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John Crawford

John Crawford

  • Born on
    • September 13th, 1920
  • Died on
    • September 21st, 2010
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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Filmography

Acting (26 Credits)

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1981The Boogens as Brian Deering
1979The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again as Captain Sherick
1976The Enforcer as The Mayor
1975Night Moves as Tom Iverson
1974The Towering Inferno as Callahan
1973The Severed Arm as Doctor SandersWatch Free
1972The Poseidon Adventure as Chief Engineer
1967Spring Night Summer Night as Virgil
1966Duel at Diablo as Clay Dean
1966Return of the Gunfighter as Butch Cassidy
1965I Saw What You Did as State Trooper
1965The Greatest Story Ever Told as Alexander
1964The Americanization of Emily as Chief Petty Officer Paul Adams
1964Another World
1963Jason and the Argonauts as Polydeuces (uncredited)Watch Free
1962The Longest Day as Col. Caffey (uncredited)
1960Hell Is a City as Don Starling
1960Exodus as Capt. Hank Schlosberg
1959Solomon and Sheba as Joab
1959John Paul Jones as George Washington
1958The Key as American Captain
1953The Big Heat as Al - Bannion's Brother-in-Law (uncredited)
1951Hollywood Story as 1st Detective (uncredited)
1950Mystery Street as Reporter (uncredited)
1950Union Station
1946The Time of Their Lives as Dandy at Party (uncredited)

Writer (1 Credits)

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