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Crabbe, Buster, 1908-1983


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    • us: Crabbe, Larry, 1908-1983
    • us: Crabbe, Clarence Linden, 1908-1983
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    • found: Shay, D.Conversations ... 1969-
    • found: IMDb, viewed Nov. 28, 2008(Buster Crabbe; b. 17 Feb. 1907, Oakland, Calif.; d. 23 April 1983, Scottsdale, Ariz.; birth name: Clarence Linden Crabbe; Actor, Stunts; only actor who played Tarzan, Buck Rogers and Flash Gordon; won 1932 Olympic 400-meter freestyle swimming championship)
    • found: SSDI, Mar. 23, 2009(Crabbe, Buster; b. Feb. 7, 1908; d. Apr. 1983, Scottsdale, Ariz.)
    • found: Find A Grave, via WWW, April 5, 2016(Buster Crabbe; born February 2, 1908 in Oakland, Alameda County, California; died April 23, 1983 in Scottsdale, Maricopa County, Arizona; Olympic Athlete and Actor; he is best remembered as one of the original action heroes of 1930s and 1940s cinema, as well as winning the 400m freestyle swimming gold medal at the 1932 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California; from there, he launched his acting career, most notably in the title role of the "Flash Gordon" and "Buck Rogers" serials, as well as the Western folk hero 'Billy the Kid;' he is the only actor to play Tarzan, Flash Gordon, and Buck Rogers, the top three syndicated comic strip heroes of the 1930s; in 1928 he won the bronze medal for the 1,500 meters freestyle at the Summer Olympics in Amsterdam, Netherlands; in the 1950s, two comic book series were named after him, 12 issues of "Buster Crabbe Comics," published by Eastern Color from 1951 to 1953, and Lev Gleason's "The Amazing Adventures of Buster Crabbe," for four issues in 1954; in the 1960s, his film and television career declined and he pursued business interests, including the vice-president of sales for the swimming pool company Cascade Industries of Edison, New Jersey; he also appeared in television commercials for Hormel Chili, Icy Hot, and the Magic Mold Bodyshirt; he appeared in the 1982 feature film, "The Comeback Trail," one year before his death)
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