Jack & Jill Magazine July 1960 (Cover - Rin Tin Tin)

Nancy Crawford - Jack & Jill Magazine 1960

MY BROTHER JOHNNY CRAWFORD by Nancy Crawford
Curtis Publishing Vintage

My Brother Johnny Crawford by Nancy Crawford
 

I think I'm pretty lucky.  My
brother is Mark McCain. At
least he's Mark to millions of
people on Tuesday nights, but to
me he's Johnny Crawford, blond,
browned-eyed, thirteen years old,
and a fine actor.  Johnny's all
right as a brother too.  He teases,
of course, but Mom keeps telling
me all boys do.  So far, she's been
right.  My other brother Bobby
(he's fifteen and plays Andy
Sherman in "Laramie"), is also
a terror when it comes to annoy-
ing me, but if the didn't tease,
I'd feel ignored.
     Being a Crawford is the nicest
thing that ever happened to any
of us.  There is never a dull
moment, and Johnny is partly
the reason.  From the time he
gets up in the morning until his
head hits the pillow at night, he
is always busy.  Five days a week
Johnny goes to the studio.  If he
is working, he leaves early in
the morning and comes home
late in the afternoon.  On these
days he goes to school at the
studio for three hours.
Three hours might sound like
a short time, but Johnny isn't let
off easily.  Because he spends less
time in school than other people,
he gets a lot more homework.
Johnny has spent the morning
in school and then comes home
to spend the whole afternoon
with his books!
I hope I haven't made you
think that Johnny's teacher is a
horrible monster, because she's
not.  Her name is Mrs. Borgeson
and she is a wonderful person.
She and Johnny are the best of
friends.  He gets so much
 homework because he likes to
learn.  Both my brothers are that
way. 

 

 

Their teachers realize and
encourage their interest.  But
even so, there is no homework
over the week-ends.
     Being an actor is fun, but it's
also a lot of hard work.  The
studio has to know where Johnny
can be reached at the shortest
notice.  They can never tell when
something may come up for
which he would be needed.
In spite of his heavy work
schedule, Johnny still finds time
to have fun.  His main interests
are fishing and dogs, but he also
likes to water0ski, ride horse,
fly, play the guitar, watch
television, and play baseball.
     My brother is a comedian at
heart.  He loves to make people
laugh.  He is a great fan of the
silent movies, and his favorite
comedian is Buster Keaton.

Johnny finds time to have fun with his brother.

Johnny & Bobby Crawford - Jack & Jill Magazine

Look at Johnny's rifle, looks like it might be a Rifleman's rifle.


 

Johnny and Robert Crawford Sr.

Ship Ahoy!  Johnny and his father ride aboard the family boat.

     People all over the country
are getting the boating bug, so it
didn't surprise me when, last
year, Daddy bought a boat.  It
was fourteen feet long and had
a small outboard motor and a
canvas top.  When Mom first
saw it, her sense of humor got
the better of her and she gravely
suggested we name the boat
Prestige."  Once we stopped
laughing, I put in my two cents
and asked if we couldn't call it the
"Bee Jay" for Bob and John. 
So we did.
     That bug has bitten us pretty
hard, because a short time ago
we traded in our fourteen footer
and got the "Bee Jay 11."  She is
nineteen feet long, has a small
cabin, is just right for towing
water-skiers (another of
Johnny's favorites), and large
enough for us to take week-end
trips to Catalina.
     Johnny likes to be an actor. 
He gets to meet a lot of interest-
ing people, and is learning his
geography first-hand.  I think
what he likes most about his job
is traveling.  A good deal of "The
Rifleman." is shot on location,
in the foothills and mountains
just outside Los Angles.  Earlier
this year the whole company
went to the Mojave Desert for
two days.  There are also plane
trips all over the country for
personal appearances.
     Johnny and Chuck Connors
have been on several personal
appearance since they began
working together.  They have a
good time and enjoy meeting
"Rifleman" fans.  Mom and
Mrs. Borgeson, the teacher,
always go with Johnny and have
never failed to come back with
some interesting or amusing
story.
The first of these personal
appearances was in St. Louis at
the Police Circus.  Johnny got
to see quite a bit of the city

during the break between the
matinee and evening shows.  One
of the first places he and Mom
went was the big Museum.

Mom said he was fascinated
by the workmanship of some of
the antique pieces, and startled
a guard in the eighteenth century
room by getting down on his
hands and knees to inspect the
wooden pegs in the floor.
     It was in St Louis that Chuck
and Johnny introduced the song
"Hey Paw," which was to be
release on a record, and where
he was introduced to Stan
Musial.  (I don't think he has
gotten over that.)  For Johnny,
personal appearances are fun.
     Being well-known hasn't made
either of my brothers hard to get
along with.  (For me, at least, it's
no worse than it ever was.)  They
still tease and carry on, and have
wars on the hall stairway.  There
are mornings when they are so
impossible I consider locking my-
self in my room, but what can I
expect?  Johnny and Bobby are
fun.  Their friends say they're
just the same as they ever were,
and and the people they work with
love their nonsense, so I figure
that maybe I'm a little sensitive
and let it go at that.
     Johnny likes people and people
like Johnny.  He loves acting and
hopes to continue with this
work.  I hope he does.  But as far
as "The Rifleman" is concerned,
Johnny has made his "Mark."

Johnny likes to learn.

Johnny Crawford - Jack & Jill Magazine

 

Ship Ahoy!  Johnny and his father ride aboard the family boat.

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