Claude Akins

Mostly Credited As: Claude Akins
Sometimes Credited As: Claude A. Akins

Birth Name: Claude Marion Akins
Date Of Birth: May 25, 1926 (Age 67)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Nelson, Georgia
Date Of Death: January 27, 1994
Cause Of Death: cancer
Height: 6' 1" (1.85 m)

Claude Akins

Claude Akins, who portrayed the rugged trucker Sonny Pruett on "Movin' On," had growled his way through most of his show business career and welcomed his chance to portray "the good guy" for a change. Born in Nelson, Ga. and reared in Bedford. Ind., Akins was acting since his debut in a church play at the age of
five. With acting as his goal, he majored in speech at Northwestern University. Following graduation, and his marriage to Therese "Pie" Fairfield, he went to work for a Bedford limestone company as a salesman. The president of the company was a theatre fan and got Akins into the Barter Theatre in Abington, Va., for a season. That was the inspiration that took him to New York where he won a role in "The Rose Tattoo." Following several seasons with touring companies, he landed a movie role in "From Here to Eternity," and since then appeared in such films as "The Caine Mutiny," "Skyjacked," "Flap, " "Devil's Brigade." "Inherit the Wind," and "The Great Bank Robbery." His television credits included roles in many programs, including "Police Story, " "Cannon, " "McCloud, " "Marcus Welby, M.D.," "Mannix" and "The Streets of San Francisco." An accomplished golfer, he was a member of the Hollywood Duffers, and shared the sport with his young son, Claude Jr., who hoped to become a professional golfer. The Akins and their three children resided in Northridge, Calif. The actor died from cancer.

TV Appearances

Main cast 
Celebrity (1984)As: Uncle Bun Luther
The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo (1979)As: Sheriff Elroy P. Lobo
Nashville 99 (1977)As: Det. Lt. Stonewall Jackson "Stoney" Huff
The Rhinemann Exchange (1977)As: Walter Kendall
Movin' On (1974)As: Sonny Pruett
Episode Cast Credits 

Eerie, Indiana (1991) 
  The Hole in the Wall Gang 01x13: (Mar/01/1992) As Grungy Bill 

Hunter (1984) (1984) 
  The Legion (2) 06x06: (Nov/18/1989) As Andy Polanski 
  The Legion (1) 06x05: (Nov/11/1989) As Andy Polanski 

Matlock (1986) 
  The Thoroughbred 03x16: (Apr/18/1989) As Sam Taylor 

Crazy Like A Fox (1984) 
  Fox on the Range 02x18: (Mar/05/1986) As Clements 

Hotel (1983) 
  Saving Grace 03x06: (Dec/04/1985) As Tyler Evans 
  Love and Honor 02x11: (Jan/16/1985) As Joe Lindstrom 

Murder, She Wrote (1984) 
  Death Takes a Curtain Call 01x09: (Dec/16/1984) As Capt. Ethan Cragg 
  Hit, Run and Homicide 01x07: (Nov/25/1984) As Capt. Ethan Cragg 
  Hooray for Homicide 01x04: (Oct/28/1984) As Capt. Ethan Cragg 
  Deadly Lady 01x02: (Oct/07/1984) As Capt. Ethan Cragg 

The Master (US) (1984) 
  Max 01x01: (Jan/20/1984) As Jason Trumball 

Darkroom (1981) 
  Uncle George 01x04: (Dec/04/1981) As Bert Haskell 

Fantasy Island (1977) (1978) 
  Lillian Russell/The Lagoon 05x08: (Nov/28/1981) As Calvin Pearson 

Police Story (1973) (1973) 
  The Broken Badge 05x05: (Mar/19/1978) As Stacy 
  The Ten-Year Honeymoon 01x03: (Oct/23/1973) As Ken Shaner 

The Oregon Trail (1977) 
  Trapper's Rendezvous 01x04: (Oct/12/1977) As Lemus Harker 

Hallmark Hall Of Fame (1951) 
  Eric 25x02: (Nov/10/1975) As Stanley Swensen 

Medical Story (1975) 
  Medical Story 01x01: (Sep/04/1975) As Dr. Matthews 

Toma (1973) 
  The Accused 01x22: (May/10/1974) As Bernie Travlos 

Mannix (1967) 
  Mask for a Charade 07x21: (Mar/03/1974) As Sgt. Al Reardon 

McCloud (1970) 
  The Colorado Cattle Caper 04x04: (Feb/24/1974) As Sheriff Floyd Bevins 

The Streets of San Francisco (1972) 
  A String of Puppets 02x19: (Feb/07/1974) As Bob Mason 

