Buster Crabbe (1908–1983)

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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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Known For

Buck Rogers Buck Rogers
Nabonga Ray Gorman
Search for Beauty Don Jackson
Flash Gordon Flash Gordon


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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 Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (TV Series)
Brigadier Gordon
- Planet of the Slave Girls (1979) ... Brigadier Gordon
 1979 Swim Team
Rock Sands
 1965 Arizona Raiders
Capt. Andrews
 1965 The Bounty Killer
Mike Clayman
 1956-1960 The Red Skelton Hour (TV Series)
Jim Dandy / Chief Petty Officer Muldoon
- Freddie in Las Vegas (1960) ... Jim Dandy
- Desert Island (1956) ... Chief Petty Officer Muldoon
 1959 Gunfighters of Abilene
Kip Tanner
 1958 Adventures of the Sea Hawk (TV Series)
- Episode #1.18 (1958) ... Kiley
 1958 Badman's Country
Wyatt Earp
 1955-1957 Captain Gallant of the Foreign Legion (TV Series)
Captain Michael Gallant / Capt. Michael Gallant
- Ring of Steel (1957) ... Capt. Michael Gallant
- Dr. Legionnaire (1957) ... Captain Michael Gallant
- One Accident Too Many (1957) ... Capt. Michael Gallant
- Out of Bounds (1957) ... Capt. Michael Gallant
- Guns for Sale (1956) ... Capt. Michael Gallant
 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
 1950 Pirates of the High Seas
Jeff Drake
 1950 Captive Girl
 1948 Caged Fury
 1947 The Sea Hound
Capt. Silver
 1947 Last of the Redmen
 1946 Outlaws of the Plains
Billy Carson
 1946 Swamp Fire
Mike Kalavich
 1946 Overland Riders
Billy Carson
 1946 Prairie Badmen
Billy Carson
 1946 Ghost of Hidden Valley
Billy Carson
 1946 Terrors on Horseback
Billy Carson
 1946 Gentlemen with Guns
Billy Carson
 1946 Lightning Raiders
Billy Carson
 1945 Prairie Rustlers
Billy Carson / Cousin Jim Slade
 1945 Fighting Bill Carson
Billy Carson
 1945 Border Badmen
Billy Carson
 1945 Rustlers' Hideout
Billy Carson (Billy Gibson in credits)
 1945 Stagecoach Outlaws
Billy Carson
 1945 Gangster's Den
Billy Carson
 1945 Shadows of Death
Billy Carson
 1945 His Brother's Ghost
Billy Carson
 1944 Oath of Vengeance
Billy Carson
 1944 Wild Horse Phantom
Billy Carson
 1944 Fuzzy Settles Down
Billy Carson
 1944 The Drifter
Billy Carson / Drifter Davis
 1944 The Contender
Gary Farrel
 1944 Valley of Vengeance
Billy Carson
 1944 Thundering Gun Slingers
Billy Carson
 1944 Frontier Outlaws
Billy Carson
 1944 Nabonga
Ray Gorman
 1943 Devil Riders
Billy Carson
 1943 Blazing Frontier
Billy the Kid
 1943 The Renegade
Billy the Kid
 1943 Cattle Stampede
Billy the Kid
 1943 Western Cyclone
Billy the Kid
 1943 Fugitive of the Plains
Billy the Kid
 1943 The Kid Rides Again
Billy the Kid
 1942 Queen of Broadway
Ricky Sloane
 1942 The Mysterious Rider
Billy the Kid - posing as Bill Andrews
 1942 Wildcat
Mike Rawlins (as Larry 'Buster' Crabbe)
 1942 Sheriff of Sage Valley
Billy the Kid / Kansas Ed
 1942 Law and Order
Billy the Kid / Lt. Ted Morrison
 1942 Jungle Siren
Capt. Gary Hart
 1942 Billy the Kid's Smoking Guns
Billy the Kid
 1942 Billy the Kid Trapped
Billy the Kid
 1941 Billy the Kid's Round-Up
Billy the Kid
 1941 Billy the Kid Wanted
Billy the Kid
 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)
 1938 Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars
Flash Gordon
 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 (as Larry Crabbe)
 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 Flash Gordon
Flash Gordon
 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 (as Larry 'Buster' Crabbe)
 1935 Hold 'Em Yale
Hector Wilmot (as Larry 'Buster' Crabbe)
 1934 The Oil Raider
Dave Warren
 1934 She Had to Choose
Bill Cutler (as Larry 'Buster' Crabbe)
 1934 We're Rich Again
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
Henchman Yegg
 1933 Tarzan the Fearless
 1933 The Thundering Herd
Bill Hatch
 1933 King of the Jungle
Kaspa the Lion Man
 1932 That's My Boy
Football Player (uncredited)
 1931 Maker of Men
Football Player (uncredited)
 1931 Movie-Town (Short)
Larry Crabbe - Champion Swimmer (uncredited)
 1930 Good News
Student (uncredited)
Show Show Stunts (1 credit)
Show Show Thanks (1 credit)
Show Show Self (33 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (29 credits)

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Personal Details

Other Works:

Author book: THE ARTHRITIS EXERCISE BOOK With Jeffrey Feinman Publisher: Simon & Schuster ISBN: 9780671240196 See more »

Publicity Listings:

3 Print Biographies | 1 Interview | 6 Articles | 2 Pictorials | See more »

Alternate Names:

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


6' 1" (1.85 m)


Adah Virginia Held  (his death)  (3 children)


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[about working with cowboy stars Ken Maynard and his brother Kermit Maynard] The difference between Ken and Kermit was comparing night to day. Kermit always the gentleman, excellent horseman and a real pleasure to work with. Never an unkind word for anyone. See more »


Guest of Honor at "Multicon 70" science fiction convention (Oklahoma City, USA, June 18-21, 1970). See more »

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