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Van Johnson

Biography

He portrayed the all-American man within the 1943 film A MAN Named Joe. His various other credits include 30 Secs Over Tokyo as well as the Caine Mutiny. He started his profession by functioning at social night clubs and as an alternative dancer in theatre troupes. His last performances were within the 1992 features Three Times to a Eliminate and Clowning Around. He wedded stage celebrity Eva Abbott in January 1947 and finalized their divorce in 1968. He was in WAY TOO MANY Women with Lucille Ball.

Quick Facts


Full Name Van Johnson
Date Of Birth August 25, 1916
Died December 12, 2008, Nyack, New York, United States
Place Of Birth Newport, RI
Height 1.85 m
Profession Movie Actor
Education Rogers High School
Nationality American
Spouse Evie Wynn Johnson
Children Schuyler Johnson
Parents Loretta Snyder, Charles E. Johnson
Movies The Caine Mutiny, Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo, Brigadoon, The Last Time I Saw Paris, In the Good Old Summertime, A Guy Named Joe, Battleground, Two Girls and a Sailor, Go for Broke!, 23 Paces to Baker Street, Easy to Wed, The Human Comedy, State of the Union, The Purple Rose of Cairo, Yours, Mine and Ours, Till the Clouds Roll By, Week-End at the Waldorf, Command Decision, Too Young to Kiss, Miracle in the Rain, The Romance of Rosy Ridge, Thrill of a Romance, Three Guys Named Mike, Siege at Red River, The Bride Goes Wild, Madame Curie, Duchess of Idaho, Easy to Love, The War Against Mrs. Hadley, The Pied Piper of Hamelin, High Barbaree, Pilot #5, Dr. Gillespie's New Assistant, When in Rome, The White Cliffs of Dover, Wives and Lovers, Scene of the Crime, Men of the Fighting Lady, The End of the Affair, No Leave, No Love, The Bottom of the Bottle, Divorce American Style, Beyond This Place, The Big Hangover, The Last Blitzkrieg, Kelly and Me, Mother Is a Freshman, Remains to Be Seen, The Kidnapping of the President, It's a Big Country, Murder in the Big House
TV Shows Rich Man, Poor Man, MGM: When the Lion Roars
Star Sign Virgo

