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Akins appeared in three episodes of The Rifleman ―
The Safe Guard as Floyd
Doniger, he was from Abilene, a Texas Gunfighter who John Hamilton,
President of North Fork's Bank, personally hired to guard the safe
Meeting at Midnight
as Tom Benton, Lucas' old friend and army commanding officer and now an
undercover agent ― Strange Town as Bletch
Droshek, the guy Micah was bringing in to stand trial for cold-blooded
in the US Army Signal Corps during World War II.
A graduate of Northwestern University who was
trained in Shakespeare, he Majored in speech and theater.
performed at the age of 5 in a church play in which he played a bird.
limestone salesman who once acted in exchange for food, he began his rise to
Hollywood prominence in supporting roles. He began his motion picture
career as a character actor in tough guy and villain roles.
moved to Broadway in the late 1940s, where he had a part in the hit play The
His success on Broadway led him to Hollywood in 1953 and a role in the
Academy Award-winning film, From Here to Eternity. More hit films were
quick to follow ― The Caine Mutiny (1954), The Defiant Ones
Inherit the Wind
How the West Was Won
Claude Akins, the rugged actor with a Dixie drawl who was best known for his
television roles as a truck driver, a colorful rural sheriff which he was
co-starring with Frank Converse in Movin' On, a television series about a
pair of gypsy truck drivers who plied the nation's highways.
After Movin' On he did B. J. and the Bear -
The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo. He was a gorilla in
Battle for the Planet of the Apes as General Aldo. He also appeared in
The Untouchables several times. Some
of his other television credits included Cannon ― Police Story
Mannix and The Streets of San Francisco.
Akins did radio and television commercials for a variety of products,
including PolyGrip, AM/PM Mini-Market, Rollins Truck Leasing and Aamco, the
transmission repair chain with the slogan "Double A, [honk, honk], M, C, O",
Internal Revenue Service and Trailways bus lines.
Although he appeared mostly in supporting roles in more than 50 movies and
400 television shows, the burly, weather-beaten part-Cherokee from Nelson,
Georgia, considered himself "the highest paid unknown" in Hollywood.
He has been in show biz for over forty years.
Claude appeared with Chuck in
The Gambler Returns.....Luck of the Draw (1991) ―
Branded as Ned Travis -
The Vindicator and in Ride Beyond Vengeance (1966). William Wyler
(Big Country) was quoted as saying Ride Beyond Vengeances
has one of the greatest fight scenes he ever saw on the screen. This bar
room brawl had so many great reviews!
From Chuck Connors book..... The Man Behind the Rifle by David Fury ~
Ride Beyond Vengeances — The four minute fight scene between Chuck and
Claude was indeed one of the great screen brawls. Together they demolished
an entire saloon ~ interior and exterior ~ and the immense realism was
obtained by doing most of the fight stunts themselves. It took two full days
I just love
this cowboy especially as a bad guy, I bet in real life he was a teddy
bear! I tip my Cowgirl hat to you!
Claude Akins was born in Nelson, Georgia on May 25, 1926
Birth Name: Claude Marion Akins
He died January 27, 1994 in Altadena, California, of cancer
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