Cannon (1971) 
  Target in the Mirror 03x04: (Oct/03/1973) As Bill Blaine 

Medical Center (US) (1969) 
  Time of Darkness 05x02: (Sep/17/1973) As Williams 

The Rookies (1972) 
  Margin for Error 02x02: (Sep/17/1973) As Buck Sanbom 

Barnaby Jones (1973) 
  Murder-Go-Round 01x10: (Apr/15/1973) As Eli Rile 

Mission: Impossible (1966) (1966) 
  Speed 07x19: (Feb/16/1973) As Sam Hibbing 

The F.B.I. (1965) 
  Dark Journey 07x25: (Mar/12/1972) As Jason Peale 
  How to Murder an Iron Horse 01x13: (Dec/12/1965) As Ben Gambriella 

Gunsmoke (1955) 
  The Predators 17x20: (Jan/31/1972) As Howard Kane 
  Ladies from St. Louis 12x27: (Mar/25/1967) As Worth Sweeney 
  Snap Decision 12x01: (Sep/17/1966) As Marshal Clint Tucker 
  Bad Lady from Brookline 10x32: (May/01/1965) As Sy Sherne 

Kolchak: The Night Stalker (1974) 
  The Night Stalker (Jan/11/1972) As Sheriff Warren A. Butcher 

McMillan and Wife (1971) 
  The Face of Murder 01x05: (Jan/05/1972) As Freddie O'Neal 

The Outsider (US) (1968) 
  Along Came a Spider 01x03: (Oct/02/1968) As Detective Keller 

Garrison's Gorillas (1967) 
  Ride of Terror 01x21: (Jan/30/1968) As Colonel Pryor 

Judd for the Defense (1967) 
  Everyone Loved Harland but His Wife 01x16: (Jan/05/1968) As Calvin Wolf 

Hondo (1967) 
  Hondo and the Gladiators 01x15: (Dec/15/1967) As Brock 

The Guns of Will Sonnett (1967) 
  Ride the Long Trail 01x01: (Sep/08/1967) As Turnbaugh 

Laredo (1965) 
  Walk Softly 02x25: (Mar/31/1967) As Cotton Buckmeister 
  A Question of Guilt 02x23: (Mar/10/1967) As Cotton Buckmeister 
  Hey Diddle Diddle 02x21: (Feb/24/1967) As Cotton Buckmeister 
  The Treasure of San Diablo 01x21: (Feb/17/1966) As Cotton Buckmeister 

Combat! (1962) 
  Nightmare on the Red Ball Run 05x23: (Feb/28/1967) As Sgt. Rose 
  Ollie Joe 05x03: (Sep/27/1966) As Pelton 
  Ask Me No Questions 04x22: (Feb/08/1966) As Mastin 

The Lucy Show (1962) 
  Lucy Meets the Law 05x19: (Feb/13/1967) As Lt. Finch 

The Monroes (1966) (1966) 
  Ride with Terror 01x03: (Sep/21/1966) As Bud Chapel 

The Legend of Jesse James (1965) 
  The Colt 01x18: (Jan/17/1966) As Harte 

The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (1964) 
  The Very Important Zombie Affair 02x15: (Dec/31/1965) As El Supremo 

The Big Valley (1965) 
  The Brawlers 01x14: (Dec/15/1965) As Callahan (John James Callahan) 

The Virginian (1962) 
  The Laramie Road 04x12: (Dec/08/1965) As Hezekiah 
  West 01x10: (Nov/28/1962) As Lump 

A Man Called Shenandoah (1965) 
  O'Bion - 1866 01x06: (Oct/25/1965) As Furdy Brown 

Rawhide (1959) 
  Walk into Terror 08x04: (Oct/05/1965) As Jerry Boggs 
  Incident of the Rusty Shotgun 06x15: (Jan/09/1964) As Aloysius Claybank 
  Incident at Quivira 05x12: (Dec/14/1962) As Sergeant Parker 
  Incident of the Four Horsemen 05x05: (Oct/26/1962) As Gus Marsdon 

Slattery's People (1964) 
  Question: When Do We Hang the Good Samaritan? 01x19: (Feb/19/1965) As Dr. Roy Kirk 

Daniel Boone (1964) (1964) 
  A Place of 1000 Spirits 01x17: (Feb/04/1965) As Toka 

Branded (1965) 
  The Vindicator 01x02: (Jan/31/1965) As Ned Travis 

Mr. Novak (1963) 
  One Monday Afternoon 02x05: (Oct/27/1964) As Lou Myerson 

Kraft Suspense Theatre (1963) 
  Operation Greif 02x02: (Oct/08/1964) As Sgt. Phil Henning 

The Fugitive (1963) (1963) 
  Never Stop Running 01x27: (Mar/31/1964) As Ralph Simmons 

The Great Adventure (1963) 
  The Massacre at Wounded Knee 01x03: (Oct/11/1963) As Father Kranz 
  The Death of Sitting Bull 01x02: (Oct/04/1963) As Father Kranz 

