December 12, 2008 / 9:55 PM / in 9 years

Hollywood actor Van Johnson dies, aged 92

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - 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.

<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>

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

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