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Doug Johnsen
Latter-day Saint. Also credited as: Douglas Fredrick Johnsen. Utah-based actor. Played a palsied boy ("troubled boy") in the large format, big budget film "The Testaments of One Fold and One Shepherd" (2000) directed by Academy Award-winning director Kieth Merrill for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Played Jesus Christ as a boy in "Special Witness of Christ," an LDS TV presentation. Played the "Brother of Warrior #1" in "Strippling Warriors", produced at LDS Motion Picture Studios. Played a younger son in "Nicodemus", another LDS production. Small role in "Global Pursuits", a Feature Films For Families video. Has appeared in commercials made by Bonneville Communications for the Church, as well as commercials for some other clients. Has performed on stage in The Storm Testament and Oliver (both at the Terrace Plaza Playhouse). Has appeared in ward/stake productions Christmas Even Hallmark Couldn't Save and Our Christmas Story, and in Sounds of the Season at Sierra Vista Elementary School.
Adam Johnson
Latter-day Saint. Born 12 May 1973, Santa Monica, California. Actor and comedian. Best known for his 3rd billed role as the title character's previous boyfriend in the LDS Cinema movie "Jack Weyland's Charly." Johnson was one of five Latter-day Saint comedians featured in the direct-to-video live comedy concert "It's Latter-day Night" (2003). Also had bit parts in the LDS Cinema movies "The Singles Ward" (2002) and "The R.M." (2003). Recently had small parts in the films "In Memory of My Father" (2004) and "Sunflower" (2004).
Bart Johnson
Latter-day Saint. Born in Hollywood, California. Married to actress Robyn Lively since 25 September 1999. Actor Bart Johnson has spent more than 10 years working in film, television and theater. Perhaps his most memorable role was as "Nelson Tucker" on the TV series "Hyperion Bay". Johnson spent much of his early childhood on television sets with his mother, who has a hairstylist for shows including "Mork and Mindy" and "The Brady Bunch." He moved with his family from Los Angeles to Midway, Utah when he was 12 years old.

Johnson's first movie role was a cop in the feature film "Mi Familia," the epic story of an immigrant family produced by Francis Ford Coppola. He was also featured in "Double Jeopardy"; Richard Donner's "Maverick," starring Mel Gibson; and Francine McDugall's short film "The Date," which won Best Short and the Sundance Film Festival. On television, Johnson has guest starred on the series "Walker, Texas Ranger," "JAG," "Clueless," "Diagnosis Murder," "Babylon 5," and "Sunset Beach." On stage Johnson has been a guest performer and trained with the famous Groundings comedy troupe in Los Angeles and won rave reviews for his performances in "The Country Club," an award-winning stage production at L.A.'s Mojo Theater.

When not working, Johnson enjoys flying airplanes; surfing; mountain biking; kickboxing, which he studies with world champion kickboxer Billy Blanks; and playing football, skiing, soccer and basketball.

