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Arte Johnson

Biography

Known for his regular focus on it series, Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In where he developed the catchphrase, ‘Verrrry interesting, but…’ accompanied by a frank insult. He 1st worked in marketing agencies and posting companies before getting an acting professional. He performed a mute elf on the tv screen series, Bewitched before getting fame. He wedded Gisela Johnson in 1968. He’s famous for his part in the American Television series, Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In, hosted by Dan Rowan.

Quick Facts


Full Name Arte Johnson
Date Of Birth January 20, 1929
Place Of Birth Benton Harbor, MI
Height 1.63 m
Profession TV Actor
Education University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
Nationality American
Spouse Gisela Johnson
Parents Edythe Mackenzie, Abraham Lincoln Johnson
Siblings Coslough Johnson
Awards Primetime Emmy Award for Special Classification Of Individual Achievements
Nominations Primetime Emmy Award for Special Classification Of Outstanding Program Achievement
Movies Love at First Bite, Cannonball Run II, Miracle in the Rain, Munchie, The President's Analyst, Scooby-Doo Meets the Boo Brothers, Evil Toons, That Funny Feeling, Evil Spirits, Making of a Male Model, Once Upon a Brothers Grimm, The Bear Who Slept Through Christmas, The Modern Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Detour to Terror, Alice in Wonderland, The Third Day, A Snow White Christmas, Assault of the Party Nerds 2, Dan Turner, Hollywood Detective, Vienna, What Comes Around, Charge of the Model T's, Twice in a Lifetime, The Practical Princess, Bud and Lou, If Things Were Different, Captiva Island, Creole, Triple Play II, Second Chance, Tax Season
TV Shows Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo, Baggy Pants and the Nitwits, Misterjaw, The Pink Panther Show, It's Always Jan, The Houndcats, Hot Fudge, Hennesey, The Super 6, Condominium, Sally, The Pink Panther, All Star Secrets, Glitter, Don't Call Me Charlie, Ben Vereen... Comin' at Ya, Knockout, The Bobby Vinton Show
Star Sign Aquarius

