Joseph McMillan Johnson was born in Los Angeles on September 15, 1912. "Mac" Johnson studied at Art Center College and graduated from the school of architecture at University of Southern California.
He was hired by Selznick Studios in 1938 as a sketch artist for "Gone With the Wind" and special effects artist for "Wizard of Oz." Later at Paramount Studios, he was nominated for many Academy Awards and is in the Art Directors Guild Hall of Fame.
He died in Big Island, Hawaii in 1990.
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