Arch Johnson

At 6'4" tall, Minnesota-born Arch Johnson was a natural to play hulking heavies on many crime and western TV series during the 1960s and '70s. A graduate of the Actors Studio, he saw his first success playing detective ... Read more »
Born: 03/14/1922

Filmography

Actor (27)

Easy Money 1983 (Movie)

Vendor at Armory (Actor)

Deathmask 1982 (Movie)

Dr Riordan (Actor)

Better Late Than Never 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Happily Ever After 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

The Buddy Holly Story 1978 (Movie)

Mr Holly (Actor)

Babe 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

The Invisible Man 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

Double Indemnity 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Nightmare 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

The Sting 1973 (Movie)

Combs (Actor)

Walking Tall 1973 (Movie)

Buel Jaggers (Actor)

Napoleon and Samantha 1972 (Movie)

Chief of Police (Actor)

The Rookies 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

The Cheyenne Social Club 1970 (Movie)

Marshall Anderson (Actor)

The Liberation of L.B. Jones 1970 (Movie)

Stanley Bumpas (Actor)

The Fugitive 1963 - 1967 (TV Show)

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Camp Runamuck 1965 - 1966 (TV Show)

Actor

Sullivan's Empire 1966 (Movie)

John Sullivan Sr (Actor)

A Man Called Ragan 1961 - 1962 (TV Show)

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Twilight of Honor 1962 (Movie)

Mr McWade (Actor)

G.I. Blues 1960 (Movie)

Sergeant McGgraw (Actor)

The Explosive Generation 1960 (Movie)

Mr Sommers (Actor)

Gun Glory 1957 (Movie)

Gunn (Actor)

Somebody Up There Likes Me 1956 (Movie)

Heldon (Actor)

Niagara 1953 (Movie)

Taxi Driver (Actor)

Murder in Black & White (TV Show)

Actor

The Underground Man (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

At 6'4" tall, Minnesota-born Arch Johnson was a natural to play hulking heavies on many crime and western TV series during the 1960s and '70s. A graduate of the Actors Studio, he saw his first success playing detective Schrank in the original Broadway production of "West Side Story" in 1957. Branching off into television shortly thereafter, he developed a fruitful career as a character actor, often portraying cops on gritty crime dramas such as "Perry Mason" and "The Asphalt Jungle". Most of his onscreen work, however, was in the western genre, gathering recurring roles on such enduringly popular oaters as "Bonanza", "Gunsmoke", and "Rawhide". A shot at series stardom eluded him when his lead role on the rollicking "Camp Runamuck" was cut short after only one season in the mid-'60s. He continued to work on the stage throughout his career and had notable film roles in the classic con-man comedy "The Sting", the lusty Elvis Presley musical "G.I. Blues", and the electric 1978 biopic "The Buddy Holly Story", in which he portrayed the father of legendary rock pioneer Buddy Holly. He worked sparingly in film and TV after the '70s, returning to the stage occasionally until his death from cancer in 1997.

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