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Johnny Crawford
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Johnny Crawford - Lifetime Member Johnny was born on March 26th, 1946 in Los Angeles, California as John Ernest Crawford. He is an American character actor and musician. He is mostly known for playing 'Mark McCain', the son of 'Lucas McCain' in the popular western series, The Rifleman (1958 to 1963), Hellboy (2004), and The Thirteenth Floor (1999). However, he appeared in many other television series such as: The Big Valley, The Lone Ranger (1956), Wagon Train (1958), and Little House on the Prairie (1978). In addition, he had many movie parts as well, working alongside John Wayne in the 1967 movie El Dorado and also in the 1965 film Indian Paint.

While enlisted in the United States Army for two years, Johnny worked on training films as a production coordinator, assistant director, script supervisor and occasional actor. His rank was sergeant at the time of his honorable discharge in December 1967. For this reason, he received the National Veteran's Memorial medal at the Reel Cowboys Silver Spur Awards Show in 2016.

Since 1992, Johnny has led a California-based vintage dance orchestra which performs at special events. His band has been sponsored by the Playboy Jazz Festival; and the orchestra has been the repeated choice for 15 consecutive annual Art Directors Guild Award shows at the Beverly Hilton. A remastered version of the orchestra's highly rated first album, "Sweepin' the Clouds Away," was released in 2012.


Johnny Crawford Demo Reel From the 2018 Silver Spur Award Show
Johnny Crawford was given the well-deserved Silver Spur Award on Friday evening, September 21st, 2018 at the Sportsmen's Lodge in Studio City, California. During the event, this video was shown in honor of Johnny and in celebration of the 60th Anniversary of The Rifleman television show.
 
Johnny Crawford Autographing a Replica of the Rifleman rifle that was created at BountyHunterSpecial.com
Johnny Crawford Autographing a Replica of the Rifleman rifle that was
created at BountyHunterSpecial.com
Johnny Crawford on the Internet Movie Database

Johnny Crawford’s 72nd Birthday Celebration - Hosted at the Valley Relics Museum

The Reel Cowboys and the Valley Relics Museum joined together to throw Johnny Crawford (Mark McCain from 'The Rifleman' television show) a celebration of his 72nd birthday. He was also presented with an 1892 Winchester, modified to be a replica of the one that Chuck Connors used in the Rifleman TV show.

Thanks go to Frank Painter for shooting the video, Charles Scott and Robert Lanthier for editing the video, and all the fans of Johnny Crawford for contributing their own hard-earned cash for the creation of the 1892 Winchester rifle (a replica of the one Chuck Connors used on the show) as a birthday gift for Johnny.

Here is just a small sample of what happened.


TRIVIA

  • Was one of Walt Disney's original Mouseketeers in 1955.

  • With five Top 40 hits in the 1960s, his recording of "Cindy's Birthday" peaked at #8 on Billboard's Top 40 in 1962.

  • Most famous for portraying Chuck Connors' sensitive young son, Mark McCain, on the TV series The Rifleman (1958-1963).

  • Continued performing in theater and nightclubs after his early TV and pop-music heydays.

  • His maternal grandfather, Belgian violinist Alfred Megerlin (1880-1941), was concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic (1918-22), the Minneapolis Symphony (1923-26) and The Los Angeles Philharmonic (1927-1929).

  • His paternal grandfather, Robert "Bobby" Crawford (1889-1941), was a horse jockey from Chicago who changed his occupation to song "plugger" and became a very successful music publisher as the founder of De Sylva, Brown & Henderson and Crawford Music Corp.

  • A former member of the PRCA (Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association) and the AJRA (American Junior Rodeo Association), he competed frequently at rodeos throughout the country during the 1960s and early 1970s.

  • He has been a compulsive trick roper ever since Montie Montana got him spinning a "flat loop" in the very early days of The Rifleman, and horse wrangler Buster Trow taught him the "butterfly." Later, he was coached by Gene McLaughlin for many years.

  • His acting mentor was the late Chuck Connors. Chuck Connors, died on November 10, 1992, at age 71. Johnny has said many times that he had a wonderful working relationship with Chuck Connors, and he was Chuck's surrogate son. He also credits Chuck Connors as his favorite acting mentor/best friend, and was highly influenced by him.

  • He was a guest at the 2012 Memphis Film Festival's "A Gathering of Guns 4: A TV Western Reunion" at the Whispering Woods Hotel and Conference Center in Olive Branch, MS.

  • In 2006 he directed a live orchestra using authentic period orchestrations for the premiere screening of the newly restored silent version of Chicago (1927) at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences in Los Angeles.

  • Profiled in the 2016 book "X Child Stars: Where Are They Now?" by Kathy Garver and Fred Ascher.

  • He received a Silver Spur award from the Reel Cowboys in 2018.

