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Ben Johnson – MovieActors.com

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Johnson in THE LAST PICTURE SHOW.

Ben Johnson: Best Supporting Actor 1971: MovieActors.com

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THE LAST PICTURE SHOW (Drama – R)

Ben Johnson won his Best Supporting Actor Oscar for playing the old cowboy, who owned the pool hall in the 1951, decaying Texas town.














About Ben Johnson (1918 – 1996)

Ben Johnson was an Oklahoma-born cowboy. He was hired by Howard Hughes to take a load of horses to California, in 1940. Ben Johnson ended up staying in the golden state, working as a horse wrangler in westerns and as a stunt man for such western stars as John Wayne and Gary Cooper.

After working for several years in Hollywood, Ben Johnson was starting to get get supporting roles in films and even got a starring role in the 1950 film, "Wagon Master". Ben then briefly quit acting and went back to the rodeo circuit. In 1953, Ben was the World's Champion Steer Roper.

Johnson returned to films soon after, possibly because there was more money in it and he got consistent work doing character roles in westerns. Ben Johnson was a favorite of director Sam Peckinpah, which resulted in work for Ben. He was cast in many of Peckinpah's films, during the 1960s and 70s.

Ben Johnson was married to the love of his life, Carol Elaine Jones; from 1941 until her death, in 1994. That same year, Ben Johnson received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Ben Johnson's notable movie credits include...

THREE GODFATHERS (1948)
MIGHTY JOY YOUNG (1949)
SHE WORE A YELLOW RIBBON (1949)
WAGON MASTER (1950)
RIO GRANDE (1950)
SHANE (1953)
FORT BOWIE (1958)
MAJOR DUNDEE (1965)
WILL PENNY (1968)
HANG 'EM HIGH (1968)
THE WILD BUNCH (1969)
THE UNDEFEATED (1969)
THE LAST PICTURE SHOW (1971)
CORKY (1972)
JUNIOR BONNER (1972)
DILLINGER (1973)
THE SUGARLAND EXPRESS (1974)
BREAKHEART PASS (1975)
THE SWARM (1978)
THE HUNTER (1980)
RED DAWN (1984)
LET'S GET HARRY (1986)
TRESPASSES (1986)
CHERRY 2000 (1987)
MY HEROES HAVE ALWAYS BEEN COWBOYS (1991)
RADIO FLYER (1992)
ANGELS IN THE OUTFIELD (1994)
THE OUTLAWS: THE LEGEND OF O.B. TAGGART (1994)
THE EVENING STAR (1996)

Ben Johnson's television credits include...

THE MONROES (Mini-Series 1966-1967)
THE RED PONY (1973)
THE LOCUSTS (1974)
THE SAVAGE BEES (1976)
THE SHADOW RIDERS (1982)
WILD HORSES (1985)
DREAM WEST (Mini-Series 1986)
STRANGER ON MY LAND (1988)
THE CHASE (1991)
BONANZA: THE RETURN (TV MOVIE) (1993)
BONANZA: UNDER ATTACK (1995)
RUBY JEAN AND JOE (TV MOVIE ) (1996)


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Ben Johnson in 
THE LAST PICTURE SHOW (1971).


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Ben Johnson in THE WILD BUNCH (1969).

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Ben Johnson in RED DAWN.


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Johnson in THE GETAWAY (1972).

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Johnson in THE TRAIN ROBBERS (1973).

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Ben Johnson in
SHE WORE A YELLOW RIBBON
(1949).