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Donna Donna from Albany, NY wrote on June 18, 2021 at 4:59 pm
Dear Charlotte: My sincere condolences on the loss of your beloved husband. Our family has enjoyed the Rifleman for years. Just this month we discovered it was available to watch again, and are enjoying it again. I like to look up show trivia while watching and discovered the news of Johnny's passing. How sad I felt at his loss, especially the last living link to a classic show. His wonderful boyish smile still the same after all the years. I especially felt bad to learn of his suffering a horrible disease. I empathize, my sister lost her husband this year to a horrible disease, he was only 71. That Johnny was taken at 75 still seems like he was too young and we were cheated. But thanks to him for hours of good will and moral entertainment, that will live on.
Dear Charlotte: My sincere condolences on the loss of your beloved husband. Our family has enjoyed the Rifleman for years. Just this month we discovered it was available to watch again, and are enjoying it again. I like to look up show trivia while watching and discovered the news of Johnny's passing. How sad I felt at his loss, especially the last living link to a classic show. His wonderful boyish smile still the same after all the years. I especially felt bad to learn of his suffering a horrible disease. I empathize, my sister lost her husband this year to a horrible disease, he was only 71. That Johnny was taken at 75 still seems like he was too young and we were cheated. But thanks to him for hours of good will and moral entertainment, that will live on.
Wayne Wayne from Santa Fe, NM wrote on June 18, 2021 at 1:18 pm
Thank you for bringing such joy and entertainment to so many lives. You will forever be remembered with fondness
Thank you for bringing such joy and entertainment to so many lives. You will forever be remembered with fondness
TOM PORTEL TOM PORTEL from Pueblo CO wrote on June 16, 2021 at 6:58 am
My heart is heavy recalling the passing of my boyhood idol Johnny Crawford (same age, month, and yr). I heard about Johnny in of all places: a father-son barber shop yesterday (important news travels slowly for me). The producers, directors, and writers knew who they had in Mark and "pa" McCain especially in the 50's-60's where the tag of "father-son estrangement" was so prevalent. The interaction between father and son was so authentic. Realism can only describe the McCains in both happiness and teaching which was so evident in what was the "Golden-Age" of television my generation and Johnny's ushered in. I couldn't sleep last night distracted with the loss of Johnny so I got up and read. I read a lot. Currently I'm with Roger Rosenblatt ("The Story I Am") and so timely he writes about his mother and Alzheimers. Roger writes: "The thing about Alzheimers is that if it lasts long enough, it takes away everything, not only by erasing the person you once knew but by erasing the you you knew, too,....." The essence of a very tragic disease so eloquently written. The thing is as long as I breathe Johnny's memory will remain. Thank you Charlotte... Read more
My heart is heavy recalling the passing of my boyhood idol Johnny Crawford (same age, month, and yr). I heard about Johnny in of all places: a father-son barber shop yesterday (important news travels slowly for me).

The producers, directors, and writers knew who they had in Mark and "pa" McCain especially in the 50's-60's where the tag of "father-son estrangement" was so prevalent. The interaction between father and son was so authentic. Realism can only describe the McCains in both happiness and teaching which was so evident in what was the "Golden-Age" of television my generation and Johnny's ushered in.

I couldn't sleep last night distracted with the loss of Johnny so I got up and read. I read a lot. Currently I'm with Roger Rosenblatt ("The Story I Am") and so timely he writes about his mother and Alzheimers. Roger writes: "The thing about Alzheimers is that if it lasts long enough, it takes away everything, not only by erasing the person you once knew but by erasing the you you knew, too,....." The essence of a very tragic disease so eloquently written. The thing is as long as I breathe Johnny's memory will remain.

Thank you Charlotte for relating Johnny's last breathing moments. As a retired RN I only wish I could have been there to share with two exceptional human beings.

Thank you also Charlotte, Bobby, the Connors family, and all who contributed to the livelihood of Johnny Crawford. RIP my boyfriend. Well deserved.
John Page John Page from Green Cove Springs wrote on June 8, 2021 at 6:01 pm
God Bless you Johnny. I enjoyed growing up with you. I cried tonight when I learned you had passed. My love and respects to you and your family.
God Bless you Johnny. I enjoyed growing up with you. I cried tonight when I learned you had passed. My love and respects to you and your family.
