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Ben Johnson Overview:

Legendary actor, Ben Johnson, was born Ben "Son" Johnson, Jr. on Jun 13, 1918 in Foraker, OK. Johnson died at the age of 77 on Apr 9, 1996 in Mesa, AZ and was laid to rest in Pawhuska City Cemetery in Pawhuska, OK.



Ben Johnson was nominated for one Academy Award, winning for Best Supporting Actor for The Last Picture Show (as Sam the Lion) in 1971.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1971Best Supporting ActorThe Last Picture Show (1971)Sam the LionWon

He was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures. In addition, Johnson was inducted into the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum .

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Ben Johnson Quotes:

Trooper Travis Tyree: I'm Hungary... Beans? Didn't nobody ever tell the army that they grew beef in this part of the country?
Trooper Jefferson 'Jeff' Yorke: [laughing] Not lately. We'll be on cold rations for three days.

Sgt. Maj. Timothy Quincannon: Did any of youse ever ride a horse?
Trooper Travis Tyree: Yeah, some.

[Major Wharton's men massacre a band of Indians who approached his company under a flag of truce]
Maj. Wharton: Look at 'em, Captain - not the slightest attempt at rescue or revenge; slinking away like scared desert rats!
Capt. Thomas Thompson: More like foxes than rats. You can hardly blame them if they want to fight on their terms. After all, sir, didn't you?

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