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#Fact
1Referenced in the second episode of American Horror Story (2011). Jessica Lange's character says that her husband looked like Van Johnson.
2Van is referenced in the song "Prehistoric Man" from the musical On the Town (1949).
3His mother, Loretta (Snyder) Johnson, was born February 5, 1893, in Tremont, Pennsylvania. She died January 1978 in Palo Alto, California.
4His bobbysoxer popularity was such that he was nicknamed "The Voiceless Sinatra".
5Was stagestruck himself and was often found with an autograph book in his hand.
6Lucille Ball was good friends with him for decades. Van guest-starred on her classic television show on one of her "trip to Hollywood" episodes where they dueted on the song "How About You?". Ball later insisted he take a prime role in her film Yours, Mine and Ours (1968) with Henry Fonda.
7Was once considered for the lead role on the television series The Untouchables (1959) but turned it down. Robert Stack became a television star as a result.
8While on the nightclub act tour in 1963, he was forced to stop after having to undergo operations for skin cancer on his left thigh. A second operation to remove a lymph gland was successful in curbing the disease.
9It was Rosalind Russell who helped him overcome his fear of live audiences after goading him into performing in nightclubs. He made his Las Vegas debut in the 1950s.
10His father was a plumber and later real estate salesman. His mother was a homemaker and had been a dietitian at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.
11Parents were Loretta (Snyder) and Charles E. Johnson.
12His mother, Loretta Neumann was an alcoholic who abandoned him as a child. In November 1954, she resurfaced and sued him for nine hundred dollars monthly support. He fought back, saying she did not help raise him so, although he was willing to give her money, she was not entitled to court-ordered support. It was eventually settled out of court and he agreed to pay her four hundred dollars a month.
13Stepfather of Ned Wynn and Tracy Keenan Wynn.
14Has one daughter: Schuyler V. Johnson (born January 6, 1948).
15He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6600 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on February 8, 1960.
16The scars from the injury received in a car crash described in his biography are very evident in The Caine Mutiny (1954).
17His wife, Eve, was first married to Keenan Wynn. She married Johnson on the very day of her divorce from Wynn, only four hours after that divorce was finalized. Johnson had spent more a month recuperating from his near-fatal car accident at the Wynn's home (Keenan was his best friend) during his recovery and word got back to Louis B. Mayer that sparks had flown. The film mogul saw this relationship as a way to dispel rumors circulating about Johnson's sexuality. Despite Mayer's earlier attempts at matchmaking (he would arranged dates with Gloria DeHaven, June Allyson and even Sonja Henie without making a love connection) only Evie Wynn appealed to him. Although they were genuinely in love, Mayer cemented the deal by providing unusual career concessions for Keenan: a better contract, no standard 12-week layoffs, and better roles... all areas that would benefit her and her children. He later left her for her male tennis instructor according to her son, Ned Wynn.
18After Van Heflin turned down the role of Elliot Ness on The Untouchables (1959) it was offered to Johnson. He turned it down as well.
19He first received top billing with the musical Two Girls and a Sailor (1944).
20He was driving to a special screening of Keeper of the Flame (1942) when he was involved in the road accident that left him with a metal plate in his forehead.
21He was Gene Kelly's understudy in the Broadway production of "Pal Joey".
22He 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.
23He had skin cancer surgery in 1963.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Thrill of a Romance1945Maj. Thomas Milvaine
Between Two Women1945Dr. Randall 'Red' Adams
Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo1944Ted Lawson
3 Men in White1944Dr. Randall 'Red' Ames
The White Cliffs of Dover1944Sam Bennett
Two Girls and a Sailor1944John Dyckman Brown III
A Guy Named Joe1943Ted Randall
Madame Curie1943Reporter
Pilot #51943Everett Arnold
Dr. Gillespie's Criminal Case1943Dr. Randall 'Red' Adams
The Human Comedy1943Marcus Macauley
Personalities1942Short uncredited
Dr. Gillespie's New Assistant1942Dr. Randall 'Red' Adams
The War Against Mrs. Hadley1942Michael Fitzpatrick
Somewhere I'll Find You1942Lieutenant Wade Hall (uncredited)
For the Common Defense!1942ShortAgent Pritchard
Murder in the Big House1942Bert Bell
Too Many Girls1940Chorus Boy (uncredited)
Three Days to a Kill1992Comm. Howard
Clowning Around1992Mr. Ranthow
Murder, She Wrote1984-1990TV SeriesDaniel Hannigan / Elliot Robinson / Daniel O'Brien
Delta Force Commando II: Priority Red One1990Gen. McCailland
Flight from Paradise1990Old Narrator
Killer Crocodile1989Judge
Coming of Age1989TV SeriesRed Pepper
Taxi Killer1988Capt.
Alfred Hitchcock Presents1988TV SeriesArt Bellasco
Down There in the Jungle1988
The Purple Rose of Cairo1985Larry Wilde
The President of Love1984TV MovieP. Lazlo Plum
Glitter1984TV SeriesMark Hughes
Tales of the Unexpected1983TV SeriesGerry T. Armstrong
Fantasy Island1983TV SeriesCharles Woodruff
The Forgotten Story1983TV SeriesPerry
The Scorpion with Two Tails1982Mulligan - Joan's father
The Love Boat1978-1982TV SeriesVictor Moncrief / Bert Wilder
One Day at a Time1982TV SeriesGus Webster
Aloha Paradise1981TV Series
The Kidnapping of the President1980Vice President Ethan Richards
Da Corleone a Brooklyn1979Sturges
Concorde Affaire '791979Captain Scott
Getting Married1978TV MoviePhil Lawrence
Black Beauty1978TV Mini-SeriesHorace Tompkins
Superdome1978TV MovieChip Green
Quincy M.E.1977TV SeriesAl Ringerman
Rich Man, Poor Man - Book II1976TV SeriesMarsh Goodwin
Rich Man, Poor Man1976TV Mini-SeriesMarsh Goodwin
McMillan & Wife1974TV SeriesHarry Jerome
The Girl on the Late, Late Show1974TV MovieJohnny Leverett
McCloud1974TV SeriesDan Kiley
Maude1972TV SeriesHenry
Man in the Middle1972TV Movie
Wheeler and Murdoch1972TV MovieBuddy Shore
Call Her Mom1972TV MoviePresident Chester Hardgrove
Love, American Style1971TV SeriesDon (segment 'Love and the House Bachelor')
L'occhio del ragno1971Prof. Orson Krüger
The Doris Day Show1970-1971TV SeriesCharlie Webb
Company of Killers1971TV MovieSam Cahill
The Virginian1971TV SeriesAlonzo Worth
Nanny and the Professor1971TV SeriesUncle Bob Everett
The Red Skelton Hour1968-1970TV SeriesHarry Haynes / Movie Director
San Francisco International Airport1970TV SeriesLester Scott
The Name of the Game1968-1970TV SeriesJack Newell / Sullivan
The Price of Power1969President James Garfield
Eagles Over London1969Air Marshal George Taylor
Yours, Mine and Ours1968Warrant Officer Darrel Harrison
Where Angels Go Trouble Follows!1968Father Chase: The 'In' Group
The Danny Thomas Hour1967TV SeriesCharlie Snow
Divorce American Style1967Al Yearling
The Doomsday Flight1966TV MovieCapt. Anderson
Batman1966TV SeriesThe Minstrel
Ben Casey1965TV SeriesFrank Dawson
American in Paris1964TV MovieJames Devlin
Wives and Lovers1963Bill Austin
The DuPont Show with June Allyson1960TV SeriesJoe Robertson
The Ann Sothern Show1960TV SeriesTerry Tyler
The Enemy General1960Allan Lemaire
General Electric Theater1960TV SeriesJimmy Devlin
Web of Evidence1959Paul Mathry
Subway in the Sky1959Maj. Baxter Grant
Zane Grey Theater1959TV SeriesFrank Gilette
The Last Blitzkrieg1959Sgt. Hans Von Kroner / Sgt. Leonard Richardson
The Pied Piper of Hamelin1957TV MoviePied Piper / Truson
Action of the Tiger1957Carson
Slander1957Scott Ethan Martin
Kelly and Me1957Len Carmody
23 Paces to Baker Street1956Phillip Hannon
Miracle in the Rain1956Pvt. Arthur 'Art' Hugenon
The Bottom of the Bottle1956Donald Martin / Eric Bell
The End of the Affair1955Maurice Bendrix
The Last Time I Saw Paris1954Charles Wills
Brigadoon1954Jeff Douglas
The Caine Mutiny1954Lt. Steve Maryk
Men of the Fighting Lady1954Lt. (jg) Howard Thayer
Siege at Red River1954Capt. James S. Simmons / Jim Farraday
Easy to Love1953Ray Lloyd
Remains to Be Seen1953Waldo Williams
Confidentially Connie1953Joe Bedloe
Plymouth Adventure1952John Alden
Washington Story1952Joseph T. Gresham
When in Rome1952Father John X. Halligan
Invitation1952Daniel I. 'Dan' Pierce
The Greatest Show on Earth1952Spectator (unconfirmed, uncredited)
Too Young to Kiss1951Eric Wainwright
It's a Big Country: An American Anthology1951Rev. Adam Burch
Go for Broke!1951Lt. Michael Grayson
Three Guys Named Mike1951Michael Lawrence
Grounds for Marriage1951Dr. Lincoln I. Bartlett
Duchess of Idaho1950Dick Layn
The Big Hangover1950David Muldon
Battleground1949Holley
In the Good Old Summertime1949Andrew Delby Larkin
Scene of the Crime1949Mike Conovan
Mother Is a Freshman1949Professor Richard Michaels
Command Decision1948Tech. Sgt. Immanuel T. Evans
State of the Union1948'Spike' McManus
The Bride Goes Wild1948Greg Rawlings
The Romance of Rosy Ridge1947Henry Carson
High Barbaree1947Alec Brooke
Till the Clouds Roll By1946Bandleader in Elite Club
No Leave, No Love1946Sgt. Michael Hanlon
Easy to Wed1946William Stevens 'Bill' Chandler
Week-End at the Waldorf1945Captain James Hollis

