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.


[singing]
Sandy: I left my gal in Old Virginy...
Travis Blue: Trailin' behind the wagon trail...
Sandy: Another I left in Old Missoura...
Travis Blue: Trailin' behind the wagon trail...
Sandy, Travis Blue: [Together] Oh the Wite tops are a rollin', rollin', the big wheels keep a-turnin', and when I reach that promise land, for my gal I'll still be yearnin'.


[Modesto is attempting to stop Bob from double crossing Rio]
Bob: I'm real disappointed in you, Modesto; pullin' a gun on an old saddle pal like that.
Chico: One more word and I will kill you!
Bob: One more word, huh? Let me see if I can think of one. How about g-r-e-a-s-e-r? Greaser?
[Modesto pulls his trigger and realizes that Bob has unloaded his gun during the night]
Bob: Lookin' for these, Modesto? (throws cartridges at him)
Harvey: (laughing) Eat 'em, greaser.
Chico: (throws his gun at Bob)Banditos!
Bob: You had a good life, Modesto. (shoots him)


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