Bruce Johnson
Camera assistant for the feature films "Windwalker" (1980) and "Harry's War" (1981), both of which were made in Utah and directed by Kieth Merrill.
Bryce Johnson
Latter-day Saint. Young filmmaker working on a documentary about the famed Hale theatrical family of Utah and California.
Charlene Johnson
Lives in Midway, Utah. Sometimes credited as: Charlene C. Johnson. Hair and makeup artist for at least 18 movies. Chief hair stylist or key hair stylist for "Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles" (2001), Christmas in the Clouds (2000), Edtv (1999), Lethal Weapon 4 (1998), Virtual Obsession (1998), Money Plays (1997), Dante's Peak (1997), Maverick (1994). Other hair stylist credits include: The One (2001), Michael (1996), Assassins (1995), Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home (1995), In the Shadow of Evil (1995) and the "Charlie's Angels" TV series during the 1970s. Website:
Charlene Johnson
Utah-based actress. Has appeared in commercials for Sinclair Oil, Albertsons, First Security, Ultimate Electronics, Spectrum Professional Services, Nature's Sunshine.
Chuck Johnson
Chuck Johnson
Special effects artist for the short film "Alyson's Closet" (1998), the short film "Journey to Harmony" (2002), and Lee Groberg's PBS documentaries "Treasure House: The Utah Mining Story" (1995) and "American Prophet: The Story of Joseph Smith" (1999). Location manager for Scott Featherstone's low-budget feature film "Same River Twice" (1996). May or may not be the same person as Dave "Chuck" Johnson, credited with doing location animatronics at the ILM creature shop for George Lucas' movie "Howard the Duck" (1985).
Douglas G. Johnson
Latter-day Saint. Lives in Orem, Utah. Sometimes credited as: Doug Johnson; Douglas Johnson. Director of the feature film "The Hideout" (1977) and the classic Church videos "The Gift" (1977), "The Emmett Smith Story" (1979) and "John Baker's Last Race (1976). Also the producer of "John Baker's Last Race." Production manager for "Mr. Krueger's Christmas" (1980), the classic Christmas film directed by Keith Merrill for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Associate producer of Kieth Merrill's feature film "Windwalker" (1980). Production designer for "Harry's War", "The Lost Manuscript", and "Snow Kill." Associate producer and production designer (art director) of the classic short films "Johnny Lingo" (1969) and "Cipher in the Snow" (1973), made by BYU and LDS Motion Picture Studio. Art designer on Kieth Merrill's "Take Down" (1978). Art director for "Hardball" and "Something Is Out There."
Frank E. Johnson
Lives in Park City, Utah. One of the main directors for the network TV series "Touched by an Angel" (1994-2002). Also directed for the TV series "Palace Guard" (1991) and "Wiseguy" (1987). Cinematographer for many TV series, including: "Savannah" (1996), "Marker" (1995), "Touched by an Angel" (1994-2002), "Walker, Texas Ranger" (1993-1994), "Palace Guard" (1991), "Wiseguy" (1987), and "The A-Team" (1983). Cinematographer for the short film "Water with Food Coloring" (2001), the TV movies "Captive" (1991) and "Police Story: Gladiator School" (1988), and the independent films: Alone in the Woods (1996); The Taking of Beverly Hills (1991); Backstreet Justice (1994); Heated Vengeance (1985); Project: Kill (1980). Producer and cinematographer of the low-budget film "Raw Force" (1982). Second unit director of photography for the science fiction movie "Predator" (1987).
Gary Johnson
Lives in Lehi, Utah. Transportation coordinator/driver. His company rents out numerous transportation needs: single cast trailers with pop outs, (12) 5th wheel trailers with pop outs, (15) 2 actor trailers, (5) 3 actor trailers. (4) makeup 38' with 6 stations kw diesel generator. Bathroom/shower. (2) wardrobe trailers. 4x4 stake bed, 4x4 fuel trucks. Johnson's credits as transportation coordinator include: "Cross Roads", "Coy Cat", "Interview With A Vampire", "Holy Matrimony."
Gordon Johnson
Latter-day Saint. Salt Lake City, Utah area actor. Had small roles in the low-budget feature films "The Goodbye Bird" (1993) and T.C. Christensen's "Bug Off!" (2001). Voice work for Lee Groberg's PBS documentary "Trail of Hope: The Story of the Mormon Trail" (1997). Played a gunshop owner in Groberg's documentary "American Gunmaker: The John M. Browning Story" (1991). Has performed on stage, such as appearing as "Jacob" in "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" at the Hale Centre Theatre West Valley (2000), and a small role as a doctor "West Side Story" (2001) at Hale.
Jason Johnson
Born 9 March 1977, Seatle, Washington. Utah-based actor. First-billed role as "Scott Carpenter" in the Feature Films For Families videos "The ButterCream Gang" (1992). Reprised the character in the 3rd-billed role in its sequel, "Secret of Treasure Mountain" (1993). Minor role as a bratty child in the feature film "Ski Patrol" (1990).
Jeff Johnson
Utah-based actor and casting director. Minor supporting role as "Garcia", the "Jack-Mormon" FBI agent-in-training in the Latter-day Saint-themed feature film "Brigham City" (2001). Small roles in the Leucadia film "Windrunner" (1995) and the TV movies "The Huntress" (2000), "Dying to Belong" (1997) and "Deadly Invasion: The Killer Bee Nightmare" (1995). Casting director for a number of Utah-made films, including: Little Secrets (2002); Double Teamed (2002); Hounded (2001); Just a Dream (2001); The Poof Point (2001); Poolhall Junkies; The Luck of the Irish (2001); Nobody's Baby (2001); Jumping for Joy (2000); Stolen from the Heart (2000). Casting director for the TV series "Cover Me: Based on the True Life of an FBI Family" (2000-2001). Did the Utah casting for: I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus (2001); Stranger Than Fiction (1999); Coyote Summer (1996); The Paper Brigade (1996); Just Like Dad (1996); Wish Upon a Star (1996). Did stunt work in the low-budget feature film "SLC Punk!" (1999). Production assistant for the Leucadia films "Windrunner" (1995) and "Breaking Free" (1995). Stand-in for the lead actor in "Breaking Free."
John 'J.J' Johnson
J.J. Johnson
John Johnson
John Johnson
Lives in Midway, Utah. Sometimes credited as: John Johnson; John (JJ) Johnson; John J.J. Johnson; J.J. Johnson; John "J.J." Johnson. Extensive movie credits as a grip include: The Way of the Gun (2000), Ski Patrol (1990), Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat (1989), Halloween 5 (1989), Absence of the Good (1999), Divided by Hate (1997), Invasion of Privacy (1996), Windrunner (1995), Face of Evil (1996), Neon City (1992), Edge of Honor (1991), China O'Brien (1990), The Crow: Salvation (2000), Christmas in the Clouds, Legion of Fire: Killer Ants! (1998), Mortal Fear, Promised Land, The Goodbye Bird.
Kent Phillip Johnson
Latter-day Saint. Sometimes credited as: Kent Johnson (and Kent H. Johnson?) Lives in Orem, Utah. Co-producer of the inspirational 1999 direct-to-video film "Christmas Mission," about Latter-day Saint missionaries. Assistant director on "Flirting With Disaster." Assistant director for the Utah-filmed TV series "Touched by an Angel" and for the pilot of its spinoff series "Promised Land." Second assistant director on the TV movie "Absence of the Good" (1999), also filmed in Utah.
Dee Johnson
Lives in Draper, Utah. Also credited as: L. Dee Johnson. 20 years experience in film and commercial production business. Director and camera operator. Founder and owner of the commercial film production company L. Dee Johnson Productions. LDJ Productions specializes in commercial production. They also shoot longer format subjects, such as infomercials, corporate productions, and the occasional television production. They shoot food, fashion, sheet metal, real people (even wooden heads), and the occasional animal (sharks, dogs, kids). Locations have included Manhattan, the Pacific (under the water), and Atlantic Oceans (on the beach), Chicago, L.A., Denver, and in the air. Clients incl. ZCMI, Brookshires, Healthrider, etc. In 2002 LDJ produced a series of national ads for UnitedHealth Care entitled Simple Message, Simple Truth, and Disclaimer. The ads featured famed actress and Latter-day Saint theatrical maven Ruth Hale, St. Louis Cardinals play-by-play announcer Jack Buck, and baseball Hall of Fame legend Sparky Anderson. Website:
Lance Johnson
Catholic. Born 10 February 1982, Salt Lake City, Utah. Currently living in Los Angeles, California while pursuing his career as a feature film producer. While in third grade had a supporting role in TV movie "Little Heroes" (1992). Joined the Theatre School For Youth program at the University of Utah. Graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2004, where he studied business and film. While attending the University of Notre Dame he was the director and editor of the 16mm, color, sync-sound films "Spanglish" (2003, 8 min.) and "Less Than Nude" (2004, 8 min.). He was also the writer of "Spanglish." Founded and spent two years as Executive Producer for the television show "NDTV: Notre Dame Television," which was Notre Dame's first-ever student run television program. Spent part of 2003 living in the United Kingdom while working with the Visual Effects/Miniature Model Unit for the big budget feature film "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" (2004). Has done extensive work in Utah with partner Ryan Greenberg. The majority of their work was with their Utah-based production company, Tradigital Pictures. Credits include: "Driving You Crazy" (1999) which won the award for "Best Comedy" at the Flyndee Film Festival (local Utah festival). Also recognized for work on "The Backstreet Boys: A Mockumentary" (2000) which was recognized as an outstanding achievement in video at a national media and journalism conference in Anaheim, CA. Additional credits with Tradigital Pictures include: "In the First Degree" (2000) and "The Womack Brain Upgrade" (2001).
Laura Johnson
Latter-day Saint. Also credited as: Loli Johnson. Film student at Brigham Young University (BYU). Director of the short documentary "Post Impressions on a Fence" (2001). Director of the short film "Lords & Ladies." Production assistant on the Latter-day Saint-themed feature film "Brigham City" (2001). Second Camera Assistant for the Latter-day Saint-themed feature film "Out of Step" (2002). Production assistants for the Latter-day Saint-themed KBYU film "Eliza and I" (1997), directed by Richard Dutcher.
Mark E. Johnson
Writer/director of the short film "Hold the Door" (2001), which was screened at benefit gala for acting troupe Handcart Ensemble that took place at New York's City Center on May 5, 2001. Camera operator for the award-winning documentary "Forgotten Voyage: The Mormon Sea Trek that Sparked the Gold Rush" (2002), directed by New York City-based Latter-day Saint filmmaker Scott Tiffany.
Michael Johnson
From Pleasant Grove, Utah. Competitor featured on the reality TV series "Eco-Challenge: New Zealand" (2002). Bio from the show (
I grew up at the base of the Wasatch mountain rage in Utah, where I started to hike, horseback ride, ski and canoe at the age of 7. My father and uncles would take me on week long canoe trips in Yellowstone National Park where I learned to love bad conditions. We would paddle to the most remote part of the park where we would not see another soul for days at a time. I still vividly remember one lake crossing with my crazy Uncle Steve. The waves were filling our canoe with water even though we were hitting them at a 30 degree angle. Two of us paddled and the third person bailed water. My uncle would keep yelling "bail or die, bail or die". This was all good fun for us. We made many trips in severe weather and in the middle of night.