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
MGM: When the Lion Roars1992TV Mini-Series documentary performer - 1 episode
The Dean Martin Show1968TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Hollywood Palace1967TV Series performer - 1 episode
Batman1966TV Series performer - 2 episodes
The Frank Sinatra Show1958TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Pied Piper of Hamelin1957TV Movie performer: "In The Hall of the Mountain King", "How Can I Tell You?", "Feats of the Piper", "Flim Flam Floo", "Fool's Gold", "How Can I Tell You?" reprise
Kelly and Me1957performer: "SINGING A VAGABOND SONG", "BILL BAILEY, WON'T YOU PLEASE COME HOME?", "SIDE BY SIDE"
Miracle in the Rain1956performer: "I'll Always Believe in You", "Cindy" uncredited, "La Marseillaise" uncredited
Brigadoon1954performer: "I'll Go Home with Bonnie Jean" - uncredited
Remains to Be Seen1953performer: "Too Marvelous for Words", "Toot, Toot, Tootsie Goo' Bye!" - uncredited
Invitation1952"All I Do Is Dream of You"
Duchess of Idaho1950performer: "Let's Choo Choo Choo to Idaho", "You Can't Do Wrong Doin' Right"
In the Good Old Summertime1949performer: "In the Good Old Summertime"
Till the Clouds Roll By1946performer: "I Won't Dance" - uncredited
No Leave, No Love1946performer: "All the Time" - uncredited
Easy to Wed1946performer: "Bonecu de Pixe"
Two Girls and a Sailor1944"My Mother Told Me" 1944, uncredited

