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Johnny DiMera
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Days of Our Lives
Portrayed by Ethan and Morgan (2007)
Mark Hapka (2007-2008; in Sami's nightmare)
Ranger and Wiley Murphree (2008)
Gabriel and Gideon (2008)
Jonathan and Jacob Velarde (2008)
Aaron and Griffin Kunitz (2009–14)
Carson Boatman (2021–present)
Current status Present; Recurring
Duration 2007–14, 2021–present
First appearance October 23, 2007
Created by Hogan Sheffer and Meg Kelly
Introduced by Ken Corday and Edward J. Scott
Profile
Fullname John Roman DiMera
Nickname(s) Johnny
Lil'G (by Chad)
Gio (by Chanel)
Alias(es) John Roman Horton
(full name; formerly)
Giovanni
(John in Italian; by Stefano and Chanel)
Aaron Fisher (formerly)
Namesake(s) Roman Brady
John Black
Gender Male
Born October 23, 2000 (Originally 2007)
Age 21
Residence Salem, Illinois
Los Angeles (formerly)
Relationships
Family DiMera, Brady
Parents EJ DiMera
Sami Brady
Siblings Allie Horton
(maternal-half twins)
Sydney DiMera
(full)
Will Horton
(maternal-half)
Daniel DiMera
(paternal-half)
Spouses Chanel Dupree (2021-2022)
Romances Chanel Dupree
Katie (fling)
Grandparents Stefano DiMera
Susan Banks
Roman Brady
Marlena Evans
John Black (step)
Great-grandparents Santo DiMera
Shawn Brady I
Caroline Brady
Frank Evans
Martha Evans
Aunts and uncles Renee DuMonde
Megan Hathaway
Kristen DiMera (adoptive)
Andre DiMera
Peter Blake (adoptive)
Lexie Carver
Benjy Hawk
Tony DiMera (legal)
Chad DiMera
D.J. Craig
Carrie Brady
Eric Brady
Cassie Brady
Rex Brady
Belle Black
Stefan DiMera
Jake DiMera
Nieces and nephews Arianna Horton (via Will)
Henry Horton (via Allie)
First cousins Steven Hawk (via Benjy)
Theo Carver (via Lexie)
Grace DiMera
Thomas DiMera
Charlotte DiMera
(via Chad)
Rachel Black (via Kristen)
Mackenzie Horton
(via Eric)
Emily Lockhart (via Rex)
Claire Brady (via Belle)
Noah Reed (via Carrie)

John "Johnny" Roman 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. In May 2021, it was announced that actor Carson Boatman had been cast as an aged Johnny, debuting on August 18, 2021.

Casting

Johnny was played by various twins through out the years. First by Ethan and Morgan, then by Ranger and Wiley Murphree, then by Gabriel and Gideon, then by Jonathan and Jacob Velarde, and finally by Aaron and Griffin Kunitz, who held the role the longest for four years. Mark Hapka, who would later play Nathan Horton, played an older Johnny in Sami's nightmares on October 25, 2007 and October 6, 2008.

In 2019, rumor's started circling that Griffin would return as Johnny, and that he would be as ruthless as his onscreen grandfather Stefano was. Griffin eventually debunked the rumor's, but the 2021 Summer preview revealed that Johnny has been recast with Carson Boatman, and would return alongside his father EJ. He was rumored to be debuting in June 2021, but his official airdate was eventually confirmed to be August 18, 2021.


Background

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. In 2021, Johnny was inadvertently SORASed when his fraternal half-twin Allie Horton returned to Salem as a young woman.

Storylines

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. Whose 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 honor 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 DiMera 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 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 maintained 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.

In 2015, Sami got hints that EJ was alive and started looking for him, often leaving her children in the care of someone else. Eventually, Sami found EJ alive and Johnny was reunited with his father.

On August 18, Johnny returned to Salem and surprised his father by coming in through the tunnels. EJ was trilled to see his son, but wondered why Johnny didn't use the door, and Johnny said he preferred the tunnels. He tossed EJ the ball he lost in there as child. EJ said it was good to see Johnny, and invited him to have a drink with him. Johnny wondered where Sami was, and EJ explained that Sami had an affair with Lucas, and kicked her out. Johnny was sorry to hear that, but knew how much his parents loved each other. EJ said he didn't know or care where Sami was, and Johnny said that was harsh. EJ apologized since Sami was still his mother no matter how EJ felt.

EJ invited Johnny to come and have a drink with him, and asked him what he was doing in Salem. Johnny said that he was looking for investors. EJ was intrigued until Johnny said that he was looking to make a movie. Johnny tried to impress EJ by showing him a short film he made on his phone, and asked EJ what he thought. EJ said he thinks Johnny should come and work for him.

EJ gestured to Stefano's portrait, saying it would make his nono proud to have his son and grandson working together. EJ lamented how much Stefano loved his little Giovanni. Johnny said he wasn't little Giovanni anymore and refused to work for EJ. EJ snapped that he was going to waste money on some frivolous hobby, which Johnny took offence to and accused EJ of not caring what he wants.

Johnny said EJ only wanted Johnny to work at DiMera to satisfy his own ego before storming out, and heading to Julie's Place where he met and flirted with Chanel Dupree. When Johnny went to pay for his drink, he found out that EJ had cut him off. Chanel said she could relate since her mom cut her off as well, but she suffered the humiliation of her cards cut up in public.