Empire (1962) (1962) 
  65 Miles Is a Long, Long Way 01x29: (Apr/23/1963) As Joe Horvath 
  Ride to a Fall 01x04: (Oct/16/1962) As Joe Horvath 

The Dakotas (1963) 
  The Chooser Of The Slain 01x16: (Apr/22/1963) As Tom Doucette 

The Dick Powell Show (1961) 
  Epilogue 02x27: (Apr/02/1963) As Lieutenant 

The Untouchables (1959) (1959) 
  The Spoiler 04x23: (Mar/26/1963) As Vince Majesky 
  The Monkey Wrench 03x28: (Jul/05/1962) As Karl Hansa / Karl Schmidt 
  The Unhired Assassin (1) 01x20: (Feb/25/1960) As Jake "Dodo" Ryan 

The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (1962) 
  Day of Reckoning 01x10: (Nov/22/1962) As Sheriff Jordan 

The Wide Country (1962) 
  Straitjacket for an Indian 01x06: (Oct/25/1962) As Bull River 

Bonanza (1959) 
  The Deserter 04x05: (Oct/21/1962) As Col. Edward J. Dunwoody 
  Sam Hill 02x34: (Jun/03/1961) As Sam Hill 
  The Mill 02x04: (Oct/01/1960) As Ezekiel 
  Desert Justice 01x23: (Feb/20/1960) As Marshal Emmett Dowd 

Laramie (1959) 
  Among the Missing 04x01: (Sep/25/1962) As Sheriff Tyler Shaw 
  Death Wind 01x20: (Feb/02/1960) As Tom Cole 

The Twilight Zone (1959) 
  The Little People 03x28: (Mar/30/1962) As William Fletcher 
  The Monsters are Due on Maple Street 01x22: (Mar/04/1960) As Steve Brand 

Outlaws (1960) (1960) 
  Charge 02x23: (Mar/22/1962) As Ben Thompson 

Bus Stop (US) (1961) 
  The Stubborn Stumbos 01x17: (Jan/21/1962) As Harry Stumbo 

The Roaring 20's (1960) 
  So's Your Old Man 02x09: (Dec/02/1961) As Mitch Mitchell 
  Dance Marathon 01x12: (Jan/14/1961) As Captain Maples 

SurfSide 6 (1960) 
  A Matter of Seconds 02x11: (Nov/27/1961) As Harry Lodge 
  The International Net 01x10: (Dec/05/1960) As Mike Hogan 

Wagon Train (1957) 
  The Selena Hartnell Story 05x04: (Oct/18/1961) As Will Cotrell 
  The Roger Bigelow Story 04x13: (Dec/21/1960) As Wes Varney 
  The Monty Britton Story 01x38: (Jun/18/1958) As Garth Redmond 
  The John Cameron Story 01x03: (Oct/02/1957) As Rich Tacker 

Tales of Wells Fargo (1957) 
  The Dodger 06x02: (Oct/07/1961) As Rake 
  The Hand That Shook the Hand 05x20: (Feb/06/1961) As John L. Sullivan 
  The Most Dangerous Man Alive 03x09: (Nov/10/1958) As John Leslie Nagel 
  The Lynching 01x07: (May/13/1957) As Ralph 

Route 66 (1960) (1960) 
  Blue Murder 02x02: (Sep/29/1961) As Cam 

Zane Grey Theatre (1956) 
  Jericho 05x30: (May/18/1961) As Chuck Wagner 
  Ransom 05x06: (Nov/17/1960) As Comanchero 
  Man Unforgiving 02x13: (Jan/03/1958) As Sheriff Adam Prescott 
  Courage is a Gun 01x11: (Dec/14/1956) As Collins 

Riverboat (1959) 
  Duel on the River 02x11: (Dec/12/1960) As Beaudry Rawlings, [Co-Guest Stars]
  Escape to Memphis 01x07: (Oct/25/1959) As Jarrett Sutton 

The Tall Man (1960) 
  Night Train to Tularosa 01x08: (Nov/15/1960) As Dan Rees 

The Rifleman (1958) 
  Strange Town 03x05: (Oct/25/1960) As Bletch Droshek 
  Meeting at Midnight 02x34: (May/17/1960) As Tom Benton 
  The Safe Guard 01x08: (Oct/18/1958) As Floyd Doniger 

The Rebel (1959) 
  The Waiting 02x04: (Oct/09/1960) As Tom Hall 

Death Valley Days (1952) 
  Splinter Station 09x06: (Sep/25/1960) As Caleb 

The Alaskans (1959) 
  The Silent Land 01x32: (May/15/1960) As Constable Watts 
  Kangaroo Court 01x31: (May/08/1960) As Constable Watts, [Uncredited]