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
American Masters2000TV Series documentaryHimself
Biography1998-1999TV Series documentaryHimself
Lucy and Desi: A Home Movie1993TV Movie documentaryHimself
MGM: When the Lion Roars1992TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Burt Reynolds' Conversation With1991TV SeriesHimself
The 35th Annual Thalians Gala1990TV MovieHimself - Honoree
7th Annual American Cinema Awards1990TV SpecialHimself
Live with Kelly and Michael1989TV SeriesHimself
Going Hollywood: The War Years1988DocumentaryHimself - Host
Great Performances1988TV SeriesHimself
Happy 100th Birthday, Hollywood1987TV Special documentaryHimself
The 39th Annual Tony Awards1985TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Book of a Musical
Night of 100 Stars II1985TV MovieHimself
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts1982TV SpecialHimself
Night of 100 Stars1982TV SpecialHimself
The 38th Annual Golden Globe Awards1981TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
Ryan's Hope1980TV SeriesHimself
The Bob Braun Show1975TV SeriesHimself
The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour1972TV SeriesHimself
The Mike Douglas Show1968-1972TV SeriesHimself - Actor / Himself
This Is Your Life1971TV SeriesHimself
The Dean Martin Show1967-1969TV SeriesHimself
Laugh-In1968-1969TV SeriesHimself
The Merv Griffin Show1967-1969TV SeriesHimself
Here's Lucy1968TV SeriesHimself
The Joey Bishop Show1968TV SeriesHimself
Personality1968TV SeriesHimself
The Hollywood Palace1964-1968TV SeriesHimself - Singer / Himself - Host
The Hollywood Squares1968TV SeriesHimself - Panelist
The Danny Thomas Hour1968TV SeriesHimself
The Milton Berle Show1966TV SeriesHimself
The Eamonn Andrews Show1966TV SeriesHimself
The 19th Annual Tony Awards1965TV SpecialHimself - Co-Host
On Broadway Tonight1965TV SeriesHimself
The Ed Sullivan Show1954-1964TV SeriesSinger / Himself / Himself - Singer
The Match Game1963TV SeriesHimself - Team Captain
Hello World!1963TV MovieHimself - Host
Talent Scouts1962-1963TV SeriesHimself
What's My Line?1953-1963TV SeriesHimself - Mystery Guest / Himself
Here's Hollywood1962TV SeriesHimself
Password All-Stars1962TV SeriesHimself
I've Got a Secret1960-1962TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
The Jack Paar Tonight Show1962TV SeriesHimself
What's My Line1961TV SeriesHimself - Celebrity Challenger
What About Linda?1961TV SpecialHimself
The Dinah Shore Chevy Show1958-1959TV SeriesHimself
The 30th Annual Academy Awards1958TV SpecialHimself - Co-Presenter: Best Sound
Shower of Stars1957-1958TV SeriesHimself
The Frank Sinatra Show1958TV SeriesHimself
The Jack Benny Program1957TV SeriesHimself
Club Oasis1957TV SeriesHimself - Host / Himself
Film Fanfare1956TV SeriesHimself
The Loretta Young Show1955TV SeriesHimself - Guest Host
The Name's the Same1954-1955TV SeriesHimself - Contestant / Himself
I Love Lucy1955TV SeriesHimself
The Easter Seal Teleparade of Stars1955TV SpecialHimself - Comedian
Cancer Fund Film Notables Attend Glittering Benefits1951Documentary shortHimself
Screen Snapshots: Hopalong in Hoppy Land1951Documentary shortHimself
The Actor's Society Benefit Gala1949TV MovieHimself - Performer
American Creed1946ShortHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Muchachada nui2010TV SeriesThe Pied Piper (segment "Mundo Viejuno. Salvemos la huertica")
The Naked Archaeologist2010TV Series documentaryArm Wrestler
The 61st Primetime Emmy Awards2009TV SpecialHimself - In Memoriam
The 81st Annual Academy Awards2009TV SpecialHimself - Memorial Tribute
The Orange British Academy Film Awards2009TV SpecialHimself - Memorial Tribute
In the Good Old Summertime Intro2004Video documentary shortAndrew Delby Larkin
Hollywood Legends: Elizabeth Taylor and Shirley Temple2001Video documentary
Marilyn Monroe: The Final Days2001TV Movie documentaryHimself
Junket Whore1998DocumentaryHimself
Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen's1997DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
Biography1997TV Series documentaryHimself
Showbiz Goes to War1982TV Movie
America at the Movies1976DocumentaryPfc. Holly
Just One More Time1974ShortHimself (uncredited)
That's Entertainment!1974
The Dick Cavett Show1971TV SeriesHimself
The Hollywood Palace1970TV SeriesHimself - Host & Singer
The Extraordinary Seaman1969Himself (uncredited)
Mia and Roman1968Documentary shortHimself
The Judy Garland Show1964TV SeriesHimself
Hollywood Without Make-Up1963DocumentaryHimself
MGM Parade1955TV SeriesTed Lawson Ted Randall
The Ed Sullivan Show1955TV SeriesHimself
The Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Story1951Documentary
The Cinematographer1951Documentary shortHimself - film clip from 'Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo' (uncredited)
Some of the Best: Twenty-Five Years of Motion Picture Leadership1949Documentary shortHimself (uncredited)
Twenty Years After1944Short

