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Buster Crabbe (1908–1983)

Buster Crabbe graduated from the University of Southern California. In 1931, while working on That's My Boy (1932) for Columbia Pictures, he was tested by MGM for Tarzan and rejected. Paramount Pictures put him in King of the Jungle (1933) as Kaspa, the Lion Man (after a book of that title but clearly a copy of the Tarzan stories). Publicity for ... See full bio »

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 1982 The Comeback Trail
Duke Montana
 1981 B.J. and the Bear (TV Series)
Jake O'Brien
- S.T.U.N.T. (1981) ... Jake O'Brien
 1980 The Alien Dead
Sheriff Kowalski
 1979 Swim Team
Rock Sands
 1965 Arizona Raiders
Capt. Andrews
 1965 The Bounty Killer
Mike Clayman
 1956-1960 The Red Skelton Hour (TV Series)
Guest / Chief Petty Officer Muldoon
- Freddie in Las Vegas (1960) ... Guest
- Desert Island (1956) ... Chief Petty Officer Muldoon
 1960 Gunfighters of Abilene
Kip Tanner
 1958 Adventures of the Sea Hawk (TV Series)
- Episode #1.18 (1958) ... Kiley
 1957 The Lawless Eighties
Linc Prescott
 1956 Gun Brothers
Chad Santee
 1955 Star Tonight (TV Series)
The sheriff
- Night, Be Quiet (1955)
- The Murderer (1955) ... The sheriff
 1955 Kraft Theatre (TV Series)
 1955 Ponds Theater (TV Series)
- The Cornered Man (1955)
 1953 The Gulf Playhouse (TV Series)
 1952 King of the Congo
Thunda / Roger Drum
 1948 Caged Fury
 1946 Swamp Fire
Mike Kalavich
 1942 Queen of Broadway
Ricky Sloane
 1942 Wildcat
Mike Rawlins (as Larry 'Buster' Crabbe)
 1942 Jungle Siren
Capt. Gary Hart
 1941 Jungle Man
Dr. Robert Hammond, aka Junga
 1940 Sailor's Lady
Rodney (as Larry Crabbe)
 1940 Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe
Flash Gordon (as Larry 'Buster' Crabbe)
 1939 Call a Messenger
Chuck Walsh (as Larry Crabbe)
 1939 Colorado Sunset
Dave Haines (as Larry "Buster" Crabbe)
 1939 Million Dollar Legs
Coach Jordan (as Larry Crabbe)
 1939 Unmarried
Buzz Kinney (as Larry Crabbe)
 1939 Buck Rogers
Buck Rogers (as Larry 'Buster' Crabbe)
 1938 Illegal Traffic
Steve (as Larry Crabbe)
 1938 Red Barry
Red Barry (as Larry 'Buster' Crabbe)
 1938 Hunted Men
James Flowers
 1938 Tip-Off Girls
John A. 'Red' Deegan (as Larry Crabbe)
 1937 Daughter of Shanghai
Andrew Sleete (as Larry Crabbe)
 1937 Sophie Lang Goes West
Steve Clayson (as Larry Crabbe)
 1937 Forlorn River
Nevada (as Larry Crabbe)
 1937 King of Gamblers
Eddie (as Larry Crabbe)
 1937 Murder Goes to College
Strike Belno
 1936 Arizona Mahoney
Kirby Talbot
 1936 Rose Bowl
Ossie Merrill (as Larry Crabbe)
 1936 Lady Be Careful
Jake (as Larry Crabbe)
 1936 The Arizona Raiders
Laramie Nelson (as Larry Crabbe)
 1936 Desert Gold
Chief Moya (as Larry 'Buster' Crabbe)
 1936 Drift Fence
Slinger Dunn (as Larry 'Buster' Crabbe)
 1935 Nevada
Jim Lacey aka 'Nevada' (as Larry 'Buster' Crabbe)
 1935 Wanderer of the Wasteland
Big Ben
 1935 Hold 'Em Yale
Hector Wilmot (as Larry 'Buster' Crabbe)
 1934 She Had to Choose
Bill Cutler (as Larry 'Buster' Crabbe)
 1934 We're Rich Again
Erasmus Rockwell 'Erp' Pennington (as Larry 'Buster' Crabbe)
 1934 You're Telling Me!
Bob Murchison (as Larry 'Buster' Crabbe)
 1934 Badge of Honor
Bob Gordon
 1934 Search for Beauty
Don Jackson (as Larry 'Buster' Crabbe)
 1933 The Sweetheart of Sigma Chi
Bob North
 1933 To the Last Man
Bill Hayden
 1933 Man of the Forest
 1933 King of the Jungle
Kaspa the Lion Man
 1933 The Thundering Herd
Bill Hatch
 1932 Island of Lost Souls
Beast (unconfirmed, uncredited)
 1932 That's My Boy
Football Player (uncredited)
 1932 The Most Dangerous Game
Sailor who falls off boat (uncredited)
 1931 Maker of Men
Football Player (uncredited)
 1931 Movie-Town (Short)
Larry Crabbe - Champion Swimmer (uncredited)
 1930 Good News
Student (uncredited)
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(9/21/70) Appeared on the daytime program "Tempo" hosted by Regis Philbin. Also appearing were Kay Starr and Dr. Paul Popenoe. See more »

Publicity Listings:

3 Print Biographies | 1 Interview | 2 Articles | 2 Pictorials | See more »

Alternate Names:

Larry "Buster" Crabbe | Larry 'Buster' Crabbe | Larry Crabbe


6' 1" (1.85 m)

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Personal Quote:

If you can believe it, we started my last movie for PRC on Monday and had it in the can on Thursday! That's when I decided I'd had enough and quit. I went in and told them I was through. They didn't even bat an eye. The next thing I knew they replaced me with Lash La Rue. See more »


Father of Cullen Crabbe; His daughter Caren Lynn "Sande" Crabbe (B: July 14, 1936) died of anorexia at her maternal grandparents home in Pacific Palisades on April 10, 1957. At the time of her death, she weighed only 60 pounds. See more »

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