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Wayne Crawford

  • Birthplace: Geneva, New York
Date of passing: 
April 30, 2016

Wayne Crawford was a performer, producer, and writer best known for his work as all three on the 1983 romantic comedy Valley Girl. The movie starred Nicolas Cage and Deborah Foreman, as a punk from the city and a young woman from the San Fernando Valley who fall in love.

Crawford also wrote and directed several television and movie projects, including the 1997 Africa-set film u'Bejani and the series Okavango: The Wild Frontier, which shot in Botswana, Zimbabwe and Namibia.

Additionally, he acted in the series Primus, Hill Street Blues, Cagney & Lacey, Michael Hayes and American Heart. He also performed in the films Diary of a Hitman, starring Sharon Stone and Forest Whitaker and Forget About It, with Burt Reynolds and Robert Loggia.

Early in his career, Crawford met writer-producer Andrew Lane, and the two went on to collaborate on more than 30 independent films, many of which Crawford also starred in. The duo created Crawford-Lane Productions, which later evolved into Gibraltar Entertainment.

Wayne Crawford was a performer, producer, and writer best known for his work as all three on the 1983 romantic comedy Valley Girl. The movie starred Nicolas Cage and Deborah Foreman, as a punk from the city and a young woman from the San Fernando Valley who fall in love.

Crawford also wrote and directed several television and movie projects, including the 1997 Africa-set film u'Bejani and the series Okavango: The Wild Frontier, which shot in Botswana, Zimbabwe and Namibia.

Additionally, he acted in the series Primus, Hill Street Blues, Cagney & Lacey, Michael Hayes and American Heart. He also performed in the films Diary of a Hitman, starring Sharon Stone and Forest Whitaker and Forget About It, with Burt Reynolds and Robert Loggia.

Early in his career, Crawford met writer-producer Andrew Lane, and the two went on to collaborate on more than 30 independent films, many of which Crawford also starred in. The duo created Crawford-Lane Productions, which later evolved into Gibraltar Entertainment.

Crawford was also a member and chair of the directing faculty of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts for more than 12 years.

He died April 30, 2016, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He was 69.

 

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