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Don Johnson settles 'Nash Bridges' lawsuit for $19 million

Feb. 12, 2013 at 12:31 PM ET

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One thing's for sure: Don Johnson doesn't need to go looking for a handout.  The "Tin Cup" star has reached a settlement in his long-running legal battle over profits from his hit TV series, "Nash Bridges," that will see him paid a whopping $19 million. 

Johnson, 63, sued the show's production company, Rysher Entertainent, in 2009 alleging they failed to pay him some $100 million in royalties. A year later, he won a big victory when he was awarded $23.2 million in back profits plus an additional $28 million in interest.

'Nash Bridges' Don Johnson: The $23 million man

That $50-plus million total was subsequently reduced on appeal down to $15 million plus interest; however, the judgment in his favor was upheld.

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Lawyers for the two sides finally resolved the dispute last month with Rysher wiring $19 million to Johnson's production company, according to court papers uncovered by The Hollywood Reporter that were filed at Los Angeles Superior Court.

"Nash Bridges" ran for a lucrative 122 episodes from 1996 to 2001 and starred the actor as the titular policeman who, along with sidekick Cheech Marin, worked various cases as part of San Francisco PD's Special Investigations Unit.

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