Ben Johnson

Ben Johnson, was married to my second cousin Carol Jones. Carol was the daughter of Clarence Y. (Fat) Jones who owned the famed Fat Jones Movie Stables.

Fat ran the stables that provided horses and western gear to the movies and television shows from 1912 until his death in 1963. The stables were sold when he died and continued to exist until the early-mid 1970's.

His rental stables, that used to be located at 11340 Sherman Way east of Lankershim Boulevard in North Hollywood, was where many movie horses were trained and kept.

My Dad, Harry O'Neal (Fat's nephew) and Carol's brother John Jones built 2 or 3 stagecoaches for Fat between 1945 and 1948. They were used for rentals at the stables.

Below are some photos that were given to me by Ben and Carol and saved by my Mom in scrapbooks that I have kept. Carol passed away in 1994.
Ben passed away while visiting his Mom in 1996 in Mesa, Arizona.
I miss Ben and Carol. He used to call me "Old Cuz".

I last talked to Ben shortly before his death on the phone, we were talking about the re-release of the Wild Bunch. He couldn't get over the continued popularity of the movie.

He and Carol were genuinely nice and I'll always treasure the visits we had, the pictures and cowboy hats that he gave me.

Enjoy the photos!
"Old Cuz" Doug O'Neal

Ben Johnson Links:

Ben at home after receiving the
Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in
"The Last Picture Show" April 10, 1972




Ben and Carol 1987
She wore a yellow ribbon
Ben winning the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association's Steer Roping World Championship in 1953

Copyright Douglas R. O'Neal 2009