JOHNNY CRAWFORD IS 65 TODAY

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Johnny Crawford is a actor, and singer/musician. At 12, Crawford rose to fame
by playing Mark McCain, the son of the Lucas McCain character, played by 
Chuck Conners, in the 1960s ABC-TV western series, The Rifleman which
aired from 1958 to 1963. He first performed before a national audience as
one of the original Mouseketeers in 1955 (below).
 
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Crawford with Chuck Conners (right) in The Rifleman

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59 Responses to “JOHNNY CRAWFORD IS 65 TODAY”

  1. Johnny Crawford says:

    Happy Birthday Johnny

    • Sharpshooter says:

      I am a big fan growing up watching you and Chuck Connors! I have watched all the episodes many times…Happy B-Day!

    • Maryann says:

      Oh my God Johnny …aka Mark, how I loved you as my very own boyfriend. I am the same age as you and I must say you clean up well after all these years. Wow how I asked GOD for me to meet you and that you would fall in love with me when I was 12. I was in la la land back then and I loved you then and still do. What a great man you are and what a hunk too. You cutie patootie lol….God Bless you Johnny aka Mark and may all your days be happy ones
      Maryann C. President of Buried with Dignity.org

  2. Vicky says:

    Happy Birthday Johnny. For years I wished I was your ‘Cindy’ as I used to make believe you were my boyfriend. I have that song on my IPOD & when I want to feel 15 again. I listen to you and I feel tingles all over again. Someday I’m really going to meet you and THANK you for being my teenager love, even if it was just in my youthful fantasy.Wishing you a great year and long life.

  3. Guion Stewart Bluford III says:

    Happy Birthday Johnny Crawford. USA Wrestling holds wrestling matches for amateurs. I like to challenge you to a freestyle wrestling match. Your still young.

  4. Guion Stewart Bluford III says:

    Hey Johnny Crawford. I invite you to come to a USA Wrestling tournament for amateurs. I challenge you to a freestyle wrestling match. Three periods each two minutes.

  5. Coke Buchanan says:

    Happy Belated Birthday, Johnny! Watching the rifleman reruns is an elixir for me when I can’t sleep at night. I always have several episodes on tape for those moments. Mark McCain was a magical role which you brought to life with great conviction. Thank you for being you. I would love to bring you to Dallas to speak to a group of musicians and peacemakers.

  6. Trudy says:

    I adored you and Chuck on The Rifleman and still enjoy watching some of the reruns today. You are still very attractive and talented. I am a fan

  7. Eddie Delgado says:

    I was watching The Rifleman this month, Sept 2011,
    Your programs really inspire me to be a better dad.

  8. Harold Knapp says:

    Hello Johnny… I know its 7 months passed, but Happy 65th Birthday. My Dad & I watched You in the Rifleman when I was growing up.. Dad is gone now, but at 55 years old, I am still watching the Rifleman on AMC every Saturday Morning .. Oct. 2011.. brings back many memories.. You & Chuck Connors were the best.. Thank You for a terrific Series.. God Bless,
    I am also a singer, not professional, but I am in the Music & Choir Ministry of my Baptist Church.. :)

  9. Jill Jolliff says:

    Happy Belated Birthday!! I also dreamed about being your “Cindy”. I have every song on my Ipod. You were my first crush (and still are), and I actually got to meet you at the Pomona Fair during the rodeo in 1974 just before I turned 21. My friend asked you over for a picture because I just froze! You put your arm around my shoulders. You were so nice and I never wore that sweater again!!!

  10. Bob Kelsey says:

    Hello Mark McCain, I mean Johnny. I grew up watching the Rifleman and I loved it then and I still do. I just finished watching one of the episodes and it takes me back to my youth when I would watch the Rifleman, Bonanza, Walt Disney, Roy Rogers, to name a few. Your picture tells me you are taking care of yourself. I just want to add that I can’t tell you how many times I have watch those episodes over the years. Take care, your friend, Bob

  11. Bob Kelsey says:

    Johnny, one other comment. What are you doing now? Are you still acting and singing ? Bob

  12. ken thelen says:

    Where are you and what are you up too.
    You’re a lucky guy,, and filled alotof hearts with all kinds of good things..

    Ken

  13. Glen says:

    im 55 now and i still enjoy your role in the rifelman programs reruns though they are. i looked upon you as a role model even to how i combed my hair back then. i owned a horse when i was 14. good luck and good life. gw

  14. Sara says:

    I still watch u all the time on Rifleman and I’m 13. My aunt Karen always watched u even when u were a Mouseketeer. Your still good looking even today :]

  15. Dorine says:

    I was just listening to my cable solid oldies channel and you came on and sang a song and I THINK JUSTIN BEBER COPIED YOU! WHAT AN ADORABLE KID YOU WERE AND SUCH A HANDSOME MAN YOU ARE NOW!

