Adrian Johnson was a Hollywood screenwriter who wrote The Darling of Paris (1915) and Cleopatra (1917). He married actress Margaret Cloud on March 5, 1926.
He was the youngest child of Colonel (C.S.A) Robert Adams Johnson, Sr. who became well known in his retirement years for raising championship thoroughbred race horses such as Powhattan and Loftin. Adrian was the only child born of from the third marriage of Robert A. Johnson to Ellen McMahon and was only three years of age when his father died.
He graduated with a Liberal Arts Degree from St. Mary's College in Belmont, North Carolina. He would become a prolific screenwriter for early day silent films, starting first at Metro and then for the William Fox Company. He has been credited with writing at least fifty-three early day productions, several of which starred the actress Theda Bara. He was working for the Fox company as early as 1915 and continued until the early 1930s, having relocated to Los Angeles when the main production arm of the Fox company moved to California from the East Coast.
He copyrighted and sold an Adrian Johnson Photoplay System that brought "the fascinating profitable profession of screen writing to the very door of the person of average intelligence." The course included 20 lessons and a dictionary of terms. It promised to "make failure impossible."
Biography from Pat Iverson
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