MR.N MRS ERNEST N DEBORAH NORMANDIN,JR MR.N MRS ERNEST N DEBORAH NORMANDIN,JR from Pawtucket wrote on June 5, 2021 at 2:35 pm
We didn't know Johnny died We well My Hubby Watching Him Right Now I Loved The Way The Two People Got Along So Great It's A Very Painful Loss N R Deepest Sympathy To His Family N Friends He Well Be Forever On Film"THE RIFLEMEN" I LOVE HIS SINGING HE DID On The Show
We didn't know Johnny died We well My Hubby Watching Him Right Now I Loved The Way The Two People Got Along So Great It's A Very Painful Loss N R Deepest Sympathy To His Family N Friends He Well Be Forever On Film"THE RIFLEMEN" I LOVE HIS SINGING HE DID On The Show
Bair Bair from Up north wrote on May 30, 2021 at 6:47 pm
โ€ฆ.meant to add, he intones this as the final bars of Battle Hymn of the Republic play loud & proud - the screaming match that precedes it between Sheridan & the Rebel, is loud & believable - itโ€™s the tops all the way around
โ€ฆ.meant to add, he intones this as the final bars of Battle Hymn of the Republic play loud & proud - the screaming match that precedes it between Sheridan & the Rebel, is loud & believable - itโ€™s the tops all the way around
Bair Bair from Up north wrote on May 30, 2021 at 6:37 pm
The Gen. Sheridan episode has gotta be one of the best - Lawrence Dobkin & Royal Dano steal the show as ex-Civil War Union Gen. Phil Sheridan, & Johnny Reb, a one-armed Rebel veteran respectively - โ€œalright Johnny, watta ya hanging fire now forโ€ as the general coolly lights his cigar - itโ€™s also 1 of the Rifleman series best endings - w/Sheridan intoning โ€œIโ€™m carrying out the last & greatest order of my wartime Cmdr in Chief - Bind Up The Nationโ€™s Woundsโ€ Thank you Johnny C, & Chuck, for all those great shows
The Gen. Sheridan episode has gotta be one of the best - Lawrence Dobkin & Royal Dano steal the show as ex-Civil War Union Gen. Phil Sheridan, & Johnny Reb, a one-armed Rebel veteran respectively - โ€œalright Johnny, watta ya hanging fire now forโ€ as the general coolly lights his cigar - itโ€™s also 1 of the Rifleman series best endings - w/Sheridan intoning โ€œIโ€™m carrying out the last & greatest order of my wartime Cmdr in Chief - Bind Up The Nationโ€™s Woundsโ€
Thank you Johnny C, & Chuck, for all those great shows
Priscilla Priscilla from Riverside Ca. wrote on May 29, 2021 at 6:05 pm
Johnny Crawford was one of the handsomest kids in films! I had a big crush on him when I was a child! He was so cute! And what a great personality! And to top that off.. he could act! I was in love with his hit song Cindy's Birthday! Johnny Crawford will never be forgotten by anyone that watches The Rifleman even today! I just know Johnny is in Heaven! He was one of the good guys!
Johnny Crawford was one of the handsomest kids in films! I had a big crush on him when I was a child! He was so cute! And what a great personality! And to top that off.. he could act! I was in love with his hit song Cindy's Birthday! Johnny Crawford will never be forgotten by anyone that watches The Rifleman even today! I just know Johnny is in Heaven! He was one of the good guys!
Susie B Susie B from Milwaukee wrote on May 29, 2021 at 4:27 pm
When I was young, my Mom know not to have dinner ready until after 6:00, because The Rifleman was on until then. Of course, I had a crush on Johnny, but I also loved the show and the messages it portrayed. (My Dad was frequently mistaken for Chuck Connors as well.) At 65, I am now so enjoying reruns of The Rifleman on cable TV, and loving it all over again. Iโ€™m so very sorry that Johnny had Alzheimerโ€™s - but he was certainly fortunate to have such a wonderful wonderful wife and friends who truly cared about him.
When I was young, my Mom know not to have dinner ready until after 6:00, because The Rifleman was on until then. Of course, I had a crush on Johnny, but I also loved the show and the messages it portrayed. (My Dad was frequently mistaken for Chuck Connors as well.) At 65, I am now so enjoying reruns of The Rifleman on cable TV, and loving it all over again. Iโ€™m so very sorry that Johnny had Alzheimerโ€™s - but he was certainly fortunate to have such a wonderful wonderful wife and friends who truly cared about him.
R Fitzgerald R Fitzgerald from Clovis, Ca wrote on May 29, 2021 at 12:12 am
Johnny and I attended Elementary School together back when when we were 9 or 10. Cheramoya Street School in West Hollywood. We sat next to each other. I remember the day his mom or agent brought him to class. He had been picked to be a Mouseketeer. Would watch him on that show and of course the Rifleman after school. Pretty cool.
