The Info List - Van Johnson

Charles Van Dell Johnson (/ˈdʒɒnsən/; 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,"[3] 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
World War II
movies through the end of the 1960s, and 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".[4]


1 Early life 2 Career

2.1 Broadway 2.2 Warner Bros 2.3 MGM 2.4 A Guy Named Joe and Stardom 2.5 Post-War Career Peak 2.6 MGM Under Dore Schary 2.7 Freelancer

3 Personal life 4 Later years and death 5 Legacy 6 Filmography

6.1 Box office ranking

7 Stage work 8 Radio appearances 9 References

9.1 Notes 9.2 Bibliography

10 External links

Early life[edit] Charles Van Dell Johnson was born in Newport, Rhode Island, the only child[5] of Loretta (née Snyder), a housewife, and Charles E. Johnson, a plumber and later real-estate salesman. His father was born in Sweden
and came to the United States as a young child,[5] and his mother had Pennsylvania Dutch
Pennsylvania Dutch
ancestry. His mother, an alcoholic, left the family when her son was a child; Johnson's relationship with his father was chilly.[6] Career[edit]

The handprints of Van Johnson
Van Johnson
in front of The Great Movie Ride
The Great Movie Ride
at Walt Disney World's Disney's Hollywood Studios
Disney's Hollywood Studios
theme park

Johnson performed at social clubs in Newport while in high school. He moved to New York City
New York City
after graduating from high school in 1935 and joined an off-Broadway revue, Entre Nous (1935).[5] Broadway[edit] After touring New England
New England
in a theatre troupe as a substitute dancer, his acting career began in earnest in the Broadway revue New Faces of 1936. Johnson returned to the chorus after that and worked in summer resorts near New York City.[7] In 1939, director and playwright George Abbott
George Abbott
cast him in Rodgers and Hart's Too Many Girls in the role of a college boy and as understudy for all three male leads. After an uncredited role in the film adaptation of Too Many Girls (which costarred Lucille Ball
Lucille Ball
and Desi Arnaz), Abbott hired him as a chorus boy and Gene Kelly's understudy in Pal Joey.[8] Warner Bros[edit] Johnson was about to move back to New York when Lucille Ball
Lucille Ball
took him to Chasen's
Restaurant, where she introduced him to MGM casting director Billy Grady, who was sitting at the next table. This led to screen tests by Hollywood studios. His test at Columbia Pictures
Columbia Pictures
was unsuccessful, but Warner Brothers
Warner Brothers
put him on contract at $300 a week. He was cast as a cub reporter opposite Faye Emerson
Faye Emerson
in the 1942 film Murder in the Big House. His eyebrows and hair were dyed black for the role.[9] Johnson's all-American good looks and easy demeanor were ill-suited to the gritty movies Warner made at the time, and the studio dropped him at the expiration of his six-month contract. MGM[edit] Johnson was soon signed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. As with other MGM contract players, Johnson was provided with classes in acting, speech, and diction.[10] He had an uncredited part as a soldier in Somewhere I'll Find You (1942). He attracted attention in a small part in The War Against Mrs. Hadley (1942), a solid hit. This encouraged MGM to cast Johnson in their long-running Dr. Kildare series. These films had starred Lew Ayres
Lew Ayres
as Dr Kildare and Lionel Barrymore as Dr Gillespie; when Ayres' career was hurt due to being a conscientious objector, the series focused on Dr Gillespie mentoring new doctors. Johnson played Dr. Randall Adams in Dr. Gillespie's New Assistant (1942). MGM then cast Johnson as Mickey Rooney's soldier brother in The Human Comedy (1943), a huge hit. He returned as Randall Adams in Dr. Gillespie's Criminal Case (1943) and was in uniform again for Pilot No. 5 (1943). He had a small role as a reporter in Madame Curie (1943).[11] A Guy Named Joe and Stardom[edit] Johnson's big break was in A Guy Named Joe, starring Spencer Tracy
Spencer Tracy
and Irene Dunne, in which he played a young pilot who acquires a deceased pilot as his guardian angel. Midway through the movie's production in 1943, Johnson was involved in a serious car accident that left him with a metal plate in his forehead and a number of scars on his face that the plastic surgery of the time could not completely correct or conceal; he used heavy makeup to hide them for years. When the crash happened, Johnson's scalp was nearly sheared off. The closest rescue units responded, but because the accident happened just over the local county line, the rescuers had to stop at the county line and could not help him. Johnson had to slap his scalp into place and literally crawl nearly 50 yards to get to the rescue workers for aid[dubious – discuss]. MGM wanted to replace him in A Guy Named Joe, but Tracy insisted that Johnson be allowed to finish the picture, despite his long absence. The injury exempted Johnson from service in World War II. The film was a huge hit earning a profit of over a million dollars and Johnson was launched as a star.[12]

