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Van Johnson Biography

Birth Name:
Charles Van Dell Johnson
Birth Place:
Newport, Rhode Island, United States

Fast Facts

  • Is of Swedish, German and Irish ancestry
  • Appeared in a number of stage productions including The Music Man, Bye Bye Birdie and Damn Yankees
  • Debuted on Broadway in 1936 in New Faces of 1936, an annual revue that also introduced Henry Fonda in 1934
  • A near-fatal car accident in 1943 left him with injuries requiring a metal plate in his scalp and this in turn exempted him from being drafted to serve in WWII
  • Was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on February 8, 1960


  • 1976Emmy-Outstanding Single Performance by a Supporting Actor: nominated


  • Schuyler Johnson--Daughter
  • Evie Wynn Johnson--Ex-wife
  • Charles E. Johnson--Father
  • Loretta Johnson--Mother
  • Ned Wynn--Stepson
  • Tracy Keenan Wynn--Stepson