For my Father the best day to go horseback riding or hunting was when it was a blizzard and there was a foot of new snow. He and I would spend many stormy days in the high mountains of Utah enjoying ourselves. All these experiences added to my love for outdoor adventures.

As a teenager I played baseball, football, tennis and raced bicycles on a national level where I placed 4th in the Colorado Nationals. My interests then turned back to the mountains when I started to climb and mountaineer with my brother Greg. He and I have climbed extensively in the Teton and Wasatch mountain ranges. We have made ascents in the dead of winter, as well as spring, summer and fall. I served as an officer in the Serac Mountaineering Club, where I taught Alpine and Mountaineering skills. I led several mountaineering trips including one on Mount Rainier where all seven of us summitted on a week where the success rate was less than 20 percent.

Little did I know that my outdoor activities were laying a good foundation for my new found passion, Adventure Racing (sometimes called Expedition Racing). From the first time I saw the Eco-Challenge race on the Discovery Channel in 1998, I knew I had to do it. Everything that I loved was combined into this great adventure where you got to compete with other international teams of people as crazy as yourself. Since then I have worked to fulfill my dream. In October of 2001 I will get that chance!!! My teammates and I will be racing in the Eco-Challenge New Zealand Expedition Race. With New Zealand's incredible mountains and harsh weather it will be the perfect race for us!

My strongest disciplines are mountaineering, mountain biking and "full conditions". Storms and severe weather seem to energize me. The more it storms, the bigger my smile gets. I am currently a part owner and manager of two businesses, one being

Highlights of some of my outdoor adventures:

