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Van Johnson dies

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by slappy4428, Dec 12, 2008.

  1. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member


    Love Boat was never the same without his guest appearances...

    NEW YORK – Van Johnson, whose boy-next-door wholesomeness made him a popular Hollywood star in the '40s and '50s with such films as "30 Seconds over Tokyo," "A Guy Named Joe" and "The Caine Mutiny," died Friday of natural causes. He was 92.

    Johnson died at Tappan Zee Manor, an assisted living center in Nyack, N.Y., said Wendy Bleisweiss, a close friend.

    With his tall, athletic build, handsome, freckled face and sunny personality, the red-haired Johnson starred opposite Esther Williams, June Allyson, Elizabeth Taylor and others during his two decades under contract to MGM.
  2. Bubbler

    Bubbler Well-Known Member

    You just don't see the first name "Van" much anymore do you?

    Vance's would rather be Vance's.
  3. Mystery_Meat

    Mystery_Meat Guest

    At first I thought Van Earl Wright had left us too soon.
  4. broadway joe

    broadway joe Guest

    This falls under the category of, "I'm shocked he was still alive."
  5. OTD

    OTD Active Member

    "Howard Johnson's right about Olson Johnson being right!"

    "Thank you, Van."
  6. "Willie, note the time. I'm sorry, Captain, but you're a sick man. I'm relieving you under Article 184."
  7. Rough Mix

    Rough Mix Guest

    "Hey Kinnie, whatever happened to Jody?"
  8. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    One of my favorite all-time movies...
    "That's PFC... Praying For Civilian..."
  9. pressboxer

    pressboxer Active Member

    I saw Van Johnson in a production of Brigadoon at Casa Manana in Fort Worth when I was in junior high (a very failed attempt by my mother to inject some culture into our West Texas existence; we also saw Anna Maria Alberghetti as Maria in Sound of Music).

    This was more than 30 years ago and I had a hard time believing a guy in his late 50s could wind up tapping some hottie little Scottie.
  10. John

    John Well-Known Member

    I knew someone would reference that scene.
  11. RossLT

    RossLT Guest

    I actually thought this thread was about the former Broncos receiver.
  12. pallister

    pallister Guest

    That's Vance Johnson of the Three Amigos. I'm guessing you can't name the other two.
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