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Johnny Crawford Dies The Rifleman39; Child Actor Original

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Johnny Crawford, 'Rifleman' star and original Mouseketeer, dies at 75 Fri, 30 Apr 2021 06:00:00 -0700-Johnny Crawford, an original Mickey Mouse Club Mouseketeer who later co-starred as Chuck Connors' son in 1959-63 series 'The Rifleman,' has died at 75.

Johnny Crawford Dies: ‘The Rifleman’ Child Actor, Original Mousketeer Was 75

April 30, 2021

Johnny Crawford, Chuck Connors 'The Rifleman' Everett Collection

Johnny Crawford, who found early fame in the 1950s as an original Mouseketeer on The Mickey Mouse Club and even more success as the son of Chuck Connors’ title character in the 1959-63 Western series The Rifleman, died Thursday two years after an Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis and a recent battle with Covid-19 . He was 75.

Crawford’s death was announced on his website.

According to the Johnny Crawford Legacy website maintained by his family and friends, the “passed away peacefully” last night with wife Charlotte by his side. “Sadly, Johnny was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, and he was living in a memory care residence before contracting COVID-19, then pneumonia,” the site states. “After a temporary placement at a skilled nursing facility, he was recently moved to an excellent smaller care home close to his wife.”

Born John Ernest Crawford in Los Angeles into a theatrical and musical family – his paternal grandfather worked for Irving Berlin – Crawford was only six when his Sunday school teacher, who was also an agent, began finding work for the talented child. Auditioning for The Mickey Mouse Club with a rendition of the Johnnie Ray hit “Cry,” Crawford got the gig and appeared in 16 episodes of what would become the Boomer Generation’s foundational childhood series.

Johnny Crawford, 2016 Priscilla Grant

Crawford appeared on 16 episodes of the first season, then moved on to guest appearances in such TV series as The Lone Ranger, The Frank Sinatra Show, The Danny Thomas Show and Wagon Train, among others, before landing the role of Mark McCain in 1958 on The Rifleman.

For his role as the son of a widowed, Winchester-toting rancher, Crawford was nominated for a 1959 Best Supporting Actor Emmy. That same year, his brother, Bobby Crawford was Emmy-nominated for a performance in an episode of Playhouse 90, as was their father Robert, an editor on The Bob Cummings Show.

During his Rifleman popularity, Crawford recorded several albums, releasing a string of singles, the most popular being the whispery “Cindy’s Birthday,” which reached No. 8 on the charts in June 1962.

Crawford stayed busy with guest appearances on episodic TV throughout the ’60s and well into the ’70s, with credits including Rawhide, Lancer, The Big Valley, Hawaii Five-O, Little House on the Prairie, and, later, Murder She Wrote. He co-starred with Kim Darby in the 1965 film The Restless Ones, and the same year with Beau Bridges, Ron Howard and Tommy Kirk in the juvenile-delinquent-sci-fi camp classic Village of the Giants. He appeared with John Wayne in 1967’s El Dorado and Victoria Principal in 1973’s The Naked Ape.

From 1965-67, Crawford served in the U.S. Army, and later, though he occasionally appeared on TV through the 1990s, devoted himself increasingly to music, performing as the lead vocalist with Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks in the 1980s and, in the ’90s, performing with The Johnny Crawford Dance Orchestra specializing in Big Band jazz and swing.

He had also been a member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and the American Junior Rodeo Association, competing in steer wrestling, calf roping, bronc riding, and bull riding.

Crawford is survived by wife Charlotte and brother Bobby.

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Johnny Crawford, Chuck Connors 'The Rifleman' Everett Collection

Johnny Crawford, who found early fame in the 1950s as an original Mouseketeer on The Mickey Mouse Club and even more success as the son of Chuck Connors’ title character in the 1959-63 Western series The Rifleman, died Thursday two years after an Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis and a recent battle with Covid-19 . He was 75.

Crawford’s death was announced on his website.

According to the Johnny Crawford Legacy website maintained by his family and friends, the “passed away peacefully” last night with wife Charlotte by his side. “Sadly, Johnny was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, and he was living in a memory care residence before contracting COVID-19, then pneumonia,” the site states. “After a temporary placement at a skilled nursing facility, he was recently moved to an excellent smaller care home close to his wife.”

