Television, Film Director Lamont Johnson Dies


Emmy-winning director Lamont Johnson, who tackled controversial subjects in such made-for-TV movies as "My Sweet Charlie" about interracial romance and "That Certain Summer" about homosexuality, died Oct. 24 of congestive heart failure at his home in Monterey, Calif. He was 88.

Other Johnson telefilms with touchy subject matter included blacklisting in "Fear on Trial" and the civil rights movement in "Crisis at Central High."

His TV credits also include "The Execution of Private Slovik," "Lincoln" and the miniseries "Wallenberg: A Hero's Story." He won Emmys for "Lincoln" and "Wallenberg."

Johnson also was an accomplished film director with such credits as "The McKenzie Break" (1970), "The Last American Hero" (1973), "Lipstick" (1976) and "One on One" (1977).

Earlier, Johnson directed episodes of such series as "Have Gun -- Will Travel," "Peter Gunn," "Naked City," "The Rifleman," "Dr. Kildaire" and "The Twilight Zone."

Johnson portrayed Tarzan on radio in the early 1950s.