Van Johnson autographed photo AP152

1950s Studio portrait. Van Johnson (August 25, 1916 – December 12, 2008) was an American film and television actor and dancer who was a major star at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studios during and after World War II.

Johnson was the embodiment of the “boy-next-door wholesomeness (that) made him a popular Hollywood star in the ’40s and ’50s,”[1] playing “the red-haired, freckle-faced soldier, sailor or bomber pilot who used to live down the street” in MGM movies during the war years with such films as 30 Seconds over TokyoA Guy Named Joe and The Caine Mutiny. At the time of his death in December 2008, he was one of the last surviving matinee idols of Hollywood’s “golden age.”

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