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Van Johnson

Van Johnson


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The Pied Piper... A color spectacle! From the pages of the immortal classics comes this famous... more info $8.95was $9.99 Buy Now

In the Good... In the Good Old Summertime - a tale of squabbling music-shop clerks who don't... more info $13.46was $17.99 Buy Now

Slander ... Van Johnson, Ann Blyth, Steve Cochran. A puppeteer finally finding success is... more info $16.95was $19.99 Buy Now

Men Of The... Based on events published in the Saturday Evening Post - James A. Micheners the... more info $17.56was $21.99 Buy Now

Too Young to... June Allyson, Van Johnson, Gig Young. In this romantic comedy a talented but... more info $17.56was $21.99 Buy Now

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Also Known As: Died: December 12, 2008
Born: August 25, 1916 Cause of Death: natural causes
Birth Place: Newport, Rhode Island, United States Profession: Cast ...


Cast (feature film)

MGM: When the Lion Roars (1992)
A three-part documentary series exploring the history of MGM Studios.
Three Days to a Kill (1991) as World Security Ambassador General Howard
A mercenary puts together a mission to save an international ambassador who has been kidnapped by a Colombian drug lord.
Delta Force Commando 2 (1991) as General John Mccailland
Political thriller set in Austrian Alps.
Fuga dal Paradiso (1990) as Old Man
A futuristic story of life in an underground city where people interact only via monitors, and one teenage couple, determined to meet face to face, break the rules.
Going Hollywood: The War Years (1988) as Narration
Compilation documentary on the film industry's world and efforts during World War II.
Bacall On Bogart (1988)
Lauren Bacall hosts this extraordinary documentary on her life on- and off-screen with her late husband, Humphrey Bogart.
Laggiu Nella Giungla (1987)
A group of bus passengers, left behind in the woods, find themselves acting out the characters and actions of a classic adventure film.
The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985) as Larry
A movie character steps off the screen and into the life of his biggest fan.
Kidnapping Of The President, The (1980) as V P Ethan Richards
Superdome (1978) as Chip Green
A silent killer stalks New Orleans and threatens the Super Bowl football game, putting a roster fill of familiar TV faces in jeopardy in this mini-version of "Two Minute Warning."
Getting Married (1978) as Phil Lawrence
Romantic fluff about an aspiring young songwriter, who works in a TV newsroom as an assistant director, and the girl, the station's attractive newscaster, he decides he is going to marry, despite her own plans to wed somebody else in less than a week.
Girl on the Late, Late Show, The (1974) as Johnny Leverett
A mystery drama with a Hollywood background and lots of familiar screen faces as TV producer Don Murray inquires around town about faded film queen Gloria Grahame and unwittingly triggers a series of murders.
Call Her Mom (1972) as President Hardgrove
A sexy waitress becomes a housemother in a fraternity house and involves the college in a nationwide women's lib controversy. Gloria DeHaven, playing the ex-chorus girl wife of college president Van Johnson, replaced Ann Miller who in turn had replaced Cyd Charisse.
Company of Killers (1970) as Sam Cahill
Yours, Mine, and Ours (1968) as Darrell Harrison
A widow with eight children marries a widower with ten, then gets pregnant.
Where Angels Go ... Trouble Follows! (1968) as Father Chase
A young progressive nun creates headaches for the Mother Superior.
Divorce American Style (1967) as Al Yearling
A bored couple drifts toward divorce, only to discover how hard the single life is.
Wives and Lovers (1963) as Bill Austin
A married couple, just barely getting by, has their luck change drastically when the husband finally pens a best-selling novel. But, the "nouveau riche" life becomes less than pleasurable for the wife when the husband becomes a womanizer.
The Enemy General (1960) as Allan Lemaire
Van Johnson, Jean-Pierre Aumont, Dany Carrel, John Van Dreelen, Francoise Prevost. O.S.S. agent Van Johnson struggles with his conscience when he is ordered to smuggle the German general who killed his girl friend out of Nazi occupied France and into London.
Web Of Evidence (1959) as Paul Mathry
Twenty years after being evacuated to America, Paul Mathry returns to Liverpool for a short visit. He is shocked to find that his father, whom he believed had died a war hero, is in fact in jail for a murder committed at the time Paul left. Starting to piece those events together, he comes to suspect his father may be innocent.
The Last Blitzkrieg (1959) as Sgt. Hans Von Kroner/also known as Sgt. Leonard Richardson
