Johnny Harra was cast as the 42 year old “Elvis” in the 1981 docudrama “This Is Elvis”–Warner released the movie on dvd on August 10, 2007. Johnny was one of 5 actors to portray “Elvis” in the movie. The filming took place at Graceland and acting the death scene of Elvis.
Johnny Harra has been featured in many newspapers and magazines, and on national TV shows like Merv Griffin, Johnny Carson and Dick Clark. Johnny has traveled internationally performing his “Profiles of Presley” show.
August 29, 1977–Cotton Bowl, Dallas, Texas to a crowd of over 20,000
October 18, 1977–National Examiner, “The closest facsimile they could get to their rock idol, Elvis Presley ”
March 21, 1978–The Star, “This one’s daughter is a look-a-like too.” Johnny Harra is not just another Presley impersonator–his looks, life and family bear a stunning resemblance to the late rock superstar.
1979–Merv Griffin Show
July 1979–The Hot Times, Elvis’ Lookalike: Johnny Harra
July 25, 1980–Las Vegas Mirror Spotlight, “Elvis is gone and yet lives.” “There are several individuals who keep The King’s memory alive, his voice, his moves, his songs and on top is Johnny Harra!
March 10, 1981–Dallas Morning News, “Elvis Clone Has Double” Frisco, Texas–Elvis looks so much like his idol that people constantly stare at him in amazement and wonder “Can that be Elvis”
February 25, 1982–Red Bird Mall, Concert, an estimated 200,000 customers visited the Mall during the 3 day event which generated in excess of $73,000.00 in free publicity in Dallas.
April, 1978-1981–Silver Bird Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada–along with Bobby Morris (Elvis’s conductor)
February 23, 1983–Dick Clark Productions
April 24, 1984-1985–Villa Club, Lubbock Texas – Elvis Impersonator makes hits in city with “King” profiles.
2001-2003–Red River Club, Dallas, Texas
- August 16, 2007 Hailed as “The Best Elvis Impersonator There Ever Was”
- Promoted as BEST “Elvis” impersonator by: Dick Clark, Burt Reynolds and the Jordanaires (Elvis’s back-up singers) for the purpose of “This Is Elvis” Movie.
- Johnny Portrayed “Elvis” in the movie: “This Is Elvis”
While entertainers who did impersonations were popular in the late ’50s and early ’60s, few were putting on full-time Elvis Presley acts, as many do now. When Mr. Harra came to Dallas while in his 30s, he was poised to catch the crest of what would soon become a tidal wave of Elvis impersonators.
He and his band had arrived in Dallas on Aug. 16, 1977, to do a stint of shows at Club Gigi in a Holiday Inn near Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. That’s the day the world found out that Mr. Presley had died. And that’s the day Mr. Harra started taking care of a whole lot more business.
Hailed as “The Best Elvis Impersonator There Ever Was” by the Dallas Morning News on August 16, 2007(Guide Live).
Johnny Harra was the first of the national “Elvis” impersonators, and paved the road for the hundreds of other impersonators performing “Elvis” today.
He’s been hailed as the forerunner of tribute artists around the world.