Character actor, Claude Akins, was born Claude Marion Akins on May 25, 1926 in Nelson, GA. Akins appeared in over 225 film and TV roles. His best known films include Rio Bravo, The Defiant Ones, The Caine Mutiny, The Devil's Brigade, Inherit the Wind, Comanche Station and The Killers (1964). Akins also starred as Sheriff Elroy P. Lobo in the TV series The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo (1979-1981). Akins died at the age of 67 on Jan 27, 1994 in Altadena, CA .
Burly, surly-looking and in the 'Ernest Borgnine tradition', Claude Akins had a late start in films and almost inevitably found himself cast as villains. Equally inevitably, it seemed, his later career brought better and more sympathetic roles, and his cheerful grin was also to be seen in leading roles in TV series.(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Illustrated Dictionary of Film Character Actors).
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Sergeant: The Major is in a hurry to get buried on a Montana mountain.
Rev. Jeremiah Brown: [preaching] Oh, Lord of the tempest and the thunder, strike down this sinner, as thou did thine enemies of old in the days of the Pharaohs! Let him know the terror of thy sword! Let his soul, for all eternity, writhe in anguish and damnation!
Rachel Brown: No! No, Pa! Don't pray to destroy Bert!
Rev. Jeremiah Brown: Lord! We ask this same curse for those who ask grace for this sinner! Though they be blood of my blood and flesh of my FLESH!
Ben Lane: Oh, I admit I've never had much luck when it comes to women. Oh, I've run with a few, but nothing you could call serious. Except maybe that little gal down in Sonora. She said right out that she wanted to marry me. She told everybody... everybody but her husband. Oh, he came within that of doing me with a scatter gun. That taught me a lesson though - always check the brand to make sure you aren't driving another man's stock.
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