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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:

[York plans the rescue of children held prisoner by Apaches]
Lt. Col. Kirby York: Is it dark enough for you to get in there?
Trooper Travis Tyree: With two men I pick, sir.
Lt. Col. Kirby York: Two men you pick? I know you're a excellent judge of horse flesh, Trooper Tyree. You proved that when you stole my horse. But how are you as a judge of men for a dangerous mission?
Trooper Travis Tyree: I consider myself a good judge of men I trust, sir.


Travis Blue: Feet hurt, ma'am?
Denver: Nope!
Travis Blue: Well here, try these on!
[Hands here a pair of walking shoes, she puts them on]
Denver: Did you get these from that... red-headed gal?
Travis Blue: You mean Miss Prudence?... yes ma'am.
Denver: Is she your wife?
Travis Blue: No ma'am... How do they feel?
Denver: Fine. A little large for me maybe, but fine. Thanks very much, and thank your lady friend.
[Denver arises, and starts to walk away, Travis looks after her]
Travis Blue: She ain't that either ma'am!


Lt. Col. Kirby York: [breaking up a solders' fight] Qincannon, what started this?
Sgt. Maj. Timothy Quincannon: I refuse to answer sir... respectfully.
Lt. Col. Kirby York: Heinze?
Sgt. Maj. Timothy Quincannon: I refuse to answer, sir.
Lt. Col. Kirby York: Yorke?
Trooper Jefferson 'Jeff' Yorke: No, sir.
Lt. Col. Kirby York: Soldiers' fight, eh? Carry on.
[leaves the site]
Trooper Heinze: Sorry, soldier.
Trooper Jefferson 'Jeff' Yorke: Thanks, Heinze.


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