Johnson, in Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo
Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo

With many actors serving in the armed forces, the accident greatly benefited Johnson's career.[5] He later said, "There were five of us. There was Jimmy Craig, Bob Young, Bobby Walker, Peter Lawford, and myself. All tested for the same part all the time". Johnson was very busy, often playing soldiers; "I remember ... finishing one Thursday morning with June Allyson
June Allyson
and starting a new one Thursday afternoon with Esther Williams. I didn't know which branch of the service I was in!"[13] MGM built up his image as the all-American boy in war dramas and musicals. His first top billed role in an "A" was the musical Two Girls and a Sailor (1944) which was big success; it was his first film with June Allyson. He had a smaller part in The White Cliffs of Dover (1944), then reprised his role as Dr Adams in 3 Men in White (1944). Post-War Career Peak[edit] Johnson played Ted Lawson in Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo, which told the story of the Doolittle Raid
Doolittle Raid
on Tokyo in April 1942, and was another big success. He played Dr Adams one last time in Between Two Women (1945), which Johnson's popularity helped propel to a gross of over two million dollars - a remarkable figure for a B picture. Even more popular was Thrill of a Romance
Thrill of a Romance
(1945), a musical with Esther Williams, which was one of the biggest hits of the year, earning a profit of over three million dollars. Another big one was Week-End at the Waldorf
Week-End at the Waldorf
(1945), a musical remake of Grand Hotel with Lana Turner, Walter Pidgeon
Walter Pidgeon
and Ginger Rogers. In 1945, Johnson tied with Bing Crosby
Bing Crosby
as the top box office stars chosen yearly by the National Association of Theater Owners. [4] He was reunited with Williams in Easy to Wed
Easy to Wed
(1946), a musical remake of Libeled Lady.[14] No Leave, No Love (1946) was a profitable musical co-starring Keenan Wynn. Johnson had a guest appearance in the all-star Till the Clouds Roll By
Till the Clouds Roll By
(1946). Johnson made his third appearance with Allyson in High Barbaree (1947). It was popular but its high cost meant it was the first film Johnson made since becoming a star that lost money. Another money loser was The Romance of Rosy Ridge
The Romance of Rosy Ridge
(1948), a drama best remembered today for introducing Janet Leigh. A comedy with Allyson The Bride Goes Wild (1948) was better received. Johnson supported Spencer Tracy
Spencer Tracy
and Katharine Hepburn
Katharine Hepburn
in State of the Union (1948). He supported Clark Gable
Clark Gable
and Pidgeon in the war drama Command Decision (1948). MGM Under Dore Schary[edit] Johnson was loaned out to 20th Century Fox
20th Century Fox
to make a comedy with Loretta Young, Mother Is a Freshman
Mother Is a Freshman
(1948). Back at MGM he was given a change of pace, a film noir Scene of the Crime (1949). In 1949 he starred with Judy Garland
Judy Garland
in the hit In the Good Old Summertime, which also marked the first film appearance of Liza Minnelli, as Garland and Johnson's young daughter. Even more popular was Battleground (1949), a movie about the Battle of the Bulge produced by MGM's new studio head, Dore Schary; it was MGM's most profitable work of the year.

Johnson continued to star in war dramas after the war ended, including Battleground (1949).

