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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 7 December 1923Kansas City, Missouri, USA
Date of Death 8 February 2016Davenport, Florida, USA
Birth NameJohn Bowman Duncan

Mini Bio (1)

Johnny Duncan at the time of writing is in his mid-80's and in good health, living with his wife Susan, and enjoying life not far from where his life began.

He started out on a small farm near Kansas City in 1923. As a child growing up during the Great Depression, Johnny danced up a storm in local towns, and with the money he saved he was able to pay out his parent's overdue mortgage to the banks. Not long after, he ran a little dance school with his little girl pal, Lou, teaching locals kids how to tap dance.

Not long after, an agent helped him make it to L.A. on a $50-a-month contract. He got roles playing juveniles with the East Side Kids/Bowery Boys and other movie roles. You can see him working the radio in the Bogart classic Action in the North Atlantic (1943). During the war he met Lana Turner and taught her the Lindy Hop (Jitterbug). At the age of 26, he became the second Boy Wonder, in the 15-part serial Batman and Robin.

Off the set, you could find Johnny out on his Triumph 600 on the weekend in the canyons around Calabasas with mates like Lee Marvin, Larry Parks, Keenan Wynn and Clark Gable, or at dinner parties held by Jimmy Cagney. During the '50s, Johnny made fewer films after The Caine Mutiny (1954) (also with Bogart), but he did play another sailor in a film with Rita Hayworth, whom he described as the most beautiful woman in Hollywood. You can also spot him in the legendary Ed Wood flick Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959) and getting his head chopped off in Spartacus (1960). Nowadays, you can still spot him at the occasional movie convention, signing photos from Batman and Robin and The East Side Kids.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Bogie-24 <fonteyn@iprimus.com.au>

Spouse (1)

Joanne Duncan (? - 8 February 2016) (his death)

Trivia (1)

Was the second actor to play the Batman's sidekick, Robin, the Boy Wonder, AKA: Dick Grayson.

Personal Quotes (1)

So I had this fight with Kirk Douglas [as Spartacus], a sword fight, and he cuts my head off. And when he cuts my head off, this [fake] blood and stuff squirts out like the veins in my neck. And, my God, they had to cut it, it was so gruesome. It squirted all over Douglas, all over the other actors around and everything, and today it would have been great ... But in those days, they said, "Oh, my gosh. We can't let that be in the film."

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