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Van Johnson

Van Johnson
from the trailer for The Last Time I Saw Paris (1954)
Personal information
Birth nameCharles Van Dell Johnson
Birth dateAugust 25, 1916
Place of birthNewport, Rhode Island, U.S.
Date of deathDecember 12, 2008(age 92)
Death placeNyack, New York, U.S.
OccupationActor, dancer, singer
Years active1935 92
SpouseEve Lynn Abbott Wynn (1947 68; divorced; 1 daughter and 2 stepsons)

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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 studios during and after World War II.

Johnson was the embodiment of the "boy next door," 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. At the time of his death in December 2008, he was one of the last surviving matinee idols of Hollywood's "golden age."

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