Johnson made a comedy The Big Hangover
The Big Hangover
(1950) then was reunited with Williams in Duchess of Idaho
Duchess of Idaho
(1951) a solid hit. A comedy he made with Kathryn Grayson, Grounds for Marriage
Grounds for Marriage
(1951), was only a mild success. Johnson appeared in a popular musical Three Guys Named Mike
Three Guys Named Mike
(1951). Another Schary-produced war film, Go for Broke! (1951), in which he played an officer leading Japanese-American troops of the famed 442nd Regimental Combat Team in Europe. did well at the box office. He had a small part in It's a Big Country
It's a Big Country
(1951) and was reunited with Allyson for Too Young to Kiss
Too Young to Kiss
(1951). A drama, Invitation (1952), was a box office disappointment. When in Rome (1952), in which Johnson played a priest, was a flop. So too was Washington Story (1952), Plymouth Adventure
Plymouth Adventure
(1952) with Spencer Tracy, Confidentially Connie (1953) with Janet Leigh
Janet Leigh
and Remains to Be Seen (1953) with Allyson. The box office rot stopped with the Esther Williams
Esther Williams
musical comedy Easy to Love (1953). He was loaned out for a Western Siege at Red River (1954), then was in a popular Korean War drama Men of the Fighting Lady (1954). Johnson was loaned to Columbia for The Caine Mutiny (1954), getting an excellent part in a big hit. He refused to allow concealment of his facial scars when being made up as Maryk, believing they enhanced the character's authenticity. One commentator noted years later that " Humphrey Bogart
Humphrey Bogart
and Jose Ferrer
Jose Ferrer
chomp up all the scenery in this maritime courtroom drama, but it's Johnson's character, the painfully ambivalent, not-too-bright Lieutenant Steve Maryk, who binds the whole movie together." Time commented that Van Johnson
Van Johnson
"... was a better actor than Hollywood usually allowed him to be."[3] Back at MGM he teamed with Gene Kelly
Gene Kelly
as the sardonic second lead of Brigadoon (1954), a box office disappointment.[5] He had the lead in The Last Time I Saw Paris
The Last Time I Saw Paris
(1954), a hit.

Johnson's critically praised performance in The Caine Mutiny (1954) was his most notable post-MGM role.