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameMotion PictureOn 8 February 1960. At 6600 Hollywood Blvd.

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1976Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Single Performance by a Supporting Actor in Comedy or Drama SeriesRich Man, Poor Man (1976)


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#Quote
1[on Joan Crawford and the book "Mommie Dearest"]: Some people said that Joan was better off being dead when Mommie Dearest came out, because it would have broken her heart, and this way she was spared all that pain. I'm not one of those people. I totally disagree. They didn't know Joan. I wish the book had never happened. But if it had happened when Joan was still alive, and not too sick, I know her well enough to know she would have fought back, in her way. She had a quiet strength, but she was strong, and she was determined. Nothing wishy-washy about her. I think if she could have, Joan would have protected her life and her body of work against that viper she had taken to her bosom.
2I never turned down anybody for an autograph. I think it's up to the fans; it's up to the public. No amount of photoplay magazines or layouts puts you over the public unless the public buys you.
3[on the vast number of soldiers he played on film during World War II] By war's end, I'd been in every branch of the service, all at MGM.
4I am the luckiest guy in the world. All my dreams came true. I was in a wonderful business, and I met great people all over the world.
5[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.
6[on Audrey Hepburn] She's a lady. When she participates in the Academy Awards, she makes all those starlets look like tramps. Thank you for your class, Audrey, you're quite a lady. If anyone said anything derogatory about her, I'd push them in the river.

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1Always wears red socks

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