Arte Johnson

Mostly Credited As: Arte Johnson
Sometimes Credited As: Artie Johnson

Birth Name: Arthur Stanton Eric Johnson
Date Of Birth: January 20, 1929 (Age 87)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Benton Harbor, Michigan

Arte Johnson

Comic actor and voice-over artist Arte Johnson was born in Benton Harbor, Michigan (full name Arthur Stanton Eric Johnson). He attended the University of Illinois (he graduated in its class of 1949), and worked at the campus radio station as well as in the U. of Illinois Theater Guild, with which his brother, Cos, was also involved.

In New York City, after a stint at Viking Press and as copywriter in the advertising industry, Arte Johnson won a role in the Broadway play, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. He moved on to become a cast member of Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In, a popular American TV show which ran between 1968 and 1973. On the weekly show, he played various characters including a Nazi soldier whose stock comment was “Verrry interesting...”, and variations thereof—spoken while smoking a cigarette.

Johnson reprised the Nazi character’s role with an incarnation called Virman Vunderbar in an episode of Justice League Unlimited. His other unforgettable Laugh-In character was Tyrone F. Horneigh, the trenchcoat-wearing “dirty old man” who importuned actress Ruth Buzzi’s park-bench sitting dowager to “come up and see my enchanted Walnetto”, weekly (and weakly, perhaps) inventing ever-more ridiculous ways to seduce the reluctant old gal. Arte took many bops on the noggin with a purse at the hands of his bench-bound muse.

Arte and his brother, Cos Johnson, both earned Emmy Awards while working on Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In.

In 1976, Arte Johnson did the voice-over for the formally-dressed cartoon character Misterjaw, a shark with a German accent, on De Patie-Freleng Enterprises’ The Pink Panther Laugh and a Half Hour and a Half Show. In the 1970s, Arte hosted a game-show on NBC, Knockout. Arte Johnson also did the voice-over for “Newt", a hunting-dog on Animaniacs, who loved an unattainable mink named Minerva.

Arte Johnson has performed more than eighty audio-book readings, including the notable Absurdistan by Gary Shteyngart, in 2006.

Few people alive in the 1960s and 70s who watched American television will ever forget the catch-phrases made famous by Arte Johnson’s vividly portrayed characters; they are still being uttered by Baby Boomers today. Arte’s contributions to popular culture are numerous and varied, making him one of America’s all-time favorites.

TV Appearances

Main cast 
The Pink Panther (1993)As: Mr. Jaws -- [Voice]
Alice in Wonderland (1985)As: The Dormouse
The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo (1985)As: Weerd -- [Voice]
Glitter (1984)As: Clive Richlin
All Star Secrets (US) (1979)As: Himself (Celebrity panelist)
Knockout (1977) (1977)As: Host
Baggy Pants and the Nitwits (1977)As: Baggy Pants -- [Voice]
The Gong Show (1976)As: Panelist
The Bobby Vinton Show (1975)As: Himself
Ben Vereen... Comin' at Ya (1975)As: Regular Performer
The Houndcats (1972)As: Rhubarb -- [Voice]
Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (1968)As: Regular Performer (S01-S04)
The Super 6 (1966)As: Super Scuba -- [Voice]
Don't Call Me Charlie (1962)As: Cpl. Lefkowitz
Hennesey (1959)As: Seaman Shatz
It's Always Jan (1955)As: Stanley Schreiber
Episode Cast Credits 

Justice League Unlimited (2001) 
  The Ties That Bind 04x02: (Feb/12/2005) Voiced  Virman Vundabar 

Swat Kats: The Radical Squadron (1993) 
  A Bright and Shiny Future 02x02: (Sep/17/1994) Voiced  Pops Perkins 

Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures (1992) (1992) 
  Stand Up Guy 01x07: (Aug/09/1992) As Albert Einstein 

Adam-12 (1989) (1990) 
  Kid Kop 01x02: (Oct/01/1990) As Unknown 

Murder, She Wrote (1984) 
  No Laughing Murder 03x18: (Mar/15/1987) As Phil Rinker 

