John Crawford (actor)

John Crawford (born Cleve Allen Richardson; September 13, 1920 – September 21, 2010) was an American actor.[1] He appeared in a 1961 episode of The Twilight Zone, called "A Hundred Yards Over the Rim", and in several Gunsmoke episodes. He had a key role in the 1975 film Night Moves, a crime thriller starring Gene Hackman, and played the mayor of San Francisco in 1976's The Enforcer, the third Dirty Harry film featuring Clint Eastwood.

John Crawford
John Crawford in The 300 Spartans trailer.jpg
Screenshot of John Crawford from the trailer for 1962's The 300 Spartans
Born
Cleve Allen Richardson

(1920-09-13)September 13, 1920
DiedSeptember 21, 2010(2010-09-21) (aged 90)
OccupationActor
Years active1944–1986
Spouse(s)Lorraine Crawford (1945–1953; divorced; 2 children)
Anne Wakefield (1956–1966; divorced; 1 child)
Nancy D. Jeris (1968–1974; divorced)
Beverly Long (1976–?; divorced)

Life and careerEdit

Crawford was born in Colfax, Washington, and studied at the School of Drama at the University of Washington.[2] In films from the 1940s, Crawford appeared in bit parts for many years before playing leads in several films in the United Kingdom in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

When he returned to the United States, he played supporting roles in several films but was more prolific on TV in character roles, in scores of series such as State Trooper (in the episode "The Last Stage Robbery"), Gunsmoke (14 episodes between 1959 and 1974), The Twilight Zone, Combat!, The Fugitive, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Wheels, The Dukes of Hazzard, The Incredible Hulk, The Time Tunnel, Lost in Space, Star Trek, Mission: Impossible, Hogan's Heroes, The Rockford Files and most notably as Sheriff Ep Bridges on CBS' The Waltons.

Crawford co-wrote the screenplay of the film The Ballad of Cable Hogue (1970), directed by Sam Peckinpah. In addition to appearing with James Arness in 14 episodes of Gunsmoke, he was in two episodes of Arness' subsequent western series How the West Was Won (1976–79) and in two episodes of Arness' subsequent police detective series McClain's Law (1981–82).

Crawford died from a stroke eight days past his 90th birthday. According to Variety, he died in Newbury Park, California and was survived by his longtime companion and former wife, Ann Wakefield.[3]

Selected filmographyEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "John Crawford". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 2012-03-27. Retrieved 2012-01-24.
  2. ^ Mayer, Geoff (2017). Encyclopedia of American Film Serials. McFarland. p. 83. ISBN 978-1476627199. Retrieved 29 June 2019.
  3. ^ Harrison, Alexa (October 26, 2010). "Thesp John Crawford dies". Variety. Retrieved June 13, 2020.

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