Ben Johnson,77, a champion rodeo performer who appeared in...

Deaths Elsewhere

April 09, 1996

Ben Johnson,77, a champion rodeo performer who appeared in numerous Westerns and won an Oscar for "The Last Picture Show" in 1971, died yesterday of an apparent heart attack in Arizona. He collapsed while visiting his mother at a suburban Phoenix retirement community where they both lived.

Mr. Johnson arrived in Hollywood in the early 1940s as a horse wrangler for Howard Hughes' "The Outlaw." He was working as a double and stuntman when he was discovered by director John Ford, who gave him the starring role in "The Wagon Master."

He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in June 1994, more than 50 years after he arrived in town.

Edwin Roberts Russell,82, a chemist who helped develop the first atomic bomb, died Sunday in Columbia, S.C. Although he did not work on the bomb itself, he did help develop techniques for purifying uranium ore and isolating an unknown element later called plutonium.

Charles Shannon,81, an artist best known for his studies of the Depression-era South, died Saturday of cancer in Montgomery, Ala. Four of his works are in the permanent collection at the National Gallery of Art.

Pub Date: 4/09/96

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