Born in California and raised in the Boston area, John has had a rich and varied career in the political and entertainment businesses.
While attending Brown University in the mid-70s, the aspiring actor was cast in Universal's sequel to "Jaws", "Jaws 2". He relocated to Hollywood and continued to work as an actor for the next 6 years. He had substantial roles in the films, "Making Love", "Delusion" and "Split Image", and on television in "Family Ties", "Little House on the Prairie", "Taxi" and the Jim Jones docudrama, "Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones". He finished his career in New York working on the Broadway and off-Broadway stage.
After retiring from acting, he segued to a job in Washington, D.C. as a legislative assistant to U.S. Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) in the Senator's first 2 years in office. In 1987, John's step-father, then-Gov. Michael Dukakis (D-MA), announced his intention to run for President of the United States. John left Washington and moved to Atlanta to run the Southern campaign for the months prior to the Super Tuesday primaries. Later, as the National Political Director, he campaigned all over the country on behalf of the Dukakis-Bentsen ticket. With the 1988 campaign over, John began work with an attorney in Boston named Bob Woolf, who had built a significant international practice representing professional athletes. John ran the music business management department and spent most of his time on a developing local act: New Kids on the Block. Within several years, the company grew and he was sent to Los Angeles to open an office there with an emphasis on working with other established and developing acts. When he left the company in 1992, the company was also working with Boyz II Men and 'Marky Mark & the Funky Bunch'.
John left Bob Woolf to become the general manager of "Paisley Park Records", a joint venture between the artist Prince and Warner Bros. Records. During his tenure, the company released a "Prince" album as well as projects from George Clinton and Mavis Staples.
In 1994, he formed a new venture with his partner, Qadree El-Amin. "Southpaw Entertainment" was a full-service management company. In its early years, it primarily focused on the management of Boyz II Men. But after the record-setting success of the 12X platinum "II" album, the company took on new clients. Over the years, Southpaw also handled the careers of Janet Jackson, Vanessa Williams, Brownstone and Blackstreet.
In early 2002, John left "Southpaw" to take a position as an Executive Vice President of "Overbrook Music", a music label as well as a full service management company owned and operated by Will Smith and his partner, James Lassiter. The company released the multi-platinum-certified soundtrack for the film "Wild Wild West", as well as the gold-certified soundtrack for the film _Love and Basketball (1900) . In addition to Will, the company also manages Christina Vidal (MCA Records, Nickelodeon's Taina), Jordan Knight (Interscope Records), Deborah Cox (J Records), singer/songwriter Javier (Capitol Records), singer/songwriter Maria (DreamWorks Records) and Samantha Mumba (Polydor/Interscope Records.
John continues to work for "Overbrook" and lives in Los Angeles with his wife and his 14-year-old daughter.
Name: John Dukakis
Known for: Jaws 2
BirthDay: 09, Jun ,1958