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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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