13 Dec 2008

Hollywood actor Van Johnson dies

12:23 pm on 13 December 2008

Actor Van Johnson, a Hollywood star during the 1940s and 1950s, died on Friday aged 92.

He starred in A Guy Named Joe, Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo and Brigadoon and performed alongside Humphrey Bogart in The Caine Mutiny.

His leading ladies included 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 the television mini-series, Rich Man, Poor Man.