Unlike some other stars of that era, Johnson did not resent the restrictions of the studio system. In 1985, he said his years at MGM were "one big happy family and a little kingdom". He said: "Everything was provided for us, from singing lessons to barbells. All we had to do was inhale, exhale and be charming. I used to dread leaving the studio to go out into the real world, because to me the studio was the real world."[4] Johnson played himself on I Love Lucy
I Love Lucy
in which he sang and danced with Lucille Ball
Lucille Ball
in one of the episodes set in Hollywood. Freelancer[edit] During the 1950s, Johnson continued to appear in films and also appeared frequently in television guest appearances, including What's My Line?, as a celebrity mystery guest on the 22 November 1953 episode. He was in The End of the Affair (1955) at Columbia then made The Bottom of the Bottle (1956) at Fox. He received favorable critical notices for the 1956 dramatic film Miracle in the Rain, co-starring Jane Wyman, in which he played a good-hearted young soldier preparing to go to war, and in the mystery 23 Paces to Baker Street, in which he played a blind playwright residing in London. He returned to MGM for Slander (1956) and Action of the Tiger (1957). Baby Boomers still fondly recall Johnson's appearance as the title character of the highly rated "spectacular," The Pied Piper of Hamelin, a musical version of Robert Browning's poem utilizing the music of Edvard Grieg. Featuring Claude Rains
Claude Rains
in his only singing and dancing role, it was shown on Tuesday, November 26, 1957 as part of NBC's week-long Thanksgiving specials.[15] The program was so successful it spawned a record album [16] and was repeated in 1958. Syndicated to many local stations, it was rerun annually for many years in the tradition of other holiday specials. On February 19, 1959, Johnson appeared in the episode "Deadfall" of CBS's Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater
Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater
in the role of Frank Gilette, a former outlaw falsely charged with bank robbery. He is framed by Hugh Perry, a corrupt prosecutor played by Harry Townes, and Deputy Stover, portrayed by Bing Russell. Convicted of the robbery, Gilette is captured by outlaws while on his way to prison, and the sheriff, Roy Lamont, portrayed by Grant Withers, is killed.[17] In 1959, Johnson turned down an opportunity to star as Eliot Ness
Eliot Ness
in The Untouchables, which went on to become a successful television series with Robert Stack
Robert Stack
in the Ness role.[18] Johnson guest-starred as Joe Robertson, with June Allyson
June Allyson
and Don Rickles, in the 1960 episode "The Women Who" of the CBS
anthology series The DuPont Show with June Allyson. In 1961 Johnson traveled to England to star in Harold Fielding's production of The Music Man
The Music Man
at the Adelphi Theatre
Adelphi Theatre
in London. The show enjoyed a successful run of almost a year with Johnson playing the arduous leading role of Harold Hill to great acclaim. Johnson also guest-starred on Batman as "The Minstrel" in two episodes (39 and 40) in 1966. In the 1970s, he appeared on Here's Lucy, Quincy, M.E., McMillan & Wife and Love, American Style. He played a lead character in the 1976 miniseries Rich Man, Poor Man, and was nominated for a prime time Emmy Award
Emmy Award
for that role. In the 1980s, he appeared on an episode of Angela Lansbury's Murder, She Wrote
Murder, She Wrote
along with June Allyson. He also appeared in a special two-part episode of The Love Boat, "The Musical: My Ex-Mom; The Show Must Go On; The Pest, Parts 1 and 2" which aired on February 27, 1982, and co-starred Ann Miller, Ethel Merman, Della Reese, Carol Channing, and Cab Calloway, as the retired showbiz stars related to the cast of the show. In the 1970s, after twice fighting bouts of cancer, Johnson began a second career in summer stock and dinner theater. In 1985, returning to Broadway for the first time since Pal Joey, he was cast in the starring role of the musical La Cage aux Folles. In that same year he appeared in a supporting role in Woody Allen's The Purple Rose of Cairo. At the age of 75, now grey and rotund, he toured in Show Boat as Captain Andy. His last film appearance was in Three Days to a Kill (1992). In 2003, he appeared with Betsy Palmer
Betsy Palmer
for three performances of A. R. Gurney's Love Letters at a theater in Wesley Hills, New York.[19] Personal life[edit] Johnson married former stage actress Eve Abbott (May 6, 1914 – October 10, 2004) on January 25, 1947, the day after her divorce from actor Keenan Wynn
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.[20][21] According to a statement by his former wife Eve that was first published after his death at age 92, their marriage had been engineered by MGM to cover up Johnson's alleged homosexuality: "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."[22] Johnson's biographer, Ronald L. Davis, has written: "that Van Johnson had homosexual tendencies seems to have been well known in the film capitol", but this was covered up due to the film colony's respect for a performer's privacy.[23] Also, studio executive Louis B. Mayer
Louis B. Mayer
made strenuous efforts to quash any potential scandal regarding Johnson and any of his actor friends whom Mayer suspected of being gay.[23]. In contrast to his "cheery Van" screen image, Johnson was reputed by his former 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.[4] Later years and death[edit]

Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame
Hollywood Walk of Fame
at 6600 Hollywood Blvd.

Johnson lived in a penthouse in the Sutton Place area of East 54th Street on Manhattan's East Side until 2002, when he moved to Tappan Zee Manor, an assisted living facility in Nyack, New York.[19] After having been ill and receiving hospice care for the previous year, he died there on December 12, 2008. Wendy Bleisweiss, a close friend, indicated that he died of natural causes. His body was cremated.[19][24] Legacy[edit] Johnson was never nominated for an Academy Award
Academy Award
and, during the height of his career, was noted mainly for his cheerful screen presence. Reflecting on his career after his death, one critic observed that Johnson was "capable of an Oscar-worthy performance, and that's more than most movie stars can claim."[3] For his contribution to the film industry, Johnson has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
Hollywood Walk of Fame
at 6600 Hollywood Blvd. Filmography[edit]


