'40s Hollywood Heartthrob Van Johnson Dies

** FILE ** In this May 29, 1946 file photo, Van Johnson dances with Lucille Bremer in "Till the Clouds Roll By." Family friend Wendy Bleiweiss says Johnson died Friday at the Tappan Zee Manor, an assisted living center, in Nyack, N.Y. He was 92. ** NO SALES ** AP Photo/MGM, file

A close friend says Van Johnson, Hollywood star of the movies' golden age, has died.

Family friend Wendy Bleiweiss says Johnson died Friday at an assisted living center in Nyack, New York. He was 92.

Johnson was known for his boy-next-door wholesomeness and was a major heartthrob in the 1940s.

Among his films were "Brigadoon," "A Guy Named Joe" and "The Caine Mutiny." His co-stars included Humphrey Bogart, Elizabeth Taylor and June Allyson.

Many of his early films had World War II themes, including "30 Seconds Over Tokyo."


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