Robert L. Crawford Jr.

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Robert Lawrence Crawford Jr.
Born (1944-05-13) May 13, 1944 (age 74)
Quantico, Virginia, U.S.
Occupation Actor, producer
Relatives Johnny Crawford (brother)

Robert Lawrence Crawford Jr. (born May 13, 1944, is an American actor who portrayed the character Andy Sherman on the NBC television series Laramie in 1959, 1960, and 1962. He was cast as the younger brother of Slim Sherman, portrayed by John Smith, owner of the fictitious Sherman Ranch and Relay Station some twelve miles east of Laramie, Wyoming. Their co-star was Robert Fuller in the role of former gunfighter Jess Harper. Crawford is sometimes credited as Bobby Crawford Jr., or without the generational suffix as Bobby Crawford or Robert L. Crawford.[1]

His father, also named Robert L. Crawford and occasionally referred to as Robert Crawford, Sr., was a well-known, Emmy-nominated film editor[2] and occasional actor, who portrayed Detective Phil Burns on the syndicated television series, Manhunt.[3][4][5]

Before and after Laramie, Crawford appeared in some two dozen film and television productions. His television guest appearances included Walt Disney family adventure series Zorro, The Californians, The Donna Reed Show, National Velvet, Jack Webb's crime drama Dragnet, Combat!, Mr. Novak, Rawhide, Cheyenne, and Gunsmoke.[6]


In the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s, Crawford was a production assistant, associate producer, and producer on films such as Slaughterhouse-Five (1972), The Sting (1973), Slap Shot (1977), The World According to Garp (1982), and The Parasite (1997).[7]

In 1959, Crawford's appearance on the CBS anthology series Playhouse 90 was nominated for Best Single Performance on the 11th Primetime Emmy Awards. That year's Emmy Awards also nominated Crawford's younger brother, Johnny Crawford, for his recurring portrayal of Mark McCain, son of Lucas McCain, on The Rifleman.[8]


  1. ^ 50 Years of the Television Western by Ronald Jackson, Doug Abbott, AuthorHouse, 2008, p. 206
  2. ^, Retrieved 2011-01-06
  3. ^ The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946–Present by Tim Brooks & Earle Marsh, 2007, Random House, page 849
  4. ^ Robert Crawford Sr profile
    A few references incorrectly credit Robert Jr. as the Manhunt character Detective Phil Burns, rather than Robert Sr. However, Robert Jr. was only 14/15 when the episodes aired in 1959, and multiple references correctly credit the father Robert Sr as the Manhunt character,; retrieved 2012-02-07.
  5. ^ Bobby Crawford profile,; retrieved 2012-02-07.
  6. ^ Profile,; retrieved 2012-02-07.
  7. ^, Retrieved 2011-01-06
  8. ^ Douglas Brode, Fess Parker, Shooting stars of the small screen: encyclopedia of TV Western actors, University of Texas Press, 2009, pp. 98-99.

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