American actor and horsemanDied when: 77 years 300 days (933 months)
Star Sign: Gemini
Francis Benjamin "Son" Johnson Jr. (June 13, 1918 – April 8, 1996) was an American film and television actor, stuntman, and world champion rodeo cowboy.
Tall and laconic, Johnson brought authenticity to many roles in Westerns with his expert horsemanship.The son of a rancher, Johnson arrived in Hollywood to deliver a consignment of horses for a film.
He did stunt-double work for several years before breaking into acting with the help of John Ford.An elegiac portrayal of a former cowboy theater owner in the 1950s coming-of-age drama The Last Picture Show won Johnson the 1971 Academy Award, BAFTA Award, and Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor.
Johnson also operated a horse-breeding ranch throughout his career.Although he said he had succeeded by sticking to what he knew, shrewd real estate investments made Johnson worth an estimated $100 million by his later years.