Johnny Stompanato

Johnny Stompanato

Born Oct 10, 1925

John "Johnny" Stompanato, also known as "Handsome Harry", "Johnny Stomp", "John Steele", and "Oscar", was a former United States Marine who became a bodyguard and enforcer for gangster Mickey Cohen. In 1958, after a tumultuous relationship with actress Lana Turner, he was stabbed and killed by Turner's daughter, Cheryl Crane.… Read More

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1925 Birth Born on October 10, 1925.


1940 14 Years Old In 1940, after Stompanato's freshman year at Woodstock High School, his father sent him to Kemper Military School for boys in Boonville, Missouri.
1942 16 Years Old In 1942 he graduated at the age of 17.
1943 17 Years Old In 1943, Stompanato joined the U.S. Marines serving with the 1st Service Battalion, 1st Marine Division. … Read More


1946 20 Years Old 1 More Event
Stompanato left the Corps in March 1946; being discharged in China.
1947 21 Years Old However, after his wife walked out on him (she would later remarry and live in Hammond, Illinois), he moved to Hollywood, California in 1947. … Read More
1948 22 Years Old In 1948 Frank Sinatra asked Cohen to tell Stompanato to keep away from Ava Gardner. … Read More
1949 23 Years Old In August 1949, Stompanato testified at a coroner's inquest into the shotgun slaying of Edward "Neddy" Herbert, an associate of Cohen. … Read More
1952 26 Years Old In October 1952 Stompanato left Cohen and started dating Helene Stanley, a former 20th Century-Fox contract player. … Read More


1957 31 Years Old 1 More Event
By 1957 Stompanato was in a relationship with actress Lana Turner (who had split up with her fifth husband Lex Barker). … Read More
1958 32 Years Old 1 More Event
On April 4, 1958, Stompanato was stabbed to death by Turner's teenage daughter Cheryl Crane at her mother's home in Beverly Hills, California. … Read More
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