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Arte Johnson

Highest Rated:   80% The President's Analyst (1967)
Lowest Rated:   13% Cannonball Run II (1984)
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Birthplace:   Benton Harbor, Michigan,USA
Diminutive (5'4"), bespectacled, sandy-haired Arte Johnson built up his early reputation in musical comedy revues. He began toting up film and TV credits in 1955, usually playing goggle-eyed nerds. Johnson was a regular and semi-regular in several sitcoms of the 1950s and 1960s, including It's Always Jan (1955), Sally (1958), Hennessey (1959-62) and Don't Call Me Charlie (1962). Though established as a comedian, Johnson found himself taking more and more villainous supporting roles as the '60s progressed, in films like The Third Day (1965) and The President's Analyst (1967). Considering himself washed up by 1967, Johnson accepted a slight salary cut to appear as a regular in a new NBC TV project called Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In. Within a year, Johnson was a bigger name than ever before, fracturing audiences with a seemingly inexhaustible variety of characterizations, ranging from his helmeted, chain-smoking German soldier ("Verrrrry interesting") to hirsute, overcoated dirty old man Tyrone Horneigh ("Wanna walnetto?"). In 1970, Johnson starred in his own TV special, spotlighting his "other selves," and in later years revived many of his Laugh-In characters in such summer-stock productions as Little Me. Though his popularity dipped dramatically following the cancellation of Laugh-In in 1973, Johnson has never wanted for work, be it such movies as Love at First Bite (1979, in which Johnson played Dracula's number one toady Renfield) or such TV series as The Love Boat, Fame, Glitter and Games People Play. He also provided the voice for his "Tyrone" character in the 1977 Saturday morning animated weekly Baggy Pants and the Nitwits. In 1996, Arte Johnson was reunited with several of his Laugh-In colleagues on an episode of the TV sitcom Mad About You.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet What Comes Around
  • Malone
2002
No Score Yet The Modern Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • Grumpy Old Man
1999
No Score Yet Second Chance
  • Actor
1996
No Score Yet Scooby-Doo Meets the Boo Brothers
  • Farquard
1995
No Score Yet Assault of the Party Nerds 2: The Heavy Petting Detective
  • Norm Witherspoon
1995
29% Evil Toons
  • Mr. Hinchlow
1992
No Score Yet Munchie
  • Cruikshank
1992
No Score Yet Arte Johnson's Kid Stuff
  • Actor
1991
No Score Yet Kids Have Rights Too
  • Actor
1991
No Score Yet Evil Spirits
  • Lester
1990
No Score Yet Raven Red Kiss-Off
  • Pedro Criqui
1990
No Score Yet Dan Turner, Hollywood Detective
  • Actor
1990
No Score Yet Your Alcohol I.Q. - Celebrities Challenge the Moderation Generation
  • Actor
1988
No Score Yet It's O.K. to Say No to Drugs
  • Actor
1988
No Score Yet Star Fairies
  • Actor
1985
No Score Yet Alice in Wonderland
  • Doormouse
1985
13% Cannonball Run II
  • Pilot
1984
No Score Yet The Great Bear Scare
  • Actor
1983
No Score Yet A Snow White Christmas
  • Actor
1980
No Score Yet Detour to Terror
  • Harry Edwards
1980
67% Love at First Bite
  • Renfield
1979
No Score Yet If Things Were Different
  • Actor
1979
No Score Yet Bud and Lou
  • Eddie Sherman
1978
No Score Yet Once Upon a Brothers Grimm
  • Selfish and Mean
1977
No Score Yet Charge of the Model T's
  • Actor
1977
No Score Yet Bunco
  • Actor
1977
No Score Yet Bear Who Slept Through Christmas
  • Actor
1973
No Score Yet The Bear Who Slept Through Christmas
  • Actor
1973
80% The President's Analyst
  • Sullivan
1967
No Score Yet That Funny Feeling
  • Paul
1965
No Score Yet The Third Day
  • Lester Aldrich
1965
No Score Yet The Subterraneans
  • Arial Lavalerra
1960
No Score Yet Miracle in the Rain
  • Monty
1956
No Score Yet A Night at the Magic Castle
  • Actor

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Sesame Street
1969
  • Actor
  • Voice
The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
  • Irv

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