Johnny Crawford
American actor-singer
Johnny Crawford
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.
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ABC's classic western 'The Rifleman' takes aim again via DVD
LATimes - about 3 years
The first season of the classic ABC western series "The Rifleman," which aired from 1958 to '63, has arrived on DVD. The set marks the first time all 40 episodes of the series, which starred Chuck Connors as rancher Lucas McCain, a Civil War vet and widowed father of young Mark (Johnny Crawford), have been presented in sequence of their original telecast. Created by Arnold Laven and developed by Sam Peckinpah, who wrote and directed several episodes, "The Rifleman" was an immediate success. The series, which also airs on ME-TV, featured such guest stars as James Coburn, Dennis Hopper, Michael Landon, Harry Dean Stanton and Robert Vaughn. For more information go to http://www.therifleman.net . Pictured: Chuck Connors of "The Rifleman."     
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Why I believe UGA, Tech and the Falcons are bound for glory
ajc - over 4 years
` When next these two collide, both will be division champs. (AJC photo by Johnny Crawford) As best I recall, I’ve never picked Georgia, Georgia Tech and the Falcons to win their respective divisions in the same season. As some might have noted, I’ve done so this time. In the attempt to disprove the notion that I’ve gone completely (as opposed to partially) insane, I’d like to offer a few words in the defense of my mental health. There was no grand design to my three-fer. I didn’t sit down and say, “Boy, wouldn’t it be neat to pick everybody to win something?” For the record, Georgia was the easiest choice and Tech the hardest. For the record, I would not have picked the Bulldogs to win the SEC West or Tech to take the ACC Atlantic, but at last check neither is switching divisions anytime soon. Not to get all grandiose about it, but I’d like to think there’s a method to my madness. Why do I think these three locals — sorry, Georgia State, but I couldn’t stretch my …
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Paul Johnson will defend Tech’s offense, but not defense
ajc - over 4 years
Al Groh must know: Whatever he's doing, Paul Johnson is watching. (Johnny Crawford) There are at least two things Paul Johnson has committed to memory. One is his offense. The other is his counterattack for anybody who questions his offense. It’s like the other day, when I mentioned to Johnson that his team needed significant improvement on defense and his run-run-run-run-run-oh-look-it’s-third-down-run-run offense needed some semblance of a passing threat for Georgia Tech to move up to the next level. (I never claimed either observation was a stunning revelation). Johnson’s response was expected: both amusing and unrelenting. “Well, the second part I’m not so sure of,” he said. “We beat Clemson last year, and they were ranked fifth, and we didn’t throw the ball. We beat Georgia in my first year throwing for 19 yards. Would it help if the other team has everybody committed to the run and we could throw it over their heads? Sure. But we’re not going to throw it 30 …
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Tech in 2012: It’s a chance for Paul Johnson to look smart
ajc - over 4 years
That's Paul Johnson on the right, in case you wondered. (AJC photo by Johnny Crawford) On the morning of Nov. 28, 2009, Paul Johnson was poised to become the unchallenged king of football in a state that takes the sport seriously. He was 19-5 in two seasons as Georgia Tech’s coach. That night his Jackets would play Georgia, whom they’d famously beaten 45-42 in Athens the year before. Tech was 10-1, ranked No. 7 nationally and champion of the ACC Coastal Division. Georgia was 6-5, having just lost at home to Kentucky. Not since George O’Leary was working against Jim Donnan had Tech beaten the Bulldogs twice in a row – Chan Gailey, O’Leary’s successor, hadn’t done it even once – and now Johnson was roundly favored to make it 2-for-2 against the hated Mutts. But Georgia won. The Bulldogs pounded the Jackets on the ground, and Tech’s final chance was wasted when Demaryius Thomas dropped a fourth-down pass. For Tech and for Johnson, nothing since has been nearly …
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Joe Johnson? Gone. Marvin? Gone. Danny Ferry? A keeper
ajc - over 4 years
A week later, the Atlanta Hawks have been transformed. (AJC photo by Johnny Crawford) It took Danny Ferry a week to turn a franchise going nowhere into one with room again to grow. It took him a week to reach an agreement to send Joe Johnson to the Nets for a bunch of guys whose principal value rests in the expiration dates on their contracts. It took this general manager a week to ship Marvin Williams, enduring symbol of opportunity squandered, to Utah. To follow the Hawks is to expect the worst, which means the initial response to this watershed Johnson deal was to figure it would be overturned on some technicality. Maybe we shouldn’t be fatalistic. At the rate Ferry is moving, he might be able to convince the NBA to replay the final seconds of Game 6 against Boston from 1988, and make it so that Dominique Wilkins (and not Cliff Levingston) takes the last shot this time. A week ago we wondered if/when Ferry would dare to tamper with the Core Four. On Day 1 of Week 2, we got … ...
