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Also Known As: Francis Benjamin Johnson Died: April 8, 1996
Born: June 13, 1918 Cause of Death: heart attack
Birth Place: Foreacre, Oklahoma, USA Profession: Cast ... actor stuntman riding double rodeo performer rancher


"Having Ben Johnson was having the real thing," Peter Bogdanovich once said of the actor who won a Supporting Actor Oscar for his role as Sam 'the Lion' in the director's memorable "The Last Picture Show" (1971). Indeed, for half a century Johnson was the "real thing" as far as Hollywood was concerned, a rancher and rodeo cowboy who accidentally drifted into acting and proved himself a highly capable actor of warmth and grit, believably embodying a vision of the American West.

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