Actor Clayne Crawford

Joseph Crawford (born April 20, 1978), known professionally as Clayne Crawford, is an American actor. He is known for portraying the role of Martin Riggs on the Fox action comedy-drama television series Lethal Weapon (2016–2018). He also portrayed Teddy Talbot on the critically acclaimed Sundance drama Rectify (2013–2016) for which he was nominated for the Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.

Crawford had supporting roles in the films A Walk to Remember (2002), Swimfan (2002), A Love Song for Bobby Long (2004), The Great Raid (2005), and Wristcutters: A Love Story (2006). He also played in some small independent films that were not widely distributed.

Life and career

Born in Clay, Alabama, Crawford is the son of Brian and Lennie Crawford. By high school, he was on the football and wrestling teams, and graduated from Hewitt-Trussville High School.

In 1996, he drove to Los Angeles to seek work as an actor. He often worked in construction to support himself while appearing in small theaters. In 2000, he changed his name professionally from Joey to Clayne, a combination to honor an ancestor (“Clan”) and his hometown (Clay, Alabama).

He had a recurring role in the first season of Jericho as Mitchell “Mitch” Cafferty. In 2008, he appeared on Life in the episode “Evil … and His Brother Ziggy”. Crawford was the protagonist in the 2010 straight-to-DVD prequel to Smokin’ Aces, Smokin’ Aces 2: Assassins’ Ball.

In 2010, he had a recurring role in the eighth season of 24 as Kevin Wade, a young, mysterious man. He also appeared in the first and second season of the A&E series The Glades.

Crawford played the role of Ted “Teddy” Talbot Jr. in the first SundanceTV original series, Rectify, which was aired for four seasons from 2013 to 2016. The series, exploring a man who is released from prison after 19 years on death row after DNA evidence appears to support his innocence, also looks at the effects on his family and town. It received critical praise and won a Peabody Award in 2014, also receiving notice for its treatment of issues in criminal justice.

Crawford played the role of Cade LaSalle, older brother to Christopher LaSalle on NCIS: New Orleans.

Allegations and termination

Beginning in 2016, Crawford portrayed Martin Riggs in the Fox television reboot Lethal Weapon. In May 2018, amidst reports of bad behavior and incidents of hostility between cast and crew on the show’s set, Crawford was fired from the show after two seasons.



Year Title Role Notes
2001 One Blood Planet Cady
2002 A Walk to Remember Dean
2002 Swimfan Josh
2004 A Love Song for Bobby Long Lee
2004 Evil Remains Tyler Direct-to-video
2005 The Great Raid PFC Aldridge
2005 Trust Jim Short film
2006 Steel City Ben Lee
2006 Wristcutters: A Love Story Jim
2006 False Prophets Wade Carpenter
2006 F8 Driver Short film
2006 Unknown Detective Anderson
2006 Feel Jeremy
2007 7-10 Split Mike
2007 Walk the Talk Reed
2007 God’s Beach Adam Short film
2007 On the Doll Wes
2007 X’s and O’s Simon
2009 The Donner Party William Eddy
2010 The Perfect Host John Taylor
2010 Baby Jonas Carter
2010 Kingshighway Billy Jones
2010 Smokin’ Aces 2: Assassins’ Ball Agent Baker Direct-to-video
2011 Pox Julius
2012 The Baytown Outlaws Brick Oodie
2012 The Truth in Being Right Carl Weintraub Short film
2013 N.Y.C. Underground Siman Direct-to-video
2014 The Lachrymist The Disc Jockey of 94.9 KLAS (voice, as William Westhoven) Short film
2015 A Fighting Season Mason
2015 Convergence Ben
2016 Warrior Road Charlie
2016 Spectral Sergeant Toll
2017 Above Ground Thad
2018 Tinker! Grady Lee Jr.
2020 The Killing of Two Lovers David
2021 The Integrity of Joseph Chambers Joe Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1997 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Rodney Munson Episode: “Inca Mummy Girl” (as Joey Crawford)
2001 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Henry McFadden Episode: Chaos Theory
2001–02 Roswell Billy Darden 2 episodes
2003 CSI: Miami Chaz Episode: “Freaks and Tweaks”
2006 Thief Izzy Episode: “Pilot”
2006–07 Jericho Mitchell Cafferty 5 episodes
2007 The Barnes Brothers Jerry Barnes Television film
2007 Women’s Murder Club Dale Peterson Episode: “Maybe Baby”
2008 Gemini Division Sampson 2 episodes
2008 Life Eval Episode: “Evil… and His Brother Ziggy”
2009–12 Leverage Mr. Quinn 2 episodes
2009 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Tommy Ruby Episode: “Miscarriage of Justice”
2009 Cold Case Darren Malloy ’76 Episode: “Jackels”
2009 Dark Blue Jack Walsh Episode: “K-Town”
2009 Criminal Minds C. Vincent Episode: “Hopeless”
2010 Burn Notice Ryan Johnson Episode: “A Dark Road”
2010 24 Kevin Wade 9 episodes
2010 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Jeremy Parks Episode: “Lost Children of the Blood”
2010–11 The Glades Ray Cargill 7 episodes
2010 All Signs of Death Chev Television film
2011 CSI: NY Wes Dillon Episode: “Exit Strategy”
2011 Memphis Beat Derek Simon Episode: “Lost”
2012 Justified Lance 3 episodes
2013–15 Rectify Ted “Teddy” Talbot Jr. 29 episodes
Nominated — Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
2013 Graceland Donnie Banks 2 episodes
2014 Rogue Danny “Cheat” Chetowski 5 episodes
2015 NCIS: New Orleans Cade LaSalle 3 episodes
2016–18 Lethal Weapon Martin Riggs Main cast (seasons 1–2, 40 episodes);
Also director: “Jessie’s Girl”
2019 Into the Dark Nathan Episode: “They Come Knocking”


2016 Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (nominated)

External Links

Actor Clayne Crawford – Wikipedia

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