Clarence “Buster” Crabbe is best known for playing Tarzan, Buck Rogers, Flash Gordon and Captain Gallant in the 1930s and 1940s. Few remember that he grew up in Honolulu and learned to swim by diving for tourists’ coins. He also played polo for the Honolulu Military Academy and graduated from Punahou High School in 1927.
Crabbe won a bronze medal in the 1928 Olympics in the 1500-meter free-style swimming event and a gold medal at the 1932 Olympics in the 400-meter free-style. He held six world records at one time.