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Van Johnson

  • In the Good Old Summertime (1949) August 04 (ET) - Reminder REMINDER
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Also Known As: Died: December 12, 2008
Born: August 25, 1916 Cause of Death: natural causes
Birth Place: Newport, Rhode Island, United States Profession: Cast ...
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1919:
Raised by father after parents' divorce
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Performed musical entertainment for local Kiwanis and Lions clubs while in high school
1935:
Moved to New York; first job in Off-Broadway was the musical revue, "Entre Nous"
1936:
Appeared in the Broadway production of "New Faces of 1936"
1939:
Hired by George Abbott as an understudy to three male leads in Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart's "Too Many Girls"
1940:
Again cast by George Abbott for a small part and also as Gene Kelly's understudy in Rodgers and Hart's Broadway musical, "Pal Joey"
1940:
Film debut, "Too Many Girls" (in chorus)
1942:
Signed to six-month contract by Warner Brothers (at $300/week); studio dropped his option after two films
1942:
Signed to seven-year contract by MGM
1942:
Began to attract attention in film, "Dr. Gillespie's New Assistant"
1943:
Breakthrough film, "A Guy Named Joe"; first of five films he made opposite Esther Williams
1944:
Made first of five films opposite June Allyson, "Two Girls and a Sailor"; first film in which he was received top billing
1947:
First of three films opposite Janet Leigh, "The Romance of Rosy Ridge"
1953:
Made last film opposite June Allyson, "Remains to Be Seen" and last one opposite Esther Williams, "Easy to Love"
1955:
Made TV debut on "The Last Spring" (an installment of the "Loretta Young Show")
1955:
First non-US feature, "The End of the Affair"; starred opposite Deborah Kerr in the British-made production
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Made nightclub debut in Las Vegas in the mid-1950s
1957:
Starred in TV special, "The Pied Piper of Hamelin"
1959:
Moved to Switzerland with his family
1960:
Last film for three years, "The Enemy General"
1961:
Made London stage debut in "The Music Man"
1962:
Returned to the US to star opposite Carroll Baker in the Broadway production of "Come on Strong"
1963:
First film in three years and also his last starring role in features for years, "Wives and Lovers"; also his last of three films opposite Janet Leigh
1963:
Toured with nightclub act which was interrupted by operation for skin cancer
1964:
Starred in the CBS pilot "At Your Service"; was not picked up for a series
1966:
First TV-movie, "The Doomsday Flight"
1967:
Returned to features after four years in "Divorce American Style"
1972:
Starred in the CBS pilot, "Man in the Middle"; was not picked up as a series
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Performed frequently on the dinner-theater and straw-hat theater circuits through the 1970s and 80s
1976:
Played a leading role in "Battle Command"
1976:
Received a supporting Emmy nomination for the ABC miniseries "Rich Man, Poor Man"
1976:
Reprised the role of Marsh Goodwin, in the ABC spinoff series, "Rich Man, Poor Man: Book II"
1985:
Replaced star Gene Barry in the long-running Broadway musical "La Cage aux Folles"
1990:
Starred in a St. Louis revival of the 1920s Broadway musical classic, "No, No, Nanette"
1991:
Appeared on the CBS interview special, "Burt Reynolds' Conversations With..."
1991:
Left California Music Theatre's revival of "Show Boat" (played Captain Andy) during previews due to illness (September)

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