Actor-Writer John Crawford Dies at 90


John Crawford, an actor, writer and composer, died Sept. 21 of a stroke. He was 90.

Crawford appeared in more than 90 films and on numerous TV shows in a career that spanned more than 40 years.

Known to his close friends as "Black Jack Crawford," his film credits include Cyrano de Bergerac (1950), The Big Heat (1953), The Key (1958), Solomon and Sheba (1959), John Paul Jones (1959), The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965), Hell Is a City (1960), The Poseidon Adventure (1972) and The Enforcer (1976).

On television, he is perhaps best remembered as Sheriff Ep Bridges on The Waltons, appearing in more than 40 episodes of the 1972-81 CBS drama.

He recurred on Police Woman and guested on such shows as Gunsmoke, Hopalong Cassidy, The Rockford Files, Harry O, Mission: Impossible, Hogan's Heroes, Batman, Dallas, Dynasty and Knight Rider.

His writing credits include 1970's The Ballad of Cable Hogue, which he wrote with Edmund Penney. Crawford was friends with rodeo cowboy and stuntman Yakima Canutt and co-wrote Canutt's book My Rodeo Years.

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