Pamela Johnson
Pamela Johnson
Lives in Holladay, Utah. Hair stylist and make-up artist. Assistant makeup artist for the movie "Made Men" (1999). Costumer for "The Right Temptation" (2000) and the TV movie "Parallel Lives" (1994).
Penny Johnson
Lives in Orem, Utah with her husband Robert. Script supervisor, whose credits include the Feature Films For Families videos "The ButterCream Gang" (1991), "Secret of Treasure Mountain" and "Seasons of the Heart" (1993). Other credits as script supervisor include the TV movies "Clubhouse Detectives" (1996), "Love Kills" (1991), "Hollywood Detective", the Disney TV movie "The Witching of Ben Wagner" (1987), and the award-winning BYU student films "Wildest Dreams" (1986) and "Gold Fever" (1990). [NOTE: There is an actress named Penny Johnson. She is best known for playing "Kassidy Yates" on the TV series "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" from 1995 to 1999, and she has had regular roles on other series, including "24" and "ER." The actress credits and Utah-based script supervisor credits were previously combined in IMDb, an error that has now been rectivied. They are two different people.]
Peter N. Johnson
Latter-day Saint. Lives in Orem, Utah. Sometimes credited as: Peter Johnson. Member of the Directors Guild of America (DGA). Formerly the director of BYU Motion Picture Studios. Producer/director of the Church video "Mountain of the Lord" (1993) and the PBS documentary "A More Perfect Union: America Becomes a Nation" (1989). Co-screenwriter with Glenn L. Anderson and Craig Holyoak of the Disney TV movie "The Thanksgiving Promise" (1986), directed by Beau Bridges, based on the novel Chester, I Love by Brent and Blaine Yorgason. Directed "The Restoration" film series for the Church, along with Blair Treu and Jerry Craven. Producer of the video "Jerash: A Bridge to Understanding" (2000), made at BYU. Executive producer of the documentary "The Faith of an Observer: Conversations with Hugh Nibley" (1985), made at BYU. Also worked on: Zion's Camp; Lost Manuscript; Man's Search For Happiness; The Witching of Ben Wagner; Encyclopedia Brown; Bordertown (an unaired TV pilot written by science fiction writer Orson Scott Card. Other experience includes work on: "The Sting, Part II" (Universal); "Twilight Time" (Dan Tana Productions); "SKAG" (NBC); "Beyond the Poseidon Adventure" (Irwin Allen Productions); "Miracle on Ice" (ABC); "Word of Honor" (CBS); and "The Streets of San Francisco" (ABC). Production manager for the classic BYU-made short film "Uncle Ben" (1978). Currently Producer, co-writer and director for "A Voice from the Dust," a series of feature films based on the Book of Mormon. Profile Page

Info from Meridian Magazine (

Peter Johnson is the screenwriter and director of the first ever epic dramatic motion picture on the Book of Mormon, "A Voice from the Dust: Journey to the Promised Land." Peter, Steve DeVore (executive producer), Brent Hall (Director of Operations FARMS), Kent Brown (Professor of Ancient Scripture BYU), and a LDS film crew were in Yemen on September 11, 2001 filming a a documentary for FARMS on Lehi's journey through the Arabian desert and doing location scouting for the motion picture. In this intriguing and insightful article Peter gives a first-hand account of his personal "journey" through both the land of Lehi and Al-Qaeda.

Richard Johnson
Latter-day Saint. Describes himself as "Husband, Father, Grandfather, Puppeteer, Playwright, Writer, Director, Actor, Thingmaker, Mormon, Person, Fool." Website: Excerpts from AML-List bio (
I did my undergraduate work in Idaho, have an MFA in Theatre Directing from Ohio University (Hello Marianne) and a Ph.D. in Speech Communication and Theatre (strange I know, but that's the way it came out) from Southern Illinois University, where Thom's late mentor and friend Max Golightly and I were doctoral students together (He went back to Utah for personal reasons before finishing his degree). My dissertation was a literal translation, then a theatrical adaptation of the Finnish Classical Play Nummisuutarit... The adaptation has been performed at various Universities, including one performance directed by myself at Georgia Southern University (Where I now teach). I spent a year on a Fullbright Hayes Grant in Helsinki working at the Aleksis Kivi Library and the National Theatre while working on the dissertation. I have written three other full length plays two of which have produced a couple of times.

I began as an actor. When I went out into the real world I discovered that I was a good actor, but that there were many who were better. I began directing plays when I began, against all my better instincts to teach high school. As a high school teacher I discovered that I am an exceptional director and that I truly love teaching. I have been fortunate, since that time to get up almost every morning since that time and rejoice that someone would pay me for having as much fun as I do every day. I have directed more than one hundred plays in college, community, church, high school, outdoor drama and professional stock theatres. I have designed and lit a bunch more (under protest)...

I am married to the former Janet Peck... and we have six children, one of whom was adopted. We've been married 38 good years and have six children... I was a missionary for 33 months in Finland at a time when many things were allowed that are not allowed now. (A fact for which I am absurdly grateful). I have served in eight branch presidencies and have been a branch president three times (including once in Finland) Janet and I managed to raise our children without ever living in a Ward from 1960 to 1996...

I am also a puppeteer, doing and teaching many different styles of puppetry. I write a lot of puppet scripts for my own use (At least they are ALWAYS performed)... Most of my writing, other than playwriting, has been in the form of book reviews, professional articles, play reviews etc. Most of the commercial writing that has been sold has been in the forms of semi-fictitious adventures from my childhood.

