Actor Johnny Crawford, famous for his role as Mark McCain as a child actor on”The Rifleman,” has expired. He was 75.
In line with the celebrity’s website, he died Thursday with his wife by his side after battling Alzheimer’s disease and contracting COVID-19.
“It is with terrific sadness that we discuss the news of Johnny Crawford’s departure,” the website posted. “We’re thankful for the outpouring of support and love from friends and fans around the world.”
Crawford played the son of a western rancher Lucas McCain (Chuck Connors) who was also a marriage Civil War veteran. His character in”The Rifleman” led him to become Emmy-nominated for best supporting actor in a dramatic series. © Stephen Shugerman, Getty Images Johnny Crawford attends the Museum of Radio and Television Cocktail Party on September 9, 2004 at The Museum of Radio and Television, in Beverly Hills, California.
Before playing young McCain, Crawford was one of the earliest Mouseketeers about the Mickey Mouse Club. He also made appearances in several TV series aired in the 1950s including”The Lone Ranger,””The Count of Monte Cristo” and”The Loretta Young Show.”
The actor also worked in songs. Back in 1962, Crawford’s song”Cindy’s Birthday” peaked on the Billboard charts at No. 8. He’s also credited with performing the song”Easy Come Easy Go” featured on 2004 film”Hellboy.”
Friends in entertainment remembered Crawford on Twitter as an”inspiration” and a”dear friend.”
“My dear buddy #JohnnyCrawford just passed away. I pray for his wife Charlotte as she had been by his side. Johnny was a real cowboy and will be greatly missed,” wrote”Happy Days” actor Scott Baio.
“How the West Was Won” celebrity Bruce Boxleitner wrote:”@johnnycrawford was one of the kindest guys I ever met. An inspiration for me as a boy and also a friend of mine since the 80s.”