Clarence Linden "Buster" Crabbe (February 7, 1908 - April 23, 1983) was an American athlete and actor, who starred in a number of popular serials in the 1930s and 1940s.
Olympic medal record
Competitor for the United States
Gold \t1932 Los Angeles \t400 m freestyle
Bronze \t1928 Amsterdam \t1500 m freestyle
Crabbe's role in the 1933 Tarzan serial Tarzan the Fearless launched a successful career in which he starred in over one hundred movies. It would be the only movie in which Crabbe starred as Tarzan. (The serial was re-edited into a made-for-TV feature in 1964.) In the 1933's King of the Jungle, 1941's Jungle Man, and the 1952 serial King of the Congo, he played generic "jungle man" roles in the Tarzan mode. He also starred in the film Search for Beauty (1934), and his next major role was in 1936 as Flash Gordon in the popular Flash Gordon serial, which he reprised in two sequels, released by Universal in 1938 and 1940. The three serials were later shown extensively on American television during the 1950s and 60s and then edited for release on home video. Other characters he portrayed included Western hero Billy the Kid, Buck Rogers, and a brother of his real-life fraternity in the movie musical The Sweetheart of Sigma Chi. In some of his movies he is credited as Larry Crabbe or Larry (Buster) Crabbe. His sidekick in most of his westerns was the actor Al St. John.
Crabbe is the only actor who played Tarzan, Flash Gordon, and Buck Rogers - the top three syndicated comic strip heroes of the 1930s.