Johnny DiMera
Johnny DiMera
Aaron and Griffin Kunitz as Johnny DiMera
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
Duration 2007-14
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
Nickname(s) Johnny
Alias(es) John Roman Horton (full name; when believed to be Lucas's son)
Giovanni DiMera (the Italian version of "John"; used by Stefano)
Aaron Fisher (fake name on passport)
Namesake(s) Roman Brady
John Black
Gender Male
Born October 23,2005 (originally 2007)
Age 13
Residence Los Angeles
Family DiMera family
Brady family
Parents EJ DiMera
Sami Brady
Siblings Sydney DiMera
Will Horton (half)
Allie Horton (half)
Grandparents Stefano DiMera
Roman Brady
Susan Banks
Marlena Evans
John Black (step)
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
Nieces and nephews Arianna Horton
First cousins Steven Hawk (via Benjy)
Theo Carver (via Lexie)
Grace DiMera
Thomas DiMera
Charlotte DiMera
(via Chad)
Jenna Black (via Kristen)

Johnny DiMera is a fictional character from the NBC soap opera Days of Our Lives portrayed by a number of child actors from 2007-14. Johnny is the son of EJ DiMera and Sami Brady.


In December of 2006, Sami Brady and Lucas Horton went for a romantic winter vacation when a terrible storm hit and they were forced to take shelter in an abandoned log cabin. While there, they made love in front of the fire place. Suddenly, the roof collapsed and a huge beam fell on Lucas's leg, trapping him and threatening his life. Determined to find help, Sami ventured out to the main road where she flagged down a car. The driver of the car was E.J. DiMera. He agreed to help Sami move the beam off Lucas in exchange for sex. Sami slept with E.J. in exchange for his help in saving Lucas's life. In early 2007, Sami Brady learned that she was pregnant with twins setting up a "who's the daddy" storyline.

Johnny DiMera was born to Sami Brady and Lucas Horton on October 23, 2007. Marlena delivered Johnny and his sister Ali in the bedroom of the penthouse. After many fake and real paternity tests, Sami learned that Lucas was Allie's father and E.J. was Johnny's father. Sami committed to raise the twins together and refused to separate them, regardless of their separate fathers.

E.J. sided with Sami against Stefano and did not allow Stefano to spend alone time with Johnny. E.J., who by then had fallen out of favor with Stefano, refuses to let Stefano turn Johnny into the next "DiMera soldier". Despite Sami's feelings (both love and hate) for E.J., Sami allowed E.J. to be an active part of his son's life, even moved in with E.J. to get his help raising the twins while Lucas was in jail.

When Stefano went into a coma his lawyer divides up the DiMera estate. New DiMera, John Black, assumed control over the empire. However baby Johnny, who was the only remaining direct descendant of Stefano in good favor, was set up with a large trust fund, which he would receive on his 21st birthday.

Johnny remained at the center of his feuding parents, each wanting sole custody of Johnny. In December of 2010, Sami and E.J. put their differences aside to be there for Johnny when he was diagnosed with ocular cancer. The doctors caught it before it spread, but Johnny's right eye had to be replaced with a glass eye. Johnny recovered well.

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.

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