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Also Known As: Died: April 23, 1983
Born: February 7, 1908 Cause of Death: heart attack
Birth Place: Oakland, California, USA Profession: Cast ...
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Cast (feature film)

1.
Alien Dead, The (1985) as Sheriff Kowalski
2.
Comeback Trail, The (1972) as Duke Montana
Two hack movie producers are deep in debt and about to lose their company when they come up with a scheme. They hire a retired cowboy star for a western, take out a large insurance policy on him, then write him a role filled with physicality and dangerous stunts. However, their plan to collect the i
3.
The Bounty Killer (1965) as Mike Clayman
A tenderfoot goes after easy money as a bounty hunter.
4.
Arizona Raiders (1965) as Captain Andrews
Audie Murphy and Ben Cooper portray the captured Quantrill Raiders in this historical saga. They are offered full amnesty by the Union if they join the newly organized Arizona Raiders and help end Quantrill's bloody run through the territory.
5.
Gunfighters of Abilene (1960) as Kip [Tanner]
Buster Crabbe, Barton MacLane, Judith Ames, Arthur Space, Eugenia Paul. An athletic cowboy avenges his brother's murder and woos his would-be bride. Wesleyan-educated bad guy MacLane starred as a good guy in the TV series "The Outlaws."
6.
Badman's Country (1958) as Wyatt Earp
Four of the frontier west's famed law officers--Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, Pat Garrett and Buffalo Bill--convene to defend the sprouting city of Abilene.
7.
The Lawless Eighties (1957) as Link Prescott
8.
Gun Brothers (1956) as Chad [Santee]
Two brothers end up on opposite sides of the law in the old West.
9.
King of the Congo (1952)
Based on the comic book character "Thun'Da, King of the Congo," a Tarzan imitator, whose only comic of any value is the first one rendered entirely by cult artist Frank Frazetta, this was Columbia's 48th serial and the seventh and last serial starring Buster Crabbe. Crabbe plays U.S.A.F. Captain Roger Drum who shoots down an unidentified plane whose pilot was bound for Africa to deliver a message to a subversive group. Drum takes his place, makes the flight and crashes in the jungle. The rock people, led by Princess Phi (Gloria Dea, not Gloria Dee as shown by some sources), rescue him and take him to their temple. The subversives, led by Boris (Leonard Penn), appear and Drum rings a temple gong in alarm, and its sound crumbles the walls, burying him in debris at the end of Chapter One, "Mission of Menace." Chapter Two, "Red Shadows in the Jungle" finds Drum being proclaimed Thunda, King of the Congo, by the natives but is still mistrusted by Princess Phi and her assistant Nahee (Neyle Morrow), still miffed that he rang the wrong gong. This goes on for 15 chapters before Thundra reunites the Rock and Cave People and clears the jungle of all the villains with Russian names.
10.
Pirates of the High Seas (1950)
Two ex-Navy buddies travel to a tropical island to help search for a fugitive Nazi and a fortune in diamonds stolen by him during WWII, and encounter multiple dangers at the hand of a gang also seeking the treasure for the island's corrupt governor.
11.
Captive Girl (1950) as Barton
Jungle Jim fights to save a young innocent from treasure hunters and a witch doctor.
12.
Caged Fury (1948) as Smiley
13.