Johnny and I attended Elementary School together back when when we were 9 or 10. Cheramoya Street School in West Hollywood. We sat next to each other. I remember the day his mom or agent brought him to class. He had been picked to be a Mouseketeer. Would watch him on that show and of course the Rifleman after school. Pretty cool.
Scott Gilbert Scott Gilbert from Santa Barbara wrote on May 19, 2021 at 11:35 pm
Out of the blue I decided to check in on Johnny only to be shocked at his passing. I cannot tell you how much I was saddened to hear the news. He was truly one of the rare legends of the entertainment industry. The first child actor of the television age in the 20th century. A real piece of Americana as Mark in The Rifleman. Talented with a booming personality and a smile that would brighten ones day. When I was younger and watching the show I wasn't aware of his musical talent, and then one episode I heard him out of nowhere belt out greensleeves. He had a great singing voice as well. A true entertainer who will live on in our hearts, immortalized on film for generations to come. Johnny Crawford you will be missed, thank you.
Out of the blue I decided to check in on Johnny only to be shocked at his passing. I cannot tell you how much I was saddened to hear the news. He was truly one of the rare legends of the entertainment industry. The first child actor of the television age in the 20th century. A real piece of Americana as Mark in The Rifleman. Talented with a booming personality and a smile that would brighten ones day. When I was younger and watching the show I wasn't aware of his musical talent, and then one episode I heard him out of nowhere belt out greensleeves. He had a great singing voice as well. A true entertainer who will live on in our hearts, immortalized on film for generations to come. Johnny Crawford you will be missed, thank you.
Nancy Akers Nancy Akers from Wentzville wrote on May 19, 2021 at 12:48 pm
What a wonderful tribute by Jim Longworth! I think many of us have voiced how we felt Johnny was a โ€œgenuinely nice guyโ€ during each stage of his life and the confirmation is in that article. What a special person we have lost but through legacy and his family, we are still able to enjoy and appreciate him. Thank you all. Noticed there will be more photos shared. Thereโ€™s one I will be watching for. Peace to you all and to Johnny. Youโ€™re a special woman Charlotte for your love and care.
What a wonderful tribute by Jim Longworth! I think many of us have voiced how we felt Johnny was a โ€œgenuinely nice guyโ€ during each stage of his life and the confirmation is in that article. What a special person we have lost but through legacy and his family, we are still able to enjoy and appreciate him. Thank you all. Noticed there will be more photos shared. Thereโ€™s one I will be watching for. Peace to you all and to Johnny. Youโ€™re a special woman Charlotte for your love and care.
Robin Edinger Robin Edinger from Brooklyn, NY wrote on May 17, 2021 at 1:45 pm
I was a fan of Johnny's when I was 10 years old (I'm 70 now!) I remember him from the Micky Mouse Club, but moreso from The Rifleman. I remember one evening that The Rifleman was on and I was out with my parents. I kept telling them we had to get home so I could watch The Rifleman! As fast as Dad tried to drive, there was so much traffic that we got home just as the episode ended! I was so heartbroken that I missed that episode and had to wait another week to see Johnny! But now he is home, not in pain and the memories of his life is there to reflect upon. Thank you Johnny for the joy you brought to my life for all these years!
I was a fan of Johnny's when I was 10 years old (I'm 70 now!) I remember him from the Micky Mouse Club, but moreso from The Rifleman. I remember one evening that The Rifleman was on and I was out with my parents. I kept telling them we had to get home so I could watch The Rifleman! As fast as Dad tried to drive, there was so much traffic that we got home just as the episode ended! I was so heartbroken that I missed that episode and had to wait another week to see Johnny! But now he is home, not in pain and the memories of his life is there to reflect upon. Thank you Johnny for the joy you brought to my life for all these years!
