Buster Crabbe (actor) - Died April 23, 1983. Born February 7, 1908. Clarence Linden "Buster" Crabbe II was an American athlete 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 1930s and 1940s. He played in Flash Gordon, Buck Rogers, Tarzan, many westerns.