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 asￂﾠOrdre de tuer
ￂﾠ(1958),ￂﾠLa clￃﾩￂﾠ(1958) andￂﾠUn homme pour le bagneￂﾠ(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 Posￃﾩidonￂﾠ(1972), the hearty Tom Iverson inￂﾠLa fugueￂﾠ(1975), the bumbling mayor of San Francisco inￂﾠL'inspecteur ne renonce jamaisￂﾠ(1976), hard-nosed police chief Buzz Cavanaugh inￂﾠUn couple en fuiteￂﾠ(1977) and amiable old mine hand Brian Deerling inￂﾠThe Boogensￂﾠ(1981). John had recurring parts as Sheriff Ep Bridges inLa famille des collinesￂﾠ(1971) and Capt. Parks onￂﾠSergent Andersonￂﾠ(1974). Among the many TV shows he made guest appearances in areￂﾠThe Lone Rangerￂﾠ(1949),ￂﾠSuperman(1952),ￂﾠLes espionsￂﾠ(1965),ￂﾠLa quatriￃﾨme dimensionￂﾠ(1959),ￂﾠLes incorruptiblesￂﾠ(1959),La grande caravaneￂﾠ(1957),ￂﾠLe fugitifￂﾠ(1963),ￂﾠStar Trekￂﾠ(1966),ￂﾠPerdus dans l'espace(1965),ￂﾠBonanzaￂﾠ(1959),ￂﾠStalag 13ￂﾠ(1965),ￂﾠMission impossibleￂﾠ(1966),ￂﾠGunsmoke(1955),ￂﾠSuper Jaimieￂﾠ(1976),ￂﾠDallasￂﾠ(1978) andￂﾠDynastieￂﾠ(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