Year Title Role Notes

1940 Too Many Girls Chorus boy #41 Uncredited

1942 Murder in the Big House Bert Bell

1942 Somewhere I'll Find You Lieutenant Wade Hall Uncredited

1942 War Against Mrs. Hadley, TheThe War Against Mrs. Hadley Michael Fitzpatrick

1942 Dr. Gillespie's New Assistant Dr. Randall 'Red' Adams

1943 Human Comedy, TheThe Human Comedy Marcus Macauley

1943 Dr. Gillespie's Criminal Case Dr. Randall 'Red' Adams

1943 Pilot No. 5 Everett Arnold

1943 Madame Curie Reporter

1943 Guy Named Joe, AA Guy Named Joe Ted Randall Suffered disfiguring car accident at time of production – see text.

1944 Two Girls and a Sailor John Dyckman Brown III

1944 White Cliffs of Dover, TheThe White Cliffs of Dover Sam Bennett

1944 3 Men in White Dr. Randall 'Red' Ames

1944 Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo Ted Lawson

1945 Between Two Women Dr. Randall 'Red' Adams

1945 Thrill of a Romance Major Thomas Milvaine

1945 Week-End at the Waldorf Captain James Hollis

1946 Easy to Wed William Stevens 'Bill' Chandler

1946 No Leave, No Love Sergeant Michael Hanlon

1946 Till the Clouds Roll By Bandleader in Elite Club

1947 High Barbaree Alec Brooke

1947 Romance of Rosy Ridge, TheThe Romance of Rosy Ridge Henry Carson

1948 Bride Goes Wild, TheThe Bride Goes Wild Greg Rawlings

1948 State of the Union Spike McManus Alternative title: The World and His Wife

1948 Command Decision Technical Sergeant Immanuel T. Evans

1949 Mother Is a Freshman Professor Richard Michaels Alternative title: Mother Knows Best

1949 Scene of the Crime Mike Conovan

1949 In the Good Old Summertime Andrew Delby Larkin

1949 Battleground Holley

1950 Big Hangover, TheThe Big Hangover David Muldon

1950 Duchess of Idaho Dick Layne

1951 Grounds for Marriage Dr. Lincoln I. Bartlett

1951 Three Guys Named Mike Mike Lawrence

1951 Go for Broke! Lieutenant Michael Grayson

1951 It's a Big Country Rev. Adam Burch

1951 Too Young to Kiss Eric Wainwright

1952 Invitation Daniel I. "Dan" Pierce

1952 When in Rome Father John X. Halligan

1952 Washington Story Joseph T. Gresham

1952 Plymouth Adventure John Alden

1953 Confidentially Connie Joe Bedloe

1953 Remains to Be Seen Waldo Williams

1953 Easy to Love Ray Lloyd

1954 Siege at Red River Capt. James S. Simmons / Jim Farraday

1954 Men of the Fighting Lady Lt. (JG) Howard Thayer

1954 Caine Mutiny, TheThe Caine Mutiny Lt. Stephen Maryk, USNR

1954 Brigadoon Jeff Douglas

1954 Last Time I Saw Paris, TheThe Last Time I Saw Paris Charles Wills

1955 End of the Affair, TheThe End of the Affair Maurice Bendrix

1956 The Bottom of the Bottle Donald Martin / Eric Bell

1956 Miracle in the Rain Pvt 1st class Arthur Hugenon

1956 23 Paces to Baker Street Phillip Hannon

1957 Slander Scott Ethan Martin

1957 Kelly and Me Len Carmody

1957 Action of the Tiger Carson

1959 The Last Blitzkrieg Lt. Hans Von Kroner / Sgt. Leonard Richardson

1959 Subway in the Sky Major Baxter Grant

1959 Beyond This Place Paul Mathry

1960 The Enemy General Allan Lemaire (OSS agent)

1963 Wives and Lovers Bill Austin

1966 The Doomsday Flight Captain Anderson

1967 Divorce American Style Al Yearling

1968 Where Angels Go, Trouble Follows Father Chase

1968 Yours, Mine and Ours Warrant Officer Darrel Harrison

1969 Eagles Over London Air Marshal George Taylor

1969 Price of Power, TheThe Price of Power President James Garfield Alternative titles: La muerte de un presidente / Texas

