Buster Crabbe Overview:

Legendary actor, Buster Crabbe, was born Clarence Linden Crabbe on Feb 7, 1908 in Oakland, CA. Crabbe died at the age of 75 on Apr 23, 1983 in Scottsdale, AZ .


Olympic swimming champion who won a bronze medal for America in 1928 and a gold in 1932, before becoming as famous playing intergalactic heroes Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers as another swimming champ, Johnny Weissmuller did playing Tarzan. Crabbe became a "B" western star of the 1940s before moving into business and becoming an executive in water sports. In 1971 he broke the world 400 metre freestyle record for over-sixties! Died from a heart attack.

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He was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Television. Crabbe was never nominated for an Academy Award.

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Johnny Weissmuller wasn?t the only swimming Olympian to play Tarzan. There was also Clarence ?Buster? Crabbe. Crabbe and Weissmuller knew each other before their Hollywood days and were competitive. Crabbe developed as his swimming (and surfing) prowess while growing up on a pineapple plantation in ... Read full article

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Buster Crabbe Quotes:

Rose Fargo: Were you and your brother always that close?
Chad Santee: Well, the Sioux got Ma and Pa when we were young. After that, all we had was each other.
Rose Fargo: Yet you left him for two hitches in the cavalry. Why?
Chad Santee: No, Rose, I didn't leave him. There was a split in the trail. He went one way and I went the other.

Fuzzy Q. Jones: Standing Pine told me where I could find this big claim.
Billy Carson: Standing Pine? Who's Standing Pine?
Fuzzy Q. Jones: He's my Indian guide. He's a spirit.
Billy Carson: A spirit. Fuzz, you better keep that cork in the bottle. Those spirits are going to get you in trouble.

Fuzzy Q. Jones: Hey, why didn't you wait until I got back? You know I enjoy a good fight.
Billy Carson: Sorry, Fuzzy, but our friend wanted immediate service.

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Was on the 1928 and 1932 US Olympic swimming teams. Won gold medal in the 400 Meter Swimming Freestyle at the 1932 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. Also won a bronze medal in the 1500 Meter Freestyle at Amsterdam.

First cousin four times removed of Confederate General James Longstreet (1821-1904).

Grandson Nick Holt head defensive football coach 2006 at University of Southern California where Buster Crabbe graduated in 1931.

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