Buster Crabbe starred in a number of popular films in the 1930s and ’40s

Buster Crabbe (February 7, 1908 – April 23, 1983) was an American athlete and actor. Crabbe won the 1932 Olympic gold medal for 400m freestyle swimming before breaking into acting. Buster Crabbe starred in a number of popular films in the 1930s and 1940s and played the title role in the serials Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers.

Buster Crabbe 1937

Buster Crabbe 1937

Buster Crabbe

Buster Crabbe

Buster Crabbe with Jean Rogers in "Flash Gordon" (1936)

Buster Crabbe with Jean Rogers in
“Flash Gordon” (1936)

Buster Crabbe with Julie Bishop in "Tarzan and the Fearless" (1933)

Buster Crabbe with Julie Bishop in
“Tarzan and the Fearless” (1933)

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