Posted: Thu Nov 05, 2009 3:35 am Post subject: Nov. 5- Whatever Happened to the Cast?
Whatever Happened to the Cast of 'The Rifleman'?
When these guys teamed up in 'The Rifleman', Chuck Connors, Johnny Crawford and Paul Fix were favorites of millions of TV stars. But today, only Chuck Connors, 60, still works in show biz.
Crawford, 35, who played Mark McCain on the hit series works as a stevedore between acting and singing gigs that are far and few between. And Fix, who played Marshal Micah Torrance, turned 79 in March and has been retired for several years.
But when Connors laid down his smoking rifle nearly 2 decades ago, he went on to star in three other TV series.
He made several feature films and remained active in TV as a guest star on a number of shows over the years. And now he also performs on-stage.
" It's dinner theater stuff," he says, "just to practice my art."
This summer he'll be completing a new movie,"Red Alert West" in Australia. He looks back fondly on his first and oldest TV series.
" The Rifleman," he recalls,"was the kickoff of my career in terms of becoming an actor of importance-thanks to great producers and good writers and directors."
In his spare time, Connors works around his ranch in Tehachapi, Ca
"We are raising a few horses," he said, " I ride my horses. I break a few. I build fences and act like an old sodbusting rancher. They used to call me a 'sodbuster' in The Rifleman, so I'm living up to the image."
Johnny Crawford was 12 when he landed his costarring role. After it ended he finished high school, served in the Army and pursued a singing career that never really caught on.
In 1978, he went broke in the stock market and went on to work as a longshoreman on the West Coast.
"I'm doing a singing date every now and then," he says. And he hopes to get reestablished in show business. "In the meantime, I'll be working at the docks," he explained, adding," It's hard work,sure. But it puts food on the table and pays the rent."
Paul Fix says he retired 'more or less' 5 years ago, following a string of films he appeared in since 'The Rifleman' ended.
"I'm still getting mail from people who remember me from the show," he said. "They still want a picture, and I send them out."
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