Shirley Johnson
Lives in Sandy, Utah. Sometimes credited as: Shirley Ann Johnson. Member, DGA. Line producer on commercials for Ban Deodorant, Franklin Quest, Kalkan, NBA Pilot. Production manager for "Heaven Sent" (1994), the IMAX film "How Golf Began," the TV movie "Absence of the Good" (1999) and the direct-to-video movie "Clubhouse Detectives" (1996). Production coordinator for "Neon City" (1992) and the TV movies: Deliver Them from Evil: The Taking of Alta View (1992); In the Line of Duty: Siege at Marion (1992); Promised Land (1988); Evil in Clear River (1988).
Stephen L. Johnson
Latter-day Saint. Lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. Sometimes credited as: Stephen Johnson. Sound editor on more than 30 films, most of them made in Utah, including many direct-to-video movies for Feature Films For Families and many IMAX films. Sound editor on the Kieth Merrill IMAX documentary "Amazon" (1997), which was nominated for an Academy Award. His other IMAX films are: Lewis & Clark: Into the Great Unknown (2002); Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure (2001); Mysteries of Egypt (1998); Hearst Castle: Building the Dream (1996); Polynesian Odyssey (1991); Grand Canyon: The Hidden Secrets (1984). These films have grossed over $200 million worldwide at the box office. Other credits include: The Forgotten Attic (2002); Jumping for Joy (2001); Return to the Secret Garden (2000); Penny Promise (2001); Who Gets the House (1999); No More Baths (1998); Behind the Waterfall (1995); Wind Dancer (1994); Heaven Sent (1994); Walking Thunder (1993); Rigoletto (1993); Seasons of the Heart (1993); Secret of Treasure Mountain (1993); ButterCream II (1992; The ButterCream Gang (1992); Split Infinity (1992); In Your Wildest Dreams (1991); The Dream Machine (1990); Set Straight on Bullies (1988); On Our Own (1988); Mystery Mansion (1986); Carnival of the Animals (1986); Windwalker (1980); Mr. Krueger's Christmas (1980).
Eric Johnston
Second Second Assistant Director and Transportation Coordinator for the Latter-day Saint-themed feature film "The R.M." (2003). Production assistant for the Latter-day Saint-themed feature film "The Singles Ward" (2002). Swing gang for the KBYU PBS documentary "The Call of Story" (2002).
Robert Jolley
Latter-day Saint. Film student at Brigham Young University (BYU). Director of the short films "Sullivan Ballou" and "Strongest of Them All." Best boy for the BYU/LDS Motion Picture Studio film "Fourth Witness, The Mary Whitmer Story" (1996).
Brent Jones
Latter-day Saint. Described himself in a recent interview as "raised Mormon." Served a full-time mission in Florida. Graduate from Brigham Young University (BYU) with a degree in communications. Writer/director of the critically panned independent feature-length film "Messengers of Truth," an irreverent ultra-low budget comedy about Latter-day Saint missionaries. The film was screened twice at Sunstone Symposia under the title "Missionary Position" in 2001 and 2002. Its debut in a commercial theater was on 18 April 2003 at the Brewvies theater in Salt Lake City, Utah. Admission to Brewvies, which serves alcohol, is restricted to adults. According to Jones, regular commercial theater chains in Utah declined to screen "Messengers of Truth" because they deemed the content too offensive.
Jack Jones
Born 5 March 1906 in Bingham Canyon, Utah. Died 26 May 1995, Glendora, California. Birth name: Ferris John Jones. As a boxer, known also as the "Pocatello Kid." Worked as a stuntman and bit actor in Westerns. Appeared in about 15 movies, but his career was cut short by a severe leg injury incurred while working on a John Wayne film in 1935.
Jared Jones
Lives in Park City, Utah. Production assistant for personal and school film productions.
Jason L. Jones
Latter-day Saint. Also credited as: Jason Jones. Lives in Lehi, Utah. Director of the short dramatic film "Bob's Cubicle" (2002). The 19-minute film is described thus: "Things heat up the night before the big office reorganization when Bob mysteriously shows up a day early." This film competed in the 2002 Utah Short Film & Video Festival. Made the short (13 min., 30 sec.) experimental film "The Daily Grind," which was shown at the 2003 Utah Short Film & Video Festival. The film is about the "importance of music in the workplace."
Kellen Jones
Utah-based actor. Small role in "Mr. Atlas" (1997) and as a priest passing blessing the sacrament in the Latter-day Saint-themed feature film "Brigham City" (2001).
Kimo Jones
Lives in Kanab, Utah. Construction coordinator for the TV movies "Double Teamed" (2002), "The Substitute 3: Winner Takes All" (1999), and "Unforgivable" (1996), and the feature films "A Life Less Ordinary" (1997), "Truth or Consequences, N.M." (1997) and "Neon City" (1992). Art director for the TV movie "Divided by Hate" (1997).
Lynae Riding Jones
Latter-day Saint. Also credited as: Lynae Riding Jones. Raised in Boise, Idaho. Graduate of Brigham Young University (BYU). Co-producer and writer (with Jill Robinson) of "The Touch" (1997), a short Biblical film made at LDS Motion Picture Studios, directed by Adam Anderegg. She received a Crystal Heart award at the Heartland Film Festival in 1997 for "The Touch."
Nathan Smith Jones
Latter-day Saint. Writer/director/star of the independent Latter-day Saint-themed feature film "The Work and the Story" (2003).
Raymond F. Jones
Latter-day Saint. Birth name: Raymond Fisher Jones. Born 17 November 1915 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Died 24 January 1994 in Sandy, Utah. Served a full-time mission for the Church in the Galveston, Texas mission. Best known as a popular and influential science fiction writer of the Campbell era. Jones was one of only two Latter-day Saints included in the list of 200 top writers in A Reader's Guide to Science Fiction, published by Avon Books in 1979. (The other was Zenna Henderson.) His novel This Island Earth was the basis for 1954 Universal Studios film that was arguably the biggest science fiction film of that decade. "This Island Earth" was the "film within the film" featured in the feature movie "Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie" (1996). Other novels by Jones include: The Alien (may be the partial basis for Ridley Scott's movie "Alien"); The Cybernetic Brains; The King of Eolim; Man of Two Worlds; Renegades of Time; The River and the Dream; The Secret People; Weeping May Tarry (co-written with Lester del Rey). Wrote over 60 stories published in such classic sf periodicals as Astounding Science Fiction; Thrilling Wonder Stories; Fantastic Adventures; Amazing Stories; Analog Science Fact/Science Fiction; etc. Stories include "Rat Race" (1967 Hugo Nominee) and "Correspondence Course" (Hugo Nominee). Many Jones stories have been anthologized even after his death, such as "The Person from Porlock". Website: Obituary published in the Salt Lake Tribune, 25 January 1994:
Raymond Fisher Jones, age 78, died January 24, 1994, in Sandy, Utah.