During the Battle of the Bulge a German leads a squad of American saboteurs.
Subway in the Sky (1959) as Baxter
A nightclub singer in Berlin helps a military doctor wrongly accused of drug running.
Action of the Tiger (1957) as Carson
An adventurer helps rescue political prisoners from Albania.
Kelly and Me (1957) as Len Carmody
Flop vaudeville performer Len Carmody is adopted by Kelly, a trained dog abandoned by Malo's dog act. When Kelly joins Len's ho-hum song and dance, a popular comedy act is born. On the train, Len meets young Mina Van Runkel, daughter of a movie producer in desperate need of new talent (it's 1930). Successful in making "dog pictures," can Len stand being second banana to Kelly? Complications: a pallid romantic triangle...and the reappearance of Kelly's original owner.
Slander (1957) as Scott Ethan Martin
A TV star almost loses his career and his marriage over a tabloid story.
23 Paces to Baker Street (1956) as Phillip Hannon
A blind playwright living in London overhears part of a conversation that propels him into a desperate race to find a kidnapped child.
Miracle in the Rain (1956) as Arthur Hugenon
When a lonely woman''''s wartime lover dies, her loneliness threatens her life.
The Bottom of the Bottle (1956) as Donald Martin, also known as Eric Bell
Patrick Martin (Joseph Cotten), known as P.M., is a wealthy attorney and rancher big-man-in-town in the border town of Nogales, Arizona. He returns home to find his brother Donald (Van Johnson)hiding in his garage. A former drunkard, Donald had been sent to the penitentiary five years previously for killing a man in a barroom brawl. It was in self-defense but P.M. hadn't defended his brother and he was convicted. Donald has escaped and wants his brother to help him across the Santa Cruz River into the Mexico-side Nogales, where his wife (Shirley Patterson as Shawn Smith)and children (Kim Charney and Sandy Deschler) are in dire straits. The straits get even dier when P.M. tells him the river is flooded and it will be days before anyone can cross. And P.M. is all a'twitter because his wife Nora (Ruth Roman), whom he married after Donald had gone to prison, doesn't know about his jail-bird brother. He introduces Donald to Nora and the rest of his Cadillac Cowboy and ranch society friends as an old friend, and is kept busy trying to make sure old Donald doesn't find anything harder that ginger ale to drink. Donald gets a telephone call telling him that his family has gone from dire straits to destitution and when P.M. won't get some money to them through his contacts in the Mexico side of Nogales, Donald knocks him down and grabs a couple of bottles of whiskey and dashes out of the house into the rain.
The End of the Affair (1955) as Maurice Bendrix
A married woman cheats on her husband in World War II London.
The Last Time I Saw Paris (1954) as Charles Wills
A writer recalls his turbulent marriage to an expatriate heiress.
The Caine Mutiny (1954) as Lt. Steve Maryk
Naval officers begin to suspect their captain of insanity.
Men of the Fighting Lady (1954) as Lt., j.g. Howard Thayer
Men on a U.S. aircraft carrier fight to survive the Korean War.
Brigadoon (1954) as Jeff Douglas
Two American hunters in Scotland discover a mystical village that only materializes once every century.
Siege at Red River (1954) as Capt. James S. Simmons, also known as Jim Farraday
A Cavalry captain tries to keep the Indians from getting their hands on Gatling Guns.
Confidentially Connie (1953) as Joe Bedloe
An expectant mother hatches a series of madcap schemes to improve her husband's financial standing.
Remains to Be Seen (1953) as Waldo Williams
A girl vocalist and her apartment manager get mixed up in a creepy Park Avenue murder and find themselves facing danger at every turn.
Easy to Love (1953) as Ray Lloyd
Two men vie for the heart of a Cypress Gardens swimming star.
Plymouth Adventure (1952) as John Alden
Epic dramatization of the Pilgrims'''' journey to the new world on the Mayflower.
Invitation (1952) as Dan I. Pierce
A millionaire tries to buy his dying daughter a husband.
Washington Story (1952) as Joseph T. Gresham
A reporter in search of government corruption falls for a congressman.
When in Rome (1952) as Father John [X. Halligan]
A con artist disguises himself as a priest, then begins to believe the role.
It's a Big Country: An American Anthology (1952) as Adam Burch
Seven stories celebrate the glorious diversity of American life.
Grounds for Marriage (1951) as Dr. Lincoln I. Bartlett
An opera singer and her ex-husband find that their romance refuses to die with their marriage.
Go for Broke! (1951) as Lt. Michael Grayson
The true story of World War II''''s all Japanese-American unit.
Too Young to Kiss (1951) as Eric Wainwright
