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Buster Crabbe



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).

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Jungle Girls Gone Wild
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Apocalypse
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Final Frontier
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Tarzan of the Apes & Tarzan the Fearless
  • Actor
1996
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 Arizona Raiders
  • Capt. Andrews
1965
No Score Yet The Bounty Killer
  • Mike Clayman
1965
No Score Yet Tarzan and the Trappers
  • Actor
1958
No Score Yet Gun Brothers
  • Chad
1956
No Score Yet Planet Outlaws
  • Colonel 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 Prairie Badman
  • Actor
1946
No Score Yet Terrors on Horseback
  • Billy Carson
1946
No Score Yet Prairie Rustlers
  • Billy Carson
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 "The Kid" Carson
1945
No Score Yet Lightning Raiders
  • Billy Carson
1945
No Score Yet Shadows of Death
  • Billy Carson
1945
No Score Yet Border Badmen
  • Billy Carson
1945
No Score Yet Wild Horse Phantom
  • Billy Carson
1944
No Score Yet The Contender
  • Gary
1944
No Score Yet Oath of Vengeance
  • Billy the Kid
1944
No Score Yet Frontier Outlaws
  • Billy Carson
1944
No Score Yet The Drifter
  • Drifter Davis
1944
No Score Yet Thundering Gunslingers
  • 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 Queen of Broadway
  • Actor
1942
No Score Yet Law and Order
  • Billy the Kid
1942
No Score Yet Jungle Man
  • Dr. Robert Hammond
1941
No Score Yet Blazing Frontier
  • Actor
1941
88% Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe
  • Actor
1940
No Score Yet Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars
  • Flash Gordon
1939
No Score Yet Buck Rogers
  • Buck Rogers
1939
No Score Yet Buck Rogers Conquers the Universe
  • Actor
1939
No Score Yet Colorado Sunset
  • Haines
1939
No Score Yet Destination Saturn
  • Actor
1939
No Score Yet Red Barry
  • Red Barry
1938
No Score Yet Daughter of Shanghai
  • Andrew Sleete
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 Texas Desperados
  • Actor
1936
No Score Yet Flash Gordon - The Dominion of Ming
  • 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
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
96% Island of Lost Souls
  • Ape Man
1933
No Score Yet Man of the Forest
  • Yegg
1933
No Score Yet Buffalo Stampede
  • Bill Hatch
1933
No Score Yet Thundering Herd
  • Actor
1933
No Score Yet Desert Gold
  • Actor
1919
No Score Yet Flash Gordon - Fiery Planet
  • Actor
No Score Yet Gabby Hayes Show - V. 5
  • Actor
No Score Yet Gabby Hayes Show - V. 1
  • Actor
No Score Yet Gabby Hayes Show, The - V. 1
  • Actor

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