Buster Crabbe was one of the first athletes to enter the film business.
He was born Clarence Lindon Crabbe on Feb. 17, 1907 in Oakland, Cal., and had a long career. He parlayed his athleticism — as an Olympic swim champion – into wannabe Johnny Weissmuller status in 1933’s Tarzan the Fearless.
This was followed by various serials of the 30′ s and 40’s, notably as Flash Gordon, Buck Rogers and Billy the Kid (with Al “Fuzzy” St. John as his comic sidekick). He worked right up to television in the 1950’s when he starred with his son, Cuffy, in the series Captain Gallant of the French Foreign Legion.
Our pal, Donald Gordon (pictured above with Buster), was Crabbe’s stand in for many years, and left us a collection of revealing photos of Crabbe and his family.
The actor was a private man, so it was a genuine token of his friendship with Donald to allow these candid shots to be taken of him and his family. Crabbe died April 23, 1983 in Scottsdale, Az.
Question – Do you have any photos stashed away somewhere showing you or your family posing with stars of yesteryear? If so, dig ‘em out and get them to us.