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      Ben Johnson

      Ben Johnson

      Highest Rated: 100% The Last Picture Show (1971)

      Lowest Rated: Not Available

      Birthday: Jun 13, 1918

      Birthplace: Foraker, Oklahoma, USA

      "Having Ben Johnson was having the real thing," Peter Bogdanovich once said of the actor who won a Supporting Actor Oscar for his role as Sam 'the Lion' in the director's memorable "The Last Picture Show" (1971). Indeed, for half a century Johnson was the "real thing" as far as Hollywood was concerned, a rancher and rodeo cowboy who accidentally drifted into acting and proved himself a highly capable actor of warmth and grit, believably embodying a vision of the American West.

      Highest rated movies

      The Last Picture Show poster
      The Last Picture Show
      Wagon Master poster
      Wagon Master
      Major Dundee poster
      Major Dundee
      Shane poster
      Shane
      Dillinger poster
      Dillinger
      Junior Bonner poster
      Junior Bonner
      Hang 'Em High poster
      Hang 'Em High
      She Wore a Yellow Ribbon poster
      She Wore a Yellow Ribbon

      Photos

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      25% 62% The Evening Star Arthur Cotton (Character) $12.7M 1996
      No Score Yet 83% Ruby Jean and Joe Big Man (Character) - 1996
      No Score Yet 60% Bonanza: Under Attack Bronc Evans (Character) - 1995
      32% 49% Angels in the Outfield Hank Murphy (Character) $50.2M 1994
      No Score Yet 40% Bonanza: The Return Bronc Evans (Character) - 1993
      No Score Yet No Score Yet O.B. Taggart Jack Parrish (Character) - 1993
      35% 72% Radio Flyer Geronimo Bill (Character) $4.0M 1992
      33% 81% My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys Jesse Dalton (Character) $3.6M 1991
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Chase Laurienti (Character) - 1991
      38% 41% Cherry 2000 Six Fingered Jake (Character) - 1988
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Stranger on My Land Vern Whitman (Character) - 1988
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dark Before Dawn The Sheriff (Character) - 1988
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Trespasses August Klein (Character) - 1986
      No Score Yet 26% Let's Get Harry Harry Burck Sr. (Character) $141.0K 1986
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Wild Horses Bill Ward (Character) - 1985
      No Score Yet 71% Champions Burly Cocks (Character) - 1984
      No Score Yet 70% The Shadow Riders Uncle "Black Jack" Traven (Character) - 1982
      85% 65% Tex Cole Collins (Character) - 1982
      No Score Yet 71% Soggy Bottom, U.S.A. Isum Gorch (Character) - 1981
      50% 49% The Hunter Sheriff Strong (Character) - 1980
      44% 37% Terror Train Carne (Character) - 1980
      No Score Yet 53% Ruckus Big Ben (Character) - 1980
      9% 19% The Swarm Felix (Character) - 1978
      No Score Yet 68% Grayeagle John Colter (Character) - 1977
      No Score Yet 46% The Greatest Hollis (Character) - 1977
      42% 40% The Town That Dreaded Sundown Captain J.D. Morales (Character) - 1976
      No Score Yet 36% The Savage Bees Sheriff Donald McKew (Character) - 1976
      63% 48% Hustle Marty Hollinger (Character) - 1975
      73% 54% Bite the Bullet Mister (Character) - 1975
      65% 59% Breakheart Pass Marshal Pearce (Character) - 1975
      87% 66% The Sugarland Express Captain Harlin Tanner (Character) - 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Locusts Amos Fletcher (Character) - 1974
      50% 64% Kid Blue Sheriff "Mean John" Simpson (Character) - 1973
      93% 74% Dillinger Melvin Purvis (Character) - 1973
      33% 57% The Train Robbers Jesse (Character) - 1973
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Runaway! Holly Gibson (Character) - 1973
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Red Pony Jess Taylor (Character) - 1973
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bloodsport Dwayne Birdsong (Character) - 1973
      86% 81% The Getaway Jack Beynon (Character) - 1972
      92% 63% Junior Bonner Buck Roan (Character) - 1972
      No Score Yet 50% The Bull of the West Spinner (Character) - 1972
      0% 100% Something Big Jesse Bookbinder (Character) - 1971
      100% 89% The Last Picture Show Sam the Lion (Character) - 1971
      83% 74% Chisum James Pepper (Character) - 1970
      91% 90% The Wild Bunch Tector Gorch (Character) - 1969
      44% 65% The Undefeated Short Grub (Character) - 1969
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Ride a Northbound Horse Unknown (Character) - 1969
      92% 73% Hang 'Em High Marshal Dave Bliss (Character) - 1968
      85% 74% Will Penny Alex (Character) - 1968
      29% 58% The Rare Breed Jeff Harter (Character) - 1966
      97% 67% Major Dundee Sergeant Chillum (Character) $14.9K 1965
      61% 72% One-Eyed Jacks Bob Amory (Character) - 1961
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Tomboy and the Champ Uncle Jim (Character) - 1961
      No Score Yet 25% Ten Who Dared George Bradley (Character) - 1960
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Fort Bowie Capt. Thomas Thompson (Character) - 1958
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Slim Carter Montana Burriss (Character) - 1957
      No Score Yet No Score Yet War Drums Luke Fargo (Character) - 1957
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Rebel in Town Frank Mason (Character) - 1956
      86% 75% Oklahoma! Wrangler (uncredited) (Character) - 1955
      97% 81% Shane Chris Calloway (Character) - 1953
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Wild Stallion Dan Light (Character) - 1952
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Fort Defiance Ben Shelby (Character) - 1951
      100% 67% Wagon Master Travis Blue (Character) - 1950
      71% 70% Rio Grande Trooper Travis Tyree (Character) - 1950
      91% 64% Mighty Joe Young Gregg (Character) - 1949
      92% 79% She Wore a Yellow Ribbon Sgt. Tyree (Character) - 1949
      85% 78% 3 Godfathers Posse man 1 (Character) - 1948

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Joe Bob's Halloween Hoedown Unknown (Character) 2021
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Sacketts Cap Rountree (Character) 1979
      No Score Yet 100% Gunsmoke Ben Crown (Guest Star) 1963 1971
      No Score Yet 100% Bonanza Unknown (Guest Star) 1962 1969 1971
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Monroes Sleeve (Character) 1966-1967
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Branded Unknown (Guest Star) 1966
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Perry Mason Kelly (Guest Star) 1964
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Have Gun -- Will Travel Unknown (Guest Star) 1960-1962
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Route 66 Unknown (Guest Star) 1961-1962
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Laramie Jim (driver) (Character),
      Billy Pardee (Guest Star)
      1960-1961
      No Score Yet 79% Alfred Hitchcock Presents Unknown (Character) 1958
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Restless Gun Sheriff Tim Malachy (Guest Star) 1958