Claude Akins Biography

Claude Akins was a popular American character actor. Check out this biography to know about his childhood, family life, achievements and fun facts about him.

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Birthday: May 25, 1926

Nationality: American

Famous: Actors American Men

Died At Age: 67

Sun Sign: Gemini

Also Known As: Claude Marion Akins

Born in: Nelson, Georgia

Famous as: Actor

Height: 6'1" (185 cm), 6'1" Males


Spouse/Ex-: Therese Fairfield (m. 1952–1994)

Died on: January 27, 1994

Cause of Death: Cancer

U.S. State: Georgia

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education: Northwestern University

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Claude Marion Akins was a popular American character actor. He had a long career on television, stage, as well as the big screen. His most notable works include his role of Sheriff Lobo in the comedy TV series ‘B.J. and the Bear’ as well as in its spin-off series ‘The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo’. Born in Nelson, Georgia, in the US, he served for a brief time in the World War II as an army man before he began his acting career. His first movie role was in the Oscar-winning drama film ‘From Here to Eternity’. The film was a huge commercial success; it also won eight Oscars. He was also seen in the fictional Navy drama film ‘The Caine Mutiny’. His vast filmography also includes films like ‘The Human Jungle’, ‘Return of the Seven’, and ‘Battle for the Planet of the Apes’. Throughout his career he played guest roles in several popular TV shows as well. He played the main role in the comedy series ‘The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo’.

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  • Claude Akins’ first role on the big screen was in the 1953 drama film ‘From Here to Eternity’. The film, which was directed by Fred Zinnemann, was a huge commercial and critical success. It won a total of eight Oscars. The following year, he played a minor role in the Navy drama film ‘The Caine Mutiny’. Directed by Edward Dmytryk, the film was nominated for several Oscars though it won none.
  • Over the next years, he was seen in several movies, such as ‘The Human Jungle’ (1954), ‘The Burning Hills’ (1956), ‘The Defiant Ones’ (1958), ‘Don’t Give Up the Ship (1959), ‘Inherit the Wind’ (1959), ‘A Distant Trumpet (1964), ‘Return of the Seven’ (1966), ‘The Devil’s Brigade’ (1968), ‘The Night Stalker’ (1972), ‘Battle for the Planet of the Apes’ (1973) and ‘Concrete Cowboys (1979). Some of the last films of his career are ‘The Monster in the Closet’ (1986), ‘The Curse’ (1987) and ‘Falling from Grace’ (1992).
  • Akins also gained fame for his work on TV. His most remarkable performance was seen in the show ‘B.J. and the Bear’, which started in 1979 and aired till 1981. As his role as Sheriff Lobo was much appreciated, a spin-off series was created named ‘The Adventures of Sheriff Lobo’. He also played guest roles in shows, such as ‘The Adventures of Superman,’ ’77 Sunset Strip,’ ‘The Twilight Zone,’ and ‘The Guns of Will Sonnett’.
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Personal Life
  • Claude Akins was born on 25th May 1926 in Nelson, Georgia. Not much is known about his parents. He grew up in Bedford, Indiana.
  • During the World War II, he served with the US Army Signal Corps in Burma as well as in the Philippines. After the war, he studied theatre at the Northwestern University from where he graduated in 1949. He was also a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity.
  • Akins was married to Theresa Fairfield from 1952 till his death. The couple had three children. He suffered from cancer in his later years and died of the disease on January 27, 1994.
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