Sea Hound, The (1947)
Columbia's 34th serial production starring Buster Crabbe, the Serial King himself, who had the lead in five from Universal and two for Columbia, was based on the radio serial,("Captain Silver's Log of) The Sea Hound", heard on the Blue Network 1942-44,on Mutual 1946-47 and, briefly on ABC in 1948, and also the comic book (six issues across four years) that had little demand in 1945-49 and not much now among Golden Age collectors, with Crabbe, playing Captain Silver and getting more money for it than producer Sam Katzman paid for the rights to use the character, and some claim the copyright owner may have paid Katzman to use the character. Captain Silver (Buster Crabbe) and his friends---Jerry (Ralph Hodges) and seagoing cowboy Tex (Jimmy Lloyd) and a chinese inventor named Kukai (Spencer Chan) ---are cruising through tropical waters, between California and Catalina, aboard the "Sea Hound" when they pick up an SOS from the yacht "Esmeralda." Silver sails to Typhoon Cove and finds the yacht under attack by "pirates." Aboard the attacked craft are Ann Whitney (Pamela Blake), yacht owner Stanley Rand (Hugh Prosser) and Vardman (Pierce Lyden.) Silver and crew beat off the attackers and he learns that Ann is searching for her father, John Whitney (Milton Kibbee), who vanished into the jungle during a search for a fabulous treasure of Spanish gold. Later, Silver discovers the "pirates" are in the employ of a sinister master-criminal known as the Admiral (Robert Barron.) Using a map in Rand's possession, Silver locates the treasure chest when he descends to the ocean floor in a diving suit, but finds it empty. 14 water-logged, none-too-thrilling chapters later, Silver locates the treasure, rescues Ann's father and puts an end to the Admiral and his henchmen, including Rand and Vardman who veteran serial-watchers had an eye on as far back as chapter 1.
14.
Last of the Redmen (1947) as Magua
15.
Swamp Fire (1946) as Mike Kalavich
16.
Overland Riders (1946) as Billy Carson
Billy arrives to buy Barkley's cattle and gets involved in Landreau's scheme to get Barkley's ranch. When Landreau kills Barkley he takes the money Billy paid him. But Billy had been wounded earlier and blood got on the money. Billy suspects Landreau and needs to get into his safe and see his money.
17.
Gentlemen with Guns (1946) as Billy Carson
18.
Terrors on Horseback (1946) as Billy Carson
When Fuzzy's niece is killed in a stage holdup, Billy and Fuzzy go after the killers. They catch Tryon only to have him shot before he can talk. When Gordon confesses he is also killed. But Billy has a plan. He announces Gordon is alive and will shortly name the killer.
19.
Lightning Raiders (1946) as Billy Carson
20.
Outlaws of the Plains (1946) as Billy Carson
A gang of swindlers led by Nord Finner (Charles King) take advantage of simple-minded Fuzzy Jones (Al St. John) by "advising" him through a "mysterious voice" which he believes is that of a deceased Indian chief. Fuzzy persuades his fellow townsmen to join him in buying worthless property, but Billy Carson (Buster Crabbe) comes trotting onto the scene.
21.
Prairie Badmen (1946) as Billy Carson
22.
Ghost of Hidden Valley (1946) as Billy Carson
Dawson is running rustled cattle across the abandoned Trenton ranch and has given it the reputation of a ghost ranch to keep people away. When Henty Tenton arrives from England to take over the ranch, Dawson tries to get rid of him. But Billy and Fuzzy are on hand to help Henry and it's not long before they have to go into action.
23.
Fighting Bill Carson (1945) as Billy Carson
24.
His Brother's Ghost (1945) as Billy Carson
Thorne and his gang are wiping out the ranchers. When they get to the Jones ranch they wound Andy. When he dies Billy Carson has his brother Fuzzy become Andy's ghost. They then set out to bring in the gang.
25.
Gangster's Den (1945) as Billy Carson
26.
Prairie Rustlers (1945) as Billy Carson/[Jim]
27.
Stagecoach Outlaws (1945) as Billy Carson
Kirby sends his henchmen to break killer Matt Brawley out of jail. But Brawley has already broken out and they return with Fuzzy instead. Realizing they think he's Brawley, Fuzzy plays the part. He and Bill plan to round up the gang but Fuzzy is in trouble when the real Brawley shows up to expose the hoax.
28.
Shadows of Death (1945) as Billy Carson
29.
Border Badmen (1945) as Billy Carson
Fuzzy thinks he is the heir to a millionaire's fortune. When he and his friend Billy go to claim it, they encounter a swindler who wants the estate for himself.
30.
The Contender (1944) as Gary [Farrell]
31.
Nabonga Gorilla (1944) as Ray Gorman
A young girl survives a plane crash to become queen of the jungle.
