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One of original Mouseketeers, in 1955, Johnny Crawford has acted on stage, in films and on television and enjoyed a successful career as a recording artist and band leader.
Johnny and his brother, Bobby, enjoyed fencing, and it was their fencing instructor who sent them to the auditions for The Mickey Mouse Club in March 1955. Though impressed with their bouts, the casting agents asked the brothers if they could do anything else. Johnny said he could sing, and gave them Johnny Ray's Cry. That was enough to earn him a spot on the Red Team. On the show, Johnny was in Roll Call all five days of the week. At that stage in his career, he was focused on acting, but he was sometimes paired with Karen Pendleton to sing songs. In one memorable sequence on the show, Bobby joined him for a Talent Round-Up Day fencing match that had them ranging all over the set while the female Mouseketeers screamed.
After leaving The Mickey Mouse Club after its first season, he initially focused on acting. His work includes almost 60 television credits. Among them are a Lux Video Theatre production of "Little Boy Lost," a live NBC broadcast; Wagon Train; The Lone Ranger; Sheriff of Cochise; Mr. Adams and Eve; and three episodes of NBC's The Loretta Young Show. For five seasons, Johnny co-starred opposite Chuck Connors in the hit series The Rifleman and was nominated for an Emmy for his work on the show. His subsequent television work includes appearances on Hawaii Five-O, Little House on the Prairie and Murder, She Wrote.
Johnny has also appeared in several films. They include Indian Paint, The Restless Ones, The Naked Ape, The Resurrection of Bronco Billy (which won the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short in 1970), and El Dorado (with John Wayne).
During the late 1950s and early 1960s, Johnny had a successful recording career that generated five Billboard Top 40 hits, including the single, "Cindy's Birthday," which peaked at number eight in 1962. His other hits included "Rumors," "Your Nose is Gonna Grow" and "Proud". His albums include The Captivating Johnny Crawford, Rumors and A Young Man’s Fancy.
Since 1992, Johnny has led The Johnny Crawford Dance Orchestra.The orchestra’s first album, "Sweepin’ the Clouds Away," was released in 2012.