Also known as Buster Poindexter, Johansen was a former singer-songwriter with the protopunk band The New York Dolls who released his self-titled solo album in 1978.
He was in a band called the Vagabond Missionaries.
He contributed song to the film soundtrack of Times Square.
He married Mara Hennessey and has a stepdaughter named Leah.
He had a small role in the HBO drama Oz with Terry Kinney.