Ben Johnson (actor)

American film actor (1918-1996)

Ben Johnson, Jr. (June 13, 1918 – April 8, 1996), or Son Johnson, was an American actor. He was mostly known for being in Western movies such as Hang 'Em High. He was also a world champion rodeo cowboy, stuntman, and rancher. Johnson won an Academy Award for his role on The Last Picture Show.

Ben Johnson in a publicity photo for The Wild Bunch

Johnson was born on June 13, 1918 in Foraker, Oklahoma. He was of Irish descent. Johnson was married to Carol Elaine Jones from 1941 until her death in 1991. They had no children. Johnson died on April 8, 1996 in Mesa, Arizona from a heart attack, aged 77.[1]


  1. "Actor Ben Johnson dies at 77", The Press of Atlantic City, Atlantic City, NJ, 9 April 1996, retrieved 31 August 2012

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