|Days of our Lives|
|Portrayed by||Ethan and Morgan (2007)|
Ranger and Wiley Murphree (2008)
Gabriel and Gideon (2008)
Jonathan and Jacob Velarde (2008)
Aaron and Griffin Kunitz (2009-2014)
|Current status||Former; Recurring|
|First appearance||October 23, 2007|
|Last appearance||October 30, 2014|
|Cause/reason||Left Town with his mother Sami Brady|
|Created by||Hogan Sheffer and Meg Kelly|
|Introduced by||Ken Corday and Edward J. Scott|
|Fullname||John Roman DiMera|
|Alias(es)||John Roman Horton (full name; when believed to be Lucas's son) |
Giovanni (the Italian version of "John"; used by Stefano)
Aaron Fisher (fake name on passport)
Johnny DiMera is a character from the soap opera Days of Our Lives, portrayed by a number of child actors from 2007-14. He was most notably played by twins Aaron and Griffin Kunitz. Johnny is the son of EJ DiMera and Sami Brady. By extension, he is the grandson of long time nemesis Stefano DiMera and Roman Brady as well as Roman's ex and Stefano's obsession Marlena Evans. Rafe Hernandez and Lucas Horton have both served as father figures to Johnny.
Though Johnny is a sweet little boy, who is close with his twin Allie Horton, he is often portrayed in possible future scenarios as a rude and arrogant jerk, who treats Allie lower than dirt and is heavily influenced by Stefano. In Lucas's dream, he dreamed Allie would be grieving him and be made fun of by Johnny and his friends. Sami imagined Johnny at age 15, smoking with EJ and Stefano, and forcing a professor to give him a passing grade before mercilessly killing him.
In December of 2006, Sami Brady and Lucas Roberts went for a romantic winter vacation when a terrible storm hits, forcing them to take shelter in an abandoned log cabin. Whooe staying in the log cabin, Lucas and Sami made love in front of the fire. The roof suddenly collapsed, and a huge beam fell on Lucas's leg. Lucas was trapped and had a chance of freezing to death.
Sami went looking for help, and flagged down a car. The driver was E.J. DiMera. Sami begged for E.J.'s help, and he said he would help if she had sex with him. Sami reluctantly agrees, and essentially let EJ rape her to help save Lucas.
In early 2007, Sami Brady learned that she was pregnant with twins. The DNA test originally said that E.J. was the father, but Nick Fallon later confessed to switching the test and confirmed Lucas the father.
John Roman DiMera was born on October 23, 2007. He and his twin sister Allie Horton were delivered by their grandmother Marlena Evans delivered in the bedroom of the penthouse with E.J. and Lucas in attendance. John was nicknamed Johnny and named in honour of Sami's recently deceased stepfather John Black and her father Roman Brady.
E.J. noted that one of the twins didn't look like Lucas and a DNA test confirmed that EJ was Johnny's father. Both E.J., and his father Stefano were elated that Johnny was a DiMera, especially since E.J. was now bonded with Sami forever. Sami committed to raising Allie and Johnny together despite having different fathers.
E.J. was shot in November during an forced marriage with Sami. He was paralyzed from the waist down. E.J. went to live with Sami, and let his crime lord father Stefano DiMera spend time with his grandson. Stefano took to calling Johnny "Giovanni". Sami worried that Stefano coups influence Johnny negatively and even had a nightmare of Johnny working with his father and grandfather to interrogate and then murder an innocent man. E.J.'s legal half-brother Tony DiMera also encouraged E.J. to cut Stefano out of his life for Johnny's sake.
In January 2008, E.J. turned against Stefano after learning he had revived and brainwashed John. Stefano was sent to prison and later placed in a catatonic state by Marlena in and sent away to a long term care facility at the end of February. Lucas was arrested for shooting E.J in January as well and went to prison.
With Stefano in a coma, John, who was revealed to be Stefano's half-brother inherited the DiMera fortune. Stefano left Johnny a large trust fund that he would inherit when he was 21. John permitted his stepdaughter Sami and his nephew E.J. to live at the mansion along with their children. E.J. helped Sami raise Allie alongside Johnny until Lucas returned in May. Stefano also returned in August.
E.J. started a relationship with Nicole Walker, and she became pregnant with Johnny's half-sister. In January 2009, Johnny was diagnosed with eye cancer, leaving the Brady and DiMera families devastated. Johnny's paternal aunt Dr. Lexie Carver facilitated a surgery to remove his eye and replace it with a glass one to save Johnny's life.
Not long after, Johnny's sister Sydney DiMera was born. Sydney was originally thought to be the baby Nicole had been pregnant with, but in November, it was revealed that Nicole had a miscarriage back in October 2008, and stole Sami's baby with E.J. to raise as her own.
Johnny became close with Sami's boyfriend Rafe Hernandez, which made Stefano and E.J. so jealous that they schemed to break up Sami and Rafe for good. Johnny maintaind a close relationship with Rafe and E.J. at the same time. He also maintained a close relationship with all of his grandpa's, including Stefano, who taught Johnny to call him Nono.
Despite the rough start, Johnny grew into a happy little boy, with a special place in his heart for E.J., Rafe, and Lucas. When E.J. was murdered, Sami knew that she needed to get her children away from Salem for a fresh start. So, when the opportunity arose to move to Hollywood make her life story into a movie, Sami jumped at the chance. The family moved out to California in October 2014.