32.
The Drifter (1944) as Billy Carson/Drifter Davis
33.
Oath of Vengeance (1944) as Billy Carson
Fuzzy opens a store only to find that everyone buys on credit. The absence of cash is due to the range war between the cattlemen and the farmers started by Kinney. The Sheriff being worthless, Billy is quickly drawn into the conflict.
34.
Frontier Outlaws (1944) as Billy Carson
35.
Wild Horse Phantom (1944) as Billy Carson
Billy Carson gets the Governor to let Daggett and his gang escape from prison in hopes that they will lead him to the money they got when they robbed the bank. Billy and Fuzzy trail the gang to an old mine, but it looks like Billy's plan will fail when Daggett is unable to remember where he hid the money.
36.
Rustlers' Hideout (1944) as Billy Gibson [Carson]
Bringing a herd of cattle to Dave Crockett, Billy halts before going through the pass where many herds have been rustled. He is right as there are two men after Crockett's ranch and packing plant which will be theirs if Crockett fails to pay off his note. When their attempt to get Crockett's son in financial trouble is broken up by Billy and their men fail to rustle the herd, they then poison the water hole.
37.
Fuzzy Settles Down (1944) as Billy Carson
Wishing to settle down, Fuzzy uses his reward money to buy a newspaper. He then raises money for the new telegraph line. When it is stolen, Barlowe incites the towns people to hang him. But his pal Billy Carson is at work to clear him.
38.
Valley of Vengeance (1944) as Billy Carson
Billy Carson arrives in King City looking for two men and kills them both. Caught by the Marshal he tells his story. When he and Fuzzy were boys, their wagon train was attacked and their parents killed. Years later the recently reunited boyhood friends get a clue as to their parents murderers and head to King City.
39.
Thundering Gun Slingers (1944) as Billy Carson
40.
Queen of Broadway (1943) as Ricky Sloane
41.
The Renegades (1943) as Billy the Kid
42.
Devil Riders (1943) as Billy Carson
43.
The Kid Rides Again (1943) as [William Bonney, also known as] Billy the Kid
44.
Fugitive of the Plains (1943) as Billy the Kid
45.
Blazing Frontier (1943) as Billy the Kid
46.
Cattle Stampede (1943) as Billy the Kid
Billy the Kid (Buster Crabbe) and Fuzzy Jones (Al St. John) are on their way out of Arizona being chased by some riders who hope to cash in on the reward money for their capture. They are warned in time by Ed Dawson (Hansel Warner), but Ed is wounded in the getaway. They get a doctor to attend to Ed, who tells them there is a range war in progress across the border and that he is looking for men to help make a cattle drive to the rail junction. Agreeing to help, they head for the Dawson ranch and run across a Dawson man who has been killed from ambush. Mary Dawson (Frances Gladwin), Ed's sister, thinks they did it but they convince her of their innocence. The news of the killing causes ranch foreman Brandon (Charles King), secretly working for the rustlers, to try and get the rest of the Dawson hands to quit, but Billy intercedes and agrees to take the cattle through for Sam Dawson (Ed Cassidy). Brandon and Coulter (Glenn Strange) have their henchmen stampede the cattle on the drive and Elkins (Frank Ellis), one of Coulter's men, meets with Billy after the stampede and suggests his boss will buy up what cattle are left. Fuzzy also meets a couple of ranchers who have had the same proposition made to them. Coulter later recognizes Billy as the wanted Billy the Kid, and makes an offer for them to work together. Billy sees this as a way to smash the gang and agrees, provided he gets a cut of the Dawson herd. Billy and Fuzzy hold up a stage to keep the cattle money out of the hands of the Coulter gang, but Coulter, realizing he has been double-crossed, kidnaps Mary.
47.
Western Cyclone (1943) as Billy the Kid
48.
