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John Crawford

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

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Sep 13, 1920 In Colfax, Washington, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Sons of Adventure 1948-09-01
Latest Project:
Series Hardcastle and McCormick 1983-09-18
Known For
Poster of The Powers of Matthew Star
Series Hardcastle and McCormick Unknown 1983-09-18
Series Knight Rider Mac Thomas 1982-09-26
Series The Powers of Matthew Star General Tucker 1982-09-17
Series Matt Houston Unknown 1982-09-26
Movie The Boogens Brian Deering 1981-09-25
Movie Elvis and the Beauty Queen Vernon Presley 1981-03-01
Series Dynasty Unknown 1981-01-12
Series Trapper John, M.D. Unknown 1979-09-23
Movie The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again Captain Sherick 1979-06-27
Movie Dreamer Riverboat Captain 1979-04-27
Movie Tilt Mickey 1979-04-01
Movie Hard Knocks Josh 1979-04-01
Series Salvage 1 Unknown 1979-01-20
Series The Incredible Hulk Unknown 1978-03-10
Series Eight Is Enough Unknown 1977-03-15
Movie Outlaw Blues Buzz Cavenaugh 1977-07-15
Series The Amazing Spider-Man Unknown 1977-04-19
Movie The Enforcer The Mayor 1976-12-20
Series Charlie's Angels Unknown 1976-09-22
Series How the West Was Won Unknown 1976-01-19
Series The Bionic Woman Unknown 1976-01-14
Movie Guilty or Innocent: The Sam Sheppard Murder Case Fred Stoner 1975-11-17
Series The Swiss Family Robinson Unknown 1975-09-14
Movie Night Moves Tom Iverson 1975-06-11
Series The Invisible Man Unknown 1975-05-06
Movie The Swiss Family Robinson Nate Bidwell 1975-04-15
Series Petrocelli Unknown 1974-03-16
Series Little House on the Prairie Unknown 1974-09-11
Series Rhoda Unknown 1974-09-09
Series The Rockford Files Christian 1974-09-13
Series Harry O Unknown 1974-09-12
Movie The Towering Inferno Callahan 1974-12-14
Series Police Woman Unknown 1974-09-13
Movie Message to My Daughter Abortionist 1973-12-13
Series Police Story Unknown 1973-03-20
Movie The Severed Arm Doctor Sanders 1973-01-01
Movie The Poseidon Adventure Chief Engineer 1972-12-01
Series The Bob Newhart Show Unknown 1972-09-16
Series The Waltons Sheriff Ep Bridges 1972-09-14
Movie J.W. Coop Rancher 1972-01-01
Movie The Ravine Captain Keller 1969-11-07
Series Land of the Giants Unknown 1968-09-22
Movie Spring Night, Summer Night Virgil 1967-06-01
Movie Return of the Gunfighter Butch Cassidy 1967-01-29
Series Mannix Unknown 1967-09-16
Series Hondo Unknown 1967-09-08
Series The Guns of Will Sonnett Unknown 1967-09-08
Series Mission: Impossible Dr. Lubell 1966-09-17
Series The Time Tunnel Unknown 1966-09-09
Series Star Trek Commissioner Ferris 1966-09-08
Series Tarzan Unknown 1966-09-08
Movie Duel at Diablo Clay Dean 1966-06-15
Series Batman Unknown 1966-01-12
Movie The Greatest Story Ever Told Alexander 1965-02-15
Movie I Saw What You Did State Trooper 1965-07-21
Series Lost in Space Unknown 1965-09-15
Series The Big Valley Unknown 1965-09-15
Series Hogan's Heroes Lieutenant Ritchie 1965-09-17
Series The Wild Wild West Unknown 1965-09-17
Series Profiles in Courage Unknown 1964-11-08
Movie The Americanization of Emily Chief Petty Officer Paul Adams 1964-10-27
Series Daniel Boone Unknown 1964-09-24
Series Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre Unknown 1963-10-04
Series My Favorite Martian Unknown 1963-09-29
Series The Fugitive Unknown 1963-09-17
Movie Jason and the Argonauts Polydeuces (uncredited) 1963-06-19
Series Combat! Unknown 1962-10-02
Series Danger Man Unknown 1960-09-11
Movie Hell Is a City Don Starling 1960-04-10
Movie Exodus Capt. Hank Schlosberg 1960-03-27
Movie The Impersonator Sgt. Jimmy Bradford 1960-01-01
Series 13 Demon Street Unknown 1959-01-01
Movie Solomon and Sheba Joab 1959-12-25
Series The Twilight Zone Unknown 1959-10-02
Movie Floods of Fear Jack Murphy 1958-11-18
Movie Orders to Kill Kimball 1958-07-25
Movie Intent to Kill Boyd 1958-07-16
Movie The Key American Captain 1958-05-28
Series Trackdown Unknown 1957-10-04
Series State Trooper Unknown 1956-09-25
Series Gunsmoke Unknown 1955-09-10
Series The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin Unknown 1954-10-15
Movie Battle of Rogue River Capt. Richard Hillman 1954-06-15
Movie Serpent of the Nile Captain Domitius 1953-05-08
Movie Star of Texas Texas Ranger Stockton 1953-01-11
Movie Marshal of Cedar Rock Chris Peters - Henchman 1953-02-01
Movie Secret of Outlaw Flats King Bradshaw 1953-11-15
Movie Rebel City Joe Spencer 1953-05-10
Movie The Big Heat Al - Bannion's Brother-in-Law (uncredited) 1953-10-14
Movie Slaves of Babylon Avil 1953-10-21
Movie The Great Adventures of Captain Kidd Captain Kidd 1953-09-17
Movie A Star Shall Rise Gaspar 1952-12-25
Movie Son of Geronimo Ace Devlin [Chs.1-9] 1952-11-06
Series Adventures of Superman Unknown 1952-09-19
Series Hopalong Cassidy Unknown 1952-09-19
Movie Old Oklahoma Plains Chuck Ramsey 1952-07-25
Movie Blackhawk Chuck 1952-07-24
Movie Zombies of the Stratosphere Roth 1952-07-16
Series The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok Unknown 1951-04-15
Movie Raton Pass Sam 1951-04-07
Movie Northwest Territory LeBeau 1951-12-09
Series The Adventures of Boston Blackie Unknown 1951-09-08
Movie Honeychile Marvin McKay 1951-10-20
Series The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show Unknown 1950-10-12
Movie Lonely Heart Bandits Stevedore 1950-08-29
Movie The Invisible Monster Harris 1950-05-10
Movie Ghost of Zorro Agent Mulvaney - Ch. 3, 4 1949-03-24
Movie Radar Patrol vs. Spy King Sands 1949-01-01
Movie Adventures of Frank and Jesse James Amos Ramsey 1948-10-30
Movie Sons of Adventure George Norton - Cameraman 1948-09-01