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Ben Johnson (I) (1918–1996)


Born in Oklahoma, Ben Johnson was a ranch hand and rodeo performer when, in 1940, Howard Hughes hired him to take a load of horses to California. He decided to stick around (the pay was good), and for some years was a stunt man, horse wrangler, and double for such stars as John Wayne, Gary Cooper and James Stewart. His break came when John Ford ... See full bio »

Died:

(age 77) in Mesa, Arizona, USA

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 8 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Known For

The Last Picture Show
The Last Picture Show Sam the Lion
(1971)
The Wild Bunch
The Wild Bunch Tector Gorch
(1969)
The Getaway
The Getaway Jack Beynon
(1972)
Terror Train
Terror Train Carne
(1980)

Filmography

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 1996 The Evening Star
Arthur Cotton
 1992 Radio Flyer
Geronimo Bill
 1989 Back to Back
Eli Hix
 1988 Dark Before Dawn
The Sheriff
 1987 Cherry 2000
Six Fingered Jake
 1986 Trespasses
August Klein
 1986 Let's Get Harry
Harry Burck Sr.
 1984 Champions
Burly Cocks
 1982 Tex
Cole Collins
 1981 Soggy Bottom, U.S.A.
Isum Gorch
 1980 Ruckus
Sam Bellows
 1980 The Hunter
Sheriff Strong
 1978 The Swarm
Felix
 1977 Grayeagle
John Colter
 1977 The Greatest
Hollis
 1975 Hustle
Marty Hollinger
 1974 The Sugarland Express
Captain Tanner
 1973 Kid Blue
Sheriff 'Mean John' Simpson
 1973 The Train Robbers
Jesse
 1972 Junior Bonner
Buck Roan
 1972 Corky
Boland
 1971 Something Big
Jesse Bookbinder
 1969 The Undefeated
Short Grub
 1967 Will Penny
Alex (Flat Iron Ranch foreman)
 1966 The Rare Breed
Harter
 1965 Major Dundee
Sergeant Chillum
 1964 Cheyenne Autumn
Trooper Plumtree (uncredited)
 1961 Tomboy and the Champ
Uncle Jim
 1961 One-Eyed Jacks
Bob Amory
 1960 Ten Who Dared
George Bradley
 1958 Fort Bowie
Capt. Thomas Thompson
 1957 Slim Carter
Montana Burriss
 1957 War Drums
Luke Fargo
 1956 Rebel in Town
Frank Mason
 1955 Oklahoma!
Wrangler (uncredited)
 1952 Wild Stallion
Dan Light
 1951 Fort Defiance
Ben Shelby
 1950 Wagon Master
Travis / Travis Blue
 1948 3 Godfathers
Posse Man #1
 1948 The Gallant Legion
Ranger (uncredited)
 1947 Wyoming
Cowhand (uncredited)
 1946 Badman's Territory
Deputy Marshal (uncredited)
 1945 The Naughty Nineties
Coach Driver (uncredited)
 1945 Corpus Christi Bandits
2nd Stage Driver (uncredited)
 1944 Nevada
Saloon Patron (uncredited)
 1944 Tall in the Saddle
Townsman (uncredited)
 1944 The Pinto Bandit
Race Contestant (uncredited)
 1943 Bordertown Gun Fighters
Messenger (uncredited)
 1943 The Outlaw
Deputy (uncredited)
 1939 The Fighting Gringo
Mexican Barfly (uncredited)
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Height:

6' 2" (1.88 m)
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Personal Quote:

[asked about Sam Peckinpah] Sam was a fatalist. He was a pretty talented guy, but he didn't care much about life, and some of what he did, he didn't care much about the outcome as long as the movie had blood and guts and thunder. He was pretty dingy. I saved his life about a dozen times, I guess. He'd start drinking whiskey and taking pills and he'd go crazy. He'd go into a bar, walk through the ... See more »

Trivia:

Had appeared with John Wayne in eight films: Tall in the Saddle (1944), 3 Godfathers (1948), Fort Apache (1948), She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949), Rio Grande (1950), The Undefeated (1969), Chisum (1970) and The Train Robbers (1973). See more »

Trademark:

His great athletic ability with horses See more »

Nickname:

Son

Star Sign:

Gemini

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