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Matinee Idol Van Johnson Dies

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Dec 12, 2008 | 4:46pm EST

Actor Van Johnson, a Hollywood heartthrob during the 1940s and 1950s, died on Friday at age 92.

The actor died at Tappan Zee Manor, an assisted living community in Nyack, New York, a spokeswoman for the facility told Reuters.

Johnson started his acting career on the Broadway stage but became a WWII film hero, starring in films such as A Guy Named Joe and Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo.

With his burly physique and matinee idol looks, Johnson was also known as a heartthrob starring opposite actresses such as June Allyson, Esther WilliamsJudy Garland and Janet Leigh.

Johnson was probably best known for starring with Humphrey Bogart and Fred MacMurray in The Caine Mutiny. If you haven’t ever seen this movie, you should rent it. Stellar performances by all.

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