Actor Johnny Crawford, identified for enjoying Chuck Connors’ son within the ABC sequence “The Rifleman” from 1958-63, has died. He was 75.
“It is with great sadness and heaviness of heart that the Johnny Crawford Legacy team announce the passing of Johnny Crawford,” it was posted on the Johnny Crawford Legacy website. “He passed away peacefully this evening, April 29, 2021 with Charlotte, his wife, by his side.”
In “The Rifleman,” Crawford performed Mark McCain, son of Civil War veteran Lucas McCain, performed by Connors. He was nominated in one of the best supporting actor (persevering with character) in a dramatic sequence class at the Primetime Emmys in 1959. He was 13 at the time.
In 2019, Crawford was recognized with Alzheimer’s illness earlier than he contracted COVID-19 after which pneumonia.
Crawford was one in all 24 Mouseketeers within the first season of ABC’s “The Mickey Mouse Club.” His early TV roles included “The Lone Ranger,” “Cavalcade of America” and “The Count of Monte Cristo.” After “The Rifleman,” he additionally had roles in “Rawhide,” “Hawaii Five-O” and “The Big Valley.”
The actor had intermittent appearances in movie and tv over time, together with Prince Ignatius in sequence “William Tell” (1987-88). His final display credit score was in “The Marshal” (2019).
Crawford additionally had a musical profession, together with a recording contract with Del-Fi Records. His track “Cindy’s Birthday” was at No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1962. Other tracks by him embody “Rumors,” “Your Nose Is Gonna Grow” and “Proud.”
Film historian James L. Neibaur tweeted: “ANOTHER SAD FAREWELL And my childhood continues to grow dimmer. RIP Johnny Crawford.”
“My dear friend #JohnnyCrawford just passed away,” tweeted “Arrested Development” actor Scott Baio. “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.”