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Johnny Arthur (May 20, 1883 – December 31, 1951) was an American stage and motion picture actor.

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1 Early years 2 Talkie era 3 Filmography 4 Death 5 References 6 External links

Early years[edit] Born John Lennox Arthur Williams in Scottdale, Pennsylvania, Arthur was a veteran of twenty-five years on stage before he made his screen debut in 1923's The Unknown Purple. Arthur's screen personality was nebulous enough to allow him to play the romantic lead in the Lon Chaney vehicle The Monster (1925). Talkie era[edit] With the coming of sound, Arthur developed his first comedic image, an effeminate character in films such as The Desert Song (1929), She Couldn't Say No (1930), Penrod and Sam (1931) and The Ghost Walks (1934). When the Production Code
Production Code
took effect on July 1, 1934, the overtly homosexual characters played by Arthur were toned down in Hollywood movies. He spent the rest of the 1930s playing fussy characters. This served him well in low-budget films like The Natzy Nuisance, Ellis Island and Danger on the Air, as well as big budget pictures like Crime and Punishment and Road to Singapore. Arthur is perhaps most remembered for his appearances as Darla Hood's father in Hal Roach's Our Gang
Our Gang
shorts. Most of his later roles were unbilled bits, with the notable exception of the 1942 serial, The Masked Marvel. Filmography[edit]

The Unknown Purple (1923) Mademoiselle Midnight (1924) Daring Love (1924) The Monster (1925) The Tourist (1925) Cleaning Up (1925) Open House (1926) My Stars (1926) Home Cured (1926) Honest Injun (1926) The Humdinger (1926) Close Shaves (1926) Wedding Yells (1927) The Draw-Back (1927) Her Husky Hero (1927) Live News (1927) Scared Silly (1927) Wildcat Valley (1928) Visitors Welcome (1928) Blondes Beware (1928) Wedded Blisters (1928) On Trial (1928) The Eligible Mr. Bangs (1929) The Desert Song (1929) Hot Lemonade (1929) The Gamblers (1929) Lovers' Delight (1929) Divorce Made Easy (1929) A Hint to Brides (1929) Adam's Eve (1929) The Show of Shows (1929) The Aviator (1929) Paper Hanging with Johnny Arthur (1930) Personality (1930) She Couldn't Say No (1930) Scrappily Married (1930) Down with Husbands (1930) Cheer Up and Smile
Cheer Up and Smile
(1930) Going Wild (1930) It's a Wise Child (1931) Penrod and Sam (1931) Should Crooners Marry (1933) Easy Millions (1933) Convention City
Convention City
(1933) Hell in the Heavens
Hell in the Heavens
(1934) Twenty Million Sweethearts
Twenty Million Sweethearts
(1934) Many Happy Returns (1934) Dames
Dames
(1934) The Ghost Walks
The Ghost Walks
(1934) Hell in the Heavens
Hell in the Heavens
(1934) Anniversary Trouble
Anniversary Trouble
(1935) Traveling Saleslady (1935) Doubting Thomas (1935) It's in the Air (1935) Crime and Punishment (1935) Too Tough to Kill
Too Tough to Kill
(1935) Rendezvous (1935) The Bride Comes Home (1935) Freshman Love (1936) The Murder of Dr. Harrigan (1936) All-American Toothache (1936) The King Steps Out (1936) Stage Struck (1936) Ellis Island (1936) Under Cover of Night (1937) It Happened Out West
It Happened Out West
(1937) Pick a Star (1937) Night 'n' Gales
Night 'n' Gales
(1937) Make a Wish (1937) Something to Sing About (1937) Blossoms on Broadway (1937) Amateur Crook
Amateur Crook
(1937) (uncredited) Exiled to Shanghai
Exiled to Shanghai
(1937) Feed 'em and Weep
Feed 'em and Weep
(1938) Half-way to Hollywood (1938) Danger on the Air
Danger on the Air
(1938) Road to Singapore
Road to Singapore
(1940) Jeepers Creepers (1939) Li'l Abner (1940) Road Show (1941) Mountain Moonlight (1941) Shepherd of the Ozarks
Shepherd of the Ozarks
(1942) A Desperate Chance for Ellery Queen (1942) The Nazty Nuisance (1943) The Masked Marvel
The Masked Marvel
(1943) It Happened on 5th Avenue
It Happened on 5th Avenue
(1947) I Want You (1951)

Death[edit] Arthur died on December 31, 1951 of heart disease [1] at the Motion Picture Country Home. He was buried at the charitable expense of the Motion Picture Fund in Valhalla Memorial Park Cemetery, but left in an unmarked grave for 60 years until the Friends of Dearly Departed Tours and Findadeath.com raised the funds for a gravestone and placed one in November 2012. References[edit]

^ http://www.findadeath.com/Deceased/a/Johnny_Arthur/Johnny_Arthur.htm

External links[edit]

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WorldCat Identities VIAF: 71194685 ISNI: 0000 0000 4743 1554 BNF: cb1656

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