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Claude Akins, The Hollywood Stonecutter
by Cliff Johnson
I had occasion several months ago to look at the 1944 basketball roster for the Bedford Stonecutters. That roster contained the name of Claude Akins. Immediately, I wondered if that World War II era ballplayer could possibly be the same ruggedly handsome guy whose name appeared later on theater marquees and in major TV productions for the next several decades. Turns out that, yes, they were one and the same. Akins, an all-around athlete but never a shining court star at Bedford, migrated to the world of theater and celluloid several years later to acquire star quality in an entirely different realm of spectator entertainment.
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