Biography

Burly, handsome and rugged character actor John Crawford appeared in over 200 movies and TV shows combined in a career that spanned over 40 years, usually cast as tough and/or villainous characters.

Crawford was born Cleve Richardson on September 13, 1920, in Colfax, Washington. He was discovered by a Warner Bros. scout while attending the University of Washington's School of Drama. Although he failed his screen test, Crawford nonetheless joined RKO as a laborer. He then got a job building sets at Circle Theater in Los Angeles, and eventually persuaded the producers to cast him in some of their plays. He was soon signed to Columbia Pictures to act in secondary roles in westerns. In the late 1950s he graduated to bigger parts in such films as Ordre de tuer

 (1958), La clé (1958) and Un homme pour le bagne (1960), all of which were made in the UK. Crawford returned to America in the early 1960s and began a prolific career in both movies and TV series, up until 1986. His most memorable film roles include the ill-fated chief engineer inL'aventure du Poséidon (1972), the hearty Tom Iverson in La fugue (1975), the bumbling mayor of San Francisco in L'inspecteur ne renonce jamais (1976), hard-nosed police chief Buzz Cavanaugh in Un couple en fuite (1977) and amiable old mine hand Brian Deerling in The Boogens (1981). John had recurring parts as Sheriff Ep Bridges inLa famille des collines (1971) and Capt. Parks on Sergent Anderson (1974). Among the many TV shows he made guest appearances in are The Lone Ranger (1949), Superman(1952), Les espions (1965), La quatrième dimension (1959), Les incorruptibles (1959),La grande caravane (1957), Le fugitif (1963), Star Trek (1966), Perdus dans l'espace(1965), Bonanza (1959), Stalag 13 (1965), Mission impossible (1966), Gunsmoke(1955), Super Jaimie (1976), Dallas (1978) and Dynastie (1981). Crawford died at age 90 following complications from a stroke on September 21, 2010, in Thousand Oaks, California. He's survived by his ex-wife Ann Wakefield, four daughters and two grandchildren. - IMDb Mini Biography

Burly, handsome and rugged character actor John Crawford appeared in over 200 movies and TV shows combined in a career that spanned over 40 years, usually cast as tough and/or villainous characters.

Crawford was born Cleve Richardson on September 13, 1920, in Colfax, Washington. He was discovered by a Warner Bros. scout while attending the University of Washington's School of Drama. Although he failed his screen test, Crawford nonetheless joined RKO as a laborer. He then got a job building sets at Circle Theater in Los Angeles, and eventually persuaded the producers to cast him in some of their plays. He was soon signed to Columbia Pictures to act in secondary roles in westerns. In the late 1950s he graduated to bigger parts in such films as Ordre de tuer

 (1958), La clé (1958) and Un homme pour le bagne (1960), all of which were made in the UK. Crawford returned to America in the early 1960s and began a prolific career in both movies and TV series, up until 1986. His most memorable film roles include the ill-fated chief engineer inL'aventure du Poséidon (1972), the hearty Tom Iverson in La fugue (1975), the bumbling mayor of San Francisco in L'inspecteur ne renonce jamais (1976), hard-nosed police chief Buzz Cavanaugh in Un couple en fuite (1977) and amiable old mine hand Brian Deerling in The Boogens (1981). John had recurring parts as Sheriff Ep Bridges inLa famille des collines (1971) and Capt. Parks on Sergent Anderson (1974). Among the many TV shows he made guest appearances in are The Lone Ranger (1949), Superman(1952), Les espions (1965), La quatrième dimension (1959), Les incorruptibles (1959),La grande caravane (1957), Le fugitif (1963), Star Trek (1966), Perdus dans l'espace(1965), Bonanza (1959), Stalag 13 (1965), Mission impossible (1966), Gunsmoke(1955), Super Jaimie (1976), Dallas (1978) and Dynastie (1981). Crawford died at age 90 following complications from a stroke on September 21, 2010, in Thousand Oaks, California. He's survived by his ex-wife Ann Wakefield, four daughters and two grandchildren. - IMDb Mini Biography