The A-Team (1983) 
  Uncle Buckle-Up 04x12: (Dec/17/1985) As Sydney / Uncle Buckle-Up 

Airwolf (1984) 
  Severance Pay 02x20: (Mar/23/1985) As Larry Mason 

Hotel (1983) 
  The Offer 01x10: (Dec/07/1983) As Eddie 

The Love Boat (1977) 
  Captain's Replacement, The/Sly as A Fox/Here Comes The Bride...Maybe 06x15: (Jan/15/1983) As Henry Greg 
  Mothers Don't Do That/Marrying for Money/Substitute Lover 05x31: (May/15/1982) As Orville Trout 
  Another Time, Another Place/Doctor Who/Gopher's Engagement 03x23: (Mar/01/1980) As Dr. Wilford Jones 
  Sounds of Silence/Cyrano de Bricker/Murder on the High Seas 02x25: (Mar/17/1979) As Marty Austin 

Fame (1982) (1982) 
  Star Quality 02x14: (Jan/13/1983) As Cliff 

Fantasy Island (1977) (1978) 
  The Devil and Mr. Roarke/Ziegfeld Girls/Kid Corey Rides Again 05x02: (Oct/17/1981) As Ned Plummer 
  The Devil and Mandy Breem/Instant Millionaire 04x01: (Oct/25/1980) As Fred Catlett 
  The Inventor/On the Other Side 03x13: (Dec/15/1979) As Professor Clebe 
  The Homecoming/The Sheik 02x01: (Sep/16/1978) As Edgar Breen 

Battle of the Network Stars (1976) 
  Special #9 01x09: (Dec/05/1980) As NBC Team Captain 
  Special #4 01x04: (May/07/1978) As Himself (NBC Team) 

Kojak (1973) (1973) 
  Photos Must Credit Joe Paxton 05x20: (Mar/04/1978) As Billy 'Bijou' Butler 

Match Game (1973) (1973) 
  MG77-23 05x23: (Jun/06/1977) As Himself 

American Bandstand (1957) 
  Commodores / Melissa Manchester 19x33: (May/01/1976) As Himself 

Jigsaw John (1976) 
  Too Much, Too Soon Blues 01x03: (Feb/16/1976) As Daltry Thomas 

The Rookies (1972) 
  S.W.A.T. (2) 03x21: (Feb/17/1975) As Justin 
  S.W.A.T. (1) 03x20: (Feb/17/1975) As Justin 

The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) 
  740828 12x49: (Aug/28/1974) As Himself 

The Dean Martin Show (1965) 
  Dan Rowan & Dick Martin (celebrity roast) 09x23: (Mar/22/1974) As Himself 
  Ginger Rogers / Norm Crosby / Arte Johnson / Don Meredith 07x14: (Dec/16/1971) As Himself 

Here's Lucy (1968) 
  Lucy is a Bird Sitter 06x15: (Jan/07/1974) As Osbird Beechman Place 

A Touch of Grace (1973) 
  The Lodge 01x09: (Mar/24/1973) As Charlie 

The Partridge Family (1970) 
  For Whom the Bell Tolls...and Tolls...and Tolls 03x15: (Jan/12/1973) As Morris Dinkler 
  My Heart Belongs to a Two-Car Garage 02x19: (Feb/04/1972) As Nicholas Minsky Pushkin 

The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour (1969) 
  Arte Johnson, Anne Murray, Jerry Reed 04x21: (Feb/28/1972) As Himself 
  Petula Clark, Arte Johnson 04x09: (Nov/16/1971) As Himself 
  Lucille Ball, Arte Johnson, Anne Murray, Bread 04x03: (Sep/28/1971) As Himself 
  Kenny Rogers & The First Edition, Arte Johnson, John Byner 03x04: (Oct/11/1970) As Himself 

Night Gallery (1970) 
  The Flip-Side of Satan 02x12: (Sep/29/1971) As J.J. Wilson 

The Flip Wilson Show (1970) 
  Moms Mabley, Marcel Marceau, Arte Johnson, Doug Kershaw 01x09: (Nov/13/1970) As Himself 

