|Van Johnson Quick Info|
|Height||6 ft 1 in|
|Date of Birth||August 25, 1916|
|Date of Death||December 12, 2008|
Van Johnson was an American actor, theatre artist, and radio personality who became a major star at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer during and after World War II. His film credits include Murder in the Big House, Dr. Gillespie’s New Assistant, The War Against Mrs. Hadley, Pilot No. 5, 3 Men in White, The Romance of Rosy Ridge, Scene of the Crime, Three Guys Named Mike, When in Rome, Siege at Red River, Too Young to Kiss, Washington Story, Battleground, Miracle in the Rain, Action of the Tiger, Scorpion with Two Tails, and Clowning Around.
Charles Van Dell Johnson
Van, King of Dinner Theater, The Voiceless Sinatra
He was born on August 25, 1916.
On December 12, 2008, Van Johnson died of natural causes at the age of 92 in an assisted living facility in Nyack, Rockland County, New York, United States.
Newport, Rhode Island, United States
He resided in a penthouse at 405 East 54th Street on Manhattan’s East Side in New York City, New York, United States.
Actor, Theatre Artist, Radio Personality
- Father – Charles E. Johnson (Plumber, Real-estate Salesperson)
- Mother – Loretta (née Snyder)
- Siblings – None
- Others – Charles Edward Johnson (Paternal Grandfather), Augusta Caroline Jacobsen (Paternal Grandmother), Elmer Elsworth Snyder (Maternal Grandfather), Sarah Viola “Sadie” McDonough (Maternal Grandmother)
According to CelebrityNetWorth.com, he had a net worth of $20 Million at the time of his death.
6 ft 1 in or 185.5 cm
78 kg or 172 lbs
Girlfriend / Boyfriend / Spouse
Van Johnson dated –
- Gloria DeHaven
- Betty Kelly
- Kay Williams
- Frances Rafferty
- Tab Hunter – It was RUMORed that he had an affair with actor, singer, film producer, and author Tab Hunter in the past.
- Mamie Van Doren – Van Johnson once hooked up with actor and singer Mamie Van Doren.
- June Allyson – He was once romantically involved with actor, stage artist, dancer, and singer June Allyson. Also, the duo worked together in many projects such as Too Young to Kiss (1951), Remains to Be Seen (1953), The Bride Goes Wild (1948), Two Girls and a Sailor (1944), and The Love Boat (1977).
- Sonja Henie (1945) – He had a fling with Norwegian figure skater and film star Sonja Henie in the year 1945.
- Eve Lynn Abbott Wynn (1946-1961) – Van Johnson started going out with former stage artist Eve Lynn Abbott Wynn in 1946 and the duo tied the knot on January 25, 1947. She was previously married to character actor Keenan Wynn. With this marriage, Johnson became stepfather to Edmond Keenan (Ned) and screenwriter Tracy Keenan Wynn (b. February 28, 1945). On January 6, 1948, Eve and Johnson welcomed their first and only child together – a daughter named Schuyler V. Johnson. The marriage was a troubled one and in a statement by Eve (published after her death), she stated that MGM had planned her marriage to Johnson to cover up his alleged homos*xuality. She said, “They needed their ‘big star’ to be married to quell rumors about his s*xual preferences and unfortunately, I was ‘It’ – the only woman he would marry.” The couple separated in 1961 and got divorced in 1968.
Race / Ethnicity
Van Johnson was of Swedish descent on his father’s side and had German and Irish roots on his mother’s side.
Salt and Pepper
Always wore red socks
Van Johnson was cast in a magazine advertisement for American Airlines in 1951.
Van Johnson Facts
- Reportedly, his mother was an alcoholic who left the family when Van was a child and he did not have a close bond with his father.
- Van Johnson was one of the last surviving matinee idols of Hollywood’s “golden age” at the time of his death.
- He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6600 Hollywood Blvd. for his contribution to the film industry.
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