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Robert Lawrence Crawford, Jr. was born May 13, 1944, in Quantico, Virginia. He
is the older brother of Johnny Crawford who played Mark McCain on The
Rifleman. Robert's father was in the Marine Corps and stationed in Virginia
during the time he came along. After military service, the Crawford family moved
to Los Angeles, California where Robert, Sr. became a film editor.
Bobby had already done some bit parts in movies when he
was discovered by his Sunday school teacher, who happened to be a Hollywood
agent. "I used to go to Sunday school and church very regularly and I was in
most of the pageants and sometimes sang in the choir." Bobby's teacher, Jeanne
Haliburton, took both Bobby and Johnny on as clients.
Bobby got his big break in February 1959 when he was
cast in a difficult child role. He portrayed a young boy shoved from one
horrible concentration-torture camp to another during World War II in Playhouse
90's Child of Our Time. The show got magnificent reviews. The mail
response was so great that the network re-ran the show! Bobby was nominated for
an emmy for
Best Single Performance by an Actor. Later that year Bobby landed
the role of Andy Sherman in Laramie, which was a new western series.
After Laramie, he appeared in a number of movies and shows.
Following graduation from Hollywood High, Bobby went on
to UCLA for a degree in Business. He has always shown a keen interest in the
stock market. He also continued with his main hobby of fencing. Bobby was on the
UCLA fencing team and would regularly wind up in the winner's circle at college
In 1966, after finishing college, director George Roy
Hill asked Bob to work with him on a film called Hawaii. Bobby had a
small role in it, but would later begin working behind the camera with Mr. Hill.
He also had a hand in a new record company called Canterbury. Bobby put
his business degree to work in sales and promotion. The album Yellow Balloon
was the first they produced. When he was again working with director George Roy
Hill, he started out as production assistant and then co-producer. Bob has an
impressive list of production credits. He currently works at Warner Brothers
Studios. However, what
Bob would probably consider to be his most important roll has been that of
husband and father.