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Having hired Danny Ferry, the Hawks must be taken seriously
ajc - over 4 years
Four words not often heard: An impressive Hawks hire. (AJC photo by Johnny Crawford) Three cheers for the Atlanta Hawks, and not just puny “hip, hips,” either. Make these full-throated “hoorays.” A franchise that has chosen wrong so often has finally done it right. It has hired a basketball man of impeccable pedigree and plans to get out of his way. Danny Ferry has done two tours with the San Antonio Spurs, the gold standard of NBA organizations, and in between he was general manager of the Cleveland Cavaliers, who played for the NBA title in 2007 and won 66 games in 2008-2009. That Ferry has chosen to become GM of the Hawks says he’s sold on an organization that has, to be frank, been the toughest of sells. Bruce Levenson, one of the Hawks’ many owners, introduced Ferry on Monday by saying, “For every question we asked Danny, he asked 10 of us.” That was a polite way of noting the interviewee was actually the interviewer. At issue wasn’t why the Hawks should hire him — that … ...
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Is the ACC doomed? Hardly, and here are the reasons why
ajc - over 4 years
OK, so it isn't football, but it's still an off-tackle dive play. (AJC photo by Johnny Crawford) Let’s be clear: The ACC has work to do. But that’s not nearly the same as being doomed, which is how some have characterized the conference after the double hit of Florida State’s (apparently overstated) flirtation with the Big 12 and the announcement of the SEC/Big 12 New Year’s Day bowl. As a public service, we attempt to distinguish flaming hyperbole from colder reality. The ACC needs to tie itself to a big new bowl. This part is true. Indeed, this is essential. The chance of the champions from the SEC and the Big 12 being omitted from the presumptive four-team BCS playoff is small; the chance of an ACC titlist not making the final cut is rather larger. (No ACC team has played for the BCS title since Florida State in 2000, which was so long ago that Mark Richt was the Seminoles’ offensive coordinator.) To be considered viable, the ACC cannot have its champ landing in, say, the … ...
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Altoona Day 2012
My Fox AL - Fox 6 WBRC - almost 5 years
ALTOONA DAY 2012; Come celebrate ALTOONA with a FREE day of music, food, arts & crafts, classic cars, various displays, fun for kids, and celebrity meet & greets! Meet JOHNNY CRAWFORD who played "Mark McCain" on "The Rifleman" JON PROVOST- "TIMMY" from "LASSIE" JOHN VOLDSTAD- who played "The Other Brother Darryl" on "Newhart" Also come hear our headliner Country Music's FRANKIE BALLARD plus high energy bluegrass sounds of BREAKING GRASS; COUNTRY CASE with Trent Slayton; Country Christian Artist JO ANN BULLARD; Gospel Music from THE EVANGELAIRES; fashion show from BRITTANY LYNN MODELING; dance steps from SOUTHERN STAR CLOGGERS; great local artist RODNEY MEDLIN and BRITTANY HALLEX. Plus come see the WILD WEST in action with the HATCREEK COWBOYS! It's going to be a WILD WEST day filled with fun for everyone! May 19th 9 am - 6 pm Altoona- 6th Avenue
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UGA football: Some questions answered, others linger for Bulldogs
ajc - almost 5 years
The best thing about spring for Georgia coach Mark Richt, here jogging off the field after the G-Day Game, is the Bulldogs escaped without a single serious injury. (AJC photo by Johnny Crawford) ATHENS – Georgia wrapped up its spring practice with a surprisingly exciting G-Day Game on April 14, won by the offense-oriented Red team 32-31 over the Black. But, truthfully, there is really not much anyone can take out of a spring scrimmage. Did the offense look good or was the defense bad, etc.? Georgia coach Mark Richt probably put it all in perspective the best when he talked this week about the Bulldogs’ spring accomplishments. “The most exciting thing for me might have been the fact that no one had an injury that would last more than a week or two after spring ball,” Richt said. “Right now the entire team should be healthy beginning in June to go through the entire off-season program. So if we don’t have any setbacks this summer, when we roll into camp it might be the first ...