Chanel offered to pay for his drink, and Johnny said he can't let her do that, Chanel said he doesn't have a choice, so Johnny asked for the name of who he was indebted to, and Chanel introduced herself. Johnny introduced himself, and noted he was named after his one grandfather, but his other grandfather called him Giovanni. Chanel seemed to like that, and they exchanged numbers.

Johnny and Chanel continued with their flirtatious relationship, and he soon met her mother Paulina Price, who revealed that Chanel had kissed another woman, but Johnny didn't mind. He soon reunited with and caught up with Allie, who was thrilled to see him in Salem. Johnny started looking investors to try and get his movie off the ground, but EJ was determined to have Johnny some work at DiMera. He offered his aunt Abigail the part of Marlena and Allie the part of playing their mom.

Johnny reunited with his uncles Chad and Tony, and asked for their help. Neither liked the idea though as they didn't want to step on EJ's toes. Johnny was so angry at Tony that he referred to him as Judas like Stefano had years before. He quickly realized his mistake and apologized. Tony sternly accepted the apology, but Johnny's resentment towards EJ grew.

Johnny and Allie started to become slightly estranged when she realized that her best friend was seeing her twin brother. Johnny also realized Allie was the that Chanel had previously kissed and wondered if Allie was jealous, despite the fact that she was with Tripp Dalton. Allie accused Johnny of being a player and just using women for sex cause he did to her best friend in high school. Johnny swore to Chanel that he wasn't that guy anymore.

Johnny's movie was going to be about Sami's life. A movie that Will had previously tried to make in Hollywood. Johnny got Lucas and Roman on board for financing, but when Johnny read through the script, he became intrugued by the idea that Marlena had become possessed by the devil. She shared this revelation with Allie, who got confirmation that it was true from John. Johnny decided that writing about demonic possession was way more interesting and decided to make a movie only about that.

When Roman found out, he pulled his funding, but EJ offered to cover the rest. Johnny knew there would be a catch, and EJ said that he wanted to play John Black. Johnny was annoyed because he knew EJ only wanted to do this to get back at Chad for not helping him convince Johnny to join DiMera. He also knew Abigail would back out. EJ told Johnny to get them to sign a contact before telling them.

Johnny was uncomfortable with being deceptive, but he went with his father's advice, and got Chad and Abigail to sign a contract. Chad had been helping Abigail to practice playing John and decided he wanted to audition for the role, but EJ revealed that he had a contact drawn up and signed saying he would play the role of John Black and help finance the movie. Chad was furious with Johnny for his deception.

Chanel was uncomfortable with the idea of Johnny doing a movie about devil possession, but Johnny assured her it was fine. Johnny went to see Marlena, hoping to get her permission. Instead, he talked to John, who told Johnny that if he loved Marlena, he wouldn't make this movie. Johhny realized John was right and told Marlena he won't make the move, but to John's surprise, Marlena gave him her blessing.

On Halloween, Johnny interrupted Allie and Chanel while they shared a close moment. Johnny put on a warewolf mask, and startled them by jumping in front of them, and roared. They were annoyed with him, and he teased them about having feelings for each other. Johnny brought out a ouijo board and talked them into playing. They asked the board if the devil was in Salem, and the board responded with a yes. They then asked where, and it said the DiMera Crypt.

Johnny went to the crypt where he found Marlena wearing a devil costume, Johnny wondered why Marlena was at the crypt, and Marlena said she was paying her respects to Stefano. John later ran into Johnny, who told him that Marlena was at the crypt, and neither bought the reason that she went to pay her respects to Stefano.

Johnny continued with his plans to make his movie snc cast Chanel as his grandmother Celeste. While Johnny played Stefano, and rehearsed with Chanel, Theo happened by and said hi to them. Johnny was there for Chanel when she revealed that Lani was her half-sister, and Paulian was her mother. Chanel exposed the truth at Paulina's wedding to Abe Carver, and now worried that Paulina hated her. Johnny doubted that, and praised Chanel for her bravery. They kissed, and Chanel decided to sleep with Johnny.

The next morning, Johnny and Chanel made plans to go to Italy for a couple of weeks. E.J. gave them the company jet to use, and they came back a married couple much to everyonems shock. Johnny learned from E.J. that the devil had possessed Marlena and locked John and his grandma Susan in the crypt. Johnny worried the effect this could have on hie movie, and E.J. gave him a sideways glance, making Johnny realise that wasn't what was important.

E.J. told Johnny that Sami was also back home, and Johnny and Sami were enthusiastically reunited. Sami celebrated that her daughter, son, and husband were all in Salem at the sametime. Chanel and Paulina came over and that was when Johnny made the announcement of their marriage, which shocked the parents. E.J., and Sami openly opposed it while Paulina tried to he supportive.

Johnny and Chanel then paid Allie and Tripp a visit to share their godo news, but Allie was upset, and accused Johnny of breaking Chanel's heart. Johnny told Tripp that Allie was jealous and she wanted Chanel all for herself. Allie and Johnny were called to Marlena's penthouse to unite as a family and assist their priest uncle Eric Brady in casting out the devil from Marlen's body.

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