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