Name: Rafer Johnson
Sport: Track and Field
Event(s): Decathlon
DOB: 8/18/1935
Birthplace: Hillsboro, Texas
Hometown: Kingsbury, Calif.
High School: Kingsbury High School (Kingsbury, Calif.)
College: UCLA
Olympic Experience
  • Two-time Olympian (1956, 1960); two-time Olympic medalist (1 gold, 1 silver)
  • Melbourne 1956, silver (decathlon)
  • Rome 1960, gold (decathlon)
Personal: Son of Lewis and Alma Johnson...Won the James E. Sullivan Award in 1960 as the nation’s most outstanding amateur athlete...Starred in 27 film and television productions as an actor...Served as a campaign worker on Robert F. Kennedy’s presidential bid...Torchbearer at the Olympic Games Los Angeles 1984...Co-author of autobiography “The Best That I Can Be” with Philip Goldberg...Father to two children, Jennifer and Joshua.