1971 Eye of the Spider Professor Orson Krüger Alternative title: L'occhio del ragno

1979 The Concorde Affair Captain Scott Alternative title: Concorde Affaire '79

1979 From Corleone to Brooklyn Lieutenant Sturges Alternative titles: Da Corleone a Brooklyn / The Sicilian Boss

1980 Kidnapping of the President, TheThe Kidnapping of the President Vice President Ethan Richards

1982 Scorpion with Two Tails Mulligan - Joan's father

1985 Purple Rose of Cairo, TheThe Purple Rose of Cairo Larry Wilde

1988 Laggiù nella giungla

1988 Taxi Killer Capt.

1989 Killer Crocodile Judge

1990 Fuga dal paradiso Old Narrator

1991 Delta Force Commando II: Priority Red One Gen. McCailland

1992 Clowning Around Mr. Ranthow

1992 Three Days to a Kill Comm. Howard (final film role)


Year Title Role Notes

1955 I Love Lucy Himself Episode: "The Dancing Star"

1957 Pied Piper of Hamelin, TheThe Pied Piper of Hamelin Pied Piper/Truson Television special

1959 Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater Frank Gilette Episode: "Deadfall"

1960 General Electric Theater Jimmy Devlin Episode: "At Your Service"

1960 Ann Sothern Show, TheThe Ann Sothern Show Terry Tyler Episode: "Loving Arms"

1965 Ben Casey Frank Dawson Episode: "A Man, a Maid, and a Marionette"

1966 Batman The Minstrel Episodes: "The Minstrel's Shakedown" "Barbecued Batman?"

1967 Danny Thomas Hour, TheThe Danny Thomas Hour Charlie Snow Episode: "Is Charlie Coming?"

1968 Here's Lucy Himself Episode: "Guess Who Owes Lucy $23.50?"

1971 Virginian, TheThe Virginian Alonzo Episode: "The Angus Killer"

1971 Doris Day Show, TheThe Doris Day Show Charlie Webb Episodes: "Cousin Charlie" "The Albatross"

1971 Love, American Style Don Segment: "Love and the House Bachelor"

1972 Maude Henry Episode: "Flashback"

1974 McCloud Dan Kiley Episode: "This Must Be the Alamo"

1974 McMillan & Wife Harry Jerome Episode: "Downshift to Danger"

1974 The Girl on the Late, Late Show

TV movie

1976 Rich Man, Poor Man Marsh Goodwin Miniseries Nominated: Primetime Emmy Award
Emmy Award
for Outstanding Lead Actor – Miniseries or a Movie

1976 Rich Man, Poor Man Book II Marsh Goodwin Miniseries

1977 Quincy, M.E. Al Ringerman Episodes: "Snake Eyes" (Parts 1&2)

1978 The Love Boat Various roles Segments: "Man of the Cloth" / "Her Own Two Feet" / "Tony's Family"

1982 One Day at a Time Gus Webster Episode: "Grandma's Nest Egg"

1982 The Love Boat Various roles Segments: "The Musical" / "My Ex-Mom" / "The Show Must Go On" / "The Pest" / "My Aunt, the Worrier"

1983 Tales of the Unexpected Gerry T. Armstrong Episode: "Down Among the Sheltering Palms"

1984-1990 Murder, She Wrote Various roles "Hannigan's Wake" / "Menace, Anyone?" / "Hit, Run and Homicide"

1988 New Alfred Hitchcock Presents, TheThe New Alfred Hitchcock Presents Art Bellasco Episode: "Killer Takes All"

Box office ranking[edit] For a number of years film exhibitors voted Johnson among the most popular stars in the country:

1945 - 2nd (US) 1946 - 3rd (US) 1950 - 18th (US) 1951 - 24th (US)

Stage work[edit]


Year Title

1936 Eight Men in Manhattan

1936 New Faces of 1936

1939 Too Many Girls

1940 Pal Joey

1961–63; 1973 The Music Man

1962 Come On Strong

1963 Bye Bye Birdie

1963; 1971 Damn Yankees

1963 Guys and Dolls

1964 A Thousand Clowns

1965 Mating Dance

1966 On a Clear Day You Can See Forever

1968 Bells Are Ringing

1968 The Great Sebastians

1968; 1971; 1974 There's a Girl in My Soup (play)

1970 Forty Carats

1972; 1974 Help Stamp Out Marriage

1974 6 Rms Riv Vu

1975 Boeing-Boeing

1977 How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

1980 Tribute

1983 No, No, Nanette

1985 La Cage aux Folles

Radio appearances[edit]

