Reg Regan - Matthew Johns
Johns first foray into entertainment began in 1999
when he adopted the persona of Reg Reagan in a low
budget film In Search of the Holy Grail which appeared
at the Newcastle Film Festival. The film also starred
fellow Knights players Andrew Johns, Matthew Gidley
and Robbie O'Davis. The Nine network showed excerpts
of the film on the Sydney Footy Show.
Reg Reagan character was developed further in an article
in the Sydney Morning Herald in 2000 where Johns described
the character as a late 1970s Australian (or ocker)
who smoked only Winfield Reds and drank KB beer.
2002, Johns became a regular on the Footy Show with
Reagan and a new character, Trent, a gay flight attendant
from San Francisco. Fans of his new side Cronulla
started wearing copies of the T-Shirt worn by Reagan
with the slogan "Bring Back the Biff" to
his retirement, Johns signed deals with the Nine Network
and Sony Music Entertainment. He appears on the Footy
Show and as a commentator on Nine's broadcasts of
rugby league matches. He has recorded a DVD titled
"All of Me" released in June 2004 featuring
skits by Reg Reagan and Trent the flight attendant.
recorded a song called "Am I Ever Going to See
the Biff Again" in 2004 to the tune of The Angels
1977 Australian hit "Am I Ever Gonna See Your
Face Again" credited to Reg Reagan. His backing
band the Knucklemen featured John Brewster of the
Angels and Kevin Borich of the Kevin Borich Express
on guitars, Paul deMarco of Rose Tattoo on drums and
Paul Christie of Mondo Rock and The Party Boys on
bass. Released in June 2004, it made a top twenty
debut on the Australian singles charts on July 5,
2004. He will also release a book through Pan McMillan
in August 2004.
will make his first feature film appearance in a film
adapation of You Wouldn't Be Dead For Quids by Robert
G Barrett as Billy Dunne, a bouncer and main character
Les Norton's best mate at the Kelly Club.
father commented on his son's hobby for dressing up
in various costumes as a child in an interview with
the footy show in 2001. He commented that if his son
wasn't a professional Rugby League player. "he
would probably have become a cross-dresser."
This was in reference to a photo of John's dressed
in a female leotard.
is also a regular contributor to channel 9's 20 to
Regan official website