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October 6, 2022

Handsome Portrait Photos of Buster Crabbe in the 1930s and ’40s

Born 1908 as Clarence Linden Crabbe II in Oakland, California, American two-time Olympic swimmer and actor Buster Crabbe won the 1932 Olympic gold medal for 400-meter freestyle swimming event, which launched his career on the silver screen and later television.

Crabbe starred in a variety of popular feature films and movie serials released between 1933 and the 1950s, portraying the top three syndicated comic-strip heroes of the 1930s: Tarzan, Flash Gordon, and Buck Rogers.

Crabbe’s Hollywood career waned somewhat in the 1950s and 1960s, and he became a stockbroker and businessman during this period. In 1979, he made one of his final appearances in an episode of the NBC television series Buck Rogers in the 25th Century.

In 1983, at age 75, Crabbe died of a heart attack at his home in Scottsdale, Arizona. Take a look at these vintage photos to see portraits of a young and handsome Buster Crabbe in the 1930s and 1940s.


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