Actor Van Johnson dies, aged 92

Fri Dec 12, 2008 9:47pm EST
 
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Actor Van Johnson, a Hollywood star during the 1940s and 1950s who performed alongside Humphrey Bogart in "The Caine Mutiny," died on Friday aged 92.

Johnson died at Tappan Zee Manor, an assisted living community in Nyack, New York, said a spokeswoman for the facility.

Johnson was ineligible to serve in World War Two because doctors had put a metal plate in his head after he was injured in a serious car accident. Instead, he became America's war film hero, starring in films including "A Guy Named Joe" and "Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo."

According to a biography of Johnson by Ronald Davis, the actor became a heartthrob through his perennial leading man roles opposite actresses such as June Allyson, Esther Williams, Judy Garland and Janet Leigh.

Born in Newport, Rhode Island, in 1916, Johnson was also a Broadway star. In 1976 he was nominated for an Emmy for his role in television mini-series "Rich Man, Poor Man."

His trademark was wearing red socks.

(Reporting by Michelle Nichols; editing by Mohammad Zargham)

 
<p>Actor Van Johnson is shown in this undated file photograph. Johnson, a Hollywood star during the 1940s and 1950s who performed alongside Humphrey Bogart in "The Caine Mutiny," died on Friday aged 92. REUTERS/HO Old</p>