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John Lester Johnson (1893–1968)

John Lester Johnson was born in Suffolk, Virginia (his death certificate states South Carolina) on August 13, 1893. His middle name was Leslie, according to an "Ebony" magazine article about Johnson (January 1960), but he changed it to to Lester when he left Virginia in 1910 for New York City, hoping to make a career in boxing. He had been ... See full bio »

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Tarzan's Revenge
Tarzan's Revenge Koki - Chief Bearer
Square Joe
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Flames of Wrath
Flames of Wrath Frank Keith


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 1942 Broken Strings
Nightclub Owner (uncredited)
 1942 Professor Creeps
 1942 Lady Luck
First Ghost
 1941 Mr. Washington Goes to Town
Tall Man
 1940 Mystery in Swing
'Champ', Nightclub Owner
 1940 Drums of Fu Manchu
Cardo - Howard's Servant [Ch.5] (uncredited)
 1940 Castle on the Hudson
Black Prisoner (uncredited)
 1939 Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Butler (uncredited)
 1939 Those High Grey Walls
Convict (uncredited)
 1938 Three Missing Links (Short)
Dr. Ba Loni Sulami (uncredited)
 1938 The Story of Doctor Carver (Short)
Booker T. Washington (uncredited)
 1938 Wee Wee Monsieur (Short)
Harem Guard (uncredited)
 1938 Tarzan's Revenge
Koki - Chief Bearer
 1937 One Mile from Heaven
Policeman (uncredited)
 1937 A Fight to the Finish
Doorman (uncredited)
 1937 This Is My Affair
White House Guard (uncredited)
 1937 Old Louisiana
Dock Worker (uncredited)
 1936 Gold Diggers of 1937
Driver (uncredited)
 1936 White Hunter
Minor Role (uncredited)
 1936 Anthony Adverse
Native Chief (uncredited)
 1936 The Glory Trail
 1936 Bullets or Ballots
Timothy - Nellie's Boyfriend (uncredited)
 1936 Klondike Annie
Sailor (uncredited)
 1936 The Prisoner of Shark Island
Black Soldier at Prison (uncredited)
 1935 A Scream in the Night
 1935 Escape from Devil's Island
Convict (uncredited)
 1935 Steamboat Round the Bend
Uncle Jeff (uncredited)
 1935 Eight Bells
Sam (uncredited)
 1935 Under Pressure
Iron Man (uncredited)
 1934 The Mighty Barnum
Black Attendant (uncredited)
 1934 Ever Since Eve
Porter (uncredited)
 1934 Gambling Lady
Syndicate Board Member (uncredited)
 1933 The Kid from Borneo (Short)
Bumbo - 'The Wild Man From Borneo'
 1932 Hell's Highway
Blubber Mouth (uncredited)
 1932 A Passport to Hell
Zakka (uncredited)
 1932 Radio Patrol
Smokey Johnson
 1931 The Spider
Nubian Slave (uncredited)
 1923 Flames of Wrath
Frank Keith
 1922 Square Joe
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Johnson's fight with Jack Dempsey, and the injuries Dempsey sustained as the result, are mentioned in the 1983 TV movie "Dempsey."

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