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Van Johnson (I) (1916–2008)

Van Johnson was the well-mannered nice guy on screen you wanted your daughter to marry. This fair, freckled and invariably friendly-looking MGM song-and-dance star of the 40s emerged a box office favorite (1944-1946) and second only to heartthrob Frank Sinatra during what gossipmonger Hedda Hopper dubbed the "Bobby-Soxer Blitz" era. Johnson's ... See full bio »

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 1992 Three Days to a Kill
Comm. Howard
 1992 Clowning Around
Mr. Ranthow
 1984-1990 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
Daniel Hannigan / Elliot Robinson / Daniel O'Brien
- Hannigan's Wake (1990) ... Daniel Hannigan
- Menace, Anyone? (1986) ... Elliot Robinson
- Hit, Run and Homicide (1984) ... Daniel O'Brien
 1990 Flight from Paradise
Old Narrator
 1989 Killer Crocodile
 1989 Coming of Age (TV Series)
Red Pepper
- Pauline et Rouge (1989) ... Red Pepper
 1988 Taxi Killer
 1988 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
Art Bellasco
- Killer Takes All (1988) ... Art Bellasco
 1985 The Purple Rose of Cairo
Larry Wilde
 1984 The President of Love (TV Movie)
P. Lazlo Plum
 1984 Glitter (TV Series)
Mark Hughes
- Pilot (1984) ... Mark Hughes
 1983 Tales of the Unexpected (TV Series)
Gerry T. Armstrong
- Down Among the Sheltering Palms (1983) ... Gerry T. Armstrong
 1983 Fantasy Island (TV Series)
Charles Woodruff
- Revenge of the Forgotten/Charo (1983) ... Charles Woodruff
 1983 The Forgotten Story (TV Series)
- Episode #1.6 (1983) ... Perry
- Episode #1.5 (1983) ... Perry
- Episode #1.4 (1983) ... Perry
- Episode #1.3 (1983) ... Perry
- Episode #1.2 (1983) ... Perry
 1982 The Scorpion with Two Tails
Mulligan - Joan's father
 1982 One Day at a Time (TV Series)
Gus Webster
- Grandma's Nest Egg (1982) ... Gus Webster
 1980 The Kidnapping of the President
Vice President Ethan Richards
 1979 Da Corleone a Brooklyn
Lt. Sturges
 1979 Concorde Affaire '79
Captain Scott
 1978 Getting Married (TV Movie)
Phil Lawrence
 1978 Black Beauty (TV Mini-Series)
Horace Tompkins
 1978 Superdome (TV Movie)
Chip Green
 1977 Quincy M.E. (TV Series)
Al Ringerman
- Snake Eyes: Part 2 (1977) ... Al Ringerman
- Snake Eyes (1977) ... Al Ringerman
 1976 Rich Man, Poor Man - Book II (TV Series)
Marsh Goodwin
- Chapter V (1976) ... Marsh Goodwin
- Chapter I (1976) ... Marsh Goodwin
 1976 Rich Man, Poor Man (TV Mini-Series)
Marsh Goodwin
- Part VIII: Chapters 11 and 12 (1976) ... Marsh Goodwin
- Part VII: Chapter 10 (1976) ... Marsh Goodwin
- Part VII: Chapter 9 (1976) ... Marsh Goodwin
 1974 McMillan & Wife (TV Series)
Harry Jerome
- Downshift to Danger (1974) ... Harry Jerome
 1974 The Girl on the Late, Late Show (TV Movie)
Johnny Leverett
 1974 McCloud (TV Series)
Dan Kiley
- This Must Be the Alamo (1974) ... Dan Kiley
 1972 Maude (TV Series)
- Flashback (1972) ... Henry
 1972 Man in the Middle (TV Movie)
 1972 Wheeler and Murdoch (TV Movie)
Buddy Shore
 1972 Call Her Mom (TV Movie)
President Chester Hardgrove
 1971 Love, American Style (TV Series)
Don (segment 'Love and the House Bachelor')
 1971 L'occhio del ragno
Prof. Orson Krüger
 1970-1971 The Doris Day Show (TV Series)
Charlie Webb
- The Albatross (1971) ... Charlie Webb
- Cousin Charlie (1970) ... Charlie Webb
 1971 Company of Killers (TV Movie)
Sam Cahill
 1971 The Virginian (TV Series)
Alonzo Worth
- The Angus Killer (1971) ... Alonzo Worth
 1971 Nanny and the Professor (TV Series)
Uncle Bob Everett
- Separate Rooms (1971) ... Uncle Bob Everett
 1968-1970 The Red Skelton Hour (TV Series)
Harry Haynes / Movie Director
- Hiring the Secretary (1970) ... Harry Haynes
- Guess Whose Dinner Is Coming to Freddie? (1968) ... Movie Director
 1970 San Francisco International Airport (TV Series)
Lester Scott
- San Francisco International (1970) ... Lester Scott
 1968-1970 The Name of the Game (TV Series)
Jack Newell / Sullivan
- The Brass Ring (1970) ... Jack Newell
- High on a Rainbow (1968) ... Sullivan
 1969 The Price of Power
President James Garfield
