Over the years, Clayne Crawford has starred in his fair share of movies and TV series. From romantic flicks like A Walk to Remember to a more action-centric series like Rectify. But for all his appearances, Clayne is best known for his role in the TV series, Lethal Weapon. The series which began airing in 2016 proved to be the highlight of Clayne’s career. Clayne portrayed the role of Martin Riggs and was critically appraised for his work. However, Clayne was later fired from the show. In this article, we will take a closer look at the wiki-bio of Clayne Crawford.
Joseph Crawford was born on the 20th of April, 1978 to Brian and Lennie Crawford. Born and raised in Clay, Alabama, Joseph took on the name of Clayne to honor his hometown. As a young kid, Clayne was incredibly athletic and loved sports. By the time he was in high school, Clayne was a regular for the football and wrestling teams. Clayne graduated from the Hewitt-Trussville High School and decided not to pursue his further education.
After graduating from high school, Clayne set out to make a career for himself as a working actor. In 1996, he decided to leave for Los Angeles in search of more opportunities. While opportunities were far and few in between, Clayne worked as a construction worker while also making rounds of small theatres. His first credited role came in the TV series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. This was back in 1997 when Clayne still went by the name of Joseph Crawford. In 2000, he changed his name to Clayne Crawford.
After the switch, Clayne did quite well for himself and secured roles in both movies and TV series. His first appearance on the big screen came in 2001 when he was cast in the movie One Blood Planet. Since then, Clayne has made appearances in movies like, A Walk to Remember, Swimfan, A Love Song for Bobby Long, Evil Remains, Trust, Steel City, False Prophets, F8, Feel, God’s Beach, The Donner Party, The Perfect Host, Smokin’ Aces 2L Assassin’s Ball, The Baytown Outlaws, N.Y.C. Underground, A Fighting Season, Convergence, Spectral, Above Ground, Tinker, and most recently on The Killing of Two Lovers.
While Clayne’s list of movie credits is quite long, his appearances in TV series doesn’t fall short either. Since his first role in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Clayne made appearances in CSI, Roswell, Thief, Jericho, The Barnes Brothers, Women’s Murder Club, Life, Leverage, Cold Case, Dark Blue, THe Glades, Memphis: Beat, Justified, Rectify, Graceland, Rogue, Lethal Weapon, and most recently on Into the Dark. In 2016, Clayne was honored for his role in Rectify with a nomination for TV Critics’ Choice Awards – Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.
Fired from the show:
While Clayne had no shortage of works, his best work was in Lethal Weapon. But in 2018, Clayne was fired from the show due to his bad behavior on set. In a candid podcast, Clayne revealed that he had an outburst on set with Newman which was recorded on tape.
“This kind of shit would come up all the time and I’d go and complain. Once they had that tape anytime I complained they’d say this will come out and it will ruin your career. When the incident happened, I had to pay half my salary for that episode. I had to spend six weeks in anger management every day on my lunch break and had to be escorted from my trailer on set by a security guard. It was humiliating.”
While Clayne has had troubles in his professional life, his personal life couldn’t be happier. He is married to Sunshine Kiki Brown and the pair have been married since 2004. Kiki already had a daughter before marrying Clayne, and Claynne and Kiki had two children of their own. Not a huge fan of media, Kiki likes to keep details on her life away from the media.