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Claude Akins (1926–1994)

Broad-shouldered and beefy Claude Akins had wavy black hair, a deep booming voice and was equally adept at playing sneering cowardly villains as he was at portraying hard-nosed cops. The son of a police officer, Akins never seemed short of work and appeared in nearly 100 films and 180+ TV episodes in a career spanning over 40 years. He originally ... See full bio »

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Unsold pilot: Appeared in a sitcom pilot for ABC called "Big Man, Little Man" playing a trapper during the gold-rush days of the mid-1800s who promised his best friend that he'd guide the man's daughter to California upon his death. See more »

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Claude Akin | Claude A. Akins


6' 1" (1.85 m)

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[on his role in From Here to Eternity (1953)] My first scene on film was where I walk into the office and report Private Prewitt absent to Sergeant Warden, played by Burt Lancaster -- and I was scared to death. Burt was one of the big stars of that era, but still very nice. Fred Zinnemann, the director, was extremely patient and understanding. And somehow I got through it. My panic has always ... See more »


Majored in speech and theater at Northwestern University. See more »

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