|Birth: ||Sep. 30, 1922|
San Joaquin County
|Death: ||Oct. 24, 2010|
Motion Picture and Television Director, Actor. Raised in Pasadena, he studied at Pasadena City College where he acted in radio dramas, and furthered his performing skills at the Pasadena Playhouse, later attending UCLA. During World War II, Johnson entertained troops in Europe while with the USO, and following his return home began directing plays in the Southern California-area. During the 1950s, he launched his Hollywood career, initially directing multiple TV episodes for such programs as "Steve Canyon", "Have Gun-Will Travel", "Mr. Lucky", "Peter Gunn" and "The Twilight Zone"; he would simultaneously have acting roles in the films "Please Murder Me" (1956), "The Brothers Rico" (1957), and the TV series "Alfred Hitchcock Presents", "The Big Valley" and "Felony Squad", among others. Johnson advanced to directing feature films with "The McKenzie Break" (1970), "A Gunfight" (1971), "The Last American Hero" (1973), "Lipstick" (1976) and "Cattle Annie and Little Britches". He would tackle such sensitive subjects as interracial relations with the TV-movie "My Sweet Charlie" and homosexuality with "That Certain Summer" (1972), both which received Emmy Award nominations. He won an Emmy Award for the TV-movie "Lincoln" (1988), and received seven more nominations during his career. He died from congestive heart failure. (bio by: C.S.)
Ernest Leonard Johnson (1895 - 1988)
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: C.S.
Record added: Oct 26, 2010
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