Born Nov. 17, 1915, in Salt Lake City, a son of David F. Jones and Josephine Anderson. He attended the University of Utah. He served as an LDS missionary in Galveston, Texas mission. Married Elaine Kimball, June 27, 1940 in the Salt Lake Temple. She died July 23, 1970. Married Lillian Wats May 2, 1973.

Ray worked for the Weather Bureau and the Genealogical Society for many years. He was active in genealogy work his entire life. He retired from Sperry Utah as a publications engineer after 15 years. He was a well known writer of science, fact and fiction, both as a profession and a hobby. He sold his first story to a magazine at the age of 17. He published over 15 books and hundreds of magazine articles. One of his first books, This Island Earth, was made into a motion picture and was one of the earliest science fiction movies ever made.

Survived by his five children: David (Darla), Richard (Shirley), Laura Miller (Lee), Mary Gardner (Joe), Peggy Lovell (David), all of Salt Lake City; 18 grandchildren; his wife, Lillian and her five children, Jeff, Claudia, Laye Lynn, David, DeLyle, and two sisters-in-law, Lenore Nitsch; Joyce Hancock (Leonard). Preceded in death by grandson, Rayan Kimball Jones.

Funeral services will be Thursday, January 27, 11 a.m. at Winder Sixth Ward Chapel, 4366 So. 1500 East, Holladay. Friends may call Wednesday 6-8 p.m. at Jenkins Soffe Mortuary, 4760 So. State, Murray and 10-10:45 a.m. prior to services at the church. Interment, Salt Lake City Cemetery.

Ruston Jones
Latter-day Saint. Film student at Brigham Young University (BYU). Made the short film "Dick Traffic," about a BYU traffic cop. Grip for the BYU/LDS Motion Picture Studio film "Fourth Witness, The Mary Whitmer Story" (1996).
Scott Jones
Latter-day Saint. Film student at Brigham Young University (BYU). Made the short experimental animation film "Experimation" (2001).
Steve Jones
Latter-day Saint. Bio from Deseret Book (

Steve Jones is the personification of the PBS slogan: "Stay Curious." He drives his family to distraction with story problems he creates and he laces his conversation with song lyrics, movie quotes, and lines from TV commercials. He loves to hike, read, write, and he thinks of Family History as detective work. He has changed his career every twelve years or so. He spent twelve years in the classroom as a seminary teacher. He served another twelve years as an instructional designer for Seminaries and Institutes -- as a script writer, lyric writer, lesson developer, and, for the past seven years, he has been a video producer for the Audiovisual Department of the Church.

As a screenwriter and a lyricist, He participated in such projects as Hold to the Rod, a series of videos designed to motivate students to study the scriptures and understand more of what they read. He helped to write seminary videos and song lyrics. As a video producer he is currently involved developing video segments for the Church's online website.

A life-long crusade for Steve has been to help individuals and families read, understand, and apply the scriptures in their lives. He feels about teaching the scriptures the way that Johnny Appleseed felt about planting apple trees. The scriptures have blessed his life so richly that he wants to share them with anyone who has a listening ear.

"Although the Lord, my wife, and the scriptures have been the primary sources of growth in my life," Steve says, "I have also been greatly influenced by C.S. Lewis, Robert Frost, and classic movies."

Steve only occasionally watches a movie just to be entertained. He wants to be taught and lifted by them. Over the past twenty years he has compiled a list of movies that persuade us to do good. The list contains nearly two hundred movie classics which teach as they entertain.

Steve and his wife, Ann, have six children and nine grand children.

