Van Johnson

Birthday: Aug 25, 1916
Birthplace: Newport, Rhode Island, USA
The quintessential blue-eyed, blonde-haired, freckle-faced Boy Next Door, Van Johnson was the son of a Rhode Island plumbing contractor. Making his Broadway bow in The New Faces of 1936, Johnson spent several busy years as a musical-comedy chorus boy. After understudying Gene Kelly in Pal Joey, he came to Hollywood to recreate his minor role in the film version of the Broadway musical hit Too Many Girls. Proving himself an able actor in the Warner Bros. "B" picture Murder in the Big House (1942), Johnson was signed by MGM, where he was given the traditional big buildup. He served his MGM apprenticeship as Lew Ayres' replacement in the "Dr. Kildare" series, latterly known as the "Dr. Gillespie" series, in deference to top-billed Lionel Barrymore. While en route to a preview showing of an MGM film, Johnson was seriously injured in an auto accident. This proved to be a blessing in disguise to his career: the accident prevented his being drafted into the army, thus he had the young leading-man field virtually to himself at MGM during the war years. Delivering solid dramatic performances in such major productions as The Human Comedy (1943) A Guy Named Joe (1943) and Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944), Johnson rapidly became a favorite with the public--particularly the teenaged female public. He remained a favorite into the 1950s, alternating serious characterizations with lightweight romantic fare. One of his best roles was Lt. Maryk in The Caine Mutiny (1954), for which he was loaned to Columbia. When his MGM contract came to an end, Johnson free-lanced both in Hollywood and abroad. He also made his London stage debut as Harold Hill in The Music Man, a role he'd continue to play on the summer-theater circuit well into the 1970s. His TV work included the lead in the elaborate 1957 musical version of The Pied Piper of Hamelin (released theatrically in 1961) and his "special guest villain" turn as The Minstrel on Batman (1967). He staged a film comeback as a character actor in the late 1960s, earning excellent reviews for his work in Divorce American Style (1967). And in the mid-1980s, Van Johnson again proved that he still had the old star quality, first as one of the leads in the short-lived TVer Glitter, then in a gently self-mocking role in Woody Allen's The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985), and finally as Gene Barry's replacement in the hit Broadway musical La Cage Aux Folles (1985).

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Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet La battaglia d'Inghilterra (Eagles Over London) Actor 2012
No Score Yet Clowning Around Neville Rathnow 1992
No Score Yet Three Days to a Kill Comm. Howard 1991
No Score Yet Delta Force Commando 2 General John McCailland 1990
91% The Purple Rose of Cairo Larry 1985
No Score Yet Assassinio al cimitero etrusco (Scorpion with Two Tails) (Murder in an Etruscan Cemetery) Actor 1982
No Score Yet Horrible (Rosso sangue) (Absurd) (Monster Hunter) (Antropophagus 2) (The Grim Reaper 2) Actor 1981
No Score Yet El Secuestro del Presidente Vice President Ethan Richards 1980
No Score Yet From Corleone to Brooklyn (Da Corleone a Brooklyn) Actor 1979
No Score Yet Concorde Affair Actor 1978
No Score Yet L'occhio del ragno Actor 1972
No Score Yet Eagles over London Air Marshal George Taylor 1970
No Score Yet Il Prezzo del potere (Texas) (The Price of Power) James Garfield 1969
50% Yours, Mine and Ours Darrel 1968
No Score Yet Where Angels Go---Trouble Follows! Father Chase 1968
100% Divorce American Style Al Yearling 1967
No Score Yet The Doomsday Flight Captain Anderson 1966
No Score Yet The Enemy General Allan Lemaire 1960
No Score Yet The Last Blitzkrieg Sergeant Richardson/Kroner 1959
No Score Yet The Pied Piper of Hamelin Pied Piper 1957
No Score Yet Action of the Tiger Carson 1957
No Score Yet 23 Paces to Baker Street Phillip Hannon 1956
No Score Yet Miracle in the Rain Pvt. Arthur Hugenon 1956
No Score Yet The Bottom of the Bottle (Beyond the River) Donald Martin / Eric Bell 1956
85% Brigadoon Jeff Douglas 1954
92% The Caine Mutiny Lt. Steve Maryk 1954
No Score Yet Men of the Fighting Lady (Panther Squadron) Lt. Howard Thayer 1954
No Score Yet Siege at Red River Jim Farraday 1954
88% The Last Time I Saw Paris Charles Wills 1954
No Score Yet The End of the Affair Maurice Bendrix 1954
No Score Yet Easy to Love Ray Lloyd 1953
No Score Yet Plymouth Adventure John Alden 1952
No Score Yet Washington Story, (Target for Scandal) Joseph T. Gresham 1952
No Score Yet Too Young to Kiss Eric Wainwright 1952
No Score Yet Invitation Daniel I. "Dan" Pierce 1952
No Score Yet It's a Big Country Rev. Adam Burch 1951
No Score Yet Go for Broke! Lt. Michael Grayson 1951
No Score Yet Three Guys Named Mike Michael Lawrence 1951
No Score Yet Duchess of Idaho Dick Layne 1950
60% The Big Hangover David Muldon 1950
100% Battleground Holley 1949
71% In the Good Old Summertime Andrew Larkin 1949
No Score Yet Scene of the Crime Mike Conovan 1949
No Score Yet Command Decision Technical Sergeant Immanuel T. Evans 1948
80% State of the Union 'Spike' McManus 1948
No Score Yet The Bride Goes Wild Actor 1948
No Score Yet Romance of Rosy Ridge Henry Carson 1947
No Score Yet High Barbaree Alec Brooke 1947
100% Till the Clouds Roll By Band Leader 1947
No Score Yet Easy to Wed Bill Stevens Chandler 1946
67% Ziegfeld Follies Guest 1946
No Score Yet Weekend at the Waldorf Capt. James Hollis 1945
No Score Yet Thrill of a Romance Maj. Thomas Milvaine 1945
No Score Yet A Guy Named Joe Ted Randall 1944
No Score Yet The White Cliffs of Dover Sam Bennett 1944
No Score Yet Two Girls and a Sailor John Dyckman Brown III 1944
100% Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo Capt. Ted Lawson 1944
83% Madame Curie Reporter 1943
No Score Yet The War Against Mrs. Hadley Michael Fitzpatrick 1943
No Score Yet Pilot No. 5 Everett Arnold 1943
80% The Human Comedy Marcus Macauley 1943
No Score Yet Somewhere I'll Find You Lt. Wayne Halls 1942
No Score Yet Too Many Girls Boy No. 41 1940

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
1984-1996
Daniel O'Brien Elliot Robinson
  • 1990
  • 1986
  • 1984
No Score Yet Quincy, M.E.
1976-1983
Al Ringerman
  • 1977
93% Batman
1966-1968
The Minstrel
  • 1966
No Score Yet I Love Lucy
1951-1957
Van Johnson
  • 1955
No Score Yet Tales of the Unexpected
1979-1988
Gerry

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