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#Fact
1Attended University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign with Sheldon Keller.
2Attended University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign with Allan Sherman ('Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh!").
3Arte can now be heard doing books on tape, most notably for a number of Dave Barry's collections, the most recent being "Dave Barry Is Not Making This Up" among others. [2005]
4His stage name "Arte" came about by accident: Originally billed as "Art E. Johnson", his name was mistakenly posted as "Arte" on a playbill. Johnson liked the look and sound of the name, so he kept it.
5Brother of Coslough Johnson.
6Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald L. Smith, pg. 228-229. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387
7Says he got first showbiz job by just impulsively stepping into an audition line at Broadway theater, where he was almost immediately chosen for role in "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes."
8Left for New York when no jobs in Chicago ad agencies opened for him. Worked at Viking Press and developed life-long love of reading and book-collecting.
9Has donated his scripts and tapes from Laugh-In (1967) to his alma mater's communications school.
10Graduate of University of Illinois, 1949.
11Began chemotherapy in October 1997 for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
No Laughing Matter1987TV Movie
DuckTales1987TV SeriesCount Ray Dr. Ludwig von Strangeduck
Scooby-Doo Meets the Boo Brothers1987TV MovieFarquard / Skull Ghost (voice)
Murder, She Wrote1987TV SeriesPhil Rinker
The Love Boat1977-1987TV SeriesRepairer # 2 / Radford Harcourt / Henry Greg / ...
The New Mike Hammer1986TV SeriesOscar
Foofur1986TV Series
Glitter1984-1985TV SeriesClive Richlin
The A-Team1985TV SeriesSydney / Uncle Buckle-Up
Alice in Wonderland1985TV MovieThe Dormouse
The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo1985TV SeriesWeerd
Star Fairies1985TV MovieDragon Head #2 (voice)
What Comes Around1985Malone
Airwolf1985TV SeriesLarry Mason
Cannonball Run II1984Pilot
Trapper John, M.D.1984TV SeriesDr. Augustus Bunche
Hotel1983TV SeriesEddie
The Dukes1983TV SeriesAdditional voices
Making of a Male Model1983TV MovieMarty Sampson
Pac-Man1983TV SeriesAdditional Voices
Fame1983TV SeriesCliff Armbruster
McClain's Law1982TV Series
Tales of the Apple Dumpling Gang1982TV MovieTheodore Ogilvie
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color1982TV SeriesTheodore Oglivie
Creole1981ShortAlligator (voice)
Fantasy Island1978-1981TV SeriesNed Plummer / Fred Catlett / Professor Dwayne Clebe / ...
CBS Library1980-1981TV SeriesAlligator / King / Dragon / ...
A Snow White Christmas1980TV MovieBrawny (voice)
The Love Tapes1980TV MovieHarlan Devane
Detour to Terror1980TV MovieHarry Edwards
If Things Were Different1980TV MovieAllen Dunn
3-2-1 Contact1980TV SeriesIntroduction
Condominium1980TV SeriesBrooke Ames
The Practical Princess1980ShortKing / Dragon / Lord Garp / ... (voice)
The Dukes of Hazzard1979TV SeriesIrving
Love at First Bite1979Renfield
Bud and Lou1978TV MovieEddie Sherman
Kojak1978TV SeriesBilly Butler
To Catch a Halibut1978ShortMisterjaw
Bunco1977TV Movie
Once Upon a Brothers Grimm1977TV MovieSelfish and Mean
Baggy Pants & the Nitwits1977TV SeriesTyrone
Charge of the Model T's1977Doc Bailey
Captain Kangaroo1977TV Series
Mama1976ShortMisterjaw (voice)
Sweat Hog Shark1976ShortMisterjaw (voice)
Hot Fudge Show1976TV SeriesHost (season 1)
Jigsaw John1976TV Series
The Bobby Vinton Show1975TV SeriesRegular
Ben Vereen... Comin' at Ya1975TV SeriesRegular Performer
The Rookies1975TV SeriesJustin
Get Christie Love!1975TV SeriesMorton Perkins
Twice in a Lifetime1974TV MovieRon Talley
Here's Lucy1974TV SeriesSir Osbird Beechman Place
The Bear Who Slept Through Christmas1973TV ShortProfessor Werner von Bear (voice)
A Touch of Grace1973TV SeriesCharlie
The Bob Hope Show1973TV SeriesCannon
The Partridge Family1972-1973TV SeriesMorris Tinkler / Nicholas Minsky Pushkin