Born John Ernest Crawford in Los Angeles into a theatrical and musical family – his paternal grandfather worked for Irving Berlin – Crawford was only six when his Sunday school teacher, who was also an agent, began finding work for the talented child. Auditioning for The Mickey Mouse Club with a rendition of the Johnnie Ray hit “Cry,” Crawford got the gig and appeared in 16 episodes of what would become the Boomer Generation’s foundational childhood series.

Johnny Crawford, 2016 Priscilla Grant

Crawford appeared on 16 episodes of the first season, then moved on to guest appearances in such TV series as The Lone Ranger, The Frank Sinatra Show, The Danny Thomas Show and Wagon Train, among others, before landing the role of Mark McCain in 1958 on The Rifleman.

For his role as the son of a widowed, Winchester-toting rancher, Crawford was nominated for a 1959 Best Supporting Actor Emmy. That same year, his brother, Bobby Crawford was Emmy-nominated for a performance in an episode of Playhouse 90, as was their father Robert, an editor on The Bob Cummings Show.

During his Rifleman popularity, Crawford recorded several albums, releasing a string of singles, the most popular being the whispery “Cindy’s Birthday,” which reached No. 8 on the charts in June 1962.

Crawford stayed busy with guest appearances on episodic TV throughout the ’60s and well into the ’70s, with credits including Rawhide, Lancer, The Big Valley, Hawaii Five-O, Little House on the Prairie, and, later, Murder She Wrote. He co-starred with Kim Darby in the 1965 film The Restless Ones, and the same year with Beau Bridges, Ron Howard and Tommy Kirk in the juvenile-delinquent-sci-fi camp classic Village of the Giants. He appeared with John Wayne in 1967’s El Dorado and Victoria Principal in 1973’s The Naked Ape.

From 1965-67, Crawford served in the U.S. Army, and later, though he occasionally appeared on TV through the 1990s, devoted himself increasingly to music, performing as the lead vocalist with Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks in the 1980s and, in the ’90s, performing with The Johnny Crawford Dance Orchestra specializing in Big Band jazz and swing.

He had also been a member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and the American Junior Rodeo Association, competing in steer wrestling, calf roping, bronc riding, and bull riding.

Crawford is survived by wife Charlotte and brother Bobby.

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Johnny Crawford Dies: 'The Rifleman' Child Actor, Original … Fri, 30 Apr 2021 06:00:00 -0700-Johnny Crawford known for his role as Mark McCain in the ABC series "The Rifleman," died Thursday at the age of 75.

Johnny Crawford, ‘Rifleman’ star and original Mouseketeer, dies at 75

April 30, 2021

Johnny Crawford, known for his role as Mark McCain in the ABC series “The Rifleman,” died Thursday at the age of 75. 

Crawford was nominated for an Emmy Award for his role in the series at the age of 13 in 1959. 

Crawford was born in Los Angles to a theatrical and musical family. It led him to early fame as one of the 24 original Mouseketeers in the first season of “The Mickey Mouse Club.”

Crawford continued acting, but also had a brief stint in the 1950s and 1960s as a recording artist. He generated four Billboard Top-40 hits, including “Cindy's Birthday” and “Rumors.”

Later in life Crawford made appearances in shows and films including “Hawaii Five-O,” “The Naked Ape,” “The Lone Ranger” and “The Count of Monte Cristo.”

Crawford had been battling Alzheimer's disease since 2019. At the time, friend and actor Paul Petersen started a GoFundMe to help Crawford's family cover medical expenses. He was living in a memory care residence, but was moved to a smaller care home closer to his wife after he contracted COVID-19 and then pneumonia, his family said. It's unclear when over the past year he got COVID-19.

“We are grateful for the outpouring of love and support from friends and fans around the world,” his family posted on his website. “Johnny touched so many people, through his music and his performances, and we are truly blessed that they remain as his legacy.”

Crawford is survived by his wife Charlotte and brother Bobby.


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