Claude Akins

Actor, Salesman
Husky, masculine character player of stage, film and TV, adept at playing good (and bad) ol' southern boys, ambiguous lawmen and menacing villains. Akins began his film career as a heavy, beginning with his feature ... Read more »
Born: 05/24/1926 in Nelson, Georgia, USA

Filmography

Actor (90)

Seasons of the Heart 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Where Evil Lives 1994 (Movie)

Jack Devlin (Actor)

Falling From Grace 1992 (Movie)

Speck Parks (Actor)

In the Heat of the Night 1991 - 1992 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Luck of the Draw: The Gambler Returns 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Monster in the Closet 1987 (Movie)

Sheriff Ketchum (Actor)

The Curse 1987 (Movie)

Nathan Hayes (Actor)

Pecos Bill, King of the Cowboys 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Celebrity 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Legmen 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Bus Stop 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

B.J. and the Bear 1978 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Lobo 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

The All-Star Salute to Mother's Day 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

B.J. and the Bear 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Nashville 99 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

The Rhinemann Exchange 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Medical Story 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Movin' On 1974 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Tentacoli 1976 (Movie)

Captain Robards (Actor)

Timber Tramps 1974 (Movie)

(Actor)

Battle For the Planet of the Apes 1973 (Movie)

Aldo (Actor)

The Night Stalker 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

Skyjacked 1971 (Movie)

Air Controller (Actor)

Flap 1970 (Movie)

(Actor)

A Man Called Sledge 1969 (Movie)

Hooker (Actor)

The Great Bank Robbery 1969 (Movie)

Slade (Actor)

The Devil's Brigade 1968 (Movie)

Rocky Rockman (Actor)

Laredo 1965 - 1967 (TV Show)

Actor

First to Fight 1966 (Movie)

Capt Marson (Actor)

Return of the Seven 1966 (Movie)

Frank (Actor)

Waterhole Number 3 1966 (Movie)

Sgt Henry Foggers (Actor)

Ride Beyond Vengeance 1965 (Movie)

Elwood Coates (Actor)

A Distant Trumpet 1963 (Movie)

Seely Jones (Actor)

The Killers 1963 (Movie)

Earl Sylvester (Actor)

Zane Grey Theater 1956 - 1962 (TV Show)

Actor

Sam Hill 1960 - 1961 (TV Show)

Actor

Claudelle Inglish 1960 (Movie)

S T Crawford (Actor)

Comanche Station 1960 (Movie)

Ben Lane (Actor)

Inherit the Wind 1960 (Movie)

Reverend Brown (Actor)

Rio Bravo 1959 (Movie)

Joe Burdette (Actor)

Don't Give Up the Ship 1958 (Movie)

Lieutenant Commander Farber (Actor)

Hound Dog Man 1958 (Movie)

Hog Peyson (Actor)

Jane Wyman Presents the Fireside Theater 1954 - 1958 (TV Show)

Actor

Onionhead 1958 (Movie)

Poznicki (Actor)

Porgy and Bess 1958 (Movie)

Detective (Actor)

The Defiant Ones 1958 (Movie)

Mac (Actor)

Way of the West 1957 - 1958 (TV Show)

Actor

Yellowstone Kelly 1958 (Movie)

Sergeant (Actor)

Hot Summer Night 1957 (Movie)

Truck Driver (Actor)

The Lonely Man 1957 (Movie)

Blackburn (Actor)

Johnny Concho 1956 (Movie)

Lem (Actor)

The Burning Hills 1956 (Movie)

Ben Hindeman (Actor)

The Sea Chase 1955 (Movie)

Winkler (Actor)

Down Three Dark Streets 1954 (Movie)

Matty Ppavelich (Actor)

Shield For Murder 1954 (Movie)

Fat Michaels (Actor)

The Caine Mutiny 1954 (Movie)

Horrible (Actor)

The Raid 1954 (Movie)

Lieutenant Ramsey (Actor)

From Here to Eternity 1953 (Movie)

Sgt Baldy Thom (Actor)

Desperate Intruder (TV Show)

Actor

Dream West (TV Show)

Actor

Ebony, Ivory and Jade (TV Show)

Actor

Eric (TV Show)

Actor

Grass Roots (TV Show)

Actor

Gunsmoke (TV Show)

Actor

In Tandem (TV Show)

Actor

Killer on Board (TV Show)

Actor

Kiss Me... Kill Me (TV Show)

Actor

Little Mo (TV Show)

Actor

Lock, Stock and Barrel (TV Show)

Actor

Manhunt For Claude Dallas (TV Show)

Actor

Merrill's Marauders (Movie)

