Noble Johnson

Noble Johnson

  • Highest Rated: 100% The Lives of a Bengal Lancer (1935)
  • Lowest Rated: 36% Son of Kong (1933)
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  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Born in Missouri, Noble Johnson was raised in Colorado Springs, Colorado where he was a classmate of future film-star Lon Chaney Sr., who became one of his closest friends. At 15, Johnson dropped out of school to help his horse-trainer father. The 6'2", 225-pound teenager had little trouble finding "man-sized" employment, and at various junctures he worked as a miner and a rancher. In 1909, he made his motion picture debut, playing an American Indian (the first of many). Seven years later, Johnson and his brother George formed the Lincoln Motion Picture Company, the first American film studio exclusively devoted to the production of all-black feature films. Business was poor, however; by 1918, the studio had failed, and Johnson returned to acting in other's films. During the silent era, he essayed such roles as Friday in Robinson Crusoe (1922) and Uncle Tom in Topsy and Eva (1927), and also began a longtime professional relationship with producer/director Cecil B. DeMille. His talkie roles included Queequeg in Moby Dick (1930) and the Native Chieftan in King Kong (1933); he also played important parts in Murders in the Rue Morgue (1932), Mystery Ranch (1932) and The Mummy (1932). Launching the 1940's with a vivid portrayal of a zombie in Bob Hope's The Ghost Breakers (1940), Johnson spent the rest of the decade playing Africans, Indians, Mexicans, Arabs and South Sea Islanders, one of the few black performers in Hollywood to be permitted any sort of versatility. Noble Johnson retired in 1950.

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No Score Yet North of the Great Divide Nogura 1950
95% She Wore a Yellow Ribbon Red Shirt 1949
No Score Yet Dream Girl Bartender 1948
80% Unconquered Big Ottawa indian 1947
No Score Yet Angel on My Shoulder Trustee (uncredited) 1946
No Score Yet Thank Your Lucky Stars Charlie the Indian 1943
No Score Yet The Desert Song Abdel Rahman 1943
No Score Yet Ten Gentlemen from West Point Tecumseh 1942
57% Jungle Book Sikh 1942
No Score Yet The Mad Doctor of Market Street Elon 1942
88% Road to Zanzibar Chief 1941
No Score Yet The Ranger and the Lady El Lobo 1940
83% The Ghost Breakers The Zombie 1940
No Score Yet North West Mounted Police Native American 1940
No Score Yet Green Hell Indian Chief 1940
82% Drums Along the Mohawk Indian 1939
No Score Yet Juarez Regules 1939
No Score Yet Union Pacific Native American Shooting Piano 1939
No Score Yet Frontier Pony Express Luke Johnson 1939
40% Four Men and a Prayer Native 1938
No Score Yet Hawk of the Wilderness Mokuyi 1938
No Score Yet Conquest Roustan 1937
93% Lost Horizon Leader of porters 1937
No Score Yet Wee Willie Winkie Sikh Policeman 1937
No Score Yet The Plainsman Native American #1 1936
No Score Yet Dante's Inferno The Devil 1935
60% She Amahagger Chief 1935
100% The Lives of a Bengal Lancer Ram Singh 1935
No Score Yet Kid Millions Attendant 1934
36% Son of Kong Native Chief 1933
No Score Yet White Woman Native Chief 1933
98% King Kong Native Chief 1933
93% The Mummy The Nubian 1932
No Score Yet Mystery Ranch Mudo 1932
83% Murders in the Rue Morgue Janos 1932
100% The Most Dangerous Game Ivan 1932
No Score Yet East of Borneo Osman 1931
100% Safe in Hell Bobo 1931
No Score Yet Moby Dick Queequeg 1930
No Score Yet Redskin Pueblo Jim 1929
57% Noah's Ark Slave Broker 1928
No Score Yet When A Man Loves An Apache 1927
69% The King of Kings A Charioteer 1927
No Score Yet Hands Up Sitting Bull 1926
96% The Thief of Bagdad The Indian Prince 1924
100% The Navigator Cannibal Chief 1924
83% The Ten Commandments The Bronze Man 1923
No Score Yet The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse Con quest 1921
No Score Yet Realization of a Negro's Ambition Producer Actor 1916


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