Not many Clayne Crawford fans know that he was not born with that name. The American actor and former Lethal Weapon star was born Joseph Crawford and was called “Joey” while he was growing up in Alabama. His destiny with the screens may not have been his exact choice while growing up, but fate always plays its tricks on us as we wander through life.
He has become a household name in Hollywood with over 60 works in both big and small screen under his belt. Read more about his family and lovely kids. Find out the funny reason why he had to change his name to “Clayne”. Read on…
Clayne Crawford’s Bio
Clayne Crawford was born on April 20, 1978, as Joseph Crawford. He was born in Clay, Alabama to the family of Matthew Vincent and Lennie Crawford. He attended Hewitt-Trussville High School in Jefferson County, Alabama, where he showed a keen interest in sporting activities. In high school, Crawford played basketball and football, and was also a part of the school’s wrestling team, After graduating from high school, he pursued his college education at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) where he continued to play basketball.
He would have thought of a career in the game until a serious knee injury ended his aspirations. When he turned his thoughts towards acting, Crawford attended The Adarang Approach where he took acting classes. There he also met Josh Holloway, who was also a student of the institute at the same time. Clayne Crawford is of the white ethnicity and holds the American nationality.
Clayne Crawford had to leave his hometown in Alabama to seek out what opportunities may open up to him in the entertainment industry as he moved to Los Angeles in 1996. To show support and encourage his son, his father drove him down himself. Having left home, Crawford had to work in a construction company to support his himself financially.
Originally known as “Joey Crawford”, he had to change his first name to “Clayne” in 2000 and so he became known professionally as “Clayne Crawford.” On why he decided to change his first name, Crawford has said it was done to honor his hometown – Clay (and also a progenitor named “Clan”).
He started out by appearing in small theater productions until 1997 when he made his screen debut. Clayne Crawford’s first feature was in the television series titled Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997). It would be until 2001 that he would get his first role in a movie. He got a role in the movie One Blood Planet (2001) where he portrayed the character, Cady. He also got a second role in a TV series in the same year with his appearance in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation as Henry McFadden. From then on, it was an upward streak for him as countless producers and directors have continually sought to walk with him. If in any doubt, his appearance in over 60 movies and television shows should be a testament to the fact.
His latest job was on the Fox TV series Lethal Weapon where he played the role of Martin Riggs. He started working on the series form 2016 and had featured in 40 episodes so far until it was reported on May 8, 2018, that he had been removed from the TV series. His offense? Abusive behavior on set. Fans feared it would turn out to be fake news, but as the third season of the show was announced on May 14, 2018, it was also announced that actor Seann William Scott will replace Clayne Crawford on the show.
Clayne Crawford’s career has seen him pick up one nomination which shows his impressive performances on the screens has not been unnoticed. His role as Ted Talbot, Jr. in Rectify (2013-15) gave him his first Hollywood nomination as Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series by the TV Critics’ Choice Awards.
Clayne Crawford has grown his financial base through the industry. He has come from nothing to become an actor of note in the Hollywood circles. He is no longer the young lad that was driven by his father to Los Angeles in search of acting jobs. Crawford has amassed a well deserved net worth of $4 million but it is not known at the moment what is accruable to him, in terms of salary per annum.
Family – Parents, Half-siblings
Joey, as he is called more fondly, has three half-siblings named Jace Vincent, Anna Vincent, and Connie Crawford. His parents got separated while he was yet of a tender age and they remarried. Jace and Anna Vincent are his half-siblings from his father’s marriage while Connie Crawford is his half-sister from his mother’s marriage to his stepfather, Brian Crawford.
Married Life – Wife, (Sunshine Kiki Brown), Kids
Yes, actor and producer, Clayne Crawford is indeed a happily married man. He is married to beautiful Sunshine Kiki Brown and they get married in 2004. He was initially engaged to be married to an actress and comedian, Sunny Mabrey. Crawford got engaged to Mabrey, who is also from Alabama, in 2002 but it didn’t lead to the altar and they called off the engagement. Hs marriage his wife, Sunshine has been blessed with two boys – Joey and Colton Crawford. He, however, has adopted Sunshine’s daughter from her previous marriage to be part of the family. His stepdaughter’s name is Abby.
Quick Facts About Clanye Crawford
Name: Joseph Crawford
Known As: Clayne Crawford
Birth Date: April 20, 1978
Birth Place: Clay, Alabama
Spouse: Sunshine Kiki Brown
Children: 3 (Joey, Colton, and stepdaughter, Abby)
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight: 80 kg (176 lbs)
Eye Color: Dark brown
Hair Color: Dark brown
Net Worth: $4 million