Deaths 2016

Deaths 2015

Deaths 2014

Deaths 2013

Deaths 2012

Deaths 2011

Deaths 2010

Deaths 2009


Full list by date of death

Lamont Johnson

Director

Born - 30 September 1920, Stockton, California, USA
Died - 24 October 2010

A former actor whose (considerable) best work was confined to the 1965-75 period, when he made some interesting films, as well as envelope-pushing movies for television. His first film as an actor was Up Front (1951), but he had already begun directing TV series by 1955. He made a cinema debut with A Covenant with Death (1966), but made his mark with TV movies on controversial themes: My Sweet Charlie (1970) dealt with interracial romance, That Certain Summer (1972), concerned a married homosexual coming out, The Execution of Private Slovik (1974) focused on a WW2 deserter, and Fear on Trial (1975) probed one man's encounter with the McCarthy blacklist. Films of this period, too, were of note, especially You'll Like My Mother (1972) and The Last American Hero (1973). But subsequent movies were less successful, notably Lipstick (1976) and Cattle Annie and Little Britches (1980), and he returned to making concerned TV movies, winning an Emmy for Gore Vidal's Lincoln in 1988, and ending his career with another, All the Winters That Have Been in 1997. He died from congestive heart failure.