  16. Beecher O'Quinn Jr says:

    Johnny we share the same birthday I was borned on March 26,1944

  17. i grew up watching u on the rifleman and at 54 i still enjoy it, i get up early every Saturday morning just to stay tune. i have a b-day coming up on 3/21 so i take pleasure in wishing u a happy 65th birthday. May you continue to have a blessed life. : ) <3

  18. Lisbeth Johansen says:

    I am so glad to find your page and wish you happy birthday on the 29th. I love your music. If you need my services at any small events, I cook in private homes for a living just send me an email and I’ll send you a menu sample. I speialize in Scandinavian and European cuisine. I live in Tahoe, Ca but will travel. Again happy birhtday

  19. will you be in movie? yes or no

  20. Dolores Kauffman says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!! And my you be blessed with many more..

  21. LINDA DENCH says:

    I WAS SO HOOKED ON THE RIFLEMAN WHEN I WAS 14 AND AT 63 I AM HOOKED EVEN MORE..I AM SO GLAD THE RERUNS ARE BACK..MY DAY IS NOT COMPLETE IF CHUCK CONNORS AND JOHNNY CRAWFORD ARE NOT IN IT..I HOPE THEY CONTINUE THE RERUNS FOR A LONG TIME BECAUSE DON’T KNOW WHAT I WILL DO WHEN THEY STOP..TRYING TO FIND ALL EPISODES OF THE RIFLEMAN ON DVD’S BUT HAVING TROUBLE FINDING THE ORGINALS..IT IS ONE THE BEST WESTERNS OF ALL TIMES..

  22. harrey says:

    What a gifted actor at such a young age! A real rapport with “Paw”. I”m so happy the reruns are now on my cable channel. I so remember the show growing up.

  23. Charlotte says:

    Hi Johnny,

    Happy belated birthday!!! My husband and I love your reruns. At 54 and 57, we remember them when we were young but appreciate them a lot more now. We are always amazed what a convincing actor you were for such a young boy; much better then many adult actors, both then and now. God bless you for being such a wonderful role model for so many and for remaining humble in-spite of your stardom!!!

  24. patricia says:

    happy Birthday to a we’ll deserving actor. those were the days of good acting and good story lines. godless you and your family.

  25. Betty Jennings says:

    I really love the Rifleman. I still watch it on tv. Lucas was a good single parent and Mark was a very good, smart and humble little boy. Back in the day when life was simple.

  26. Linda says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I loved “The Rifleman” with you and Chuck Connors and still watch it every Saturday. I especially loved the father-son relationship and hope that the two of you were close off the set as you were on it.

  27. kent shelton says:

    I agree , over the last 40 years their has not been a better child actor and many adult actors could take a few lessons from you. The acting from both you and your actor dad, the great Chuck Conners was to this day the best tv or movie father and son relationship and was truly award winning. Thanks for the memories. Kent S

  28. ruth christine says:

    Happy belated birthday Johnny! I loved the rifelman in the 50ties & 60ties when I was a teenager.I had such a crush on you. I still do when I watch the reruns. It takes me back to the good old days. I’m a singer myself and I love the old American Standards I’d love to sing with your your band .Where do I audition?

  29. Donna says:

    It’s so good to see someone who grew up in show business living a happy, healthy life. You look so happy and good. I love to sing the big band/old standard stuff! Are you married?

  30. JEAN POWE says:

    FIRST LET ME SAY HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY AND HOPE YOU HAD A GOOD ONE. I LOVE THE RIFLEMAN, WATCH IT EVERYDAY AT 6PM NO MATTER WHAT. THE LOVE U AND CHUCK CONNORS SHARED AS FATHER AND SON WAS PRICELESS! THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES, GOD BLESS…

  31. Howard Baldwin says:

    Mr. Crawford, I’m 57 yrs old and watched the Rifleman when it originally aired, and now it’s being run on a retro TV channel that I get living in Boston. You did such good work as a youngster. So much fun watching again. Every so often, just out of the blue, I yell “PA,PA”. The best to you. Howard

  32. Becky Herring Turner says:

    You are still a hunk and I still want an autographed picture of “Mark”. How can I get one?

  33. Jerry Lindsey says:

    Mr. Crawford, I have a sweatshirt that my parents bought for me back in 1961 or 1962 that has you as Mark and Chuck Connors as the rifleman printed on it. I can’t believe I still have it after 50 years. I was around 7 or 8 years old when I got it. Maybe someday I’ll get to meet you. That would be something. May our Lord bless and keep you and yours

  34. Calvin Lee says:

    My wife and I are watching El Dorado this evening. Thought I would see what you were up to these days. Have a great Happy Birthday and best wishes to you always.

  35. Gary DeVaney says:

    Hi Johnny. We did a trucking movie back in the late 1970s with James Brolin. You had a Honda 750 and i had a Gold wing. We swapped bikes and took a ride durig lunch. Recall? Regards, Gary DeVaney

  36. tony diamond says:

    i am 45 yrs old and when i first saw you on the riffle man i new i was gay cas i fell in love with you..you we re and are still very handsome i would love to meet you…

  37. Cathy Ruff says:

    Wow, 65! Unbelievable. My husband just turned 65 on Nov 5th. Well, you both look great and you both don’t look 65. I hope you’ve had a good life. So many child stars have had a tough time. I was one of million of little girls who had a childhood crush on you. Blessings to you and yours!

