John Ernest Crawford, also known as Johnny Crawford, was born on March 26, 1946, in Los Angeles, California. He was an American actor best known for his roles in "El Dorado," "The Thirteenth Floor" and the popular ABC television series, "The Rifleman." He was also a singer and a musician.
Crawford's acting career began in 1955 as one of Walt Disney's original Mouseketeers. This led to over 60 television appearances before landing him his most famous role as Mark McCain on "The Rifleman," a role for which Crawford was nominated for an Emmy award at age 13.
In addition to his acting career, he was also active as a rodeo performer. In the 1960s and 70s, Crawford competed in rodeos throughout the country as a member of Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association.
Crawford also enjoyed success as a recording artist, recording a series of Billboard hits in the late 50s and early 60s. These hits included "Cindy's Birthday," which peaked at no. 8 on the charts in 1962, as well as the chart toppers "Rumours," "Your Nose is Gonna Grow" and "Proud." Crawford also leads a vintage dance orchestra. As of 2015, Crawford lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Charlotte Samco.