Arte Johnson

Arte Johnson

Birth
Benton Harbor, Berrien County, Michigan, USA
Death 3 Jul 2019 (aged 90)
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Cremated, Ashes scattered, Specifically: Ashes scattered in Hawaii
Memorial ID 200799021 · View Source
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Actor and Comedian. Born Arthur Stanton Eric Johnson, he was best known for his portrayal of a German soldier on the television variety show Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In. He attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he majored in radio journalism, and worked at the UI Theater Guild and at the campus radio station. After college, he moved to New York where he worked as a writer for a calendar company and performed in various nightclubs at night. After a brief stint in the United States Army, he returned to New York to work at a publishing company. His acting career began when he decided impulsively to audition for a role in the stage production of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. He followed that role by replacing Roddy McDowell as Ben in Broadway's No Time For Sergeants. His talent for improvisation resulted in guest appearances on various variety shows including, The Red Skelton Hour, Westinghouse Playhouse, and The Jack Benny Show before he became a series regular on Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In in 1967. He was best known for his portrayal of Wolfgang, a cigarette smoking German soldier who believed World War II was still going on. He would hide in the bushes to spy during various sketches and at the end of each one he would utter his catchphrase, "Very interesting . . ." He also created the character of Tyrone F. Horneigh, a dirty old man in a bad suit, hat and cane, who would try to seduce Ruth Buzzi's spinster character, Gloria Ormphby. He won an Emmy in 1969 for his work on the show. He guest starred on various television shows such as The Andy Griffith Show, I Dream of Jeannie, and Love, American Style. He appeared in a number of television movies and the comedy films Cannonball Run II and Love At First Bite. He also worked as a voice actor, bringing characters like Misterjaw in The Pink Panther and Rhubarb in The Houndcats to life. His last appearance on film was in 1998's The Modern Adventures of Tom Sawyer and his last voice role was as Virman Vundabar in a 2005 episode of the cartoon Justice League Unlimited. He died from heart failure after a three year battle with cancer.

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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Apollymi
  • Added: 3 Jul 2019
  • Find A Grave Memorial 200799021
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Arte Johnson (20 Jan 1929–3 Jul 2019), Find A Grave Memorial no. 200799021, ; Maintained by Find A Grave Cremated, Ashes scattered, who reports a Ashes scattered in Hawaii.