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Van Johnson is a Actor American born on 25 august 1916 at Newport (USA)

Van Johnson

Van Johnson
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Birth name Charles Van Johnson
Nationality USA
Birth 25 august 1916 at Newport (USA)
Death 12 december 2008 (at 92 years) at Nyack (USA)

Van Johnson (August 25, 1916 – December 12, 2008) was an American film and television actor and dancer who was a major star at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer during and after World War II.

Johnson was the embodiment of the "boy-next-door wholesomeness (that) made him a popular Hollywood star in the '40s and '50s," playing "the red-haired, freckle-faced soldier, sailor or bomber pilot who used to live down the street" in MGM movies during the war years with such films as Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo, A Guy Named Joe and The Human Comedy. Johnson made occasional World War II movies through the end of the 1960s, and he played a military officer in one of his final feature films, in 1992. At the time of his death in December 2008, he was one of the last surviving matinee idols of Hollywood's "golden age."


Johnson married former stage actress Eve Abbott (6 May 1914 – 10 October 2004) on January 25, 1947, the day after her divorce from actor Keenan Wynn was finalized. In 1948, the newlyweds had a daughter, Schuyler. By this marriage, Johnson had two stepsons, Edmond Keenan (Ned) and Tracy Keenan Wynn. The Johnsons separated in 1961 and their divorce was finalized in 1968. According to a statement by his ex-wife that was first published after his death at age 92, their marriage had been engineered by MGM: "They needed their 'big star' to be married to quell rumors about his sexual preferences and unfortunately, I was 'It'—the only woman he would marry." Johnson's biographer, Ronald L. Davis, has written that the actor's homosexual proclivities were well known within the film industry, but that these were covered up due to a general regard for the privacy of a fellow performer and studio executive Louis B. Mayer's efforts to quash any scandal.

In contrast to his "cheery Van" screen image, Johnson was reputed by his ex-wife to be morose and moody because of his difficult early life. She reported that he had little tolerance for unpleasantness and would stride into his bedroom at the slightest hint of trouble. He had a difficult relationship with his father and was estranged from his daughter at the time of his death.

Best films

Battleground (1949)
Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944)
Plymouth Adventure (1952)

Usually with

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(33 films)
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(11 films)
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Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Van Johnson (86 films)