A grown woman poses as a child prodigy to advance her career as a concert pianist.
Three Guys Named Mike (1951) as Michael Lawrence
A stewardess can't choose among three suitors.
The Big Hangover (1950) as David Maldon
A lawyer's path to the top is blocked by his allergy to alcohol.
Duchess of Idaho (1950) as Dick Layn
During a Sun Valley vacation, a woman tries to solve her roommate''''s romantic problems only to get caught in a love triangle of her own.
Battleground (1949) as Holley
American soldiers in France fight to survive a Nazi siege just before the Battle of the Bulge.
Scene of the Crime (1949) as Mike Conovan
A detective tries to solve a policeman's murder.
Command Decision (1949) as Technical Sergeant Immanuel T. Evans
A senior officer faces the horror of sending his men on suicide missions over Germany during the last days of World War II.
In the Good Old Summertime (1949) as Andrew Delby Larkin
In this musical remake of The Shop Around the Corner, feuding co-workers in a small music shop do not realize they are secret romantic pen pals.
Mother Is a Freshman (1949) as Prof. Richard Michaels
Widow Abby Abbott is having serious money problems and has to dip into the family trust in order to pay for her daughter Susan's college tuition. The catch: Abby must also become a co-ed or she can't touch the money. After passing her entrance exams, Abby goes to college and becomes very popular, especially with a handsome English professor whom Susan has a crush on.
The Bride Goes Wild (1948) as Greg Rawlings [also known as "Uncle Bumps"]
A womanizing author of children's books borrows a son to woo his illustrator.
State of the Union (1948) as "Spike" MacManus
A presidential candidate fights to keep his integrity and his wife during a grueling campaign.
High Barbaree (1947) as Alec Brooke
A downed pilot looks back on his life as he awaits rescue in the South Pacific.
The Romance of Rosy Ridge (1947) as Henry Carson
A farmer's daughter falls in love with a man who fought against her family in the Civil War.
Till the Clouds Roll By (1947) as Band leader
True story of composer Jerome Kern's rise to the top on Broadway and in Hollywood.
No Leave, No Love (1946) as Sgt. Michael Hanlon
During a whirlwind two-day pass in New York, a sailor falls in love with an Englishwoman.
Easy to Wed (1946) as Bill Stevens Chandler
In this remake of Libeled Lady, a tough newspaper editor hires a gigolo to compromise a woman suing his paper for libel.
Between Two Women (1945) as Dr. [Randall] "Red" Adams
Dr. Gillespie''''s young assistant finds himself pursued by two beautiful women.
Week-End at the Waldorf (1945) as Captain James Hollis, the flyer
In this remake of Grand Hotel, guests at a New York hotel fight to survive personal tragedy.
Thrill of a Romance (1945) as Major Thomas Milvaine
A soldier returning from World War II finds love with a lady swimmer.
A Guy Named Joe (1944) as Ted Randall
A downed World War II pilot becomes the guardian angel for his successor in love and war.
Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944) as [Lieut.] Ted Lawson
General Jimmy Doolittle trains American troops for the first airborne attacks on Japan.
Two Girls and a Sailor (1944) as John [Johnny] Dyckman Brown III
Singing sisters create a World War II canteen and become rivals for the same man.
Madame Curie (1944) as Reporter
The famed female scientist fights to keep her marriage together while conducting early experiments with radioactivity.
The White Cliffs of Dover (1944) as Sam Bennett
An American woman with a British husband fights to keep her family together through two world wars.
Three Men in White (1944) as Dr. Randall ["Red"] Adams
Young doctors compete for a prestigious position as Dr. Gillespie's assistant.
Dr. Gillespie's Criminal Case (1943) as Dr. Randall ["Red"] Adams
A wheelchair-bound doctor tries to prove a convicted killer's innocence.
The Human Comedy (1943) as Marcus Macauley
A small-town telegraph boy deals with the strains of growing up during World War II.
Pilot #5 (1943) as Everett Arnold
While their buddy flies a suicide mission, World War II airmen recall the events that led him to this noble sacrifice.
Dr. Gillespie's New Assistant (1942) as Dr. Randall ["Red"] Adams
Three young surgeons vie to replace the legendary Dr. Kildare.
The War Against Mrs. Hadley (1942) as Michael Fitzpatrick
A Washington matron tries to ignore the effects of World War II.
Somewhere I'll Find You (1942) as Lt. Hall
Brothers feud over a girl they both fall for while covering World War II.
Murder in the Big House (1942) as Bert Bell
Two reporters take on a murder ring at the state pen.
Too Many Girls (1940) as Chorus boy
Four college football stars are hired to chaperon a reckless heiress to a Wild West college.