Law and Order (1942) as Billy the Kid [/Ted Morrison]
In this entry in PRC's "Billy the Kid" series (aka "Billy the Kid in Law and Order" but known nowhere as "Billy the Kid's Law and Order") Billy the Kid (Buster Crabbe) and his pals Jeff Travis (Dave O'Brien as Tex O'Brien) and Fuzzy Jones (Al St. John), are arrested and brought to Ft. Culver, where Billy is amazed to discover that he and the post commander, Lt. Ted Morrison (Buster Crabbe), are exact doubles. Learning of a plot to swindle Aunt Mary Todd (Sarah Padden), a rich, blind relative of Morrison's, by marrying her off to imposter Simms (Hal Price) instead of her sweetheart George Fremont (George Morrell) who is on his way to her ranch, Billy and his pals escape and head for the ranch. Mil Crawford (Charles King), head of the gang scheming to get hold of the blind woman's fortune through Simms, has two men hold up the stage and kill Fremont and Morrison. Finding the bodies, Billy impersonates Morrison, and Crawford is furious when he sees Billy and mistakes him for the nephew, figuring his men had failed.The next day Linda (Wanda McKay), the niece of Fremont, arrives for the wedding and Billy meets her stagecoach and arranges for her to denounce Simms as an imposter.
49.
Billy the Kid Trapped (1942) as Billy [the Kid]
Stanton breaks Billy and his two friends Fuzzy and Jeff out of jail. He wants them free so three of his men can impersonate them for the robberies and murders he has planned.
50.
Wildcat (1942) as Mike Rawlins
Wildcatter Johnny Maverick (Richard Arlen) and his pal, Chicopee Nevins (Elisha Cook, Jr.) are speeding toward Antril Bend, a small town in the oil region, that has offered $25,000 to the person bringing in the first oil well.They accidently find oil on the town's outskirts, and Johnny writes a $4000 hot check for the property. He covers that by having Chicopee sell his half interest to oil promoter Gus Sloane (John Dilson) for $7000. Sloane hires a crew to start drilling on his half of the property, with Johnny's old enemy, Mile Rawlins (Larry "Buster" Crabbe) as his foreman. Rawlins sabotages Johnny's rig, causing Chicopee's death. Confidence man Oliver Westbrook (William Frawley) and his confederate, Nan Dearing (Arline Judge) hatch a plan to swindle Johnny by having Nan pose as Chicopee's sister. It works and Johnny makes Nan his partner. Another accident staged by Rawlins forces Johnny to sign a note to get money for repair. Nan falls in love with Johnny and abandons her plan to swindle him. As the note deadline approaches, Johnny learns that Sloane has purchased it as a means of taking over the well.
51.
Jungle Siren (1942) as Captain Gary Hart
52.
Sheriff of Sage Valley (1942) as Billy the Kid/[Kansas Ed]
53.
Billy the Kid's Smoking Guns (1942) as Billy [the Kid]
54.
The Mysterious Rider (1942) as Billy the Kid [also known as Bill Andrews]
55.
Jungle Man (1941) as Dr. Hammond
56.
Billy the Kid's Round-Up (1941) as Billy [the Kid]
57.
Billy the Kid Wanted (1941) as Billy [the Kid]
58.
Sailor's Lady (1940) as Rodney
Sailor (Hall) is going to marry his girlfriend (Kelly) when he returns, but she becomes foster mother to baby whose parents are accidentally killed. The baby is accidentally left on board a visiting battleship.
59.
Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe (1940)
A mysterious plague, the Purple Death, ravages the earth. Dr. Zarkov, investigating in his spaceship, finds a ship from planet Mongo seeding the atmosphere with dust. Sure enough, Ming the Merciless is up to his old tricks. So it's back to Mongo for Flash, Dale, and Zarkov, this time with ready-made allies waiting: Prince Barin of Arboria and Queen Fria of the frozen northern land of Frigia; where, it so happens, is found polarite, antidote to the plague. But Ming will use all his forces to keep our heroes from thwarting his plans of conquest...
60.
Colorado Sunset (1939) as [Dave] Haines
Gene and his buddies discover that the ranch they bought is really a dairy farm. And worse, it's subject to intimidation from a protection racket that prevents dairy products from safely reaching the market.
