|Charles "Chubby" Johnson|
|Born||Charles Rutledge Johnson
August 13, 1903
Terre Haute, Vigo County
|Died||October 31, 1974
Hollywood, California, U.S.
Charles "Chubby" Johnson (August 13, 1903 – October 31, 1974) was an American film and television supporting character actor with a genial demeanor and warm country-accented voice perfect for westerns.
A native of Terre Haute, Indiana, Johnson was a journalist and radio announcer before he entered film and television when he was past forty years of age. Beginning with the Randolph Scott western Abilene Town, which also starred Ann Dvorak and Edgar Buchanan, in which he had an uncredited part as a homesteader, Johnson made more than eighty screen appearances between 1946 and 1972. He appeared in eight different roles between 1957 and 1961 in the ABC/Warner Brothers television series Maverick opposite James Garner, Jack Kelly or Roger Moore, often as a comical stagecoach driver or deputy.
In 1959, Johnson was cast as Sheriff Ed Wilson in the episode "The Twisted Road" of the syndicated Rex Allen western series, Frontier Doctor. With a surprise ending, the episode features Robert Vaughn and Virginia Christine as a brother and sister. That same year he played the stagecoach driver first suspected as a fraud in the episode "The Avengers" (May 12, 1959) of the ABC/Warner Brothers western series Sugarfoot, starring Will Hutchins in the title role.
In 1960, Johnson was cast with Virginia Gregg in the roles of Jessie and Julie Turnbull in the episode, "The Last Days of Jessie Turnbull", of the ABC western drama, The Man from Blackhawk, starring Robert Rockwell as a roving insurance investigator.
In 1960 Johnson also appeared as "Charlie Pringle" in an episode of the Boris Karloff hosted anthology television series "Thriller (U.S. TV series)" starring Jack Carson titled "The Big Blackout". He performed in 1960 as well on The Andy Griffith Show in the episode "A Feud is a Feud." As he did so often, especially in his roles in westerns, Johnson portrayed his character in this episode with his lower dental bridge removed, giving him a snaggletoothed appearance and enhancing the authenticity of his persona as a mountain man.
From 1962 to 1972, he appeared eight times on NBC's Bonanza. In the 1960s, Johnson appeared four times on CBS's Gunsmoke, three times on ABC's The Guns of Will Sonnett with Walter Brennan. and three times on ABC's "The Rifleman", first in 1960 as "Kansas Sawyer" in the episode "The Horse Trader", then in 1960 as "Mr. Avery" married to Ellen Corby in "The Spoiler" and then in 1962 in "Guilty Conscience" as "the old man".
Johnson guest starred three times as Buzz, the salvage man, on the CBS children's sitcom, Dennis the Menace, with Jay North as young Dennis Mitchell. Johnson's episodes are "The School Play " and "Dennis and the Pee Wee League" (both 1961) and "The Treasure Chest" (1962).
In the 1950s western-themed adventure series, Sky King, starring Kirby Grant and Gloria Winters, Johnson played Jim Bell, the ranch foreman. In 1963, he was cast as Concho in several episodes of NBC's Temple Houston, starring Jeffrey Hunter in the title role. Late in his career, he appeared twice on the syndicated western anthology series, Death Valley Days.
- Rocky Mountain (1950) with Errol Flynn
- Night Riders of Montana (1951)
- Wells Fargo Gunmaster (1951)
- Fort Worth (1951) with Randolph Scott
- Fort Dodge Stampede (1951)
- The Raging Tide (1951) with Shelley Winters
- Bend of the River (1952) with James Stewart
- Here Come the Nelsons (1952) with Ozzie and Harriet
- The Treasure of Lost Canyon (1952) with William Powell
- High Noon (1952) with Gary Cooper and Thomas Mitchell
- Last of the Comanches (1953) with Broderick Crawford
- Law and Order (1953) with Ronald Reagan, Dorothy Malone, and Preston Foster
- Calamity Jane (1953) with Doris Day, as Rattlesnake
- Back to God's Country (1953) with Rock Hudson
- Gunsmoke (1953) with Audie Murphy, as Doc Farrell
- Overland Pacific (1954) with Jock Mahoney
- The Human Jungle (1954)
- Cattle Queen of Montana (1954) with Barbara Stanwyck and Ronald Reagan
- The Far Country (1955) with James Stewart and Walter Brennan
- Headline Hunters (1955)
- Bonanza (1962 episode "The Ride")
- The First Texan (1956) with Joel McCrea and Felicia Farr
- The River's Edge (1957) with Ray Milland and Anthony Quinn
- Drango (1957) with Jeff Chandler and Joanne Dru
- Cyborg 2087 (1966) with Michael Rennie
- Support Your Local Sheriff! with James Garner and Walter Brennan
- Sam Whiskey (1969) with Burt Reynolds