Call Holme1972TV MovieHolme
Love, American Style1969-1972TV Series segment "Love and the Boomerang" / Bernie segment "Love and the Nurse" / Harvey segment "Love and the Living Doll"
- Love and the Anxious Mama/Love and the Boomerang/Love and the Private Eye 1972 ... segment "Love and the Boomerang"
The Houndcats1972TV SeriesRhubarb
Night Gallery1971TV SeriesJ.J. Wilson (segment "The Flip Side of Satan")
Arnold's Closet Revue1971TV Movie
Sesame Street1970TV SeriesGerman Soldier (Wolfgang)
The Pink Panther Show1969TV SeriesMisterjaw (voice)
I Dream of Jeannie1969TV SeriesArte Johnson
Vienna1968Short
The Hollywood Palace1968TV SeriesRozmenko - the Singing Russian
The Legend of Robin Hood1968TV SeriesMuch
P.J.1968Jackie
Lost in Space1968TV SeriesFedor
The President's Analyst1967Sullivan
The Phyllis Diller Show1966TV SeriesAhmed
The Super 61966TV Series as Artie Johnson
- Molehattan Island/High Moon/Will the Real Magneto Man Please Stand Up? 1966 ... as Artie Johnson voice
The Donna Reed Show1966TV SeriesCrandall
The Dick Van Dyke Show1966TV SeriesBill Schermerhorn
Friends, Romans, Countrymen1966TV MovieAnglius
That Funny Feeling1965Paul
The Third Day1965Lester Aldrich
Bewitched1965TV SeriesCousin Edgar
The Cara Williams Show1965TV SeriesFenwick Jr.
Broadside1965TV SeriesCharlie
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre1964TV SeriesBeatnik / Chip Broadwater
The Jack Benny Program1964TV SeriesCharlie
No Time for Sergeants1964TV Series
Many Happy Returns1964TV SeriesVirgil Slamm
Destry1964TV SeriesLester
The Greatest Show on Earth1964TV SeriesMario
McHale's Navy1963TV SeriesSweeney
General Hospital1963TV SeriesFinian O'Toole (1991)
Don't Call Me Charlie1962-1963TV SeriesCpl. Lefkowitz
G.E. True1962TV SeriesCpl. Coogan
The Andy Griffith Show1962TV SeriesHotel Clerk
Dr. Kildare1962TV SeriesBud Fowler
87th Precinct1961TV SeriesHotel Clerk
Frontier Circus1961TV SeriesCharles Gippner
Hennesey1960-1961TV SeriesSeaman Seymour Shatz
Westinghouse Playhouse1961TV SeriesClerk
Alfred Hitchcock Presents1961TV SeriesMr. Bates
Bringing Up Buddy1961TV SeriesSandy Lewis
The Dinah Shore Chevy Show1961TV SeriesStanley, Cigarette boy
Peter Loves Mary1961TV SeriesClothing Salesman
The Twilight Zone1961TV SeriesIrv
The Subterraneans1960Arial Lavalerra
The Red Skelton Hour1960TV SeriesJoe / Census Taker
The Wild and the Innocent1959Barker (uncredited)
Schlitz Playhouse1959TV SeriesWally - Student #3
Sally1958TV SeriesBascomb Bleacher Jr.
December Bride1956TV Series
Miracle in the Rain1956Monty
It's Always Jan1955-1956TV SeriesStanley Schreiber
Make Room for Daddy1956TV SeriesBob Martin
Best Foot Forward1954TV MovieChuck Green
Justice League2005TV SeriesVirman Vundabar
The Modern Adventures of Tom Sawyer1998Grumpy Old Man
Animaniacs1994-1997TV SeriesNewt / Delivery Guy / German Dog
Adventures from the Book of Virtues1997TV SeriesJohn's Please
Second Chance1996VideoDr. Josef Stiggens
Mad About You1996TV SeriesArte Johnson
Captiva Island1995Ernie
Assault of the Party Nerds 2: The Heavy Petting Detective1995Witherspoon
Cafe Americain1993TV SeriesPascal
Parker Lewis Can't Lose1993TV SeriesHotel Desk Clerk
Tom & Jerry Kids Show1990-1993TV Series
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures1992TV SeriesAlbert Einstein
Munchie1992Prof. Cruikshank
Evil Toons1992Mr. Hinchlow
Yo Yogi!1991TV SeriesLou / Top Cat
Pros and Cons1991TV SeriesLanders
Evil Spirits1990Lester Potts
The New Adam-121990TV SeriesPreacher
The Adventures of Don Coyote and Sancho Panda1990TV SeriesAdditional Voices
Dan Turner, Hollywood Detective1990VideoPedro Criqui
Night Court1990TV SeriesGregor Korolenko
Fantastic Max1988-1989TV SeriesAdditional Voices
The Further Adventures of SuperTed1989TV SeriesHummingbird
Tax Season1989Mr. Goldberg
Snorks1987-1988TV SeriesAdditional Voices
The Completely Mental Misadventures of Ed Grimley1988TV SeriesAdditional Voices
The Smurfs1984-1988TV SeriesAdditional Voices
The Flintstone Kids1986-1988TV SeriesAdditional Voices
A Night at the Magic Castle1988Harry Houdini
Kids Have Rights Too!1988Video shortHosted by

