Remembering Buster Crabbe, born February 7, 1908 and passed away on April 23, 1983.
Clarence Linden “Buster” Crabbe II was an American competitive swimmer and actor. He won the 1932 Olympic gold medal for 400m freestyle swimming before subsequently breaking into acting.
He starred in a number of popular films in the 1930’s and 1940’s. He also played the title role in the serials Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers.
Crabbe made regular television appearances, including one on an episode of the 1979 series Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, in which he played a retired fighter pilot named “Brigadier Gordon”, in honor of Flash Gordon. When Rogers (Gil Gerard) praises his flying, Gordon replies “I’ve been doing that sort of thing since before you were born”. Rogers (who was born more than 500 years earlier) responds “You think so?” to which Gordon replies “Young man, I know so”. In fact, Crabbe had been playing “Buck Rogers” since long before Gerard was born.
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I used to watch Flash Gordon on Saturday mornings in the 70’s as a young child I thought it was fantastic !!