Stephen Bair Stephen Bair from Up north wrote on May 16, 2021 at 4:47 pm
Russ it sounds similar to one of the final Rflmn episodes where Mark fell off his horse, lost use of his legs, so Lucas & Lu take him to where there are mineral springs, which the doctor said would restore his legs - long trip, they get there but run into prison escapees, plus it gets freezing cold that night
Russ it sounds similar to one of the final Rflmn episodes where Mark fell off his horse, lost use of his legs, so Lucas & Lu take him to where there are mineral springs, which the doctor said would restore his legs - long trip, they get there but run into prison escapees, plus it gets freezing cold that night
Loved Johnny Loved Johnny wrote on May 16, 2021 at 3:07 pm
I am 65 now. Way back when I was 12 or so I had a mad crush on Johnny when I saw him in "The Rifleman". He was my hero back then and I wanted to be just like him then. Not until I was about 18 did I understand, me being a guy also loved him so much. Back in the 60's attraction to the same sex was not discussed nor understood much. A 12 yo boy in love with a 12 yo boy would not have gone so well in any household back then. I still watch the re-runs and remember back to my thoughts of how much I wanted to be just like him back then. He was my hero and I always wished I could be part of his family with his TV dad "Lucas". I wanted him to be my brother. Johnny, rest in peace and I will always remember the great smiles you brought to my face when I saw you with your dad Lucas on TV.
I am 65 now. Way back when I was 12 or so I had a mad crush on Johnny when I saw him in "The Rifleman". He was my hero back then and I wanted to be just like him then. Not until I was about 18 did I understand, me being a guy also loved him so much. Back in the 60's attraction to the same sex was not discussed nor understood much. A 12 yo boy in love with a 12 yo boy would not have gone so well in any household back then.

I still watch the re-runs and remember back to my thoughts of how much I wanted to be just like him back then. He was my hero and I always wished I could be part of his family with his TV dad "Lucas". I wanted him to be my brother.

Johnny, rest in peace and I will always remember the great smiles you brought to my face when I saw you with your dad Lucas on TV.
Russ McClay Russ McClay wrote on May 15, 2021 at 8:47 pm
I am saddened, and shocked, to hear about your loss. I am 64 yrs old, and am a big fan of The Rifleman show, and still watch the reruns today. I remember other shows that Johnny was in... like Mr. Ed, and Branded (another show with Chuck Connors) where Johnny played a sheriff. There was another western when Johnny was very young, playing as a boy that lost the use of his legs. I can't remember the name of that western, though. It might have been a Lone Ranger episode. Anyway, Johnny Crawford will always be apart of my life. God bless all of you whom knew him best.
I am saddened, and shocked, to hear about your loss. I am 64 yrs old, and am a big fan of The Rifleman show, and still watch the reruns today. I remember other shows that Johnny was in... like Mr. Ed, and Branded (another show with Chuck Connors) where Johnny played a sheriff. There was another western when Johnny was very young, playing as a boy that lost the use of his legs. I can't remember the name of that western, though. It might have been a Lone Ranger episode. Anyway, Johnny Crawford will always be apart of my life. God bless all of you whom knew him best.
Ashley Barr Ashley Barr from Golden wrote on May 15, 2021 at 6:57 am
I am only 27 but Johnny Crawford was my childhood crush. My dad grew up watching the Rifleman and introduced me to it when I was growing up. It was my favorite show and to this day is still one of them- it's a comfort show of mine. I met Johhny back in 2014 and I am so beyond fortunate. My dad and I just happened to find an old west show traveling through Denver and decided to go not knowing he would be there. I rounded a corner and saw a sign that said "Johnny Crawford" and honestly thought it would just be memorabilia- I did NOT expect to look down from the sign to see him standing at the booth. I have NEVER been a person that goes insane to meet stars-or cared about meeting bands/etc. But when I saw Johnny-21 year old me had to turn and run out of view for a minute to compose myself. My dad all the while poking fun at me. To this day there is no one else I would be so insanely happy to see as I was him. I went back and bought several things for him to autograph... Read more
I am only 27 but Johnny Crawford was my childhood crush. My dad grew up watching the Rifleman and introduced me to it when I was growing up. It was my favorite show and to this day is still one of them- it's a comfort show of mine.
I met Johhny back in 2014 and I am so beyond fortunate. My dad and I just happened to find an old west show traveling through Denver and decided to go not knowing he would be there.
I rounded a corner and saw a sign that said "Johnny Crawford" and honestly thought it would just be memorabilia- I did NOT expect to look down from the sign to see him standing at the booth. I have NEVER been a person that goes insane to meet stars-or cared about meeting bands/etc. But when I saw Johnny-21 year old me had to turn and run out of view for a minute to compose myself. My dad all the while poking fun at me. To this day there is no one else I would be so insanely happy to see as I was him. I went back and bought several things for him to autograph and honestly probably talked to him for 30+ minutes that day. He was SO KIND. My dad-being my dad-trying to embarrass me kept saying that he didn't just make my day but that he had made my LIFE. He honestly wasn't wrong- 7 years later and I STILL look back on that moment and get so immensely happy/laugh at the memories. He of course took several pictures with me and even at one point pushed my hair out of my face and kissed my cheek. He was so incredibly sweet. I am obsessed at the fact that I own stuff that he touched/signed for me. I even bought a couple records from his personal collection (though not that he probably ever played them but still.) It makes me so happy to have that and my memories. I wish I could have met him again but the once also was more than some so I'll take it.
