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The Rifleman Johnny Crawford’s Obituary Clarifies Cause of Death

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The star of The Rifleman, Johnny Crawford’s obituary released the actor’s cause of death after he passed away on Thursday (April 29, 2021) at the age of 75. May he rest in power.

The original Mouseketeer who famously played as the young son of the Civil War veteran portrayed by Chuck Connors on the 1958-63 ABC series The Rifleman, took his last breath while his wife was by his side.

The Johnny Crawford Legacy website posted a statement to confirm the heartbreaking news, writing, “It is with great sadness and heaviness of heart that the Johnny Crawford Legacy team announce the passing of Johnny Crawford.” The statement added, “He passed away peacefully this evening, April 29, 2021 with Charlotte, his wife, by his side.”

The star of The Rifleman, Johnny Crawford's obituary released the actor's cause of death
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In “The Rifleman,” Johnny Crawford starred as Mark McCain, son of Civil War veteran Lucas McCain, played by Connors at the age of 12; The role brought him the nomination in the best supporting actor in a dramatic series category at the Primetime Emmys in 1959 while he was only 13!


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The Rifleman Johnny Crawford’s Obituary, The Tragic Story

The Rifleman Johnny Crawford’s obituary announced his cause of death as the actor’s health condition; He was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease before he sadly contracted COVID-19 and then pneumonia.

Two years ago, sources reported that Crawford had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, and the advocate for former child actors and onetime star of The Donna Reed Show, Paul Petersen organized a GoFundMe campaign to support the family deal with medical costs.

As one of 24 Mouseketeers in the first season of ABC’s “The Mickey Mouse Club,” Johnny’s recent Television roles included:

Johnny Crawford’s Movies and TV Shows:

  • “The Lone Ranger”
  • “Cavalcade of America”
  • “The Count of Monte Cristo”
  • “The Rifleman”
  • “Rawhide”
  • “Hawaii Five-O”
  • “The Big Valley.”

The Rifleman Johnny Crawford leaves behind his brother and his wife, high-school sweetheart Charlotte Samco. The couple married in 1995.


Review of The Rifleman Johnny Crawford’s Biography

Beloved John Ernest Crawford was born in Los Angeles on March 26, 1946, and did a tap-dancing routine, showing producers he could fence, and imitating singer Johnnie Ray throughout his audition for ABC’s The Mickey Mouse Club.

Crawford mentioned that the strength of the program was its father-and-son dynamic in a 2018 interview, saying, “That, and the fact that there was always a lesson at the end of every episode. Really, it’s such a wholesome show — a healthy show.”

He announced, “And Chuck was so perfect. You know, I still miss him [he died in 1992]. He was unique — I’ll never meet anybody else like him again. He tried to be a good influence for me, even off-camera. And he treated me like an adult when we were working. He made it much easier than it might have been. He was a lot of fun.”

The star of The Rifleman, Johnny Crawford's obituary released the actor's cause of death
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As Crawford was chosen for an Emmy for best supporting actor in 1959, his older brother, Robert Crawford Jr., was also nominated for best single play by an actor (for Playhouse 90) and their dad, Robert Crawford, had a nomination for film editing (for The Bob Cummings Show).

“I was a has-been at 9,” he announced in 1982. “I told my agent that I would have worked at Disney for nothing. That’s when she told me that I was working for them for nothing.”

Crawford’s Musical Career

His intermittent appearances on the big screen and small screen through the years include Prince Ignatius in the series “William Tell” (1987-88). His latest screen role was in “The Marshal”.

Crawford additionally had a musical career, such as a recording deal with Del-Fi Records. Crawford’s music “Cindy’s Birthday” was at No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1962. Other songs by him include:

  • “Rumors”
  • “Your Nose Is Gonna Grow”
  • “Proud.”

Film historian James L. Neibaur tweeted: “ANOTHER SAD FAREWELL And my childhood continues to grow dimmer. RIP Johnny Crawford.”

  • Johnny Crawford’s Net Worth: His fortune was estimated about $500,000 – $1 million
  • Johnny Crawford’s Wife: Charlotte (McKenna) Crawford​​
  • Johnny Crawford’s House: Los Angles
  • Johnny Crawford Age: 75
  • Johnny Crawford’s Children: He had not


Reactions to Death of The Rifleman Johnny Crawford

Celebrities’ death news always breaks many hearts, however, fans remember memories and their idols are alive in their mind even after death.

US day News‘ thoughts and prayers are with Crawford’s family, friends, bandmates, and all of his loved ones at this challenging time. You may also want to leave a tribute or a condolence message below the comment box to honor the life and legacy of the deceased.

Soon after the bad news came, many of his friends and fans expressed their sadness on social media by sharing their tributes:

A user wrote: “He was an awesome actor for being a kid in all the old westerns like The Rifleman and Wagon Train. I’ve been watching them all in reruns since it was so long ago and he was a sweetheart.”

Another tweeted: “My dad always had the Rifleman on, when I was a kid. Had a crush on him. RIP Johnny Crawford”

A fan also sadly said, “It seems my youth TV show stars are passing away and no matter the age still a piece of your life in the day. Johnny Crawford is on the heaven journey, as of today. The Rifleman was quite popular back then and he was famous with the girlie set. Rest in power Johnny Crawford.”

The star of The Rifleman, Johnny Crawford's obituary released the actor's cause of death
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Film historian James L. Neibaur was between whom honored Crawford: “ANOTHER SAD FAREWELL And my childhood continues to grow dimmer. RIP Johnny Crawford.”

“My dear friend #JohnnyCrawford just passed away,” actor Scott Baio wrote. “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.”


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3 Comments

  1. Anonymous December 31, 2021

    ‘Today is Cindy’s birthday’ always brings me back into time when I was about 12 and I often listen to this record for all the good memories his sweet voice brought. Will miss him.

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  2. Deborah Babbit May 9, 2022

    The Rifelmen was among my favorites when he was a young boy. Some of my favorite episodes were in the first seasons when he had the chance to show us his beautiful voice and still takes my breath away. He was loved and admired all his life. I often wished I could be his sister!

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  3. Jeffrey Auler August 5, 2022

    Jonny, I still watch the Rifleman. You are a great actor and it breaks my heart that you passed away so soon. Rest in peace. One of your best fans Jeff

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