Buster Crabbe

Birthday: Feb 7, 1908
Birthplace: Oakland, California
Athletic actor Buster Crabbe, born Clarence Crabbe, grew up in Hawaii where he developed into a first-rate swimmer and athlete, going on to win the gold medal in 400-meter swimming at the 1932 Olympics (he broke the record held by another actor-athlete, Johnny Weissmuller). After the Olympics he found work in Hollywood playing Tarzan, branching out from this character to eventually play Flash Gordon, Billy the Kid, and Buck Rogers, among other action heroes. He became enormously popular with young audiences for his appearances in many serials and action flicks of the '30s and '40s, and ultimately starred in over 100 films. He also made westerns (in the '40s he was teamed with sidekick Al "Fuzzy" St. John), and was on the list of Top Ten Western Stars at the box office in 1936. Crabbe went on to star in the '50s TV series Captain Gallant, which also featured his son Cullen "Cuffy" Crabbe. He considerably slowed down his acting output in the '50s and '60s, becoming the athletic director for a resort hotel in the Catskills and investing in the swimming pool business. He also authored Energetics, a book on physical fitness for people over 50. Crabbe later returned to the screen once, for a large role in The Alien Dead (1980).

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Alien Dead Sheriff Kowalski 1980
No Score Yet Swim Team Actor 1979
No Score Yet Purple Death from Outer Space Flash Gordon 1966
No Score Yet Flash Gordon: The Peril from Planet Mongo Actor 1966
No Score Yet Arizona Raiders Capt. Andrews 1965
No Score Yet The Bounty Killer Mike Clayman 1965
No Score Yet Gun Brothers Chad 1956
No Score Yet Planet Outlaws Buck Rogers 1953
No Score Yet Captive Girl Barton 1950
No Score Yet Last of the Redmen Magua 1947
No Score Yet Outlaw of the Plains Billy Carson 1946
No Score Yet Swamp Fire Mike Kalavich 1946
No Score Yet Overland Riders Billy Carson 1946
No Score Yet Prairie Badmen Billy Carson 1946
No Score Yet Ghost of Hidden Valley Billy Carson 1946
No Score Yet Gentlemen with Guns Billy Carson 1946
No Score Yet Terrors on Horseback Billy Carson 1946
No Score Yet Prairie Rustlers Billy Carson / Jim 1945
No Score Yet Stagecoach Outlaws Billy Carson 1945
No Score Yet Gangster's Den Billy Carson 1945
No Score Yet His Brother's Ghost Billy Carson 1945
No Score Yet Lightning Raiders Billy Carson 1945
No Score Yet Border Badmen Billy Carson 1945
No Score Yet Shadows of Death Billy Carson 1945
No Score Yet Wild Horse Phantom Billy Carson 1944
No Score Yet The Contender Gary Farrel 1944
No Score Yet Oath of Vengeance Billy the Kid 1944
No Score Yet Thundering Gunslingers Billy Carson 1944
No Score Yet The Drifter Billy Carson / Drifter Davis 1944
No Score Yet Frontier Outlaws Billy Carson 1944
No Score Yet Nabonga Ray Gorman 1944
No Score Yet Devil Riders Billy Carson 1943
No Score Yet Cattle Stampede Billy the Kid 1943
No Score Yet The Kid Rides Again Billy the Kid 1943
No Score Yet Fugitive of the Plains Billy the Kid 1943
No Score Yet The Renegade Actor 1943
No Score Yet Wildcat Mike Rawlins 1942
No Score Yet Jungle Siren Captain Gary Hart 1942
No Score Yet Billy the Kid Trapped Billy the Kid 1942
No Score Yet Law and Order Billy the Kid 1942
No Score Yet Queen of Broadway Actor 1942
No Score Yet Jungle Man Dr. Robert Hammond 1941
88% Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe Actor 1940
No Score Yet Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars Flash 1939
No Score Yet Buck Rogers Buck Rogers 1939
No Score Yet Colorado Sunset Haines 1939
No Score Yet Buck Rogers Conquers the Universe Actor 1939
No Score Yet Red Barry Red Barry 1938
No Score Yet Daughter of Shanghai Andrew Sleete 1937
No Score Yet Thrill of a Lifetime Don 1937
No Score Yet Forlorn River Nevada 1937
No Score Yet Arizona Mahoney Talbott 1936
No Score Yet Arizona Raiders Laramie Nelson 1936
No Score Yet Rocket Ship Flash Gordon 1936
No Score Yet Texas Desperadoes Slinger Dunn 1936
No Score Yet Spaceship to the Unknown Flash Gordon 1936
No Score Yet Flash Gordon (Flash Gordon: Space Soldiers) Flash Gordon 1936
No Score Yet Arizona Thunderbolt Actor 1936
No Score Yet Desert Gold Moya 1936
No Score Yet Search For Beauty Don Jackson 1934
No Score Yet You're Telling Me Bob Murchison 1934
No Score Yet She Had to Choose Bill Cutler 1934
No Score Yet The Sweetheart of Sigma Chi (Girl of My Dreams) Bob North 1933
No Score Yet To the Last Man Bill Hayden 1933
No Score Yet Tarzan the Fearless Tarzan 1933
93% Island of Lost Souls Ape Man 1933
No Score Yet Man of the Forest Yegg 1933
No Score Yet King of the Jungle Kaspa the Lion Man 1933
No Score Yet Thundering Herd Actor 1933
No Score Yet Buffalo Stampede Bill Hatch 1933
No Score Yet Desert Gold Actor 1919

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe
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