Johnny Downs

Johnny Downs

Highest Rated: 80% Call Me Madam (1953)

Lowest Rated: 20% Rhapsody in Blue (2001)

Birthday: Oct 10, 1913

Birthplace: Not Available

The son of a Naval officer, American actor Johnny Downs was hired as one of Hal Roach's "Our Gang" kids in 1923. Alternately playing heroes and bullies, Downs stayed with the short-subject series until 1927, appearing in twenty-four two-reelers. He honed his dancing and singing skills on the vaudeville stage, working prominently on Broadway until returning to Hollywood in 1934. Downs became a fixture of the "college musical" movie cycle of the late '30s, usually cast as a team captain or a cheerleader. He returned briefly to Hal Roach to star in a 45-minute "streamlined" feature, All American Co-Ed (1941), shortly before his movie career began to decline. Working in vaudeville, summer stock, and one solid Broadway hit (Are You With It), Downs made a short-lived movie comeback in supporting roles and bit parts in the early '50s. Johnny Downs' biggest break in these years came via television, where he launched a long-running career as a San Diego TV host and kiddie show star.

Highest Rated Movies



20% Rhapsody in Blue Dancer 2001
No Score Yet Here Come the Girls (Champagne for Everybody) Bob 1953
80% Call Me Madam Director Cameraman 1953
60% The Kid From Brooklyn M.C. 1946
No Score Yet Adventures of the Flying Cadets Danny 1943
No Score Yet Harvest Melody Tommy 1943
No Score Yet Campus Rhythm (Fraternity Sweetheart ) 'Scoop' Davis 1943
No Score Yet The Mad Monster Tom Gregory 1942
No Score Yet Freckles Comes Home Freckles 1942
No Score Yet Adam Had Four Sons Older David 1941
No Score Yet Honeymoon for Three Chester T. Farrington III 1941
No Score Yet All-American Co-Ed Bob Sheppard aka Bobbie DeWolfe 1941
No Score Yet All-American Co-Ed Actor 1941
No Score Yet A Child Is Born Johnny Norton 1940
No Score Yet Sing, Dance, Plenty Hot Johnny 1940
No Score Yet Melody and Moonlight Danny O'Brian 1940
No Score Yet Bad Boy John Fraser 1939
No Score Yet Hold That Co-Ed Dink 1938
No Score Yet Algiers Pierrot 1938
No Score Yet Turn Off the Moon Terry Keith 1937
No Score Yet Thrill of a Lifetime Stanley 1937
No Score Yet College Holiday Johnny Jones 1936
No Score Yet Pigskin Parade Chip Carson 1936
No Score Yet Arizona Raiders 'Lonesome' Alonzo Q. Mulhall 1936
No Score Yet Everybody's Old Man Tommy Sampson 1936
No Score Yet Arizona Thunderbolt Actor 1936
No Score Yet So Red the Rose Yankee Boy 1935


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