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JOHNNY CRAWFORD BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY:

Johnny Crawford was born on March 26th, 1946 in Los Angeles, California with the birth name John Ernest Crawford, born to Betty and Robert Crawford.  His career in acting began as a child where he gained the attention of many fans in 1955, when he was cast as one of Walt Disney's original Mouseketeers.  Soon other small television appearances followed on such series as, "Lux Video Theatre" (1956), "Cavalcade of America" (1956) and "The Lone Ranger" (1956).   
 
He began to gain a larger fan base and amount of attention in Hollywood with his portrayal of the character, Mark McCain, the son of Lucas McCain on the television series, "The Rifleman" (1958-1963) starring Chuck Connors, a role for which he received his first Emmy nomination.    
 
Johnny Crawford was signed to Del-Fi Records in 1961 and recorded several pop songs topped off with "Cindy's Birthday," which cracked the Top 20 in 1962 but following his graduation from high school in 1964, Crawford gave up his recording career.  He even took up another love of bronco riding, joining a rodeo later that year but this was short lived. 

Soon he began to add a number of other television credits to his resume such as, "Mr. Adams and Eve", "Matinee Theatre", "Climax!" and "The Count of Monte Crisco".  Along with television he was also cast in a variety of feature films such as, "The Restless Ones" (1965), "El Dorado" (1966) starring John Wayne, Robert Mitchum and James Caan and "Village of the Giants" (1965).

He took a brief break from acting to serve with the United States Army for two years after he received honorable discharge in 1967, he returned right back to his career in acting.  Unlike many other child actors, he did not have too much of an issue making the transition to an adult actor and being recognized in the industry for having talent.

As his career has progressed he has never limited himself to portraying one type of character and has appeared in numerous television movies, series and feature films.  Some of his more recent television credits include, "Hawaii Five-O", "Guns of Paradise", "Crossbow", "Murder, She wrote" and "Little House on the Prairie".  

More successful film roles followed such as, "The Naked Ape" (1973), "Bloodhounds of Broadway" (1989) and his most recent film role was in 1999 in, "The Thirteenth Floor".  
 
Johnny Crawford has married only once to Charlotte Samco whom he wed in 1990 and they are currently separated.  Since 1992 along with his acting career, he also leads a California dance orchestra where they perform at a variety of functions.  In 2008 they released their first album, "Sweepin' the Clouds Away".

 
Filmography

1999   The Thirteenth Floor 

1997   Rupert Patterson Wants to be a Super Hero

1991   The Gambler Returns: The Luck of the Draw 

1989-1990  Guns of Paradise

1989   Bloodhounds of Broadway 

1989   Crossbow: The Movie 

1987-1988  Crossbow s

1985   Murder, She Wrote

1985   All American Cowboy 

1983   Kenny Rogers as The Gambler: The Adventure Continues

1981   Macbeth

1976   Little House on the Prairie 

1976   The Great Texas Dynamite Chase 

1974   The Inbreaker

1974   Sonic Boom

1973   The Naked Ape

1971   Cade's County 

1970   The Resurrection of Broncho Billy

1969   The Big Valley

1968   Hawaii Five-O 

1968   Lancer 

1966   El Dorado

1965   Rawhide 

1965   The Restless Ones 

1965   Village of the Giants

1965   Mister Ed 

1965   Indian Paint 

1964-1965  Mr. Novak 

1965   Branded

1958-1963  The Rifleman 

1963   The Dick Powell Theatre 

1961   The Donna Reed Show 

1958   Tales of Wells Fargo 

1958   The Space Children 

1958   The Restless Gun 

1956-1958  Matinee Theatre 

1958   Trackdown 

1958   Playhouse 90 

1958   Wagon Train 

1958   Zane Grey Theatre 

1957-1958  Whirlybirds 

1958   Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok

1956-1958  The Danny Thomas Show

1957   Have Gun - Will Travel

1957   Mr. Adams and Eve

1956-1957  The Loretta Young Show

1957   The Frank Sinatra Show

1957   The Millionaire

1957   Courage of Black Beauty 

1957   Crossroads 

1956-1957  Telephone Time

1957   Sheriff of Cochise 

1957   The O. Henry Playhouse

1957   Climax! 

1956   The Count of Monte Cristo 

1956   The Lone Ranger 

1956   Cavalcade of America 

1956   Lux Video Theatre

1956   Chevron Hall of Stars 





Matinee Classics - The Rifleman starring Chuck Connors, Johnny Crawford, Paul Fix, Hope Summers, Joan Taylor, Larry Perron, Patricia Blair, Joe Higgins, Bill Quinn, Edgar Buchanan and Ralph Moody


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