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Fan talk: G-Day surprises and the Aaron Murray ‘conspiracy’ theories
ajc - almost 5 years
Ricky Lowe runs for a surprise touchdown during the G-Day game. (Johnny Crawford / AJC) Let’s jump right into a sampling of recent Junkyard Mail … Ken Crow writes: Bill, I really enjoy the Blawg and your down-the-middle approach to fandom. You’re not afraid to criticize when you think it’s warranted, but you remain supportive of Coach Richt and the program and don’t continually harp on the negatives. I also appreciate your obvious love for the school and your hometown of Athens. I really wanted to get to the Classic City for G-Day this year but wasn’t able to because of some family stuff. I enjoyed your report from the game and was encouraged by what you said about the quarterbacks, running backs and defense. So who surprised you most at G-Day? Thanks, Ken. While I thought Jay Rome’s long touchdown catch-run was the highlight of the day, it wasn’t particularly surprising, as I’d expected him to do well. And I was pleasantly surprised by the play of the starting offensive line. ...
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You make the call (after the fact): Was Julio Jones worth it?
ajc - almost 5 years
If they had it to do again ... (AJC photo by Johnny Crawford) The final bill for Julio Jones is about to come due, and already the Falcons have paid a heavy cost. Not only did they send five draft picks — last year’s Round 1 (27th overall), Round 2 (59th overall) and Round 4 (124th overall) selections, plus this year’s Round 1 (22nd overall) and Round 4 (118th overall) — to Cleveland for the right to move up and grab one wide receiver, but they have been pilloried in every corner for their flight of fancy. (Well, not every corner. I still think it was a reasoned move to take a specific player of vast potential, but I’ll get into that soon.) After the Falcons lost to the Giants 24-2 on a day in the Meadowlands when the offense didn’t scratch, Kerry J. Byrne of Cold Hard Football Facts laid the defeat at the feet of the Julio trade. (Not entirely sure how three rookies — only one of them who’d have been even a first-rounder, and that one only the 27th pick — would have …
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Richt: ‘You keep control of your team by disciplining your team’
ajc - almost 5 years
Mark Richt makes a good case for how he disciplines his team. (Johnny Crawford / AJC) Mark Richt has obviously heard the sniping out there that a rash of player suspensions on his team is somehow indicative of him not being in control of his program. And he’s having none of it. Richt did a good job Tuesday night at an Augusta Bulldog Club gathering of stating the case for his brand of discipline at UGA. “A lot of people might think you may be losing control of your program because you have a lot of suspensions from the season, but the reality is that’s how you keep control of your team by disciplining your team,” the Athens Banner-Herald quoted Richt as telling the crowd of fans. And perhaps in reference to how Urban Meyer is reported to have conducted business at Florida, Richt added: “If you notice, we’re not going to have any partiality between the kids that walk on or are starting.” Richt noted past instances of players who had disciplinary trouble while in Athens but ...
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More for fans to like at G-Day than just glorious spring weather
ajc - almost 5 years
G-Day left no doubt Hutson Mason will play if anything happens to Aaron Murray. (Johnny Crawford / AJC) Fan expectations were low for Saturday’s G-Day game in Athens, what with some key spring story lines short-circuited by injuries to freshman tailback Keith Marshall and prospective two-way player Malcolm Mitchell. But in the end, as one of my brothers noted, it was the most enjoyable spring game we’ve seen in recent years thanks to some unexpected scoring by both the offenses and defenses. The first half was typical for these intrasquad outings, as the Red team with the first-team offense went against the Black team with the first-team defense, resulting in a pretty even match that saw the Reds lead 10-3 at halftime. However, with the coaches mixing it up more in the second half, the benches emptying and several players showing up on both teams, it got a lot more interesting than your typical G-Day, resulting in only a missed 2-point play preserving the Reds’ 32-31 win with … ...
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The importance of start wave placement times
ajc - almost 5 years
Submit a start wave placement time -- or live to regret it! -- Photo by Johnny Crawford, jcrawford@ajc.com It’s hard to believe it’s already time to register for the AJC Peachtree Road Race…it seems like only yesterday that we were discussing our favorite — and just a few not-so-favorite — moments from last year’s race. With the deadline for registration fast approaching (you have until 11:59 p.m. Thursday, March 22 to get in on this — register now before it’s too late, go go go!), it’s time we had a frank talk — go ahead, sit down — about submitting start wave placement times. I learned the importance of this the hard way last year, when I apparently didn’t enter the correct time from a PRR qualifying race and ended up getting a less-than-desirable start time. So, learn from my mistake — that’s what I’m here for (well, that and complaining about having to do training runs in ridiculously high humidity). In the “Start Wave Placement”  area of the registration form, make sure to i ...
