Obituary: Lamont Johnson

Director and actor Lamont Johnson (b.1922) died on October 24. Johnson won two Emmy awards for his television work. In the early 1950s, Johnson portrayed Tarzan on the radio show Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle. Moving into film, he directed several episodes of the original The Twilight Zone, including “Five Characters In Search of an Exit,” and Spacehunter.

  1. Eric Wall — November 17, 2010 @ 11:48 pm

    Lamont Johnson was a great director. His feature film the Last American Hero with Jeff Bridges, Valerie Perrine, and Gary Busey was especially good. He directed several episodes of The Twilight Zone. My favorite is The Shelter. I was lucky to have worked as a second assistant director on three of his television projects, The Lincoln Miniseries, Crash Landing, and The Broken Chain. He was extremely kind to me and very good with all of the actors. I frequently marveled at his deft touch and experience whenever we ran into unexpected problems. He was one of the very best.