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Clowning Around, 2h45
Genres Drama, Comedy, Adventure
Themes Films about children, Children's films
Actors Ernie Dingo, Van Johnson, Rebecca Smart, Noni Hazlehurst, Heath Ledger
Roles Mr. Ranthow
Rating62% 3.144643.144643.144643.144643.14464
Simon Gunner (Clayton Williamson), is a starstruck kid who aspires to become a circus clown. With the help of veteran funster Jack Merrick (Ernie Dingo), Simon ultimately fulfills his goal.
Flight from Paradise, 1h48
Origin German
Genres Science fiction
Themes Post-apocalyptic films
Actors Inés Sastre, Fabrice Bernard-Josso, Horst Buchholz, Aurore Clément, Jacques Perrin, Van Johnson
Roles Erzähler
Rating56% 2.8308152.8308152.8308152.8308152.830815
Un vieillard conte à un enfant l'histoire du médaillon grâce auquel des êtres recréèrent la vie sur la Terre dévastée par une catastrophe écologique et nucléaire…
Killer Crocodile, 1h30
Genres Horror
Themes Films about animals
Actors Sherrie Rose, Sherrie Rose, Ennio Girolami, Van Johnson
Roles Judge
Rating47% 2.362482.362482.362482.362482.36248
A group of friends investigating the illegal dumping of toxic chemicals in a swamp must defend themselves against an abnormally huge crocodile, which has become more aggressive than normal due to prolonged exposure to the toxic waste. The crocodile manages to kill many people, before it is cut up by a boat propellor at the climax of the film.
The Purple Rose of Cairo, 1h25
Directed by Woody Allen
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Fantastic, Comedy, Romantic comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Themes Films about films, Philosophie
Actors Mia Farrow, Jeff Daniels, Danny Aiello, Edward Herrmann, Dianne Wiest, Stephanie Farrow
Roles Larry
Rating76% 3.8469953.8469953.8469953.8469953.846995
Set in New Jersey during the Great Depression, the film tells the story of Cecilia, a clumsy waitress who goes to the movies to escape her bleak life and loveless, abusive marriage to Monk, whom she has attempted to leave on numerous occasions.
Scorpion with Two Tails
Directed by Sergio Martino
Genres Horror
Actors Claudio Cassinelli, Wandisa Guida, Marilù Tolo, Gianfranco Barra, Carlo Monni, John Saxon
Roles Mulligan - Joan's father
Rating44% 2.223352.223352.223352.223352.22335
Joan has nightmares of Etruscan sacrifices. She knows very well the Etruscan language and her husband Arthur is an archeologist studying Etruscan tombs. In a nightmare she foresees her husband's death. And Arthur is then killed with the same way the Etruscans killed their sacrifice victims, convincing her that someone (or something) maybe after her.
Scorpion with Two Tails, 1h38
Directed by Sergio Martino
Origin Italie
Genres Horror
Themes Serial killer films
Actors Gianfranco Barra, Marilù Tolo, John Saxon, Van Johnson, Wandisa Guida, Claudio Cassinelli
Roles Mulligan - Joan's father
Rating44% 2.223352.223352.223352.223352.22335
Mariée à un archéologue qui étudie les tombes étrusques en Italie, Joan se met à faire des cauchemars dans lesquels elle assiste à des sacrifices humains. Un jour, elle a la vision de la mort de son mari. Ce dernier, après avoir découvert un tombeau étrusque dans une grotte inexplorée, est sauvagement assassiné. Entraînée par une voix qu'elle est la seule à entendre, Joan décide de démasquer le tueur elle-même. Mais, autour d'elle, les morts s'enchaînent, tous tués selon les rites sacrificiels des Étrusques. Pour retrouver l'assassin, Joan doit plonger dans le monde des trafics de drogue et des pillages de tombes.
The Kidnapping of the President, 1h54
Directed by George Mendeluk
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Adventure
Themes Politique, Political films
Actors William Shatner, Hal Holbrook, Van Johnson, Ava Gardner, Elizabeth Shepherd, Michael J. Reynolds
Roles Vice President Ethan Richards
Rating54% 2.7045852.7045852.7045852.7045852.704585
During a diplomatic visit to Toronto, the U.S. President Adam Scott (Hal Holbrook) is abducted by a South American terrorist, Roberto Assanti (Miguel Fernandes), and his female accomplice, and is held captive in an armored truck booby-trapped with high explosives. The elaborate bomb keeps the Secret Service at bay until Assanti is killed. However, the explosives are timed to detonate at midnight, so Secret Service agent Jerry O'Connor (Shatner) has to find a way into the truck to rescue the President before it detonates. Also involved are U.S Vice-President Ethan Richards (Johnson) and his wife Beth (Gardner).
Concorde Affair, 1h36
Directed by Ruggero Deodato, Claude d'Anna
Origin Italie
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Crime
Themes La fin du monde, Transport films, Aviation films, Disaster films, Films about aviation accidents or incidents
Actors James Franciscus, Mimsy Farmer, Venantino Venantini, Edmund Purdom, Dennis Hopper, Van Johnson
Roles Captain Scott
Rating55% 2.767062.767062.767062.767062.76706
Concorde Test Flight 820 is sabotaged which forces the plane to crash land in the ocean off coast of Martinique in the Antillies of the Caribbean. The only survivor is a Jean Beneyton (Mimsy Farmer), a French hostess on the flight. Two fishermen find her, but then are soon killed off by a group of suited corporate agents who ride out in a speedboat, because they were witnesses to the crash.
From Corleone to Brooklyn, 1h25
Directed by Umberto Lenzi
Origin Italie
Genres Crime
Themes Mafia films, Seafaring films, Transport films, Gangster films
Actors Mario Merola, Maurizio Merli, Van Johnson, Biagio Pelligra, Venantino Venantini, Sonia Viviani
Roles Lieutenant Sturges
Rating63% 3.191873.191873.191873.191873.19187
Un officier de police italien, Berni, est chargé d'escorter un témoin à charge jusqu'aux États-Unis, afin que ce dernier identifie formellement Michele Barresi, un parrain de la mafia sur le point d'être extradé. Rendu sur les lieux, Berni réalise à ses dépens que la bureaucratie et l'inertie de certaines autorités ne le mettront pas à l'abri de représailles.
Getting Married, 1h40
Directed by Steven Hilliard Stern
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Actors Richard Thomas, Bess Armstrong, Mark Harmon, Katherine Helmond, Van Johnson, Audra Lindley
Roles Phil Lawrence
Rating60% 3.000283.000283.000283.000283.00028
Michael Carboni, an associate director at a TV studio, falls in love with Kristine Lawrence, the station's newscaster. However, Kristy is due to be married in a week, and Michael has yet to reveal his feelings to her. Michael must find a way to get Kristine's affects and have her call off the wedding.
Superdome (1978)
, 1h37
Directed by Jerry Jameson
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films
Actors David Janssen, Edie Adams, Clifton Davis, Peter Haskell, Ken Howard, Susan Howard
Roles Chip Green
Rating30% 1.5174851.5174851.5174851.5174851.517485
At the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, both team's star quarterbacks are preoccupied. Wolecki is having marital difficulties, while McCauley is involved in a shady deal with a management firm. Meanwhile, a national gambling syndicate attempts to find a way to stop the heavily favored Cougars from winning the game. All these plots are connected by a police chase of a killer who has attempted to evade law enforcement by ducking into the crowd.
That's Entertainment!, 2h15
Directed by Jack Haley Jr.
Origin USA
Genres Documentary, Musical
Themes Films about films, Films about music and musicians, Documentary films about business, Documentary films about the film industry, Documentary films about cities, Musical films, Documentary films about films
Actors Frank Sinatra, Fred Astaire, Bing Crosby, Gene Kelly, Peter Lawford, Liza Minnelli
Roles (archive footage)
Rating77% 3.894893.894893.894893.894893.89489
Cette nostalgique leçon d'histoire recèle les trésors cachés des plus grandes comédies musicales de la MGM ainsi que de nombreux autres extraits merveilleux mais moins célèbres, avec Esther Williams, Jimmy Durante, Eleanor Powell et même Clark Gable chantant et dansant. « Il était une fois Hollywood » est une véritable gourmandise pour cinéphiles et amateurs de comédies musicales.