  38. eugene bowski says:

    Happy Birthday from New Mexico. Have tried to figure out where Northfork was. I’ve been thinking Klines Corners

  39. DENNA MARTIN says:

    MY STEP MOTHER WAS GLORIA WINTERS (PENNY) ON SKY KING AND I MET YOU AT A CHRISTMAS PARADE IN THE LOUNGE AREA BEFORE WE GOT INTO THE CARS, I WAS 12 AND SO EXCITED TO MEET YOU….D

  40. Happy Birthday Mr Crawford I hope you have a wonderful day. I am 62 and I have watched you when I was a kid too.

  41. Gerry says:

    All the best Johnny…we’re close in age. Always enjoyed your Rifleman days.

  42. i have always admired y ou for your acting ability i bet you are a greet person happy birthday.

  43. Didimoe says:

    Hi Johnny,
    I watch you in The Rifleman daily! I love the show. It brings a sense of calm and peacefulness to an otherwise hectic day. I love your character and the way you portrayed Mark. Thanks for being you!

  44. Well, good buddy, you still have those boyish good looks. My sister Donna will be contacting you soom about Indian Paint. You were in Dallas County recently, but the bus doesn’t go to Grand Prairie. That’s my only form of transportation. Well good to see you on TV again. Best of Luck, Debbie””

  45. Happy Birthday Mr. Crawford from Middleton, Id.
    I watch “The Rifleman” every day. Great memories.
    God bless!

  46. Phantom says:

    Hello Johnny.
    A belated Happy Birthday!
    I used to deliver newspapers and run errands for people such as Lew Bedell of Dore Records on Argyle ( 1610 ) just a half block from Del Fi Records ( 6277 Selma )
    As I used to pass by the outer glass door of Del Fi on a Saturday afternoon, I always noticed your fan mail on the floor ( as delivered through the mail-slot ) There was always a pile! ( I could see your name clearly! )
    Wishing you the best.

    The Hollywood Phantom

  47. irlinda garcia says:

    happy belated b-day johnny I still see u as mark I see rifleman every Saturday my kids make fun of me I tell them that was the good old days for me to see you and chuck I always go papapapapapa the rifleman click click man ya’s awesome .. I even have my grandkids watching it with me when i’m away during commercials my granddaughter says grandma its starting here I comes running …love it just love all of the riflemans re=runs never get tired of it ..god bless you

  48. Steve Hughes says:

    Happy very belated b-day Johnny! I want to thank you for the many Saturday morning rerun episodes of “The Rifleman”. I can never get bored watching them…Great acting from all the cast. Other than that, do take care and may you be blessed with many more b-days to come….

  49. seth says:

    When I was 12 or 13 everyboy my age wanted to be you. You would not believe the ribbing I took when I played your music in Viet Nam . happpy b day god be with you

  50. mary miller says:

    Happy Birthday – loved the tv shows – did not see them when they were running in the past year I have cried and laughed -

  51. Donald Mugridge says:

    I shared your youth with you and your Pa. Have been watching reruns of what I grew up with and treasure them more today than ever. You and Lucas shared a special bond on and off the screen and it is so evident. I’m sure you were not acting. Your four letters had me in tears. I was so happy to hear that you were there for his last breath. I know he was , too. You always were and always will be my heroes. I certainly hope you read this. It comes from the bottom of my heart. I miss him, too.

  52. Rob Ezerman says:

    I’m late to the party, caught “A Young Man’s Fancy” and your singing really got to me (my mother sat on the first stand of the Philly Orchestra for 35 years, I know classical music, and can judge talent and more importantly authentic musical talent). I now have all your 45′s, including the two Sidewalk releases and plan to write them up, to do what I can to bring your youthful music back to center stage where it belongs. I’m 72 so I’d better get crackin’!

  53. manuel martin says:

    i still tear up from his performances on rifleman , he was what a son should be, good and bad but learned from mistakes , and never heard about him in tabloids ,

  54. Monika says:

    I had such a crush on you. Bet you hear that a lot. I remember seeing you perform at a local country fair when you were a teen. I loved to hear you sing on the Rifleman. I still watch the reruns every night. Glad you haven’t given up your music!

  55. Christine says:

    Who dares to disturb me from 6:00-7:00 during The Rifleman? NOBODY! Seeing the shows is one of the best things about getting older; so happy to still be here to see them! So glad you’re still around too! Nightly I marvel at what good acting there was on the show by everyone (even though some of the fight scenes aren’t all that great!) Love the story lines–always a lesson to be learned about values, compassion and our humanity. Best wishes to you, Johnny Crawford!

  56. Frank says:

    I drive my wife crazy watching re-runs of the rifleman over and over again. This show was my father’s favorite as a youngster growing up. Now that I’m all grown up (66) I continue DVRing all the shows. I noticed other comments mention that lot’s of good ideals that this program fostered in our young minds. I recall the lessons of accepting people of all races and religions. I appreciate these lessons and believe it contributed to my acceptance of all people of any religious background or ethnic background. Thanks for being a part of a worthwhile show presenting good values.

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