Contact

Get information on Johnny’s Non-Profit Organization

Visit our Non-Profit organization’s website

The Mission of Paso Por Paso is to support recovery programs and services for the treatment and recovery of individual addicts/alcoholics so that no individual will be deprived of needed substance abuse treatment due to their unique cultural and/or language barriers.  If you know of anyone who needs help and support and/or are interested in an intervention, in English, Spanish, French, ASL & Portuguese, please contact us.

La misión de Paso Por Paso es apoyar programas y servicios de recuperación para el tratamiento y la recuperación de los adictos/alcohólicos individuales para que ninguna persona se verán deprivada de tratamiento necesario del abuso de sustancias debido a las barreras únicas del idioma y cultura.

Si conocen alguien que necesita ayuda y/o apoyo y tal vez esta interesado hacer una intervención en ingles, frances, ASL, español o portugues contactenos.

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For the 3rd Year, Johnny will be a special celebrity guest at
The Western Legends
Heritage & Music Festival
In Kanab Utah

August 18-20

Click here for more information

then served a mission for the LDS Church to Portugal.  Upon his return, Johnny had grown up and Hollywood wasn’t looking for a Grown Up Child Star.  Johnny, however; he continued to study and pursue T.V. Film production and other avenues for employment.  Currently, he is working on many different projects and works as a Substance Abuse Professional and Advocate while writing, directing teaching and acting.  John is a Certified Addiction Counselor and Advocate.  He is currently working on a Documentary on the Portuguese Drug Policy, while writing his memoirs and completing  co-directing & producing a film  this past year.

If you are interested in having John speak and/or teach Acting.  Please go to the contact page or  e-mail us at

September 10, 2022

For the past 12 years, Johnny has been celebrating the lives of friends and others he has lost due to drug overdose.  Anissa Jones (Buffy),
Lani O’Grady, Dana Plato & Her Son Tyler, Eric Douglas, Michael Jackson, Celeste Holm and Nathan Egan.  Please send your loved one’s information to us here at or and you can share information about your loved one who may be gone never forgotten.  

Also, because September is Recovery Month, we want to Celebrate Lives
that have been recovered due to having an addictive disease or disorder.  My friend, Butch “Eddie Munster” Patrick has graciously agreed to share some of his recovery story with us along with others.

October 14, 15 &16, 2022

Johnny has been invited to this year’s MONSTER BASH in Pittsburg, PA October 14-16th.  Johnny will have new photos from SOMETHING EVIL, Stephen Spielburg’s 2nd MOW PLEASE JOIN US