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Van Johnson (I) (1916–2008)

Van Johnson had just started a 7-year contract with MGM in 1942 when he was in a major road accident which left him with a metal plate in his head. Ineligible to serve during WWII, he became America's war film hero, playing the amiable guy next door sent overseas to do his part for America. Johnson also appeared in a slew of MGM musicals, usually ... See full bio »

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 1992 Clowning Around
Mr. Ranthow
 1992 Three Days to a Kill
Comm. Howard
 1990 Flight from Paradise
Old Narrator
 1989 Killer Crocodile
 1988 Taxi Killer
 1982 The Scorpion with Two Tails
Mulligan - Joan's father
 1980 The Kidnapping of the President
Vice President Ethan Richards
 1979 Da Corleone a Brooklyn
 1979 Concorde Affaire '79
Captain Scott
 1971 L'occhio del ragno
Prof. Orson Kr├╝ger
 1969 Eagles Over London
Air Marshal George Taylor
 1968 Yours, Mine and Ours
Warrant Officer Darrel Harrison
 1967 Divorce American Style
Al Yearling
 1963 Wives and Lovers
Bill Austin
 1960 The Enemy General
Allan Lemaire
 1959 Subway in the Sky
Maj. Baxter Grant
 1959 Web of Evidence
Paul Mathry
 1959 The Last Blitzkrieg
Sgt. Hans Von Kroner / Sgt. Leonard Richardson
 1957 Action of the Tiger
 1957 Kelly and Me
Len Carmody
 1957 Slander
Scott Ethan Martin
 1956 23 Paces to Baker Street
Phillip Hannon
 1956 Miracle in the Rain
Pvt. Arthur 'Art' Hugenon
 1956 The Bottom of the Bottle
Donald Martin / Eric Bell
 1954 The Last Time I Saw Paris
Charles Wills
 1954 Men of the Fighting Lady
Lt. (jg) Howard Thayer
 1954 Siege at Red River
Capt. James S. Simmons / Jim Farraday
 1953 Easy to Love
Ray Lloyd
 1953 Remains to Be Seen
Waldo Williams
 1953 Confidentially Connie
Joe Bedloe
 1952 Washington Story
Joseph T. Gresham
 1952 When in Rome
Father John X. Halligan
 1952 Invitation
Daniel I. 'Dan' Pierce
 1952 The Greatest Show on Earth
Spectator (unconfirmed, uncredited)
 1951 Too Young to Kiss
Eric Wainwright
 1951 Three Guys Named Mike
Michael Lawrence
 1951 Grounds for Marriage
Dr. Lincoln I. Bartlett
 1950 Duchess of Idaho
Dick Layne
 1950 The Big Hangover
David Muldon
 1949 Battleground
 1949 In the Good Old Summertime
Andrew Delby Larkin
 1949 Scene of the Crime
Mike Conovan
 1949 Mother Is a Freshman
Professor Richard Michaels
 1948 Command Decision
Tech. Sgt. Immanuel T. Evans
 1948 State of the Union
'Spike' McManus
 1948 The Bride Goes Wild
Greg Rawlings
 1947 The Romance of Rosy Ridge
Henry Carson
 1946 Till the Clouds Roll By
Bandleader in Elite Club
 1946 No Leave, No Love
Sgt. Michael Hanlon
 1945 Week-End at the Waldorf
Captain James Hollis
 1944 The White Cliffs of Dover
Sam Bennett
 1944 Two Girls and a Sailor
John Dyckman Brown III
 1943 Madame Curie
 1943 Pilot #5
Everett Arnold
 1942 Personalities (Short) (uncredited)
 1942 The War Against Mrs. Hadley
Michael Fitzpatrick
 1942 Somewhere I'll Find You
Lieutenant Wade Hall (uncredited)
 1942 For the Common Defense! (Short)
Agent Pritchard
 1942 Murder in the Big House
Bert Bell
 1940 Too Many Girls
Chorus Boy (uncredited)
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Other Works:

Too Many Girls (1939). Musical comedy. See more »

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2 Print Biographies | 16 Articles | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »


6' 1" (1.85 m)

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[on Joan Crawford and the book "Mommie Dearest"]: Some people said that Joan was better off being dead when Mommie Dearest came out, because it would have broken her heart, and this way she was spared all that pain. I'm not one of those people. I totally disagree. They didn't know Joan. I wish the book had never happened. But if it had happened when Joan was still alive, and not too sick, I know ... See more »


His wife, Eve, was first married to Keenan Wynn. She married Johnson on the very day of her divorce from Wynn, only four hours after that divorce was finalized. Johnson had spent more a month recuperating from his near-fatal car accident at the Wynn's home (Keenan was his best friend) during his recovery and word got back to Louis B. Mayer that sparks had flown. The film mogul saw this ... See more »


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