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Baggy Pants & the Nitwits1977TV Series creator - 13 episodes
Ver-r-r-ry Interesting1971TV Special

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Alice in Wonderland1985TV Movie performer: "Can You Hear Us, Alice?"
Dinah!1975TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Third Day1965performer: "Love Me Now"
Make Room for Daddy1956TV Series performer - 1 episode
Best Foot Forward1954TV Movie performer: "GOTTA DANCE", "BUCKLE DOWN WINSOCKI"

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The 100 Greatest TV Quotes & Catchphrases2006TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
No Master Over Me1998Video documentaryMatthew Ashby
Laugh-In Past Christmas Present1993TV SpecialHimself
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade1993TV MovieHimself
The 3rd Annual American Comedy Awards1989TV SpecialHimself
Opryland Celebrates 200 Years of American Music1988TV MovieHimself
Your Alcohol I.Q.1988Video documentary short
Star's Table1986TV SeriesHimself
Anything for Laughs1985TV MovieHimself
Hour Magazine1984TV SeriesHimself
Hot Potato1984TV SeriesHimself
Password Plus1981TV SeriesHimself - Celebrity Contestant
The Alan Thicke Show1980TV SeriesHimself
Battle of the Network Stars IX1980TV SpecialHimself - NBC Team Captain
The 1980 Sci-Fi Awards1980TV SpecialHimself
Games People Play1980TV Series
The Hollywood Squares1968-1980TV SeriesHimself - Panelist / Himself - Center Square
All-Star Family Feud Special1980TV SeriesHimself - Celebrity Contestant
The B.B. Beegle Show1980TV MovieHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1972-1979TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
Match Game PM1979TV SeriesHimself - Panelist
Match Game 731974-1978TV SeriesHimself - Panelist
America 2-Night1978TV SeriesHimself
Battle of the Network Stars IV1978TV SpecialHimself - NBC Team
Knockout1977TV SeriesHost
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade1977TV SpecialHimself - Host
The All-Star Gong Show Special1977TV MovieHimself - Panelist
Decisions, Decisions1977TV MovieHimself
The Mike Douglas Show1971-1976TV SeriesHimself - Comedian / Himself - Co-Host / Himself - Comic Actor / ...
Celebrity Sweepstakes1976TV SeriesHimself
The Peter Marshall Variety Show1976TV SeriesHimself
New American Bandstand 19651976TV SeriesHimself
The 18th Annual TV Week Logie Awards1976TV SpecialHimself
Joys1976TV SpecialHimself
Dinah!1974-1976TV SeriesHimself
The Merv Griffin Show1976TV SeriesHimself
The Gong Show1976TV SeriesPanelist
Word Grabbers1976TV MovieHimself - Panelist (3rd Pilot)
The Jim Stafford Show1975TV SeriesHimself
Tattletales1975TV SeriesHimself
Celebrity Bowling1972-1975TV SeriesHimself
Dinah's Place1974TV SeriesHimself
The Dean Martin Show1971-1974TV SeriesHimself
All-Star Baffle1973-1974TV SeriesHimself
Married Is Better1974TV Special
Mel Tillis Time1974TV SeriesHimself
NBC Follies1973TV SeriesHimself
Robert Young with the Young1973TV SpecialHimself
The Bobby Darin Show1973TV SeriesHimself
Stand Up and Cheer1972-1973TV SeriesHimself
The Vin Scully Show1973TV SeriesHimself
Half the George Kirby Comedy Hour1972TV SeriesHimself
The David Frost Show1970-1972TV SeriesHimself
The Jerry Reed When You're Hot You're Hot Hour1972TV SeriesHimself - Cameo / Himself
Portable Electric Medicine Show1972TV MovieHimself
Password All-Stars1972TV SeriesHimself - Celebrity Contestant
The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour1972TV SeriesHimself
This Is Your Life1971TV SeriesHimself
The Pet Set1971TV Series documentaryHimself
The Val Doonican Show1971TV SeriesHimself
The Mickie Finn Special1971TV MovieHimself - Sketch Actor
The Movie Game1971TV SeriesHimself
Ver-r-r-ry Interesting1971TV SpecialHimself / Various
Laugh-In1967-1971TV SeriesHimself
Flip1970TV SeriesHimself
The Andy Williams Show1969-1970TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
Changing Scene1970TV SpecialHimself
Kraft Music Hall Presents: The Des O'Connor Show1970TV SeriesHimself
The Engelbert Humperdinck Show1970TV SeriesHimself
Jimmy Durante Presents the Lennon Sisters1969-1970TV SeriesHimself
The Kraft Music Hall1970TV SeriesHimself
Playboy After Dark1970TV SeriesHimself
The Ed Sullivan Show1970TV SeriesHimself - Singer
Frank Sinatra Jr. with Family and Friends1969TV MovieHimself
Della1969TV SeriesHimself
The Beautiful Phyllis Diller Show1968TV SeriesHimself
Funny You Should Ask1968TV SeriesHimself
The Joey Bishop Show1968TV SeriesHimself
The Match Game1968TV SeriesHimself - Team Captain
It's Happening1968TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Pioneers of Television2008TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind2002Himself (uncredited)
The Stan Freberg Commercials1999VideoElevator Operator (segment "Elevator Ride")
Television: The First Fifty Years1999Video documentaryHimself / Wolfgang
Classic Stand-Up Comedy of Television1996TV Special documentaryHimself
Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In: 25th Anniversary Reunion1993TV MovieHimself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1980Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest Supporting ActorLove at First Bite (1979)
1969Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsSpecial Classification Achievements - Individuals (Variety Performances)Laugh-In (1967)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1971Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsSpecial Classification of Outstanding Program and Individual Achievement - IndividualsLaugh-In (1967)
1970Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsSpecial Classification of Outstanding Program and Individual Achievement - IndividualsLaugh-In (1967)


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#Quote
1If you remember one sentence for every hour you take [in school], you're a well-rounded person.

#Trademark
1Gag of wearing a bright yellow raincoat, atop a small tricycle and falling off it.
2Short, puckish, manic manner and the line: "Very interesting."

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