Johnny Crawford Through the Years
Johnny Crawford in 1957 Johnny Crawford in 1970 Johnny Crawford in 1980
1957 1970 1880
     
Johnny Crawford in 1983 Johnny Crawford in 1988 Johnny Crawford in 2007
1983 1988 2007

 
Johnny Crawford | 1953 | At Falcon Studios Miscellaneous Pictures in Chronological Order
Johnny Crawford | 1955 | Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Johnny Crawford | 1955 | Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Johnny Crawford | 1955 | Mickey Mouse Clubhouse
1953
At Falcon Studios
1955
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse
1955
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse
1955
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse
       
Johnny Crawford | 1956 | Fortunatus Johnny Crawford | 1956 | Little Boy Lost Johnny Crawford | 1957 | Courage of Black Beauty Johnny Crawford | 1957 | The Frank Sinatra Show
1956
Fortunatus
1956
Little Boy Lost
1957
Courage of Black Beauty
1957
The Frank Sinatra Show
       
Johnny Crawford | 1958-1963 | The Rifleman Johnny Crawford | 1958-1963 | The Rifleman Johnny Crawford | 1958-1963 | The Rifleman Johnny Crawford | 1958-1963 | The Rifleman
1958-1963
The Rifleman
1958-1963
The Rifleman
1958-1963
The Rifleman
1958-1963
The Rifleman
       
Johnny Crawford | 1958-1963 | The Rifleman Johnny Crawford | 1959 | Ak Sar Ben Rodeo With His Mother Johnny Crawford | 1959 | Posing with Chuck Connors Johnny Crawford | 1959 | TV Guide
1958-1963
The Rifleman
1959
Ak Sar Ben Rodeo
1959
With Chuck Connors
1959
TV Guide
       
The Crawford family at the Emmy Awards in 1959 with 3 nominations (for film editor, supporting actor, and best actor) Craig Stevens, Johnny Crawford, Fred Astaire, Bobby Crawford, James Garner at the 1959 Emmy nominees reception. Kathleen Nolan, James Garner and Johnny Crawford during the 1959 Emmy nominees reception at the Beverly Hilton. Jules Levy, Robert Crawford, Johnny Crawford, Bobby Crawford and Arthur Gardner - each with Emmy nominations in 1959 at the Beverly Hilton celebration.
1959
Emmy Awards
1959
Emmy Awards
1959
Emmy Awards
1959
Emmy Awards
       
Johnny Crawford | 1961 | Brothers Johnny & Bob Johnny Crawford | 1961 | A Young Man's Fancy Johnny Crawford | 1962 | Arlington, Texas Johnny Crawford | 1962 | Bull Riding in Ft. Worth, Texas
1961
Brothers
1961
A Young Man's Fancy
1962
Arlington, Texas
1962
Bull Riding
       
Johnny Crawford | 1962 | Indian Paint - On Two Bits Johnny Crawford | 1962 | Johnny Crawford Day Johnny Crawford | 1962 | Indian Paint Johnny Crawford | 1962 | On the Lloyd Thaxton Show
1962
Indian Paint
1962
Johnny Crawford Day
1962
Indian Paint
1962
Lloyd Thaxton Show
       
Johnny Crawford | 1962 | At the Pioneer Day Rodeo Johnny Crawford | 1962 | At the RCA Rodeo with Michael Landon Johnny Crawford | 1963 | At the Houston Livestock Rodeo Show Johnny Crawford | 1965 | Restless Ones
1962
Pioneer Day Rodeo
1962
RCA Rodeo
1963
Houston Livestock Show
1965
Restless Ones
       
Johnny Crawford | 1965 | Steer Wrestling in Cheyanne, Wyoming Johnny Crawford | 1965 | Steer Wrestling in Thousand Oaks, California Johnny Crawford | 1966 | El Dorado with John Wayne Johnny Crawford | 1966 | El Dorado with John Wayne
1965
Steer Wrestling
1965
Steer Wrestling
1966
El Dorado
1966
El Dorado
       
Johnny Crawford | 1966 | On the Regis Philbin Show Johnny Crawford | 1969 | The Big Valley - Posing with Barbara Stanwyck Johnny Crawford | 1981 | Performing on Stage in Macbeth Johnny Crawford | 1986 | Kenny Roger's The Gambler
1966
Regis Philbin Show
1969
The Big Valley
1981
Macbeth
1983
The Gambler
       
Johnny Crawford | 1986 | Kenny Roger's The Gambler Johnny Crawford | 1984 | Elvira's Movie Macabre Johnny Crawford | 1994 | Vintage Dance Orchestra Johnny Crawford | 1997 | Biltmore Dance Orchestra
1983
The Gambler
1984
Elvira's Movie Macabre
1994
Vintage Dance Orchestra
1997
Biltmore Dance Orchestra
       
Johnny Crawford | 2005 | At the Golden Boot Awards Johnny Crawford | 2006 | Performing at Loyola High School Johnny Crawford | 2010 | Performing in Santa Monica, California Johnny Crawford | 2013 | Performing at the Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival
2005
Golden Boot Award
2006
At Loyola High School
2010
In Santa Monica
2013
Beiderbecke Memorial
Jazz Festival
       
Johnny Crawford | 2017 | Posing with the Starlite Sisters Johnny Crawford | 2017 | Autographing a Replica of the Famous Rifleman Rifle that was made by BountyHunterSpecial.com    
2017
Starlite Sisters
2017
Autographing Replica
Rifleman Rifle Made by BountyHunterSpecial.com
   

Sweepin' the Clouds Away
Johnny Crawford's 2011 CD Sweeping Clouds Away CD - Front Cover Johnny Crawford's 2011 CD Sweeping Clouds Away CD - Back Cover
Available Now on CDBaby.com
 

 

 
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