BirthdayFebruary 2, 1876
BirthplaceCincinnati, USA

Celebrity biographies

  1. About Arthur V. Johnson

    Full name: Arthur V. Johnson
    Also known as: Johnson, Arthur V., Arthur V. Johnson, Arthur Vaughan Johnson, Johnson, Arthur Vaughan
    Professions: American actor and film director

  2. Arthur V. Johnson Death information

    Died: Monday, 17th of January, 1916 (Age: 39)

  3. Arthur V. Johnson Biography

    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, 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 Wainwright. Johnson began as a film actor with the Edison Studios in The Bronx, New York in 1905 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 D.W. Griffith including Resurrection in 1909 and a year later in In Old California, 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 actor.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 Hall. Health problems ended his career in 1915 after having performed in more than three hundred silent film shorts and having directed twenty-six.Arthur V. Johnson married actress Maude Webb when he was 23 years old. She later adopted the stage name of Maude Vaughan. While it is often mentioned that he was married to Florence Hackett with whom he had appeared in 1913 in the film, Power of the Cross, there is no clear evidence that he divorced Maude Webb and then married Florence Hackett. 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 Rector.

  4. Arthur V. Johnson Family

    Spouse: Florence Hackett(?)

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