Johnny Walter, the son of a investigative-news producer and a biology professor, started pursuing acting at the age of 13 while growing up in Miami, FL. He attended New World School of the Arts, a performing arts high-school, and acted in a variety of theatrical productions ranging from "The Government Inspector" to "The Crucible"; where he would play the tragically flawed John Proctor. In 2000, following graduation, Johnny applied and was accepted into The Goodman Theatre School for his BFA. While there, he built up a diverse resume including roles in "Romeo and Juliet", "Brighton Beach Memoirs", and "Three Sister". He subsequently went on to perform and study in various workshops within the Chicago theatre community, working at theatre's from Chicago Shakespeare Theatre to the Steppenwolf Theatre Company.