The Haunting’s Richard Johnson Dies at 87

English born actor Richard Johnson, an associate artist of the Royal Shakespeare Company and star of Robert Wise’s immortal The Haunting has died.

Born in 1927, Johnson’s career spanned stage and screen. His work with Sir Peter Hall in productions at the Memorial Shakespeare Theatre led to being named an Associate Artist when it transitioned to the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1959, while just four years later he would star in perhaps the greatest haunted house film of all. In The Haunting, Johnson played Dr. John Markway, a paranormal investigator who assembles a group of people stay at the haunted Hill House.

Elsewhere in the genre, Johnson appeared in Fulci’s Zombi, 1974 favorite Beyond the Door and anthology series like Thriller, The Alfred Hitchcock Hour and Tales From the Crypt.

Johnson died of illness. He was 87. May he rest in peace.