Johnson, Rafer

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Johnson, Rafer Gender: M
Rafer Lewis Johnson
born on 18 August 1935 at 06:10 (= 06:10 AM )
Place Kingsburg, California, 36n31, 119w33
Timezone PST h8w (is standard time)
Data source
Orig source not known
Rodden Rating C
Collector: Drew
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 24°42' s_mo.18.gif s_aricol.18.gif 21°39 Asc.s_vircol.18.gif 04°30'

Rafer Johnson (at the 1960 Olympics)


American decathlon champion who won a Gold Medal at the Pan American games and a Silver Medal at the Olympics in 1956 and a Gold Medal at the Olympics in 1960. He was the USA team's flag bearer at the 1960 Olympics and lit the Olympic cauldron at the Los Angeles Games in 1984.

Johnson starred in a dozen or more TV and movie appearances and by 1979 he was the traveling Vice-President of community relations for Continental Telephone Co.

Johnson was known as "the gentle giant" at 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) with charm and adaptability. In 1968, Johnson, football player Rosey Grier, and journalist George Plimpton tackled Sirhan Sirhan moments after he had fatally shot Robert F. Kennedy.

Johnson's brother Jimmy is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and his daughter Jennifer competed in beach volleyball at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney following her collegiate career at UCLA. His son Joshua Johnson followed his father into track and field and had a podium finish in the javelin throw at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

Johnson participated in the Art of the Olympians program. He died after a stroke on 2 December 2020 at age 85 in Sherman Oaks, California.

Link to Wikipedia biography



  • Work : Prize 19 March 1955 (Pan Am Gold Medal, Decathlon, Mexico City)
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  • Work : Prize 30 November 1956 (Olympic Silver medal, Decathlon, Melbourne)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.
  • Work : Prize 6 September 1960 (Olympic Gold medal, Decathlon, Rome)
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  • Relationship : Marriage 1971 (Elizabeth Thorsen)
  • Work : New Career 1979 (Vice-President of Community Relations)

Source Notes

Church of Light quotes Drew, other references give place of birth as Hillsboro, Texas; his parents are listed as Lewis Johnson and Elma (" Dimples") (nee Gibson) Johnson. Sy Scholfield cannot find his name or his parents' names listed in the California or Texas birth indexes.


  • Traits : Body : Race (Black)
  • Traits : Body : Size (Height: 6 ft 3 in/ 1.90 m)
  • Traits : Body : Weight (91 kg/ 201 lb)
  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Stroke (Terminal)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids - Noted
  • Personal : Death : Illness/ Disease (Stroke)
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 85)
  • Vocation : Business/Marketing : Public relations (Vice-President of community relations)
  • Vocation : Sports : Track and Field
  • Notable : Awards : Olympics (Silver and Gold Medals)
  • Notable : Book Collection : American Book