Photo of Van Johnson Van Johnson

A fresh-faced leading man of Hollywood's Golden Age, Van Johnson was born in Newport, R.I., on Aug. 25, 1916. A car accident in his 20s left Johnson unable to serve during World War II, but his injuries proved a boon to his career, allowing him to step into roles left vacant by more established stars who were fighting overseas.

Handsome and likable, Johnson played well in a variety of genres, packing his résumé with comedies, dramas, war movies and musicals. In 1954 alone, he starred opposite Humphrey Bogart as a dutiful submarine officer in The Caine Mutiny, a journalist in love with Elizabeth Taylor in The Last Time I Saw Paris, and a whiskey-swilling tourist traveling abroad with Gene Kelly in the musical Brigadoon.

Later in his career, Johnson earned an Emmy nod for a supporting role in the television miniseries Rich Man, Poor Man (1976). He died on Dec. 12, 2008, at the age of 92.

Van Johnson in Miracle in the Rain

Miracle in the Rain

1956 NR

Happiness is elusive and fate is fickle in Rudolph Maté's tragic romance set in New York during World War II. Ruth Wood (Jane Wyman) lives a life quite ordinary until a chance meeting during a rainstorm with a charming soldier named Arthur (Van Johnson). The pair falls in love instantly, and life is worth living for a while. But when Arthur is shipped overseas, tragedy strikes, and it seems fate is conspiring to rain heartbreak on the lovers.

  • Van Johnson in The Caine Mutiny The Caine Mutiny
  • Van Johnson in State of the Union State of the Union
  • Van Johnson in The Purple Rose of Cairo The Purple Rose of Cairo
  • Van Johnson in Battleground Battleground
  • Van Johnson in Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo
  • Van Johnson in Yours, Mine and Ours Yours, Mine and Ours
  • Van Johnson in Madame Curie Madame Curie
  • Van Johnson in Brigadoon Brigadoon
  • Van Johnson in Where Angels Go, Trouble Follows Where Angels Go, Trouble Follows
  • Van Johnson in Thrill of a Romance Thrill of a Romance
  • Van Johnson in Elizabeth Taylor Triad Elizabeth Taylor Triad
  • Van Johnson in Go for Broke! Go for Broke!
  • Van Johnson in The Last Time I Saw Paris The Last Time I Saw Paris
  • Van Johnson in Command Decision Command Decision
  • Van Johnson in Scorpion with Two Tails Scorpion with Two Tails
  • Van Johnson in Easy to Love Easy to Love
  • Van Johnson in They Call Him Graveyard / Price of Honor They Call Him Graveyard / Price of Honor
  • Van Johnson in Rich Man, Poor Man Rich Man, Poor Man
  • Van Johnson in Easy to Wed Easy to Wed
  • Van Johnson in Till the Clouds Roll By Till the Clouds Roll By
  • Van Johnson in Here's Lucy: Season 1 Here's Lucy: Season 1
  • Van Johnson in Going Hollywood: The War Years Going Hollywood: The War Years