Thursday, October 28, 2010
RIP John Crawford
Crawford was spotted by a Warner Bros. scout while attending the U. of Washington's School of Drama and though he failed a screen test he joined RKO as a laborer.
He followed that up by working at Circle Theater in Los Angeles building sets and persuaded the producers to cast him in some of its plays. Soon Columbia signed him to act in its westerns.
He moved to bigger roles in such films as 1958's "Orders to Kill" and "The Key" in the U.K. On his return to the U.S. he wascast in 1970s action pics including "The Enforcer," "Towering Inferno" and "The Poseidon Adventure."
Crawford had recurring arcs in iconic TV shows of the era from "The Waltons" to "Swiss Family Robinson" and "Gunsmoke." He last appeared on TV in 1986's "Hardcastle and McCormick."
In 2009, "My Rodeo Years: Memoir of a Bronc Rider's Path to Hollywood Fame" was published, with Crawford sharing writing credits with stuntman Yakima Canutt.
Survivors include his longtime companion, Ann Wakefield; four daughters; and two grandchildren.
CRAWFORD, John (Cleve Richardson)
Born: 9/13/1920, Colfax, Washington, U.S.A.
Died: 9/21/2010, Newbury Park, California, U.S.A.
John Crawford’s westerns - actor screenwriter:
Sons of Adventure - 1948 (George Norton)
Adventures of Frank and Jesse James - 1948 (Amos Ramsey)
Dangers of the Canadian Mounted - 1948 (Danton)
Ghost of Zorro - 1949 (Agent Mulvaney)
The James Brothers of Missouri - 1949 (Mr. Chason)
Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok (TV) - 1951, 1953, 1958 (King Bradshaw, MacLaren, Johnny Hendricks)
Raton Pass - 1951 (Sam)
Man in the Saddle - 1951 (Isham rider)
Northwest Territrory - 1951 (LeBeau)
The Roy Rogers Show (TV) - 1952 (Frank Latimore, Jim)
Old Oklahoma Plains - 1952 (Chuck Ramsey)
Son of Geronimo: Apache Avenger - 1952 (Ace Devlin)
Star of Texas - 1953 (Texas Ranger Stockton)
Marshal of Cedar Rock - 1953 (Peters)
Rebel City - 1953 (Spencer)
The Lone Ranger (TV) - Gig Austin, Deputy Phil Watts, Otto)
Conquest of Cochise - 1953 (Capt. Bill Lawson)
Hopalong Cassidy (TV) - 1952, 1953 (Ross, Frank Dale, Sid Michael)
Battle of Rogue River - 1954 (Capt. Richard Hillman)
The Cisco Kid (TV) - 1954 (Sheriff Al White, Sheriff Todd)
The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin (TV) - 1956 (Johnny Thor)
Sheriff of Cochise (TV) - 1956 (Larry Turner)
Circus Boy (TV) - 1956 (Matt)
Gunsmoke (TV) - 1959, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1973, 1974 (Hod Scurlock, Loy Bishop, Les Torbet, Hall Biggs, drunk, Yates, Pinto, Amos Strange, Norman Wilson, Frank Blanchard, Hugh Eaton, Muller)
Wagon Train (TV) - 1961 (stranger)
Daniel Boone (TV) - 1965, 1966 (Jeremy Cain, Tolliver, Press Boker)
Duel at Diablo - 1966 (Clay Dean)
Return of the Gunfighter - 1967 (Butch Cassidy)
Hondo (TV) - 1967 (Gar Harker)
The Big Valley (TV) - 1967, 1968 (Jim Stone, Gandy)
The Wild Wild West (TV) - 1968 Professor Philip Colecast)
The Guns of Will Sonnett (TV) - 1969 (Charlie)
Bonanza (TV) - 1970 (Burton Roberts)
The Ballad of Cable Hogue - 1970 [screenwriter]
J. W. Coop - 1971 (rancher)
Nichols (TV) - 1972 (Sgt. Kessler)
The McMahons (TV) - 1976 (Hale Crowley)
Desperate Women (TV) - 1978
How the West Was Won (TV) - 1979 (Marshal Towne)
The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again - 1979 (Capt. Sherick)