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MOVIE REVIEW | 'SEVEN DAYS IN UTOPIA'; Robert Duvall Is Back in the Saddle, Playing a Mentor to a Young Golfer
NYTimes - over 5 years
Face it: the image of a golfer sinking a putt conveys little of the visceral thrill of a batter slamming a home run or a boxer scoring a knockout punch. To pretend otherwise is to risk being accused of sports hubris, an attitude that the humorless, mystically fortified golfing movie ''Seven Days in Utopia'' embraces unashamedly. A stultifying
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Seven Days in Utopia: Film Review - Hollywood Reporter
Google News - over 5 years
But the fence's owner, rancher Johnny Crawford (Duvall), far from minding, takes the lad in and, suggesting that it might change his life, invites him to be his guest for seven days in the tiny town of Utopia. And Utopia it quickly seems to be
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Johnny Crawford
    FORTIES
  • 1992
    Age 45
    They were still close friends when Connors died on November 10, 1992, and Crawford gave a eulogy at Connors' memorial service.
    More Details Hide Details During the late 1950s and early 1960s, Crawford had wide popularity with American teenagers and a recording career that generated five Billboard Top 40 hits, including the single, "Cindy's Birthday," which peaked at #8, in 1962. His other hits included "Rumors" (#12, 1962), "Your Nose is Gonna Grow" (#14, 1962) and "Proud" (#29, 1963).
  • 1990
    Age 43
    Crawford reconnected with his high school sweetheart, Charlotte Samco, in 1990, and they married in 1995.
    More Details Hide Details Crawford had a key role in the early career of entertainer Victoria Jackson, of Saturday Night Live fame. After the two appeared together in a summer stock production of Meet Me in St. Louis, he presented her with a one-way ticket to California and encouraged her to pursue a Hollywood career. This led Jackson to early appearances on the Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, before she was cast as a regular on SNL.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1985
    Age 38
    In 1985, Crawford appeared as Noah Paisley, sheriff's deputy, in an episode of Murder, She Wrote.
    More Details Hide Details Since 1992, Crawford 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 Awards shows at the Beverly Hilton, in Beverly Hills. A remastered version of the orchestra's highly rated first album, "Sweepin' the Clouds Away," was released on August 21, 2012, on the CD Baby (distributor) label.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1976
    Age 29
    In 1976, Johnny Crawford co-starred as Ben Shelby in the tenth episode of Season 3 of Little House on the Prairie: The Hunters.
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  • 1973
    Age 26
    The Naked Ape was a partially animated 1973 feature film starring Crawford and Victoria Principal, produced by Hugh Hefner.
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  • 1968
    Age 21
    In 1968, Crawford played a soldier wanted for murder in, "By the Numbers", an episode of the popular TV series Hawaii Five-O.
    More Details Hide Details The Resurrection of Broncho Billy was a USC student film Crawford agreed to do as a favor to his close friend, producer John Longenecker. It won the 1970 Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Subject.
  • 1967
    Age 20
    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.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1964
    Age 17
    Once in 1964 and once in 1965, Crawford appeared on the NBC education drama Mr. Novak.
    More Details Hide Details Among his films, Crawford played an American Indian in the unique adventure film, Indian Paint (1965). He played a character involved with a disturbed young girl played by Kim Darby in The Restless Ones (1965); and played a character shot by John Wayne's character in El Dorado (1967).
  • 1961
    Age 14
    Late in 1961, Crawford appeared as Victor in the episode "A Very Bright Boy" of the ABC sitcom, The Donna Reed Show.
    More Details Hide Details His brother Robert had also been a guest star on The Donna Reed Show.
  • 1958
    Age 11
    Crawford was nominated for an Emmy Award, at age 13, for his role as Mark McCain, the son of Lucas McCain, played by Chuck Connors, in the Four Star Television series The Rifleman, which originally aired from 1958 to 1963.
    More Details Hide Details Throughout The Riflemans five seasons, there was a remarkable on-screen chemistry between Connors and Crawford in the depiction of their father-son relationship.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The third pilot, which was made as an episode of Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater, was picked up by ABC and the first season of The Rifleman began filming in July 1958.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1956
    Age 9
    He also appeared in the popular western series The Lone Ranger, in 1956, in one of the few color episodes of that series.
    More Details Hide Details Following that performance, the young actor worked steadily with many seasoned actors and directors. Freelancing for 2 1/2 years, he accumulated almost 60 television credits, including featured roles in three episodes of NBC's The Loretta Young Show and an appearance as Manuel in, "I Am an American," an episode of the syndicated crime drama Sheriff of Cochise.
    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.
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  • 1955
    Age 8
    One of The Walt Disney Company's original Mouseketeers, in 1955, Crawford has acted on stage, in films and on television.
    More Details Hide Details Disney started out with 24 original Mouseketeers. However, at the end of the first season the studio reduced the number to 12, and Crawford was released from his contract.
  • 1946
    Born
    Born on March 26, 1946.
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