Sgt. Kolowicz (Actor)

Murder in Music City (TV Show)

Actor

River of Mystery (TV Show)

Actor

The Baron and the Kid (TV Show)

Actor

The Concrete Cowboys (TV Show)

Actor

The Death Squad (TV Show)

Actor

The Norliss Tapes (TV Show)

Actor

The Twilight Zone (TV Show)

Actor

The Way They Were (TV Show)

Actor

Willie Nelson's Picnic (TV Show)

Actor

Yesterday's Child (TV Show)

Actor

You Are There (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Husky, masculine character player of stage, film and TV, adept at playing good (and bad) ol' southern boys, ambiguous lawmen and menacing villains. Akins began his film career as a heavy, beginning with his feature debut, "From Here to Eternity" (1953). He continued this trend to varying degrees in major productions like "The Caine Mutiny" (1954), "The Defiant Ones" (1958) and "Inherit the Wind" (1960). Akins also fared well portraying rednecks and assorted varmints in numerous Westerns (Howard Hawks' "Rio Bravo" 1959, "Commanche Station" 1960).

TV tended to view the strapping actor in a more admirable light. Akins' first TV pilot was a starring vehicle called "Sam Hill" about an itinerant blacksmith of legendary strength who strode the Old West armed only with a knife and a hammer. Directed by Robert Altman, this unsold pilot was broadcast as a memorable installment of "Bonanza" (NBC, 1961). Akins continued to appear on the small screen in TV-movies, guest shots, and more busted pilots before starring as a sympathetic gypsy trucker in "Movin' On" (1974-76), a likeable series set on the roads of America. For better or worse, Akins may be best remembered for his broad portrayal of the amusingly larcenous Sheriff Elroy P. Lobo on the trucking adventure series "B.J. and the Bear" (NBC, 1979-81), its spin-off "The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo" (NBC, 1979-80) and "Lobo" (NBC, 1980-81), The last was a relatively somber revamp of the preceding slapstick "Misadventures...", moved from Orly County Georgia to the mean streets of Atlanta. The down home charm of Akins' voice remained familiar to radio and TV audiences of the late 80s and 90s due to his work as a spokesman for Aamco transmissions. He also continued to appear on TV and in the occasional film. 1992 marked the end of Akins' career in front of the camera: His final TV guest shot was as a ghost of a bumbling Western bank robber on a Joe Dante-directed episode of "Eerie, Indiana"; his last TV-movie found him playing Teddy Roosevelt in the syndicated miniseries "Sherlock Holmes: Incident at Victoria Falls"; and his farewell to features was with a supporting role in "Falling From Grace", the feature directorial debut of musician-actor John Mellencamp.

Relationships

Anna Maude Akins

Mother

Claude Marion Akins Jr

Son
resides in Baltimore MD survived him

Ernest Akins

Father

Wendy Doneger

Daughter
resides in Fairfield, CT survived him

Therese Fairfield

Wife
married August 30, 1952 survived him

Michelle Johnson

Daughter
resides in Idylwild, CA survived him

EDUCATION

Northwestern University

Evanston , Illinois

Milestones

1992

Final TV guest shot, as the ghost of a Western bank robber on "Eerie, Indiana", directed by Joe Dante

1992

Final TV movie credit, playing Teddy Roosevelt in the syndicated miniseries, "Sherlock Holmes: Incident at Victoria Falls"

1992

Final feature credit, "Falling From Grace", the directing bow of John Mellencamp

1961

Starred in "Sam Hill", a memorable busted Western pilot, directed by Robert Altman and broadcast as an episode of "Bonanza" on NBC

1953

Film debut, "From Here to Eternity"

1951

Broadway debut as a salesman in "The Rose Tatoo" (also toured with show 1951-52)

1951

TV debut, "Suspense"

1943

Served as master sergeant in US Army Signal Corps

Worked as a TV and radio spokesman for Aamco transmissions

Starred in the spinoff, "The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo"

Worked as salesman in Indiana

Made stage debut with Barter Theatre, Abingdon Virginia where he appeared in "The Hasty Heart", "The Heiress" and "The Show Off"

Raised in Bedford, Indiana

Starred in "Lobo", a somewhat darker urban crime drama spinoff from "The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo"

Appeared as a regular, Sheriff Elroy P. Lobo, on the trucking adventure series "B.J. And the Bear"

TV series debut, "Movin' On"

Performed for several seasons with touring companies and in dinner theater; worked in Chicago, Houston, Jacksonville and L,A.

Bonus Trivia

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Served as a host of numerous golf tournaments including the Claude Akins/Julius Boros Kansas City Shine Classic in 1978.

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