Year Program Episode/source

1944 The Burns and Allen Show NA[25]

1946 Lux Radio Theatre You Came Along[26]

1952 Cavalcade of America Billy the Kid[27]

1953 Theatre Guild on the Air State Fair[28]

1953 Broadway Playhouse Detective Story[28]

References[edit] Notes[edit]

^ "Van Johnson". nndb.com. Retrieved August 9, 2017.  ^ "Van Johnson, film, television and stage star, dies at 92". CNN. December 12, 2008. Retrieved August 9, 2017.  ^ a b c Svetkey, Benjamin. "Remembering Van Johnson: A classic Hollywood heartthrob." Time, via popwatch.ew.com. Retrieved: October 28, 2011. ^ a b c d Aljean, Harmetz. "Van Johnson, Film Actor, Is Dead at 92." The New York Times, August 12, 2008. Retrieved: December 13, 2008. ^ a b c d e " Van Johnson
Van Johnson
Biography." Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved: October 28, 2011. ^ Davis 2001, p. 7. ^ Davis 2001, p. 27. ^ Davis 2001, p. 26. ^ Davis 2001, pp. 41–45. ^ Davis 2001, pp. 46–47, 56. ^ Davis 2001, pp. 76–77. ^ Davis 2001, pp. 63, 67. ^ Stewart, Patrick (host). "The Lion Reigns Supreme". MGM: When the Lion Roars.  ^ Davis, Ronald L. Van Johnson: MGM's Golden Boy 1578063779 Page 237 citing "Ruth Rowland, "Van, the Man," Movieland 14 (August 1956)" ^ Connolly, Mike (June 20, 1957). "Hollywood Isn't Hurt?". Desert Sun. Retrieved August 9, 2017.  ^ "The Pied Piper of Hamelin". lpcover.wordpress.com. Retrieved August 9, 2017.  ^ "Zane Grey Theatre: "Deadfall", February 19, 1959". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved September 26, 2012.  ^ Nichols, Michelle. "Actor Van Johnson
Van Johnson
dies, aged 92." Reuters, December 12, 2008. ^ a b c Khurram, Saeed. "Actor Van Johnson
Van Johnson
dies in Nyack at 92." The Journal News, December 13, 2008. ^ Wynn 1990, p. 213. ^ Wayne 2006, p. 463. ^ Vallance, Tom. Obituary: Evie Wynn Johnson, Actress and ambitious Hollywood wife." The Independent, December 8, 2004. ^ a b Davis, Ronald L. (2001). Van Johnson: MGM's Golden Boy. Jackson MS: Univ. Press of Mississippi. pp. 104–105. ISBN 1578063779.  ^ Kuchwara, Michael. "Van Johnson, heartthrob in '40s, dead at 92." Huffington Post, December 8, 2013. ^ Hilton, Chuck (August 29, 1944). "On the Beam". The Mason City Globe-Gazette. p. 2. Retrieved May 4, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  ^ "'Lux" Guest". Harrisburg Telegraph. Pennsylvania, Harrisburg. January 5, 1946. p. 15. Retrieved June 26, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  ^ Kirby, Walter (December 28, 1952). "Better Radio Programs for the Week". The Decatur Daily Review. p. 36. Retrieved June 5, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  ^ a b Kirby, Walter (January 4, 1953). "Better Radio Programs for the Week". The Decatur Daily Review. p. 38. Retrieved June 19, 2015 – via Newspapers.com. 


Beecher, Elizabeth. Van Johnson: The Luckiest Guy in the World. Racine, Wisconsin: Whitman Publishing Co., 1947. Davis, Ronald. Van Johnson: MGM's Golden Boy. Jackson, Mississippi: University Press of Mississippi, 2001. ISBN 978-1-57806-377-2. Eyman, Scott. Lion of Hollywood: The Life and Legend of Louis B. Mayer. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2005. ISBN 0-7432-0481-6. Wayne, Jane Ellen. The Leading Men of MGM. New York: Carroll & Graf, 2006. ISBN 0-7867-1768-8. Wynn, Ned. We Will Always Live in Beverly Hills: Growing Up Crazy in Hollywood. New York: William Morrow & Co., 1990. ISBN 0-517-10885-2.

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