61.
Call a Messenger (1939) as "Chuck" Walsh
A tough street kid attempts to rob a post office and is caught. In order to avoid reform school, he takes a job as a messenger with the post office. He finds that he likes it, and when his brother is released from prison, attempts to help his brother go straight. However, the two of them get mixed up with a local gangster, who has plans to start robbing post office branches and using the messenger and his brother to do it.
62.
Unmarried (1939) as Buzz Kenton
63.
Buck Rogers (1939)
A pilot and his young passenger crash-land on a mountaintop and are put into suspended animation by a strange gas. They awake 500 years later to discover that the Earth is now ruled by a tyrannical despot called Killer Kane, and they lead a fight to overthrow him.
64.
65.
Million Dollar Legs (1939) as Coach Baxter
At Middleton College, controlled by rich donor Melton, only paying sports are allowed. But Freddie Frye, conniving student body president, has to get a letter in some sport to win back his girl Susie; he schemes to revive crew boat racing. Sinking boats, no money, and his own waistline stand in his way. Can they win the big race with State University?
66.
Red Barry (1938)
"Red Barry" was the 40th sound-era serial produced by Universal Pictures (followed "Flaming Frontiers" and preceded "Scouts To the Rescue"), and was based in the Will Gould comic strip distributed to newspapers by King Features Syndicated, Inc. It was the third of five serials from Universal starring Buster Crabbe, and while the plot only revolves around two million dollars in bonds and soon evolves into a game of "Bonds, Bonds, Who Has the Bonds?", it has so many groups, and their armies of henchmen, acquiring and re-acquiring the bonds that, in a chapter or two, the people who have the bonds don't appear to know they are the current holders. Wing Fu (Cyril Delevanti), brings the bonds to the USA to buy war planes for an unnamed county, and quickly loses them to Quong Lee (Frank Lackteen), a Eurasian underworld chief, but they are re-taken in chapter two by Red Barry (Buster Crabbe). Ballet dancer Natacha (Edna Sedgwick), representing a ruthless group of Russians, acquires them in chapter three, but Barry gets them back in chapter four. Hong Kong Cholly(Philip Ahn), an agent for Wing Fu, goes after Barry to get the bonds, but isn't successful, and is killed in chapter nine. Valentine Vane, aka Harry Dicer (Hugh Huntley), a criminal investigator, takes the bonds from Barry in chapter six, but Quong Lee re-acquires them again in chapter seven. Lyceum Theatre (where Natacha dances) manager C. E. Mannix (William Ruhl) pops up with them in chapter eight, and the question of the day is how did he get them from Quong Lee, and the answer is that Mannix and Quong Lee are one and the same as the Oriental makeup is only a disguise, and the next question is why would anyone want to look like Frank Lackteen. Two Russians, Petrov (Stanley Price) and Igor (Earle Douglas)grab the bonds in chapter nine, but Barry just as quickly grabs them back. But (keep up the best you can)Wing Fu has them in chapter ten, Mannix gets them again in chapter eleven, hides them in Natacha's trunk in chapter twelve, only to have Vane steal them, and Mannix promptly shoots Vane in chapter thirteen and gets them again. But, since chapter thirteen is the concluding chapter, his ownership doesn't last long. Frances Robinson, as newspaper reporter "Mississippi" (from the comic strip), makes it worthwhile watching.
67.
Thrill of a Lifetime (1938) as Don
68.
Tip-Off Girls (1938) as Red Deegan
69.
Illegal Traffic (1938) as Steve
70.
Hunted Men (1938) as James Flowers
71.
Mars Attacks the World (1938) as Flash Gordon
Flash, Dale, and Dr. Zarkov return from their former space adventures only to find that their enemy, Ming the Merciless of planet Mongo, has a new weapon: a deadly ray that crosses space to wreak havoc on earth. Earth's only hope is for our heroes to take off again and stop the ray at its source on Mars, where they (and a stowaway) must battle Ming's ally, Queen Azura, who turns her enemies into lumpish clay people. Can they survive 15 chapters of deadly perils? Find out next week...
