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John Lester Johnson (John Leslie Johnson)

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Biography

Suffolk, Virginia, USA
John Lester Johnson was born in Suffolk, Virginia (his death certificate states South Carolina) on August 13, 1893. His middle name was Leslie, according to an "Ebony" magazine article about Johnson (January 1960), but he changed it to to Lester when he left Virginia in 1910 for New York City, hoping to make a career in boxing. He had been fighting since his early teens. Johnson's first professional fight was in 1911 against Joe Jeannette in New York, but he lost the 10-round event on a decision. Read more...

Actor

Character: Bumbo, 'The Wild Man From Borneo'

The Kid from Borneo 1933

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Character: Timothy - Nellie's Boyfriend

Bullets or Ballots 1936

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Character: Koki - Chief Bearer

Tarzan's Revenge 1938

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Character: 'Champ', Nightclub Owner

Mystery in Swing 1940

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