Emmy Nominated 'the Rifleman' Child Star Johnny Crawford Dies at 75

Gaone Pule
May 03, 2021
10:50 A.M.
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"The Rifleman" child star Johnny Crawford has reportedly passed on at age 75. The now-late jazz musician and singer passed away on Thursday, April 29, 2021.

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According to the Johnny Crawford Legacy, Johnny Crawford died peacefully with his wife Charlotte Crawford by his side. The pair got married in 1995.

"We are grateful for the outpouring of love and support from friends and fans around the world. Johnny touched so many people through his music and performances," the website stated.

The late actor and singer, Johnny Crawford | Photo: Getty Images

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The organization further explained they are blessed his career remains his legacy and sends out love and prayers to the Crawford family.

According to the website, Crawford was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and resided in a memory care residence before he contracted COVID-19, then came a battle with pneumonia.

The younger Johnny Crawford as Mark McCain in the US TV western series 'The Rifleman', circa 1960 | Photo: Getty Images

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He was born in Los Angeles into a musical and theatrical family. The late actor auditioned for the “Mickey Mouse Club House” when he was six years old and bagged the role appearing in 16 episodes.

The singer landed a role that made him a household name in 1958 on the show mentioned earlier, playing Mark McCain. The Emmy nominee’s fan, Susan Pino, described his personality as warm and welcoming.

Fans of the series also know actor Paul Fix who played Marshal Micah Torrance. He acted alongside his extended family members in three different episodes of the show.

Johnny Crawford speaks at his star unveiling ceremony at The Walk of Western Stars on April 21, 2016 in Newhall, California | Photo: Getty Images

Some of the actors who appeared in the 1960s TV shows and movies have continued with their careers in the entertainment industry, while others have retired.

Actor Kurt Russell, 70, has become a Hollywood household name since the 60s, and his most iconic movies include that of "The Hateful Eight."

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