Johnny Crawford Biography – Johnny Crawford Wiki
Johnny Crawford (born John Ernest Crawford) was an American actor, singer, and musician. He is known for playing Mark McCain, son of the widower Lucas McCain, in the ABC Western series The Rifleman from September 30, 1958, to April 8, 1963. He was nominated in the best supporting actor (continuing character) in a dramatic series category at the Primetime Emmys in 1959.
He was one of the 24 Mouseketeers in the first season of ABC’s “The Mickey Mouse Club.” He had appeared in an uncredited role in The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit (1956), then worked on such TV programs as The Lone Ranger, Climax!, Matinee Theatre and The Loretta Young Show before starring in Courage of Black Beauty (1957). After “The Rifleman,” he also had roles in “Rawhide,” “Hawaii Five-O” and “The Big Valley.” His last screen credit was in “The Marshal” (2019).
In 1959, Crawford was nominated for an Emmy for best supporting actor (continuing character) in a dramatic series, his older brother, Robert Crawford Jr., was nominated for best single performance by an actor (for Playhouse 90) and their father, Robert Lawrence Crawford Sr., was nominated for film editing (for The Bob Cummings Show).
Crawford also had a musical career, including a recording contract with Del-Fi Records. His song “Cindy’s Birthday” was at No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1962. Other tracks by him include “Rumors,” “Your Nose Is Gonna Grow” and “Proud.” In the 1990s, he led the Johnny Crawford Orchestra.
Johnny Crawford Age
He was born on March 26, 1946, in Los Angeles, California. He died on April 29, 2021. He was 75.
Johnny Crawford Wife
Was Johnny Crawford married? He was married to Charlotte Crawford since 1995.
Johnny Crawford Children
Did Johnny Crawford have any children? He did not have any children. He is survived by his wife, high-school sweetheart Charlotte Crawford, whom he married in 1995, and his older brother, Robert L. Crawford Jr.
Johnny Crawford Family
He was the son of Betty (née Megerlin) and Robert Lawrence Crawford Sr. His maternal grandparents were Belgian. He was the brother of Robert L. Crawford Jr. His maternal grandfather was violinist Alfred Eugene Megerlin. Alfred was a renowned lead violinist in Germany and Belgium before WWI and moved to America in 1914. He was a concertmaster and first violinist for the New York Philharmonic, the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Fox Studios orchestra until his death in 1941. His grandmother Frances Megerlin taught violin.
His paternal grandfather, Bobby Crawford (1889-1941) worked for Irving Berlin, which led him to join with famed songwriters DeSylva, Brown and Henderson to form the Crawford Music Corporation. He sold his Crawford Music catalog to Warner Bros in 1929, then continued his career as a manager and Broadway producer through the 1930s.
Johnny Crawford Death
Crawford passed away on April 29, 2021, at age 75, the Johnny Crawford Legacy team announced. The team said in a statement: “It is with great sadness and heaviness of heart that the Johnny Crawford Legacy team announce the passing of Johnny Crawford. He passed away peacefully this evening, April 29, 2021 with Charlotte, his wife, by his side.”
Arrested Development” actor Scott Baio tweeted: “My dear friend #JohnnyCrawford just passed away. I pray for his wife Charlotte as she was by his side. Johnny was a real cowboy and will be greatly missed. He was an original Mickey Mouse Club member and played the son on The Rifleman.”
Johnny Crawford Cause of Death
Crawford was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, and he was living in a memory care residence before contracting COVID-19, then pneumonia.
In 2019, it was revealed that Crawford had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. His longtime friend, actor Paul Petersen, set up a GoFundMe campaign to help the Crawford family cover the medical expenses. Petersen wrote on the GoFundMe page: “My lifelong friend, Johnny Crawford, has been given a tough diagnosis; Alzheimer’s. His wife, Charlotte, now has him safely in a home. The cost is steep. The former kid stars in A Minor Consideration are doing what they can to help. For those who enjoyed Johnny’s work and music over all these decades, here’s a way to give back to Johnny Crawford.”
Johnny Crawford Net Worth
Johnny Crawford’s net worth is estimated to be $1 million.
Johnny Crawford Height
He was 5 feet 8 inches (1.73 m) tall.