Actor Johnny Crawford, recognized for enjoying Chuck Connors’ son within the ABC collection “The Rifleman” from 1958-63, has died. He was 75.
“It’s with nice unhappiness and heaviness of coronary heart that the Johnny Crawford Legacy staff announce the passing of Johnny Crawford,” it was posted on the Johnny Crawford Legacy web site. “He handed away peacefully this night, April 29, 2021 with Charlotte, his spouse, by his facet.”
In “The Rifleman,” Crawford performed Mark McCain, son of Civil Battle veteran Lucas McCain, performed by Connors. He was nominated in the perfect supporting actor (persevering with character) in a dramatic collection class on the Primetime Emmys in 1959. He was 13 on the time.
In 2019, Crawford was identified with Alzheimer’s illness earlier than he contracted COVID-19 after which pneumonia.
Crawford was one in every of 24 Mouseketeers within the first season of ABC’s “The Mickey Mouse Membership.” His early TV roles included “The Lone Ranger,” “Cavalcade of America” and “The Depend of Monte Cristo.” After “The Rifleman,” he additionally had roles in “Rawhide,” “Hawaii 5-O” and “The Massive Valley.”
The actor had intermittent appearances in movie and tv over time, together with Prince Ignatius in collection “William Inform” (1987-88). His final display screen credit score was in “The Marshal” (2019).
Crawford additionally had a musical profession, together with a recording contract with Del-Fi Data. His music “Cindy’s Birthday” was at No. eight on the Billboard Sizzling 100 in 1962. Different tracks by him embody “Rumors,” “Your Nostril Is Gonna Develop” and “Proud.”
Movie historian James L. Neibaur tweeted: “ANOTHER SAD FAREWELL And my childhood continues to develop dimmer. RIP Johnny Crawford.”
“My pricey buddy #JohnnyCrawford simply handed away,” tweeted “Arrested Growth” actor Scott Baio. “I pray for his spouse Charlotte as she was by his facet. Johnny was an actual cowboy and might be drastically missed. He was an unique Mickey Mouse Membership member and performed the son on The Rifleman.”