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Arthur Stanton Eric "Arte" Johnson (born January 20, 1929) is an American comic actor. Johnson was a regular on Rowan & Martin`s Laugh-In. His best-remembered "character" was that of a German soldier with the catchphrase: "Very interesting, but... ["stupid", "not very funny", and other variations]. Johnson is best known for his work on Rowan and Martin`s Laugh-In, an American television show (1968–1973), on which he played various characters including "Wolfgang", a smoking World War II German soldier scouting the show from behind a bush (still fighting the war !) , invariably commenting on the preceding sketch with the catch phrase "Very interesting ..." followed by either a comic observation or misinterpretation, or simply "but stupid!" Johnson indicated later that the phrase came from Desperate Journey, a 1942 World War II film with Errol Flynn and Ronald Reagan playing Royal Air Force pilots shot down in Nazi Germany; they managed to cross much of the country without speaking German or knowing the territory but, when captured, their Nazi interrogator doubts their story with the phrase. Johnson reprised the role while voicing the Nazi-inspired character Virman Vunderbarr on an episode of Justice League Unlimited.
In the 1990s Johnson voiced "Newt", a hunting dog on the cartoon Animaniacs, who futilely became enamored of his target, a sexy female mink named Minerva. Arte has performed some memorable audiobook readings, including Gary Shteyngart`s Absurdistan (2006) and more than 80 other books. In 2005, he appeared in an episode of Justice League Unlimited as the voice of Virman Vundabar.
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Arthur Stanton Eric "Arte" Johnson (born January 20, 1929) is an American comic actor who was a regular on television's Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In. His best-remembered character was that of a German soldier with the catchphrase "Verrrry interesting", sometimes followed by, "but stupid" or "but not very funny."
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