The Andy Williams Show (1969) (1969) 
  Arte Johnson / Gladys Knight / Kate Smith 02x08: (Nov/07/1970) As Himself 
  Arte Johnson / 'Mama' Cass Elliot / Ray Stevens / Sam Jaffe 01x14: (Jan/10/1970) As Himself 
  Arte Johnson / Dale Evans / Donovan / Roy Rogers / Tony Joe White 01x02: (Sep/27/1969) As Himself 

Kraft Music Hall (1958) 
  Arte Johnson / Clodagh Rogers / George Kirby 12x34: (Jul/22/1970) As Himself 
  Eddy Arnold - America in the 70's 12x18: (Feb/25/1970) As Himself 

The Ed Sullivan Show (1948) 
  The Supremes, Robert Klein 23x21: (Feb/15/1970) As Himself 

Playboy After Dark (1968) 
  Don Adams; Lesley Gore; Fleetwood Mac; Arte Johnson 02x11: (Jan/08/1970) As Himself 

Love, American Style (1969) 
  Love and the Living Doll 01x06: (Oct/06/1969) As unknown 

I Dream of Jeannie (1965) 
  The Biggest Star in Hollywood 04x19: (Feb/24/1969) As Himself 

The Beautiful Phyllis Diller Show (1968) 
  Arte Johnson / Lou Rawls 01x10: (Nov/24/1968) As Himself 

The Hollywood Palace (1964) 
  Host: Don Adams / Janis Joplin 06x05: (Oct/26/1968) As Himself 

Lost in Space (1965) 
  Princess of Space 03x17: (Jan/10/1968) As Fedor 

The Donna Reed Show (1958) 
  Is There a Small Hotel? 08x23: (Feb/19/1966) As Crandall 

The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961) 
  I Do Not Choose to Run (Part 1 of 2) 05x16: (Jan/19/1966) As Bill Schermerhorn 

Bewitched (1964) 
  Cousin Edgar 01x36: (Jun/03/1965) As Cousin Edgar 

The Cara Williams Show (1964) 
  Fletcher Succeeds in Business Without Really Trying 01x25: (Mar/17/1965) As Fenwick Jr. 

Bob Hope Presents The Chrysler Theatre (1963) 
  The Timothy Heist 02x05: (Oct/30/1964) As Beatnik 
  The Game with Glass Pieces 01x27: (May/01/1964) As Chip Broadwater 

The Jack Benny Program (1950) 
  Lucille Ball Show 15x02: (Oct/02/1964) As Charlie 

The Greatest Show on Earth (1963) 
  Man in a Hole 01x20: (Feb/18/1964) As Mario 

McHale's Navy (1962) 
  Camera, Action, Panic 01x30: (May/09/1963) As Sweeney 

General Electric True (1962) 
  The Handmade Private 01x06: (Nov/04/1962) As Coogan 

The Andy Griffith Show (1960) 
  Andy and Barney in the Big City 02x25: (Mar/26/1962) As Hotel Desk Clerk 

Dr. Kildare (1961) 
  The Glory Hunter 01x19: (Feb/08/1962) As Bud Fowler 

87th Precinct (1961) 
  The Very Hard Sell 01x11: (Dec/04/1961) As Hotel Clerk 

Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955) (1955) 
  A Secret Life 06x33: (May/30/1961) As Bates 

Bringing Up Buddy (1960) 
  Auntie's Cake 01x27: (May/01/1961) As Sandy Lewis 

The Dinah Shore Chevy Show (1956) 
  Brief Encounter 05x26: (Mar/26/1961) As Himself 

The Twilight Zone (1959) 
  The Whole Truth 02x14: (Jan/20/1961) As Irv, [Co-Guest Stars]

Schlitz Playhouse of Stars (1951) 
  Ivy League 08x24: (Mar/13/1959) As Student #3 

December Bride (1954) 
  Jaywalker 02x27: (Apr/16/1956) As Eugene 

Max Liebman Presents (1954) 
  Best Foot Forward 01x06: (Nov/20/1954) As Chuck 
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Began chemotherapy in October 1997 for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

Says he got first showbiz job by just impulsively stepping into an audition line at Broadway theater, where he was almost immediately chosen for role in "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes."

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