Arthur V. Johnson


Arthur Vaughan Johnson February 2, 1876 – January 17, 1916 was a pioneer actor and director of the early American silent film era

Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, the son of Rev Myron A Johnson,1 Arthur Vaughan Johnson left college at 19 to join a traveling Shakespearean troupe He later appeared on stage with Sol Smith Russell, Robert B Mantell and Marie Wainwright2 Johnson began as a film actor in 1905 with the Edison Studios in The Bronx, New York, appearing in the one-reel drama The White Caps directed by Wallace McCutcheon, Sr, and Edwin S Porter In 1908, he went to work for Biograph Studios, where he acted in films directed by DW Griffith including Resurrection 1909 and In Old California 1910, the first movie Griffith ever shot in Hollywood At Biograph, Arthur Johnson performed with stars such as Mary Pickford and Florence Lawrence Johnson was reputed to be Griffith's favorite actorcitation needed

In 1911 he accepted an offer from Lubin Studios in Philadelphia that allowed him to direct as well as act With Lottie Briscoe, his frequent co-star at Lubin, Johnson directed and starred in The Belovéd Adventurer 1914, a 15 episode serial by Emmett Campbell Hall3 After performing in more than three hundred silent film shorts and directing twenty-six, health problems ended his career in 1915

According to an interview published nine months before his death, Arthur V Johnson married actress Maude Webb when he was 20 years old; the couple had a daughter who lived with Johnson's parents4 Other sources indicate that around 1910 he married Florence Hackett, with whom he appeared in the 1913 film Power of the Cross56 He died of tuberculosis in Philadelphia in 1916, a few weeks short of his fortieth birthday Johnson's funeral services were held in Philadelphia and his remains later interred at Fairview Cemetery, Chicopee, Massachusetts Nearby stands Grace Episcopal Church, where his father once served as rector78

Selected filmographyedit

Florence Lawrence peeps through curtains to look at Arthur V Johnson in a scene still for the Lubin 1911 silent drama One on Reno Johnson in 1914
  • The Adventures of Dollie 1908
  • The Taming of the Shrew 1908
  • Romance of a Jewess 1908
  • The Bandit's Waterloo 1908
  • The Greaser's Gauntlet 1908
  • For a Wife's Honor 1908
  • The Girl and the Outlaw 1908
  • The Red Girl 1908
  • Where the Breakers Roar 1908
  • A Smoked Husband 1908
  • The Devil 1908
  • The Zulu's Heart 1908
  • Ingomar, the Barbarian 1908
  • The Vaquero's Vow 1908
  • The Planter's Wife 1908
  • Concealing a Burglar 1908
  • The Pirate's Gold 1908
  • The Guerrilla 1908
  • The Song of the Shirt 1908
  • The Ingrate 1908
  • A Woman's Way 1908
  • The Clubman and the Tramp 1908
  • The Valet's Wife 1908
  • The Feud and the Turkey 1908
  • The Reckoning 1908
  • The Test of Friendship 1908
  • The Christmas Burglars 1908
  • Mr Jones at the Ball 1908
  • The Helping Hand 1908
  • One Touch of Nature 1909
  • The Honor of Thieves 1909
  • Love Finds a Way 1909
  • The Sacrifice 1909
  • The Criminal Hypnotist 1909
  • The Fascinating Mrs Francis 1909
  • Mr Jones Has a Card Party 1909
  • The Welcome Burglar 1909
  • The Cord of Life 1909
  • The Girls and Daddy 1909
  • The Brahma Diamond 1909
  • Edgar Allan Poe 1909
  • A Wreath in Time 1909
  • Tragic Love 1909
  • The Golden Louis 1909
  • A Drunkard's Reformation 1909
  • Resurrection 1909
  • The Sealed Room 1909
  • The Hessian Renegades 1909
  • The Death Disc: A Story of the Cromwellian Period 1909
  • To Save Her Soul 1909
  • The Day After 1909
  • The Little Darling 1909
  • The Prussian Spy 1909
  • His Wife's Mother 1909
  • The Wooden Leg 1909
  • The Roue's Heart 1909
  • I Did It 1909
  • The Deception 1909
  • And a Little Child Shall Lead Them 1909
  • A Burglar's Mistake 1909
  • Two Memories 1909
  • Pippa Passes 1909
  • Nursing a Viper 1909
  • All on Account of the Milk 1910
  • In Old California 1910
  • The Two Brothers 1910
  • A Romance of the Western Hills 1910
  • The Lily of the Tenements 1911
  • Divided Interests 1911
  • The Physician's Honor 1912
  • The Antique Ring 1912
  • Gingerbread Cupid 1912
  • A Matter of Business 1912
  • The Preacher and the Gossips 1912
  • The Spoiled Child 1912
  • A Child's Devotion 1912

Referencesedit

  1. ^ "Former Lubin Star Dies in Philadelphia", The Washington Herald Washington, D C, January 19, 1916, p 6 Retrieved July 14, 2013
  2. ^ "A V Johnson Dead; Famous 'Movie' Star Made Millions Laugh", Evening Public Ledger Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, January 18, 1916, p 15 Retrieved July 14, 2013
  3. ^ Hall, Emmett Campbell, The Belovéd Adventurer, 1914 Retrieved July 14, 2013
  4. ^ Solomon, Irene Page, "A Little Visit to the Home of Arthur Johnson", Photo-Play Review, May 11, 1915, p 3
  5. ^ Goodrich, David L, The Real Nick and Nora: Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, Writers of Stage and Screen Classics, SIU Press, 2004, p 27 ISBN 978-0-8093-2602-0
  6. ^ Golden, Eve, Golden Images: 41 Essays on Silent Film Stars, McFarland, 2000, pp 61–64 ISBN 978-0-7864-8354-9
  7. ^ "Arthur V Johnson, 'Movies' Star Dead", The Washington Times Washington, D C, January 18, 1916, p 7 Retrieved July 14, 2013
  8. ^ Journal of the Seventy-Third Annual Convention of the Protestant Episcopal Church, 1866, p 161 Retrieved July 14, 2013

External linksedit

  • Arthur V Johnson on Internet Movie Database
  • Arthur V Johnson at Find a Grave


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