Van Johnson

Born Aug 25, 1916

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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1916 Birth Born on August 25, 1916.


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


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 box office stars chosen yearly by the National Association of Theater Owners. … Read More


1947 30 Years Old Johnson married former stage actress Eve Abbott (May 6, 1914 – October 10, 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.


1957 40 Years Old Baby boomers still fondly recall his appearance as the title character of highly rated "spectacular" 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


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


1982 - 1985 2 More Events
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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