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LARRY 'BUSTER' CRABBE BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY:

Born on February 7, 1908 as Clarence Linden Crabbe II, to Lucy Agnes McNamara and Edward Clinton Simmons Crabbe in Oakland, California.

Buster Crabbe was an American athlete and actor, who starred in a number of popular serials in the 1930's and 1940's. He excelled as a swimmer and participated in two Olympic games. At the 1932 Olympics he was the only U.S. gold medalist in men’s swimming and after the Games; he was signed by Paramount Studios for a rival to Johnny Weissmuller’s Tarzan at MGM.

In 1933 he married his college sweetheart Adah Virginia Held, and gave himself one year to either make it as an actor or start law school at USC. Buster and Virginia remained together until Buster's death in 1983. They had two daughters, Sande and Susan, and a son, Cullen.

Crabbe starred in the television series, Captain Gallant of the Foreign Legion from 1955 to 1957 as Captain Michael Gallant; the adventure series aired on NBC. His real-life son, Cullen Crabbe, appeared in this show as the character Cuffy Sanders. He was featured frequently in archival footage in the children's television program, The Gabby Hayes Show.

Prior to his playing Captain Michael Gallant Crabbe had hosted a local NYC based children's film wraparound television series, The Buster Crabbe Show. The series, which was set against the backdrop of a ranch foreman's bunk house featured Crabbe engaging his viewers in games, stories, craftmaking, hobbies, informational segments and interviews with guest performers and personalities in between reruns of old movie serials, westerns and comedies.

The Buster Crabbe Show was seen weekday evenings on WOR TV Ch.9 in NYC from Monday March 12, 1951 to Friday October 3, 1952. The series returned to the NYC airways on WJZ TV Channel 7 (now WABC) on Monday September 21, 1953 and was retitled Buster's Buddies!. 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.

Crabbe's Hollywood career waned somewhat in the 1950's and 1960's. The ever-industrious Crabbe became a stockbroker and businessman during this period.

In the mid-1950's, Crabbe purchased the campus of a small defunct prep school near Onchiota, New York, in the Adirondack Mountains. Renamed Buster Crabbe's Meenahga Lodge. 


During this period of his life, Buster joined the swimming pool company Cascade Industries of Talmagde Road, Edison, New Jersey. In his capacity as Vice President of Sales, promoter and spokesman for Cascade - the world's first package pool company.  A pool range was named after him, and pools were sold by "Buster Crabbe Dealers" throughout the eastern seaboard and southern states from 1952 until 1990. By the late 1960's Buster Crabbe Cascade pools were available in more than 28 countries worldwide. 

Though he followed other pursuits, he never stopped acting. From the 1950's forward he appeared in numerous lower budget films. In fact, he appeared in the 1982 feature film, The Comeback Trail one year before his death.

Crabbe also appeared in television commercials for Hormel Chili, Icy Hot, and the Magic Mold Bodyshirt, an upper body male girdle of sorts, which purportedly helped in weight loss. Through Icy Hot, he was actively involved in arthritis education.

Despite his numerous film and television appearances, he is best remembered today as one of the original action heroes of 1930's and 1940's cinema.

Larry 'Buster' Crabbe died on April 23, 1983, aged 75, from a heart attack.
 

Filmography:


1982 The Comeback Trail

1980 Alien Dread

1979 Swim Team

1965 Arizona River

1965 The Bounty Killer

1960 Gunfighters of Abolene

1958 Badman’s Country

1957 The Lawless Eighties

1956 The Gun Brothers

1952 King of the Congo

1950 Pirates of the High Seas

1950 Captive Girl

1948 Caged Fury

1947 The Sea Hound

1946 Outlaws of the Plains

1946 Swamp Fire

1946 Overland Riders

1946 Prairie Badmen

1946 Ghost of Hidden Valley

1946 Terrors on Horseback

1946 Gentlemen With Guns

1945 Prairie Rustlers

1945 Fighting Bill Carson

1945 Border Badmen

1945 Rustler’s Hideout

1945 Stagecoach Outlaws

1945 Gangster’s  Den

1945 Shadows of Death

1945 His Brother’s Ghost

1945 Lightening Raiders

1944 Wild Horse Phantom

1944 Fuzzy Settles Down

1944 The Drifter

1944 The Contender

1944 Valley of Vengence

1944 Thundering Gun Slingers

1944 Frontier Outlaws

1944 Nabonga

1943 Devil Riders

1943 Blazing Frontier

1943 The Renegade

1943 Cattle Stampede

1943 Western Cyclone

1943 Fugitive of the Plains

1943 The Kid Rides Again

1942 Queen of Broadway

1942 The Mysterious Rider

1942 Wildcat

1942 Sheriff of Sage Valley

1942 Law and Order

1942 Jungle Siren

1942 Billy the Kid’s Smoking Gunds

1941 Billy the Kid’s Round-up

1941 Jungle Man

1940 Sailor’s Lady

1940 Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe

1939 Call a Messenger

1939 Colorado Sunset

1939 Million Dollar Legs

1939 Unmarried

1939 Buck Rogers

1938 Illegal Traffic

1938 Red Barry

1938 Hunted Men

1938 Tip-Off Girls

1938 Flash Gordon’s Trip to Mars

1937 Daughter of Shanghai

1937 Sophie Lang Goes West

1937 Forlorn River

1937 King of Gamblers

1937 Murder Goes to College

1936 Arizona Mahoney

1936 Rose Bowl

1936 Lady be Careful

1936 The Arizona River

1936 Flash Gordon

1936 Desert Gold

1936 Drift Fence

1935 Nevada

1935 Wanderer of the Wasteland

1935 Hold ‘Em Yale

1934 The Oil Raider

1934 She Had to Choose

1934 We’re Rich Again

1934 You’re Telling Me

1934 Badge of Honor

1934 Search For Beauty

1933 The Sweetheart of Sigma Chi

1933 The Last Man

1933 Man of the Forest

1933 Tarzan the Fearless

1933 King of the Jungle

1933 The Thundering Herd

1932 Island of the Lost Souls

1932 That’s My Boy

1932 The Most Dangerous Game

1931 Maker of Men

1931 Movie Town

1930 Good News





Matinee Classics - Tarzan the Fearless starring Larry 'Buster' Crabbe, Jacqueline Wells, Eddie Woods, Philo McCullough, E. Alyn Warren, Mischa Auer, Matthew Betz and Frank Lackteen
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Matinee Classics - Oath of Vengeance starring Larry 'Buster' Crabbe, Al 'Fuzzy' St. John, Mady Lawrence, Jack Ingram and Charles King
Matinee Classics - Oath of Vengeance starring Larry 'Buster' Crabbe, Al 'Fuzzy' St. John, Mady Lawrence, Jack Ingram and Charles King
Matinee Classics - Rocket Ship starring Larry 'Buster' Crabbe, Jean Rogers, Charles Middleton, Priscilla Lawson, Frank Shannon, Richard Alexander, John Lipson, Theodore Lorch, James Pierce, Earl Askam, Constantine Romanoff and Bull Montana
Matinee Classics - Tarzan the Fearless starring Larry 'Buster' Crabbe, Jacqueline Wells and Edward Woods
Matinee Classics - Rocket Ship starring Larry 'Buster' Crabbe
Matinee Classics - Rocket Ship starring Larry 'Buster' Crabbe, Jean Rogers, Charles Middleton, Priscilla Lawson, Frank Shannon, Richard Alexander, John Lipson, Theodore Lorch, James Pierce, Earl Askam, Constantine Romanoff and Bull Montana


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