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Ben "Son" Johnson, Jr. (June 13, 1918 – April 8, 1996) was an American stuntman, world champion rodeo cowboy and actor. The son of a rancher, Johnson arrived in Hollywood to deliver a consignment of horses for a film. He did stunt double work for several years before breaking into acting through the good offices of John Ford. Tall and laconic, Johnson brought further authenticity to many roles in Westerns with his extraordinary horsemanship. An elegiac portrayal of a former cowboy theatre owner in the '50s coming of age drama, The Last Picture Show, won Johnson the 1971 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and the BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actor for the same film. He operated a horse breeding farm throughout his career. Although he said he had succeeded by sticking to what he knew, shrewd real estate investments made Johnson worth an estimated 100 million dollars by his latter years.

Age: 77 (age at death)
Nationality: American
Claim to Fame: One line executive summary


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1996 The Evening Star Arthur Cotton
1996 Ruby Jean and Joe Big Man
1995 Bonanza: Under Attack Bronc Evans
1994 Angels in the Outfield Hank Murphy
1994 Outlaws: The Legend of O.B. Taggart -
1993 Bonanza: The Return Bronc Evans
1992 Radio Flyer Geronimo Bill
1991 My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys Jesse Dalton
1991 The Chase Laurienti
1989 Back to Back Eli Hix
1989 The Last Ride -



[speaking about how his life was affected by winning the Oscar for The Last Picture Show (1971)] After I won that old Oscar, everybody thought I knew something. I didn`t know any more than I did before I won it, but they thought I did.


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