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Van Johnson

Actor
Male
Born Aug 25, 1916
Hometown Newport, Rhode Is...
Died Dec 12, 2008
Death Place Nyack
Other Names Johnson, Charles Van

Van Johnson was an American film and television actor and dancer who was a major star at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studios during and after World War II.

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Van Johnson
Van Johnson
d.2008

parents

  • Charles E. Johnson
    Charles E. Johnson
    Father
  • Loretta Snyder
    Loretta Snyder
    Mother

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  • Schuyler Johnson
    Schuyler Johnson
    Son

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CHILDHOOD

1916 Birth Born on August 25, 1916.

TEENAGE

1935 18 Years Old Johnson performed at social clubs in Newport while in high school. He moved to New York City after graduating from high school in 1935 and joined an off-Broadway revue, Entre Nous (1935).
1936 19 Years Old After touring New England in a theatre troupe as a substitute dancer, his acting career began in earnest in the Broadway revue New Faces of 1936. … Read More

TWENTIES

1942 25 Years Old Shortly before leaving Warner, he was cast as a cub reporter opposite Faye Emerson in the 1942 film Murder in the Big House. … Read More
1943 26 Years Old 1 More Event
Johnson subsequently appeared in Pilot No. 5 (1943) and in William Saroyan’s The Human Comedy, which was produced in 1943, and in the title role in Two Girls and a Sailor.
1945 28 Years Old In 1945, Johnson tied with Bing Crosby as the top of a list of box office stars chosen yearly by the National Association of Theater Owners. … Read More

THIRTIES

1947 30 Years Old Johnson married former stage actress Eve Abbott (6 May 1914 – 10 October 2004) on January 25, 1947, the day after her divorce from actor Keenan Wynn was finalized. … Read More
1954 37 Years Old 1 More Event
Johnson was one of several major stars dropped by MGM in 1954. … Read More
1956 39 Years Old He received favorable critical notices for the 1956 dramatic film Miracle in the Rain, co-starring Jane Wyman, in which he played a good-hearted young soldier preparing to go to war, and in the mystery 23 Paces to Baker Street, in which he played a blind playwright residing in London.

FORTIES

1957 40 Years Old He appeared as the title character of the 1957 made-for-television film The Pied Piper of Hamelin, a musical version of Robert Browning's poem.
1959 42 Years Old 1 More Event
On February 19, 1959, Johnson appeared in the episode "Deadfall" of CBS's Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater in the role of Frank Gilette, a former outlaw falsely charged with bank robbery. … Read More
1960 43 Years Old Johnson guest starred as Joe Robertson, with June Allyson and Don Rickles, in the 1960 episode "The Women Who" of the CBS anthology series The DuPont Show with June Allyson.
1961 44 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1961 Johnson traveled to England to star in Harold Fielding's production of The Music Man at the Adelphi Theatre in London. … Read More
1966 49 Years Old Johnson also guest-starred on Batman as "The Minstrel" in two episodes (39 and 40) in 1966. … Read More

FIFTIES

1976 59 Years Old He played a lead character in the 1976 miniseries Rich Man, Poor Man, and was nominated for a prime time Emmy Award for that role. … Read More

LATE ADULTHOOD

1985 68 Years Old In 1985, returning to Broadway for the first time since Pal Joey, he was cast in the starring role of the musical La Cage aux Folles. … Read More
1992 75 Years Old …  Johnson made occasional World War II movies through the end of the 1960s, and he played a military officer in one of his final feature films, in 1992.
2002 85 Years Old Johnson lived in a penthouse in the Sutton Place area of East 54th Street on Manhattan's East Side until 2002, when he moved to Tappan Zee Manor, an assisted living facility in Nyack, New York.
2008 91 Years Old 1 More Event
After having been ill and receiving hospice care for the previous year, he died there on December 12, 2008. … Read More
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