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Birth Name: Van Johnson
Born: 08/25/1916
Birth Place: Newport, Rhode Island, USA
Death Place: Nyack, New York, USA
Died: 12/12/2008

Born Charles Van Johnson in Newport, RI on Aug. 25, 1916, he was raised by his father, a plumber named Charles Johnson, after his mother's alleged alcoholism led to divorce. A star-struck only child, Johnson was performing at local social clubs while in high school while helping to support his father through various odd jobs. At 19, he moved to New York to find work in the musical theater, and landed a job in the off-Broadway revue "Entre Nous" in 1935. Other stage credits soon followed before legendary director-producer George Abbott gave him his big break by hiring him as understudy to one of three male leads for his production of "Too Many Girls" in 1939. Johnson would eventually replace ... Continue Bio >>


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