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.

HONORS and AWARDS:

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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
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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:

Jeff Harter: One morning you'll wake up to a train whistle and there won't be any more cattle drives. Yes sir, in a few years, it will all be gone. At least-wise, the way we knew it.


Bob: This is part that's goin' to tickle you; the sheriff in that town is named Dad Longworth.


[Indians surround Thompson's small patrol]
Alison Garrett: What are you going to do?
Capt. Thomas Thompson: Indians are great jokers. Just in case this is one of their serious days, get in the bottom of the wagon and stay down!


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