Johnny Crawford, of ‘Rifleman’ fame, dies at 75

Walk of Western Stars 2016 inductee, Johnny Crawford twirls a rope around himself as he stands on his star after the unveiling ceremony on Main Street in Newhall in April 2016. Dan Watson/Signal

By Danielle Gallegos  
For The Signal 

Johnny Crawford, the actor best known for his role as Mark McCain in “The Rifleman,” died Thursday after battling COVID-19 and pneumonia. He was 75. 

Crawford’s wife, Charlotte, was by his side, according to a website devoted to his life and career He also was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in early 2019, according to the website. 

Johnny Crawford appears in “The Rifleman” in 1961. Public domain photo

Crawford earned a star on the Old Town Newhall Western Walk of Stars on April 21, 2016, according to “The Rifleman” was filmed from 1958 to 1963, with its first season receiving an Emmy nomination in 1959 for Best Western Series. Crawford appeared in more than 20 Western television shows and movies over the course of his career. 

Crawford also received an Emmy nomination that same year for Best Supporting Actor and continuing character in “The Rifleman,” according to The website also added any potential public memorial plans would be posted if and when available.

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