Actor Johnny Crawford Grand Marshall

Star of “The Rifleman” TV series, Johnny Crawford will be in the 2017 Black Hills Roundup 4th of July parade this year. All parade fans are invited to meet him in person after the parade with an autograph session at Hermann Park.

Crawford played young Mark McCain, the son of Lucas McCain, played by Chuck Connors, on the popular series than ran on the ABC network from 1958 until 1963. He was also one of the original Mouseketeers.

Crawford was nominated for an Emmy Award, at age 13, for his role as Mark McCain, the son of Lucas McCain, played by Chuck Connors, in the Four Star Television series The Rifleman, which originally aired from 1958 to 1963. Throughout The Rifleman’s five seasons, a remarkable on-screen chemistry existed between Connors and Crawford in the depiction of their father-son relationship. They were still close friends when Connors died on November 10, 1992, and Crawford gave a eulogy at Connors’ memorial service.

Johnny Crawford in 1961. He played Mark McCain, son of Lucas McCain (Chuck Connors) on the ABC-TV western “The Rifleman” from 1950 – 1963.

Crawford also appeared on several other television series including Hawaii Five-O, Little House on the Prairie and Murder, She Wrote.