32 Facts About Arte Johnson


Arte Johnson was born January 20,1929, in Benton Harbor, Michigan, the son of Abraham Lincoln and Edythe Mackenzie Arte Johnson.


Arte Johnson graduated from Austin High School and received a bachelor's degree in radio journalism from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1949, where he worked at the campus radio station and the University of Illinois Theater Guild with his brother Coslough "Cos" Arte Johnson.


In early 1954, Arte Johnson performed in several New York nightclubs, including Le Ruban Bleu and the Village Vanguard.


Arte Johnson appeared in Ben Bagley's The Shoestring Revue, which opened off-Broadway on February 28,1955, at the President Theater in New York.


In 1956 a young Arte Johnson appeared in episode 22 Season 3 of the Make Room for Daddy in an episode called "Who can figure kids" where he sang and danced.


Arte Johnson played Ariel Lavalerra in the 1960 film The Subterraneans, an adaptation of Jack Kerouac's 1958 novel of the same name.


Arte Johnson was cast in an episode of Frank Aletter's sitcom Bringing Up Buddy.


Arte Johnson appeared in an episode of The Twilight Zone titled "The Whole Truth".


Arte Johnson played a bumbling navy cameraman on an episode of McHale's Navy in the first season and The Andy Griffith Show as a hotel clerk in the episode "Andy and Barney in the Big City".


Arte Johnson appeared in a comedic role as Charlie, a boom-microphone operator who demonstrates to Jack Benny how to tell a joke properly, on The Jack Benny Program that aired on October 2,1964.


Arte Johnson made a guest appearance on ABC's sitcom, Bewitched as Samantha's Cousin Edgar in the final episode of the first season, airing on June 2,1965.


Also in 1965, Arte Johnson played a rare dramatic supporting role in the film The Third Day as Lester Aldrich, who turns out to be the downtrodden husband of the sleazy nymphomaniac Holly.


Arte Johnson appeared in one of the final episodes of ABC's The Donna Reed Show in 1966.


Arte Johnson was cast in the satirical James Coburn film The President's Analyst, in which he gave a comically chilling performance as a federal agent with a blindly obedient "orders are orders" mentality.


Arte Johnson appeared in the Season 3 episode of Lost in Space titled "Princess of Space".


Arte Johnson starred in an episode of Rod Serling's Night Gallery titled "The Flip-Side of Satan".


Arte Johnson reprised the role briefly on Sesame Street in the early 1970s, and while voicing the Nazi-inspired character Virman Vundabar on an episode of Justice League Unlimited.


Arte Johnson would ask her a question, and regardless of the answer, turn it into a double entendre.


Arte Johnson appeared in the first season of the Detroit-produced children's show Hot Fudge and, for one week, as a celebrity guest panelist on the game show Match Game.


From 1976 to 1980, Arte Johnson was a regular celebrity guest judge on The Gong Show.


Arte Johnson voiced the character "Rhubarb" on The Houndcats and appeared as a guest on Canadian TV show Celebrity Cooks with host Bruno Gerussi.


Arte Johnson appeared on an episode of the NBC daytime version of Wheel of Fortune in September 1977 as a substitute letter-turner, both to fill in for an injured Susan Stafford, and to promote his short-lived NBC game show Knockout, which aired through early 1978.


Arte Johnson was cast as Renfield, the comic sidekick of George Hamilton's Dracula in the film Love at First Bite and appeared in the all-star television disaster film Condominium.


Arte Johnson voiced "Weerd" in The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo, and played a disgruntled employee denied severance pay in an episode of Airwolf.


Arte Johnson guest-starred in the Murder, She Wrote episode "No Laughing Murder".


Arte Johnson appeared in an episode of Night Court.


From 1991 to 1992, Arte Johnson appeared in multiple episodes of General Hospital as Finian O'Toole.


Arte Johnson played the old laboratory head of a team of scientists working on a serum of youth in Second Chance.


Arte Johnson performed more than 80 audiobook readings, including Gary Shteyngart's Absurdistan and Carl Hiaasen's Bad Monkey.


Arte Johnson appeared in the Justice League Unlimited episode "The Ties That Bind" as the voice of Virman Vundabar.


Arte Johnson was a non-Hodgkin's lymphoma survivor, having been diagnosed and successfully treated in 1997.


Arte Johnson died on July 3,2019, after being ill for three years with bladder and prostate cancer.