Syndee Jones
Latter-day Saint. Graduate of Pleasant Grove High School. Studied acting under Lance Williams. Plays violin. Brown belt in karate. Sang with Utah Children's Choir. Had a featured role in a Latter-day Saint Seminary video (1998). Played a cheerleader and was a crew member in Bruce Troxell's independent feature film "The Creator's Game" (1999). Photo double for "Meet the Deedles" (1998). Appeared in a pager commercial by Mobil Kom (Salt Lake City, 1997). Featured extra and stand-in on the TV series "Promised Land" (1997-1998).
Willow Leigh Jones
Lives in Ogden, Utah. Married to movie producer Cary Derbidge. Wrote the original story for the Latter-day Saint-themed feature film "Out of Step" (2002), which was produced by her husband, Cary Derbidge. Co-wrote the screenplay, along with Michael Buster and Nikki Schmutz. The movie is about a Latter-day Saint dance student from Utah who is accepted into a prestigious dance program in New York City.
Bengt Jonsson
Latter-day Saint. Lives in Kaysville, Utah. Sometimes credited as: Bengt Jan Jonsson. Graduate of Brigham Young University (BYU) film school. Married to Judith Stout Jonsson, who is a graduate from UCLA College of Film and Television. Lived in Los Angeles but currently lives in Salt Lake City while his wife attends law school at BYU. Cinematographer of the Latter-day Saint-themed feature film "Jack Weyland's Charly" (2002). Cinematographer of "The Snow Child" (1997), a short film directed by fellow BYU graduate Marc Marriott, and "Nowhere to Go" (1998), an independent feature film written and directed by John Caire. Second unit director of photography on the feature film "Happy, Texas" (1999). Spartan (2004) Camera "B" operator for the feature films "Spartan" (2004, dir. by David Mamet) and "Confidence" (2003, starring Edward Burns). Second unit camera operator on "Drowning Mona" (2000). Studio electrician for 17 episodes of the TV series "Sjatte dagen" (2000-2001). Camera operator on The Last Tzaddik" (1998). Assistant to photographer on "Den Demokratiske terroristen" (1992).
Amanda Jordan
Born 11 November 1979, Ogden, Utah. Raised mostly in Eagle River, Alaska. Bit parts in the direct-to-video films "My Dark Days" (2001), "The Vampire Hunters Club" (2001), "Date or Disaster" (2002), "Boogie with the Undead" (2003) and "The Devil's Due at Midnight" (2003). Website:
James Gladue Jordan
Latter-day Saint. Sometimes credited as: James Jordan; James Gladue Jordan; James Gladu Jordan; James G. Jordan. Has worked in the film industry as a camera assistant and editor since 1987. One of the producers of the direct-to-video drama "Someone Was Watching" (2002), directed by Mark Goodman and produced by Lee Groberg. Groberg, Goodman and Jordan formed the company Dreamchaser Entertainment, headed up by Goodman and Groberg, but Jordan has been with them from the beginning. Jordan wrote their first production, "Adventure Unlimited," a pilot for a kid's educational series. Grip for Lee Groberg's PBS documentary "Treasure House: The Utah Mining Story" (1996). Camera assistant for Groberg's documentary "American Prophet: The Story of Joseph Smith" (1999). Second assistant camera for the Feature Films For Families (FFFF) videos "The ButterCream Gang" (1992) and "Rigoletto" (1993). First assistant camera for the Latter-day Saint-themed feature film "Handcart" (2002) and the FFFF video "Seasons of the Heart" (1993). Also worked on the low-budget theatrical releases "Portals" and "Deuce Coup," the TV movies "Deadly Invasion," "The Witching of Ben Wagner" and "A More Perfect Union," the TV-series "Crossroads," and the TV mini-series "Steven King's The Stand." Jordan has worked in a number of capacities and with many different filmmakers, but his predominant role has been as an assistant to cinematographer and editor Mark Goodman. One of numerous credited "story consultants" for T.C. Christensen's "Bug Off!" (2001). Author of the short story (science fiction) "Storm Jumper," which won first prize in the prestigious Writers of the Future contest in 1994.
Dennis Jorgenson
Lives in American Fork, Utah. Transportation coordinator/driver. His company rents out a number transportation and equipment needs: (4) station makeup trailer w/mirrors, AC, Shampoo basin, generators. Wardrobe trailer with 100 linear ft. of hanging space. Double racks, work area on each with 24 drawers at each end. Driver for the feature film "He Said, She Said" (1991). Transportation captain for the blockbuster feature film "Twister" (1988). Other credits as transportation coordinator or driver include: "Heart Condition", "Desperado", "Shattered Innocence."
Kirk Jorgensen
Cameraman for the 1986 video version of the popular Latter-day Saint-themed musical "My Turn on Earth," written by Lex de Azevedo and Carol Lynn Pearson.
Jennifer Josephs
Lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. Location scout, location manager and production assistant. Credited as a sherpa for the movie "Ski Patrol" (1990), which was filmed in Park City, Utah.
Rick Josephsen
Latter-day Saint. Lives in Spanish Fork, Utah. Sometimes credited as: Rick H. Josephsen. Set special effects specialist. His company, Realistic Effects, rents set special effects equipment, including: wind machines, rain towers, snow equipment, smoke, 10 ton truck equipment. Special effects coordinator for the feature films "Partners in Crime" (2000), "Stranger Than Fiction" (1999), "A Midnight Clear" (1991), "The Rosary Murders" (1987) and the TV movies "Money Plays" (1997) and "Terror in the Family" (1996). Other set special effects credits include: Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure (2001), Stolen from the Heart (2000), The Evening Star (1996), Ski Patrol (1990), Moving Violations (1985), Cujo (1983), "A Woman of Independent Means", "Touched By an Angel", "Meltdown", "Promised Land", and Disney's TV movie "Don't Look Under The Bed." Did special effects for the classic Church film "Mr. Krueger's Christmas" (1980). Has also done special effects for live presentations, including the Hill Cumorah Pageant for the Church and the stage show Utah! Excerpt from The Church News (7/25/98)
Rick Josephsen concluded his 10th and final year as technical and special effects director for the pageant. Brother Josephsen, who oversees the special effects for the television shows, "Touched By An Angel" and "Promised Land" as well as for the movie, "Earthquake," is responsible for the "wonders of the pageant." The special effects include spewing volcanoes and fireballs, explosions, lightning, thundering earthquakes, and the prophet Abinadi being "burned at the stake." Brother Josephsen had been with the production since the pageant underwent major changes in 1988.