72.
Rocket Ship (1938) as Flash Gordon
73.
Daughter of Shanghai (1938) as Andrew Sleete
A young woman tracks down the smugglers who killed her father.
74.
Forlorn River (1937) as Nevada
75.
Murder Goes to College (1937) as Strike Belno
76.
Sophie Lang Goes West (1937) as Steve Clayson
77.
King of Gamblers (1937) as Eddie
78.
Desert Gold (1936) as Moya, chief of an Indian tribe
Chet Kasedon is after the Indians hidden gold mine but Chief Moya will not reveal it's location. He has also hired mining engineers Gale and Mortimer to locate the mine. When Gale sees Kasedon's cruelty to Moya, he switches sides.
79.
Arizona Mahoney (1936) as Kirby Talbot
When Sue Bixby becomes his new boss, stagecoach robber Talbot reforms and goes after her rustled cattle. When he and his men are outnumbered fighting Lloyd's gang, Randall rides to get circus man Mahoney and his man shooting cannon.
80.
Lady Be Careful (1936) as Jake
81.
The Arizona Raiders (1936) as Laramie Nelson
After saving himself from hanging, Laramie Nelson saves Tracks Williams from the same fate. They then travel to Linsay's ranch where they get jobs. There they run into Adams who they learn is planning to rustle Lindsay's horses.
82.
Drift Fence (1936) as Slinger Dunn
Tenderfoot Trask gets rodeo champ Travis to take his place as the new owner of a ranch having trouble with rustlers. To stop the rustling Travis and his men build a drift fence. Out to stop them is Clay Jackson and his men led by Slinger Dunn.
83.
Rose Bowl (1936) as Ossie Merrill
84.
The Wanderer of the Wasteland (1935) as [Big] Ben
85.
Nevada (1935) as Nevada [Jim Lacey]
86.
Hold 'Em Yale (1935) as Hector Wilmot
87.
Badge of Honor (1934) as Bob Gordon
88.
We're Rich Again (1934) as [Erasmus] Erp [Rockwell Pennington]
A society couple gone broke tries to land a wealthy husband for their daughter.
89.
You're Telling Me! (1934) as Bob Murchison
A laughingstock, small-town inventor befriends a foreign princess.
90.
She Had to Choose (1934) as Bill Cutler
91.
Search for Beauty (1934) as Don Jackson
Three con artists dupe two Olympians into serving as editors of a new magazine which is a front for salacious stories and pictures.
92.
The Oil Raider (1934) as Dave Warren
93.
Tarzan the Fearless (1933) as Tarzan
The jungle king helps a young woman rescue her father from the high priest of a lost city.
94.
Man of the Forest (1933) as Yegg
Beasley, who is after Gayner's land, plans to kidnap his daughter. But Dale overhears their plan and kidnaps her himself. When Gayner arrives to retrieve his daughter, Beasley kills him and makes the Sheriff arrest Dale for the murder.
95.
Thundering Herd (1933) as Bill Hatch
Both Sprague and Jett and their crews are hunting buffalo. Doan is with Sprague and is looking for the Jett outfit where his girlfriend Milly is being held against her will. In addition to the thieving Jett who is stealing Sprague's furs, the Indians are gathering to attack all the white buffalo hunters.
96.
To the Last Man (1933) as Bill Hayden
In Kentucky just after the Civil War, the Hayden-Colby feud leads to Jed Colby being sent to prison for 15 years for murder. The Haydens head for Nevada and when Colby gets out of prison he heads there also seeking revenge. The head of the Hayden family tries to avoid more killing but the inevitable showdown has to occur, complicated by Lynn Hayden and Ellen Colby's plans to marry.
97.
King of the Jungle (1933) as Kaspa
98.
The Sweetheart of Sigma Chi (1933) as Bob North

Cast (short)

99.
Starlit Days at the Lido (1935)
Some of Hollywood's biggest starts are entertained by singing, dancing, acrobatics, and impressions in this short film.

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