Van Johnson

1916 - 2008

Van Johnson

Charles Van Dell Johnson (August 25, 1916 – December 12, 2008) was an American film, television, theatre and radio actor, singer, and dancer. He was a major star at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer during and after World War II. Johnson was the embodiment of the "boy-next-door wholesomeness" which made him a popular Hollywood star in the 1940s and 1950s, playing "the red-haired, freckle-faced soldier, sailor, or bomber pilot who used to live down the street" in MGM films during the war years, with such films as Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo, A Guy Named Joe, and The Human Comedy. He made occasional World War II films through the end of the 1960s, and he played a military officer in one of his final feature films in 1992. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Van Johnson has received more than 1,746,737 page views. His biography is available in 25 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 3,400th most popular actor.

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  • 1.7M

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  • 45.43

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  • 25

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 1.72

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 4.31

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Among actors, Van Johnson ranks 3,374 out of 8,832Before him are Anna Paquin, Charlotte Rae, Prakash Raj, Nicholas Hoult, Maisie Williams, and Maggie Q. After him are Jeffrey Wright, Emily Mortimer, Steve Coogan, Choi Ji-woo, Elias Koteas, and Raymond Cruz.

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Among people born in 1916, Van Johnson ranks 166Before him are Adriana Caselotti, Rostislav Alexeyev, Edward Platt, Dinah Shore, George Sidney, and Olga Lepeshinskaya. After him are Arnoldo Foà, Irwin Allen, Ralph Nelson, Ken Wharton, Toni Branca, and Eugene McCarthy. Among people deceased in 2008, Van Johnson ranks 191Before him are John Templeton, Fazıl Hüsnü Dağlarca, Wu Xueqian, Eugenio Montejo, Béatrix Beck, and Olga Lepeshinskaya. After him are Norman Smith, Ernesto Corripio y Ahumada, Aleksandr Abdulov, Gabriel París Gordillo, Anatoly Karatsuba, and Esbjörn Svensson.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Van Johnson ranks 5,346 out of 12,171Before him are Reggie Miller (1965), Alexander Payne (1961), Charlotte Rae (1926), Maggie Q (1979), Eugene Polley (1915), and Gram Parsons (1946). After him are Jeffrey Wright (1965), Mumia Abu-Jamal (1954), Ben Bradlee (1921), John Thomas (1941), Raymond Cruz (1961), and DeLisle Stewart (1870).

Among ACTORS In United States

Among actors born in United States, Van Johnson ranks 1,647Before him are Lon Chaney Jr. (1906), Debbie Allen (1950), Mamie Van Doren (1931), Michael Dorn (1952), Charlotte Rae (1926), and Maggie Q (1979). After him are Jeffrey Wright (1965), Raymond Cruz (1961), Andreas Katsulas (1946), David Conrad (1967), Al Ernest Garcia (1887), and Chi McBride (1961).