Wanted: Dead or Alive (1958) 
  Prison Trail 02x31: (May/14/1960) As Jack Kelly 

Adventures in Paradise (1959) 
  The Amazon 01x23: (Mar/21/1960) As Sam Kayle 

Law of the Plainsman (1959) 
  A Question of Courage 01x22: (Feb/25/1960) As Sheriff Clifford Shaw 

The Texan (1958) 
  Border Incident 02x13: (Dec/07/1959) As Clay Fallon 
  Cattle Drive 02x03: (Sep/28/1959) As guest star 

Bat Masterson (1958) 
  The Death of Bat Masterson 01x29: (May/20/1959) As Jack Fontana 

The Loretta Young Show (1953) 
  Trouble in Fenton Valley 06x30: (May/10/1959) As Carl Hodges 
  Mr. Wilson's Wife: Part 2 06x27: (Apr/12/1959) As Robert Wilson 
  Mr. Wilson's Wife: Part 1 06x26: (Apr/05/1959) As Robert Wilson 
  Sister Ann 06x15: (Jan/11/1959) As Matt Malone 

Yancy Derringer (1958) 
  Collector's Item 01x25: (Mar/26/1959) As Toby Cook 
  Gallatin Street 01x02: (Oct/09/1958) As Toby Cook 

77 Sunset Strip (1958) 
  Lovely Alibi 01x20: (Feb/20/1959) As Ed Bird 

General Electric Theater (1953) 
  The Last Rodeo 07x11: (Dec/07/1958) As Dave 
  The Doctors of Pawnee Kill 05x19: (Jan/27/1957) As Duke Williams 
  Wild Luke's Boy 02x20: (May/16/1954) As Steve Crawford 

Bronco (1958) 
  The Besieged 01x01: (Sep/23/1958) As Dirk Baggot 

Schlitz Playhouse of Stars (1951) 
  Way of the West 07x33: (Jun/06/1958) As Gus Garner 

Cheyenne (1955) (1955) 
  The Long Search 03x16: (Apr/22/1958) As Sheriff Walters 

Richard Diamond, Private Detective (1957) 
  Another Man's Poison 02x14: (Apr/17/1958) As Kenny Lambert 

Maverick (1957) 
  Burial Ground of the Gods 01x26: (Mar/30/1958) As Paisley Briggs 

Perry Mason (1957) 
  The Case of the Half-Wakened Wife 01x26: (Mar/15/1958) As Phillip Dix 

The Adventures of Jim Bowie (1956) 
  A Grave for Jim Bowie 02x26: (Feb/28/1958) As Micah Hart 
  Land Jumpers 01x11: (Nov/16/1956) As Manion 

Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955) (1955) 
  Reward to Finder 03x06: (Nov/10/1957) As Policeman 
  Place of Shadows 01x22: (Feb/26/1956) As Cop 

Have Gun, Will Travel (1957) 
  The Great Mojave Chase 01x03: (Sep/28/1957) As Dever 

The 20th Century-Fox Hour (1955) 
  False Witness 02x09: (Jan/23/1957) As Anton Budenieff 

I Love Lucy (1951) 
  Desert Island 06x08: (Nov/26/1956) As Native American 

The Crusader (1955) 
  The Healer 02x05: (Nov/02/1956) As Oscar 
  The Sharks 01x15: (Jan/20/1956) As guest star 

The Millionaire (1955) 
  Millionaire Ralph McKnight 02x36: (Jun/13/1956) As Sgt. Mike Harden 

My Friend Flicka (1956) 
  Lock, Stock & Barrel 01x28: (Apr/06/1956) As August Hoskins 
  The Little Secret 01x10: (Dec/02/1955) As Keenak 
  Rogue Stallion 01x09: (Nov/25/1955) As Matt Scott 

Adventures of Superman (1952) 
  Peril by Sea 04x04: (Mar/10/1956) As Ace Miller 

Frontier (US) (1955) 
  The Ten Days Of John Leslie 01x14: (Jan/22/1956) As Bud 

The Man Behind The Badge (1953) 
  The Case of the Priceless Passport 02x08: (Feb/26/1955) As Tony 

City Detective (1953) 
  Too Many Grooms 02x08: (Dec/07/1954) As Hardy 

Dragnet (1951) (1951) 
  The Big Mattress 03x32: (Apr/08/1954) As Sgt. Jack McCreadie 
  The Big Drink 03x30: (Mar/25/1954) As Ellis 

State Trooper (1956) 
  The Gandy Dancers of Steptoe Valley 02x03: (Unknown) As Janskey 
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Graduate of Northwestern University like many fellow thespians.

Was an avid golfer.

Best friend in Hollywood was fellow actor Robert J. Wilke.

Born in Nelson, GA but grew up in the town of Bedford, Indiana.

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