The Rifleman’

Celebrity Q&A
on March 4, 2007

Q I loved watching The Rifleman. Whatever became of Chuck Connors and the actor who played his son?
—Jean Johnston, Elk City, Okla.

Kevin Joseph Aloysius "Chuck" Connors, who played sure-shootin' Lucas McCain on the TV Western from 1958 to 1962, died of lung cancer and pneumonia in 1992. His tombstone in San Fernando, Calif., is etched with the Rifleman logo, plus logos of the three professional baseball or basketball teams (the Dodgers, Mets and Celtics) for which he briefly played before finding Hollywood stardom. Connors' TV son, Mark, was played by Johnny Crawford, now 60 and fronting his own band, the Johnny Crawford Dance Orchestra, in Los Angeles. Good news for Rifleman fans: The Encore Westerns premium channel airs reruns every weeknight and Saturday mornings.


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