 1969 Eagles Over London
Air Marshal George Taylor
 1968 Yours, Mine and Ours
Warrant Officer Darrel Harrison
 1968 Where Angels Go Trouble Follows!
Father Chase: The 'In' Group
 1967 The Danny Thomas Hour (TV Series)
Charlie Snow
- Is Charlie Coming? (1967) ... Charlie Snow
 1967 Divorce American Style
Al Yearling
 1966 The Doomsday Flight (TV Movie)
Capt. Anderson
 1966 Batman (TV Series)
The Minstrel
- Barbecued Batman? (1966) ... The Minstrel
- The Minstrel's Shakedown (1966) ... The Minstrel
 1965 Ben Casey (TV Series)
Frank Dawson
- A Man, a Maid, and a Marionette (1965) ... Frank Dawson
 1964 American in Paris (TV Movie)
James Devlin
 1963 Wives and Lovers
Bill Austin
 1960 The DuPont Show with June Allyson (TV Series)
Joe Robertson
- The Women Who (1960) ... Joe Robertson
 1960 The Ann Sothern Show (TV Series)
Terry Tyler
- Loving Arms (1960) ... Terry Tyler
 1960 The Enemy General
Allan Lemaire
 1960 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Jimmy Devlin
- At Your Service (1960) ... Jimmy Devlin
 1959 Web of Evidence
Paul Mathry
 1959 Subway in the Sky
Baxter Grant
 1959 Zane Grey Theater (TV Series)
Frank Gilette
- Deadfall (1959) ... Frank Gilette
 1959 The Last Blitzkrieg
Sgt. Hans Von Kroner / Sgt. Leonard Richardson
 1957 The Pied Piper of Hamelin (TV Movie)
Pied Piper / Truson
 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
 1955 I Love Lucy (TV Series)
Van Johnson
- The Dancing Star (1955) ... Van Johnson
 1955 The End of the Affair
Maurice Bendrix
 1954 The Last Time I Saw Paris
Charles Wills
 1954 Brigadoon
Jeff Douglas
 1954 The Caine Mutiny
Lt. Steve Maryk
 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 Plymouth Adventure
John Alden
 1952 Washington Story
Joseph T. Gresham
 1952 When in Rome
Father John X. Halligan
 1952 Invitation
Daniel I. 'Dan' Pierce
 1951 Too Young to Kiss
Eric Wainwright
 1951 Go for Broke!
Lt. Michael Grayson
 1951 Three Guys Named Mike
Michael Lawrence
 1951 Grounds for Marriage
Dr. Lincoln I. Bartlett
 1950 Duchess of Idaho
Dick Layn
 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
Technical Sergeant 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
 1947 High Barbaree
Alec Brooke
 1946 Till the Clouds Roll By
Bandleader in Elite Club
 1946 No Leave, No Love
Sgt. Michael Hanlon
 1946 Easy to Wed
William Stevens 'Bill' Chandler
 1945 Week-End at the Waldorf
Captain James Hollis
 1945 Thrill of a Romance
Maj. Thomas Milvaine
 1945 Between Two Women
Dr. Randall 'Red' Adams
 1944 Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo
Ted Lawson
 1944 3 Men in White
Dr. Randall 'Red' Ames
 1944 The White Cliffs of Dover
Sam Bennett
 1944 Two Girls and a Sailor
John Dyckman Brown III
 1943 A Guy Named Joe
Ted Randall
 1943 Madame Curie
 1943 Pilot #5
Everett Arnold
 1943 Dr. Gillespie's Criminal Case
Dr. Randall 'Red' Adams
 1943 The Human Comedy
Marcus Macauley
 1942 Personalities (Short) (uncredited)
 1942 Dr. Gillespie's New Assistant
Dr. Randall 'Red' Adams
 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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Show Show Self (59 credits)
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He acted in Marc Camoletti's play, "Boeing Boeing," at the Cape Playhouse in Dennis, Massachusetts with Peter Pagan in the cast. See more »

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[MGM] was one big happy family and a little kingdom. Everything was provided for us, from singing lessons to barbells. All we had to do was inhale, exhale and be charming. I used to dread leaving the studio to go out into the real world, because to me the studio was the real world. See more »


He made his Broadway debut in 1936 in "New Faces of 1936", (an annual revue that had also introduced Imogene Coca and Henry Fonda in 1934). Van would appear in a total of seven Broadway shows to date, including the original cast production of "Pal Joey" in 1940-41 and last appearing in "La Cage aux Folles" in 1987. See more »


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