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Noble Johnson

Highest Rated:   100% Lost Horizon (1937)
Lowest Rated:   40% Son of Kong (1933)
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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.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
86% Road to Zanzibar
  • Chief
2001
No Score Yet North of the Great Divide
  • Nogura
1950
94% She Wore a Yellow Ribbon
  • Red Shirt
1949
No Score Yet Dream Girl
  • Bartender
1948
No Score Yet 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 Ten Gentlemen from West Point
  • Tecumseh
1942
55% Jungle Book
  • Sikh
1942
No Score Yet The Ranger and the Lady
  • El Lobo
1940
83% The Ghost Breakers
  • The Zombie
1940
No Score Yet Green Hell
  • Indian Chief
1940
80% 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
No Score Yet Four Men and a Prayer
  • Native
1938
No Score Yet Hawk of the Wilderness
  • Mokuyi
1938
No Score Yet Conquest
  • Roustan
1937
100% 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
No Score Yet She
  • Amahagger Chief
1935
100% The Lives of a Bengal Lancer
  • Ram Singh
1935
No Score Yet Kid Millions
  • Attendant
1934
40% 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
100% The Most Dangerous Game
  • Ivan
1932
83% Murders in the Rue Morgue
  • Janos
1932
No Score Yet East of Borneo
  • Osman
1931
No Score Yet 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

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