Before you take dad to the rodeo on June 17 (Fathers Day) at the Osage County Fairgrounds, take him to a free movie at the Constantine Theater in Pawhuska on Wednesday evening, June 13.
The Pawhuska Chamber of Commerce and the Constantine Arts Council are working together to sponsor a screening at 7:30 p.m. June 13 at the Constantine Theater of the film “Breakhart Pass,” which features Ben Johnson Jr., who would have been 100 on June 13.
According to the Chamber and the Constantine, the movie showing will be free for “all Ben Johnson fans.” So start working on your fan consciousness.
Here are some details to help. Ben Johnson Jr., born June 13, 1918, was the son of the champion steer roper and well-known Osage County cattleman, Ben Johnson Sr.
Ben Johnson Jr. worked as a horse wrangler, stunt man and screen actor. His first screen role was reportedly a small, uncredited part in a 1939 Western film, and his last role was in 1994. He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the 1972 film “The Last Picture Show.” He died in Mesa, Arizona, in April 1996, at the age of 77.
Like his father before him, Ben Johnson Jr. was a champion rodeo cowboy. He was a champion team roper, where his dad had been a champion steer roper.
According to the Oklahoma Historical Society, Ben Johnson Jr. was noted for having said of his acting, “Everybody in town’s a better actor than I am, but none of them can play Ben Johnson.”