I honestly got a little teary eyed April 29th when I heard of his passing.
Charlotte, you were married to such a kind man who inspired so many and so many loved-hopefully that helps the healing a LITTLE. You were so great to him and thank you for keeping the fans so in tune with his life when he couldn't.
My condolences to Bobby and the rest of Johnny's family as well.
I wish you all the best and hope you take comfort in the way he made others feel-the joy he brought to us all and will continue to do. โค
Leeann Stewart Leeann Stewart from Arizona wrote on May 14, 2021 at 8:00 pm
It's been two weeks since Johnny died and I still cry my eyes out every day from it. I am a 14 year old girl from Columbus, Ohio who absolutely adored everything about Johnny. I grew up watching every single movie and TV show he has been in. I've been watching The Rifleman every day since I was around 5 years old. The bond Chuck and Johnny had was honestly so delightful and it inspired me to be close with my own dad as well. Johnny has inspired me to do a lot of things, such as the horse back riding and rodeo. Although my father things I am still a little young for rodeo, I know that's what I am going to end up doing as I am a little older. In 2013 at the Festival of the West, me and my dad had went and we met Johnny. I was only 6 years old, and I remember the day like it was yesterday. Johnny was such a sweetheart, and I remember him holding out his hand so that I could come sit on his lap and talk to him, and I did. We had talked about how I've... Read more
It's been two weeks since Johnny died and I still cry my eyes out every day from it. I am a 14 year old girl from Columbus, Ohio who absolutely adored everything about Johnny. I grew up watching every single movie and TV show he has been in. I've been watching The Rifleman every day since I was around 5 years old. The bond Chuck and Johnny had was honestly so delightful and it inspired me to be close with my own dad as well. Johnny has inspired me to do a lot of things, such as the horse back riding and rodeo. Although my father things I am still a little young for rodeo, I know that's what I am going to end up doing as I am a little older. In 2013 at the Festival of the West, me and my dad had went and we met Johnny. I was only 6 years old, and I remember the day like it was yesterday. Johnny was such a sweetheart, and I remember him holding out his hand so that I could come sit on his lap and talk to him, and I did. We had talked about how I've been growing up, learning and watching you. I remember saying "You were a handsome boy." and he just laughed and smiled away. I also remember him singing me his song 'Debbie', as we were dancing too. I also had brought him a gift, I had brought him a cowboy hat and a belt buckle. And in return, he just gave me a memory that I'll never forget. He gave me a small kiss on the cheek, and I had given him the biggest hug ever. If only my dad had gotten pictures and films, but we were poor then and didn't have the money to buy a camera to take pictures and film with. May his beautiful soul rest in peace. His memory will live with me until I meet with him again in heaven. We love you, Johnny. Oh, how I miss you so much.
Linda Williamson Linda Williamson from vinton wrote on May 14, 2021 at 12:07 pm
Very sorry to hear of the passing of a talented actor & musician. We continue to watch Johnny every day on The Rifleman and recently saw him on other western series. When my sister & I were young we idolized him because he was such a good looking boy and we never heard any negative press about him ever. We will miss him-just knowing that he's gone but will continue to watch him as long as the series is on TV. He is indeed a family member you can be proud of... RIP
Very sorry to hear of the passing of a talented actor & musician. We continue to watch Johnny every day on The Rifleman and recently saw him on other western series. When my sister & I were young we idolized him because he was such a good looking boy and we never heard any negative press about him ever. We will miss him-just knowing that he's gone but will continue to watch him as long as the series is on TV. He is indeed a family member you can be proud of... RIP
Paul Wagner Paul Wagner wrote on May 13, 2021 at 9:04 am
In 1975, I saw Johnny Crawford at Mayfair grocery store in Hollywood. There was no one around, and he was singing a Christmas carol to himself. Oh, How I wanted to step in and harmonize with him. What a delightful memory.
In 1975, I saw Johnny Crawford at Mayfair grocery store in Hollywood. There was no one around, and he was singing a Christmas carol to himself. Oh, How I wanted to step in and harmonize with him. What a delightful memory.