Johnny's first screen role was a 1979 TV movie, The Girls in the Office, starring Barbera Eden and Susan St. James. He was then asked to perform in the film, Urban Cowboy, which starred John Travolta and
Deborah Winger, and for which he also recorded several songs that were used in the soundtrack. "Lookin' For Love," the hit single from Urban Cowboy, became Johnny's first Gold record. The "Lookin'
For Love" album produced five #1 hits. "Lookin' For Love" went to #1 in the country charts and #3 in the pop charats. His hit single, "Picken' Up Strangers," was used in the movie, Coast to Coast,
starring Robert Blake and Diane Canon.