Buster Crabbe

Swimmer and Actor
Born Feb 7, 1908
Hometown City of Oakland
Died Apr 23, 1983
Death Place City of Scottsdale
Nationality American
Alma Mater University of Spo...
Other Names Crabbe, Clarence ...

Clarence Linden "Buster" Crabbe was an American athlete and actor, who starred in a number of popular serials in the 1930s and 1940s. He had the starring role in the popular serial Flash Gordon.

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1908 Birth Born on February 7, 1908.


1928 20 Years Old Raised in Hawaii, Crabbe graduated from the Punahou School in Honolulu. He competed in two Olympic Games as a swimmer. In 1928 he won the bronze medal for the 1,500 meters freestyle, and in 1932 he won the gold medal for the 400 meters freestyle.
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He attended the University of Southern California, where he was the school's first All-American swimmer (1931) and a 1931 NCAA freestyle titlist.
In 1933 he married Adah Virginia Held, (December 16, 1912 - August 26, 2004) and gave himself one year to make it as an actor. … Read More


1939 31 Years Old In 1939 Crabbe reunited with Betty Grable for a lead role in the mainstream comedy hit Million Dollar Legs. … Read More


1951 43 Years Old The Buster Crabbe Show was seen weekday evenings on WOR-TV (Channel 9) in New York City from Monday March 12, 1951, to Friday October 3, 1952. … Read More
1954 46 Years Old Despite the addition of the studio audience and Crabbe's personality, Buster's Buddies! was not a hit and it was canceled on Friday March 26, 1954.


1979 71 Years Old Crabbe made regular television appearances, including one on an episode of the 1979 series Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, in which he played a retired fighter pilot named "Brigadier Gordon" in honor of Flash Gordon. … Read More
1980 72 Years Old …  In 1980, he played "Colonel Gordon" in the Buck Rogers television series, with Gil Gerard. … Read More
1982 74 Years Old He appeared in the 1982 feature film, The Comeback Trail one year before his death. … Read More
1983 75 Years Old He died on April 23, 1983 of a heart attack after tripping over a wastebasket in his Scottsdale, Arizona home.
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