Cast (special)

Intimate Portrait: Lucille Ball (2002) as Interviewee
Details the life of Lucille Ball through interviews with those close to her.
Spencer Tracy: Triumph and Turmoil (1999) as Interviewee
Profile of actor Spencer Tracy.
Angela Lansbury: A Balancing Act (1998) as Interviewee
Profile of actress Angela Lansbury.
Lucy & Desi: TV's First Couple (1994) as Interviewee
Documentary chronicling Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz's rise to stardom (through their television series "I Love Lucy") and the details of their often rocky personal relationship.
Lucy and Desi: A Home Movie (1993)
A look at Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, as seen through their home movies. Hosted by their daughter, Lucie Arnaz, the program includes interviews with their family and friends.
Ava Gardner (1992) as Interviewee
A documentary about actress Ava Gardner. Includes interview footage of Gardner herself as well as interviews with friends and colleagues and clips from some of her films.
Thalians, The (1991)
A special for American Movie Classics, chronicling the history of "The Thalians," Hollywood's long-standing fundraising group.
Evening With Alan Jay Lerner, An (1989)
Broadcast of a fund-raising gala honoring lyricist Alan Jay Lerner, taped from Lincoln Center in New York. Broadcast as a presentation of "Great Performances."
Happy Birthday, Hollywood! (1987)
A gala celebration, benefiting the Motion Picture and Television Country House and Hospital, held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles in honor of the centennial of the founding of the town of Hollywood.
39th Annual Tony Awards, The (1985)
A live presentation from the Shubert Theater in New York City of the 1985 Antoinette Perry Awards (popularly known as the Tony Awards), honoring outstanding achievement in the Broadway theater.
Night of 100 Stars II, The (1985)
A star-studded sequel to "The Night of 100 Stars." A celebrity benefit for the Actors Fund of America, featuring music, songs, dances and comedy. Three hundred and eight stars participated in a seven-hour marathon that was edited to three hours for television.
John Schneider's Christmas Holiday (1983) as Guest
The star of "The Dukes of Hazzard" in a musical celebration of Winter.
Man in the Middle (1972) as Norman; The Father
The misadventures of a conservative family man who is caught between a left-wing daughter, a right-wing mother, and a middle-aged business partner on a youth trip.
The Pied Piper of Hamelin (1961) as The Pied Piper
A musical adaptation of the German legend about a town infested with rats, and of a wanderer who uses his magical flute to lure the rodents out of the town of Hamelin.

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Clowning Around (1992) as Neville Rathnow

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Rich Man, Poor Man (1975) as Marsh Goodwin
The overwhelming success of this star-laden TV adaptation of Irwin Shaw's 1970 best-seller that was shown as six two-hour motion pictures over a seven-week period assured the future of the "Novel for Television" miniseries genre. Stars of varying magnitudes were made of the production's three leadin

Cast (short)

That's Entertainment! (Gala Premiere) (1974)
This short film presents the gala premiere for "That''''s Entertainment!" (1974).
Just One More Time (1974)
This promotional short film offers a behind-the-scenes look at the feature "That''''s Entertainment" (1974).
Personalities (1942)
This short film showcases new studio talents for MGM.
For the Common Defense! (1942)
This short film shows how cooperation among all the nations of the Americas assists the war effort.

Misc. Crew (short)

The Cinematographer (1951)
This short film provides a behind-the-scenes look at the responsibilities of the cinematographer.

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