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 112

Birthday 1920-09-13

Day of Death 2010-09-21

Place of Birth Colfax - Washington - USA

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Also Known As

  • Johnny Crawford
  • Cleve Allen Richardson
  • Cleve Richardson

Acting TV ShowsMovies

13 Demon Street(2 episodes)
1983 Hardcastle and McCormick(1 episode)
1982 Knight Rider(1 episode) as Mac Thomas
1982 Matt Houston(1 episode)
1982 Knight Rider(1 episode) as Sheriff Moore
1982 The Powers of Matthew Star(23 episodes) as General Tucker
1981 The Boogens as Brian Deering
1981 Dynasty(4 episodes)
1979 Trapper John, M.D.(1 episode)
1979 The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again as Captain Sherick
1979 Lawman Without a Gun as Sgt. Hunt
1979 Dreamer as Riverboat Captain
1979 Hard Knocks as Josh
1979 Tilt as Mickey
1979 Friends(1 episode)
1979 Salvage 1(1 episode)
1978 Kaz(1 episode)
1978 The Incredible Hulk(1 episode)
1977 Outlaw Blues as Buzz Cavenaugh
1977 The Amazing Spider-Man(1 episode)
1977 Eight Is Enough(1 episode)
1976 The Enforcer as The Mayor
1976 The Tony Randall Show(1 episode)
1976 Charlie's Angels(1 episode)
1976 How the West Was Won(1 episode)
1976 The Bionic Woman(1 episode)
1975 Guilty or Innocent: The Sam Sheppard Murder Case as Fred Stoner
1975 Bronk(1 episode)
1975 The Swiss Family Robinson(2 episodes)
1975 Night Moves as Tom Iverson
1975 The Invisible Man(1 episode)
1974 The Towering Inferno as Callahan
1974 Police Woman(8 episodes)
1974 Harry O(2 episodes)
1974 Petrocelli(1 episode)
1974 Little House on the Prairie(1 episode)
1974 Rhoda(1 episode)
1974 The Rockford Files(1 episode) as Christian
1974 The Rockford Files(1 episode) as Dr. Kenilworth
1973 Message to My Daughter as Abortionist
1973 Police Story(1 episode)
1973 The Severed Arm as Doctor Sanders
1972 The Poseidon Adventure as Chief Engineer
1972 The Bob Newhart Show(1 episode)
1972 The Waltons(43 episodes) as Sheriff Ep Bridges
1972 J.W. Coop as Rancher
1969 The Ravine as Captain Keller
1968 Land of the Giants(1 episode)
1967 Mannix(1 episode)
1967 The Guns of Will Sonnett(1 episode)
1967 Hondo(1 episode)
1967 Spring Night, Summer Night
1967 Return of the Gunfighter as Butch Cassidy
1966 The Time Tunnel(4 episodes)
1966 Tarzan(1 episode)
1966 Star Trek(1 episode) as Commissioner Ferris
1966 Duel at Diablo as Clay Dean
1966 Batman(2 episodes)
1965 The Wild Wild West(1 episode)
1965 Hogan's Heroes(7 episodes)
1965 Lost in Space(1 episode)
1965 The Big Valley(2 episodes)
1965 I Saw What You Did as State Trooper
1965 The Greatest Story Ever Told as Alexander
1964 Profiles in Courage(1 episode)
1964 Daniel Boone(4 episodes)
1964 Another World(1,668 episodes)
1963 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre(1 episode)
1963 My Favorite Martian(1 episode)
1963 The Fugitive(1 episode)
1963 Jason and the Argonauts as Polydeuces (uncredited)
1962 Combat!(2 episodes)
1960 Danger Man(1 episode)
1960 Hell Is a City as Don Starling
1960 The Impersonator as Sgt. Jimmy Bradford
1959 Solomon and Sheba as Joab
1959 The Twilight Zone(1 episode)
1958 Floods of Fear as Jack Murphy
1958 Intent to Kill as Boyd
1958 The Key as American Captain
1957 Trackdown(1 episode)
1956 State Trooper(1 episode)
1956 Telephone Time(1 episode)
1955 Gunsmoke(14 episodes)
1954 The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin(1 episode)
1954 Battle of Rogue River as Capt. Richard Hillman
1953 Secret of Outlaw Flats as King Bradshaw
1953 Slaves of Babylon as Avil
1953 The Big Heat as Al - Bannion's Brother-in-Law (uncredited)
1953 The Great Adventures of Captain Kidd as Captain Kidd
1953 Rebel City as Joe Spencer
1953 Serpent of the Nile as Captain Domitius
1953 Marshal of Cedar Rock as Chris Peters - Henchman
1953 Star of Texas as Texas Ranger Stockton
1952 A Star Shall Rise as Gaspar
1952 Son of Geronimo as Ace Devlin [Chs.1-9]
1952 Hopalong Cassidy(3 episodes)
1952 Adventures of Superman(1 episode)
1952 Old Oklahoma Plains as Chuck Ramsey
1952 Blackhawk as Chuck
1952 Zombies of the Stratosphere as Roth
1951 Northwest Territory as LeBeau
1951 The Adventures of Boston Blackie(1 episode)
1951 The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok(2 episodes)
1951 Raton Pass as Sam
1950 The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show(1 episode)
1950 Lonely Heart Bandits as Stevedore
1950 The Invisible Monster as Harris
1949 Ghost of Zorro as Agent Mulvaney - Ch. 3, 4
1949 Radar Patrol vs. Spy King as Sands
1948 Adventures of Frank and Jesse James as Amos Ramsey
1948 Ford Theatre(2 episodes)
1948 Sons of Adventure as George Norton - Cameraman

Writing

1970 The Ballad of Cable HogueWriter

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