Charlotte Samco: Inside the Life of Johnny Crawford’s Wife of Over 2 Decades

Charlotte Samco is the wife (now widow) of the renowned Hollywood entertainer Johnny Crawford and that is her only claim to fame. She shared the actor’s last days with him as he passed on in 2021 at the age of 75.

Crawford and Samco were married for over twenty years but they had known each other longer than that as they dated as teenagers before drifting apart. While her husband’s fame overshadowed her very existence most of the time, we have gathered a few details about Johnny Crawford’s widow you probably didn’t know about.

Charlotte Samco’s Biography Summary

  • Full name: Charlotte Samco
  • Gender: Female
  • Place of birth: United States of America
  • Nationality: American
  • Sexual orientation: Straight
  • Marital status: married
  • Charlotte Samco’s husband: Johnny Crawford (1995-2021)
  • Famous for: being the wife of Johnny Crawford

How Old Is Charlotte Samco?

While it is known that Johnny Crawford was born on March 26, 1946, in Los Angeles, California, and that he died at age 75, the same details are not available about his wife. Charlotte Samco’s exact birth details are not known to date.

The only obvious fact is that she is a white American woman, judging from her pictures that managed to make it to the public space. In like manner, the family background of the celebrity wife is not known. We cannot confirm the identity of her parents or any possible siblings she shared her childhood.

On the other hand, her late husband was of Russian-Jewish, German, and English ancestry born to Betty (née Megerlin) and Robert Lawrence Crawford Sr. Crawford also grew up in a family of actors and this helped him excel in his career pursuits.

The only information available about the educational background of Charlotte Samco is the fact that she attended high school with Johnny Crawford but the name of the institution she attended is not given. It is also not known if she furthered her education after high school.

Nevertheless, Johnny Crawford is known to have attended Hollywood High School from where he graduated in 1964. Thus, it is assumed that Charlotte also attended the same school and that was where they met but she didn’t make it to Hollywood like Johnny.

What Does Charlotte Samco Do For a Living?

Charlotte Samco was more of a celebrity wife who did not meddle in her husband’s spotlight. While their marriage lasted, she kept a low profile which resulted in a paucity of information about her life and career. To date, the career details of Johnny Crawford’s wife have not been established but she apparently didn’t work with him in the entertainment industry.

On the other hand, Charlotte Samco’s husband had an illustrious career in Hollywood as an actor and singer. He won many award nominations in his wake. His first public performance was with the Mickey Mouse Club as a Mouseketeer and he became a popular figure following his portrayal of Mark McCain in The Rifleman at the age of 12.

He went on to appear in several other movies and TV shows before his retirement in 1999. As a singer and performer, Crawford was active in the 1950s and 1960s and released about 16 singles while still giving attention to his acting career.

Charlotte Samco Became Johnny Crawford’s Wife in 1995

Charlotte Samco was relatively unknown until she married Johnny Crawford in 1995 but what many didn’t know is that they had known each other for years before they got married. The two met while in high school and began dating at the time when they were still teenagers. However, they drifted apart at a point and the relationship ended.

It took them years but they found their way back to each other’s arms in 1990. They dated for a few years before getting married on February 14th, 1995. At the time when Crawford and Samco got back together, he was already a star and his Hollywood career was at the peak of its success. He remained in the spotlight a few years after that before he fizzled out in 1999 but made a brief comeback in 2019.

Before Charlotte and Johnny reunited, he was said to have dated Sharon Tate’s sister Debra Tate in the early seventies but the relationship didn’t last. Other relationships he must have been involved in are not known, likewise, Charlotte Samco’s past relationships are not known.

How Many Children Does Charlotte Samco Have?

Charlotte Samco and Johnny Crawford did not have any children while they were married. There is no reason given for this but the couple lived their days happily in the company of each other.

It is a known fact that the actor did not have any child in his lifetime but a statement released upon his death states that he was survived by his wife Charlotte and his two stepdaughters among many other family members, including siblings, nieces, and nephews.

The mother of the stepdaughters mentioned in the tribute is not known and since Charlotte has not revealed that she has any children, they cannot be linked to her.

Charlotte Samco was by Johnny Crawford’s Side When He Died

Despite rumors making the rounds that the Hollywood legend separated from Charlotte Samco at some point, she was the wife who stayed beside him until the day he died on April 29, 2021. Besides, there was no rumor about a divorce attached to their union.

In her statement after his death she wrote: “It was a real blessing for me to be there at his passing. Johnny was not breathing well and suddenly he just stopped. It was 6:34 p.m. on Thursday, April 29th. It was quiet and simple. I am relieved that he is not battling that dreadful disease any longer.”

This confirms that they were still married and living together at the time of his death. Crawford died at the age of 75 after battling the deadly Alzheimer’s disease. He was diagnosed in 2019 with a GoFundMe page launched on his behalf. He was still fighting the disease when he contracted Covid-19 while living in a memory care residence.

The actor recovered from that but a bout of pneumonia took over and he spent time in a nursing facility and was later moved to a care home where he would be close to his wife and other family members.


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