Jerry C. Crandall

Artist and Friend

April 1, 1935-June 12, 2022

Jerry C. Crandall died at 87 years old on June 12, 2022, after contracting Covid. His death was announced by his wife of 50 years, Judy Crandall.

Jerry had a career as an artist for over 60 years and he was known far and wide for his love of history and a dedication to bringing historical accuracy into his paintings. His expertise on the American West landed him a historical consultant gig on the television miniseries Centennial (1978-79) and on the Charlton Heston movie, The Mountain Man (1980). He appeared in the movie Tombstone (1993) as one of the “cow-boys.”

He also appeared as a commentator on numerous history shows, including documentaries on A&E, Discovery and The History Channel. His work has been featured in Southwest Art, Western Art Collector, Art of the West, True West, Cowboys & Indians, Man at Arms and Air Classics among others. He was a member of the International Guild of Realism, listed in Who’s Who in American Art, and he was also listed in Contemporary Western Artists. His artwork can be found in many private and public collections. In addition to his Old West subjects, Jerry wrote 10 books on the World War II Luftwaffe and is recognized as one of the top five German-aviation historians in the world.


Jerry Crandall had a long and successful career as a Western artist, historical reenactor, author and Western film consultant. His artwork is exhibited in museums and collections worldwide. All Images Courtesy Judy Crandall


In 1976, Jerry Crandall (above, center) portrayed Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer at the Centennial Reenactment of the Battle of Little Bighorn.


Throughout his lifetime, Jerry Crandall studied the American West, including the outlaws and lawmen, which resulted in a continuing series of paintings highlighting these men, including Wyatt Earp (above), Billy the Kid and Pat Garrett.


During his career, Jerry Crandall was an active historical advisor for Western films and television. In 1993, he appeared as a “cow-boy” in Tombstone with his favorite horse Apache. In the Vendetta sequence, he is shot off his horse so dramatically that he earned the nickname “Crash” Crandall.

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