Ben "Son" Johnson, Jr. (1918 – 1996) was an American Academy Award-winning film actor mainly cast in Westerns in the 1940s and 1950s. He was also a world champion rodeo cowboy, stuntman, and rancher. He was born in Foraker, Oklahoma on the Osage Indian Reservation, of Irish and Cherokee ancestry. Johnson's western film career began with the Howard Hughes film The Outlaw.
Actor Van Johnson was born on August 25, 1916 in Newport, Rhode Island. Johnson was the embodiment of the "boy next door," playing "the red-haired, freckle-faced soldier, sailor or bomber pilot who used to live down the street" in MGM movies during the war years. At the time of his death on December 2008, he was one of the last surviving matinee idols of Hollywood's "golden age."