Tefft Johnson

Tefft Johnson

Known for: Acting
Biography: 1883-09-23
Deathday: 1956-10-15 (73 years old)

Biography

William Tefft Johnson, Jr. (September 23, 1883 – October 15, 1956), better known as Tefft Johnson, was an American stage and film actor, and film director and screenwriter. He appeared in 131 films between 1909 and 1926. Johnson was born in Washington, D.C., on September 23, 1883, to William Tefft Johnson and his wife, Anne Wheeler Johnson. He had two sisters and a brother. His father was a soldier and chaplain who was born in Cooperstown, New York in 1834. His father served in the Union Army during the American Civil War, and was wounded at the Battle of Chancellorsville. Discharged because of his wounds, his father sought and won recommission in the army. After the war, his father studied law and was admitted to practice before the D.C. and federal bar.Johnson was already an actor, traveling across the United States, at the age of 15. His father died in 1898, and his mother in 1926. His mother largely disinherited him, leaving her $50,000 estate (which consisted primarily of a house in Washington, D.C.) to his sister, Abby. Johnson sued in 1927 to receive one-third of the estate, but a court of equity denied his claim in 1930.After a long career on the stage, he joined the Edison Studios film company. He moved to the Vitagraph Company in 1911. He played in Vitagraph's 1911 version of Vanity Fair with John Bunny, Leo Delaney, Rose Tapley and Helen Gardner. In 1912 he appeared in the film Henry VIII as Cardinal Thomas Wolsey with co-stars Clara Kimball Young, Julia Swayne Gordon, and Hal Reid. While at Vitagraph, Johnson became a film director, helming more than 50 films. These included many of the "Sonny Jim" comedies (about a mischievous child). He also wrote three films.In 1932, he posed as George Washington for two artistic efforts. The first was for painter Hattie Elizabeth Burdette. Johnson posed in a Masonic apron wearing the same jewel Washington himself had worn. The chair in the painting also belonged to Washington, and the pedestal and background cloth belonged to the Alexandria-Washington Lodge (which Washington had once led). The painting was used to advertise the Washington Bicentennial in 1932. The second occurred on September 17, 1932, when he portrayed Washington during a re-enactment of Washington laying the cornerstone of the United States Capitol. The cornerstone ceremony re-enactment was filmed by the Washington Bicentennial Commission.Tefft Johnson died on October 15, 1956.

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Filmography

all 54

Movies 54

Director 7

Col. Dwyer
The New Klondike

The New Klondike (1926)

Movie
Director
Love Net

Love Net (1918)

Movie
John Morley, Paul's Father
A Marriage of Convenience

A Marriage of Convenience (1918)

Movie
Governor of New York
The Panther Woman

The Panther Woman (1918)

Movie
Director
Dixie Madcaps

Dixie Madcaps (1918)

Movie
Director
Writing on the Wall

Writing on the Wall (1916)

Movie
Director
Who Killed Joe Merrion?

Who Killed Joe Merrion? (1916)

Movie
Sonny Jim's Father
Sonny Jim and the Amusement Company, Ltd.

Sonny Jim and the Amusement Company, Ltd. (1915)

Movie
The Battle Cry of Peace

The Battle Cry of Peace (1915)

Movie
Director
Buddy's Downfall

Buddy's Downfall (1914)

Movie
Sonny Jim's Father
The Little Captain

The Little Captain (1914)

Movie
Director
Buddy's First Call

Buddy's First Call (1914)

Movie
Sonny Jim's Father
Sonny Jim at the North Pole

Sonny Jim at the North Pole (1914)

Movie
Daddy Jim
An Easter Lily

An Easter Lily (1914)

Movie
Director
Marrying Sue

Marrying Sue (1914)

Movie
Father Wilson
A Christmas Story

A Christmas Story (1913)

Movie
Actor
The Tiger

The Tiger (1913)

Movie
John Myerson
The Sale of a Heart

The Sale of a Heart (1913)

Movie
Mr. Johnson
Put Yourself in Their Place

Put Yourself in Their Place (1913)

Movie
William Corday, the Vampire's Victim
Vampire of the Desert

Vampire of the Desert (1913)

Movie
John Cummings - Marie's Father
The Strength of Men

The Strength of Men (1913)

Movie
Col. Millard
The Old Guard

The Old Guard (1913)

Movie
The Little Minister

The Little Minister (1913)

Movie
Secretary of State
His Official Appointment

His Official Appointment (1912)

Movie
Piche, Miguel's Brother
The Mills of the Gods

The Mills of the Gods (1912)

Movie
Actor
Una of the Sierras

Una of the Sierras (1912)

Movie
An Exiled Duke
As You Like It

As You Like It (1912)

Movie
Actor
The Signal Fire

The Signal Fire (1912)

Movie
Actor
Coronets and Hearts

Coronets and Hearts (1912)

Movie
Gyntsen - Norma's Father
Written in the Sand

Written in the Sand (1912)

Movie
Mr. Foster - Esmeralda's Father
The Heart of Esmeralda

The Heart of Esmeralda (1912)

Movie
The Grand Vizir
The Miracle

The Miracle (1912)

Movie
Pierre Martin
The Light of St. Bernard

The Light of St. Bernard (1912)

Movie
John Strong
Yellow Bird

Yellow Bird (1912)

Movie
Haakon
The Serpents

The Serpents (1912)

Movie
Col. Carson
The Victoria Cross

The Victoria Cross (1912)

Movie
Aleric
The Cave Man

The Cave Man (1912)

Movie
Actor
Captain Jenks' Diplomacy

Captain Jenks' Diplomacy (1912)

Movie
Secretary of War Stanton
The Seventh Son

The Seventh Son (1912)

Movie
Mr. Durand - Margaret's Father
Love Finds the Way

Love Finds the Way (1912)

Movie
Actor
Father and Son

Father and Son (1912)

Movie
Actor
Willie's Sister

Willie's Sister (1912)

Movie
King Henry VIII
Cardinal Wolsey

Cardinal Wolsey (1912)

Movie
The Older Werner Brother
The Younger Brother

The Younger Brother (1911)

Movie
Actor
Arbutus

Arbutus (1911)

Movie
Scotsman
Auld Lang Syne

Auld Lang Syne (1911)

Movie
Actor
Madge of the Mountains

Madge of the Mountains (1911)

Movie
Capt. Dale of the John M
The Mate of the 'John M'

The Mate of the 'John M' (1911)

Movie
Harry's Sister's Husband
His Sister's Children

His Sister's Children (1911)

Movie
Captain Rhines
The Child Crusoes

The Child Crusoes (1911)

Movie
Actor
A Quaker Mother

A Quaker Mother (1911)

Movie
Defarge
A Tale of Two Cities

A Tale of Two Cities (1911)

Movie
Capt. Dobbin
Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair (1911)

Movie
Orsino
Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night (1910)

Movie

Ratings

Average 2.42
Based on 801 movie and tv ratings over time
1910
1912
1912
1912
1926
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Information

Known For
Acting

Gender
Male

Birthday
1883-09-23

Deathday
1956-10-15 (73 years old)

Birth Name
William Tefft Johnson

Birth Place
Washington, D.C., United States of America

Citizenships
United States of America

Also Known As
Mr. Johnson, William Tefft Johnson, Jr.


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