Johnny Crawford was one of my idols when I was a kid. Although he is best known for his role as Mark McCain on The Rifleman, he was a very busy young man, appearing in not just Mickey Mouse Clubhouse but a myriad of other movies and tv shows.
He also had a musical career with several of his songs making it to the top ten on the charts. His most famous was Cindy’s Birthday.
He appeared on the rodeo circuit for a time; apparently he was a master at rope tricks, which he had learned during his years on western/cowboy pictures. He served in the armed forces for a few years as well, but kept returning to acting. His last picture was a piece with Chuck Conners in which the roles from The Rifleman were reprised. Apparently Johnny and Chuck had remained close in all the years since their television show.
Crawford’s career was cut off when he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2019. Sadly he passed away from complications of Covid last week. He was apparently a really nice person and had a beautiful smile right up until the end.
Who did you have a crush on when you were younger? (Or now for that matter!)