Johnny Crawford

Born Mar 26, 1946

John Ernest "Johnny" Crawford is a prolific American character actor, singer and musician. At 12, Crawford rose to fame for playing Mark McCain, the son of the Lucas McCain character (played by Chuck Connors), in the popular 1960s ABC western series, The Rifleman, which aired from 1958 to 1963. He first performed before a national audience as a Mouseketeer.… Read More

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1946 Birth Born on March 26, 1946.
1955 9 Years Old One of The Walt Disney Company's original Mouseketeers, in 1955, Crawford has acted on stage, in films and on television. … Read More
1956 10 Years Old 1 More Event
His first important break as an actor followed with the title role in a Lux Video Theatre production of "Little Boy Lost," a live NBC broadcast on March 15, 1956.


1958 12 Years Old 1 More Event
By the spring of 1958, he had also performed 14 demanding roles in live teleplays for NBC's Matinee Theatre, appeared on CBS's sitcom, Mr. Adams and Eve, in the Wagon Train episode "The Sally Potter Story" (in which Martin Milner also appeared) and on the syndicated series, Crossroads, Sheriff of Cochise and Whirlybirds and made three pilots in the hope of being on a TV series. … Read More
1961 15 Years Old Late in 1961, Crawford appeared as Victor in the episode "A Very Bright Boy" of the ABC sitcom, The Donna Reed Show. … Read More
1964 18 Years Old Once in 1964 and once in 1965, Crawford appeared on the NBC education drama Mr. Novak. … Read More


1967 21 Years Old While enlisted in the United States Army for two years, Crawford 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.
1968 22 Years Old In 1968, Crawford played a soldier wanted for murder in, "By the Numbers", an episode of the popular TV series Hawaii Five-O. … Read More
1973 27 Years Old The Naked Ape was a partially animated 1973 feature film starring Crawford and Victoria Principal, produced by Hugh Hefner.


1976 30 Years Old In 1976, Johnny Crawford co-starred as Ben Shelby in the tenth episode of Season 3 of Little House on the Prairie: The Hunters.
1985 39 Years Old In 1985, Crawford appeared as Noah Paisley, sheriff's deputy, in an episode of Murder, She Wrote. … Read More


1990 44 Years Old Crawford reconnected with his high school sweetheart, Charlotte Samco, in 1990, and they married in 1995. … Read More
1992 46 Years Old They were still close friends when Connors died on November 10, 1992, and Crawford gave a eulogy at Connors' memorial service. … Read More
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