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Stardust And Spurs: Exploring Santa Clarita’s Walk Of Western Stars – Claude Akins

Saddle up for a trip through entertainment history with a weekly highlight from Santa Clarita’s Walk of Western Stars! This week, actor Claude Akins.

A star on the big screen, Claude Marion Akins is a familiar addition to Santa Clarita’s Walk of Western Stars.

Starting with his debut project “From Here to Eternity” (1953), Akins made his name as a part-Cherokee actor equally adept at playing villainous henchmen as he was at portraying hard-nosed cops.

A broad-shouldered man with a deep, booming voice, Akins’ career spanned four decades and included hundreds of film and television appearances, including roles in “Battle for the Planet of the Apes” (1973) as General Aldo, Rio Bravo (1959) with John Wayne, and “Inherit the Wind” (1960).

Akins died of stomach cancer in Pasadena, California, on Jan. 27, 1994. He was 67.

Where is Claude Akin’s Walk of Western Stars plaque?

Honored in 1983, Akins is remembered best for his role as Sheriff Lobo in the 1970s series, “B.J. and The Bear” and its spin-off, “The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo.”

Akins’ plaque on the Walk of Western Stars can be found outside of Soapish on Main Street (west side) just north of 8th Street.

Check back next week for another highlight from Santa Clarita’s Walk of Western Stars!

Last week’s feature, Andy Jauregui.


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