Jessica Joyner
Craft service assistant for the Latter-day Saint-themed feature film "The R.M." (2003), which was associate produced by Wally Joyner.
Wally Joyner
Latter-day Saint. Born 16 June 1962, Atlanta, Georgia. Lives in Mapleton, Utah. Birth name: Wallace Keith Joyner. Best known as a former All-Star first baseman for professional baseball teams such as the Anaheim Angels, Atlanta Braves, and the San Diego Padres. Cameo appearance in "Little Big League" (1994). Made his acting debut in a significant role when he received sixth-billing as an actor playing a ward leader and teacher in the Latter-day Saint-themed comedy feature "The Singles Ward" (2002), produced by HaleStorm Entertainment. Later had a smaller role as "Brother Jensen" in HaleStorm's Latter-day Saint-themed feature comedy "The R.M." (2003). Played the father of a family which receives a visit from the title characters in HaleStorm's Latter-day Saint-themed comedy "The Home Teachers" (2004). Also credited as an associate producer for "The R.M." (probably because he was an investor, and also because he helped recruit celebrities for cameo appearances in "The R.M." and "The Singles Ward").
Brian Judd
Latter-day Saint. Film student at Brigham Young University (BYU). Director of the short comedic action film "Rumble in the Colony II" (1999).
Don A. Judd
Sometimes credited as: Don Judd. Utah-based movie producer. Producer of many direct-to-video films made by the Utah-based company Feature Films For Families: The Penny Promise (2001); Tiny Heroes; Return to the Secret Garden (2000); Rigoletto (1993); Seasons of the Heart (1993); Secret of Treasure Mountain (1993); The ButterCream Gang (1992); Split Infinity (1992); The Seventh Brother (1991); In Your Wildest Dreams (1991). Producer of the Swan Animation film "The Princess and the Pea" (2002). Small role as the Announcer in his film "The ButterCream Gang." Provides the voice of the "Silly Crow" in the animated "Seventh Brother."
Megan Judd
Young dancer with an interest in acting. Dance and drama student at Orem High School, in Orem, Utah. Has studied acting at Center Stage under Derryl Yeager.
Michael Judd
Latter-day Saint. Lives in Sandy, Utah. 2nd-billed lead actor in the Latter-day Saint-themed feature film "Suddenly Unexpected" (2003), directed by Mark Potter. Michael Judd was cast for his ability to bring both humor and compassion to the character of Elder Smith.
Billy Judkins
Latter-day Saint. Born 13 September 1955, Layton, Utah. Died 29 May 2002. Birth name: William Simmons Judkins. Sometimes credited as: Billy S. Judkins; Bill Judkins. Bit part actor and stuntman. Started out doing stunt work for the "Rescue 911" TV series that began in 1989. Stunt coordinator on the movies: Little Secrets (2002); Just a Dream (2001); The Ballad of Lucy Whipple (2001); Partners in Crime (2000); Stranger Than Fiction (1999); Payback (1994). Stunt man many other films, including: The Perfect Storm (2000); The Crow: Salvation (2000); Bats (1999); McHale's Navy (1997); Coyote Summer (1996); The Paper Brigade (1996); Just Like Dad (1996); The Usual Suspects; Casino (1995); Heaven Sent (1994); Slaughter of the Innocents (1994); Dumb & Dumber (1994); Cape Fear (1991). Played a security guard in the Disney TV movie "The Luck of the Irish" (2001). Bit parts in "The Substitute 3: Winner Takes All" (1999), "Address Unknown" (1997) and "Livers Ain't Cheap" (1997). Bio from Stuntplayers Memorial ($FIND?browse_j):
Born in Layton, Utah Sept. 13, 1955 to Lynn Blanch Judkins and Mary Isabelle (Mary Belle) Simmons Judkins. He died May 29, 2002 from injuries sustained in a traffic accident.

Billy attended Layton and Davis High Schools, Weber and Utah State Universities. He went to Lamar Community College in Lamar, Colorado on a rodeo scholarship, and was a member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboy's Association, filling his rodeo permit at age 16.

Billy served a two-year mission in Ireland for the LDS Church. He was a member of the Screen Actors Guild since 1985. He loved his work as a professional stuntman, appearing in over 200 movies and commercials and was an inductee into the Stuntman's Hall of Fame. He involved his family members in stunt work, and enjoyed teaching and sharing his experience with them and his associates. Surviving are his father, Lynn Judkins, brothers, Val (Kerry), Clint (Tamara), sister, Mae Jae (Rick) Storrs, wife Terri Sue, children, Cody, Christopher, Charity Ann and Katrina, stepchildren, Jason and Lacey, and grandson, Dylan.

Gordon Jump
Latter-day Saint. Born 1 April 1932, Dayton, Ohio. Actor. Died 22 September 2003 in his home in Coto de Caza (a suburb of Los Angeles) of pulmonary fibrosis. His best known TV role was as the station manager "Arthur Carlson" on the TV sitcom "WKRP in Cincinnati" (1978-1982). Reprised the role on "The New WKRP in Cincinnati" (1991-1993). Also "Edward 'Ed' Malone" on "Growing Pains" (1986-1991), "Amos Ferguson" on "McDuff, the Talking Dog" (1976) and "Lucas Underwood" on "Sister Kate" (1989-1990). Jump has been the longstanding star of Maytag Washer commercials, playing the Maytag repairman who is bored because the company's washers never break down. Jump produced "The Tony Randall Show" (1976). Major roles in movies: "A Dog's Tale" (1999); "Bad Lie" (1998); "Making the Grade" (1984). Major voice actor in the animated Biblical Disney video "The Small One" (1978), directed by Don Bluth. Cameo appearance in the Latter-day Saint-themed comedy "The Singles Ward" (2002). Also listed as an "associate producer" for "The Singles Ward." Small roles in the feature films: Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972); Honeymoon Academy (1990); Moving (1988); The Fury (1978); House Calls (1978); Trouble Man (1972). Small roles in more than a dozen TV movies. TV guest appearances include: Alice; Amazing Stories; Baywatch; The Bionic Woman; The Brady Bunch; Caroline in the City; City of Angels; Daniel Boone; Diff'rent Strokes; Empty Nest; Get Smart; The Golden Girls; Green Acres; The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries; The Incredible Hulk; Kojak; The Love Boat; The Mary Tyler Moore Show; Murder, She Wrote; Night Court; The Partridge Family; The Rockford Files; Seinfeld; Simon & Simon; Soap; Starsky and Hutch; The Streets of San Francisco; Who's the Boss?
Aaron Justesen
Latter-day Saint. Bio from Utah Filmmakers Association website (
Aaron Justesen is the Vice President of the Utah Filmmakers Association. He is an Eagle Scout. He enjoys acting, and recently portrayed John Taylor in the Mormon Miracle Pageant in Manti, Utah. He is currently attending Snow College. Eventually, he would like to get a Bachelor's degree in Broadcast Communication.

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