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He signs this first day cover honoring the 1976 Christmas stamp
First Day Cover signed: "Best Wishes/ Claude Akins" in black felt tip, 6½x3½. First Day Cover for the 1976 Christmas stamp. Postmarked Boston, Massachusetts, October 27, 1976, 13¢ stamp affixed, FIRST DAY OF ISSUE. A versatile character actor, Claude Laude (1918-1994) made a great villain, but could also adeptly occupy both sympathetic and comic roles. He began his stage career at age 5, continued with drama in high school, and joined acting stock companies while studying at Northwestern University. After serving in the Army Signal Corps during WWII, he landed a role on Broadway with Eli Wallach and Maureen Stapleton in The Rose Tattoo in 1951. He made his first film appearance in The Caine Mutiny (1954), following up this role with dozens more in movies such as Rio Bravo (1959), Inherit the Wind (1960), The Devil's Brigade (1968), The Night Stalker (1972), and Manhunt for Claude Dallas (1986). Featured in films for nearly 40 years, he also appeared frequently on TV, his jobs including the title role of Texas Sheriff Lobo (1979-1981), as well as guest-starring appearances on Westerns such as Wagon Train sporadically from 1957 to 1961, The Big Valley in 1965, Gunsmoke sporadically from 1955 to 1972, and The Rifleman in 1958 and 1960. He also had guest spots on dramas such as The Twilight Zone in 1960 and 1962, and The Untouchables in 1960, 1962, and 1963. Lightly soiled at upper left-hand edge. Otherwise, fine condition.

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Born: May 25, 1926 in Nelson, Georgia
Died: January 27, 1994 in Altadena, California

Film Credits
1994 Twisted Fear (Performer), 1994 The Search (Performer), 1993 Seasons of the Heart (Performer), 1993 Hollywood Beat (in person), 1992 Incident at Victoria Falls (Performer), 1992 Grass Roots (Performer), 1992 Falling from Grace (Performer), 1992 Eerie, Indiana (Performer), 1991 Where Evil Lives (Performer), 1991 The Gambler Returns: The Luck of the Draw (Performer), 1991 Matlock (Other), 1991 In the Heat of the Night (Performer), 1989 Mothers, Daughters and Lovers (Performer), 1989 Matlock (Performer), 1989 Hunter (Performer), 1987 The New Mike Hammer (Performer), 1987 The Curse (Performer), 1987 If It's Tuesday, It Still Must Be Belgium (Performer), 1986 Tall Tales & Legends (Performer), 1986 Pushed Too Far (Performer), 1986 Monster in the Closet (Performer), 1986 Manhunt for Claude Dallas (Performer), 1986 Dream West (Performer), 1986 Crazy Like a Fox (Performer), 1986 Academy of Country Music's 20th Anniversary Reunion (in person), 1985 Hotel (Performer), 1984 The Master (Performer), 1984 The Baron and the Kid (Performer), 1984 Murder, She Wrote (Performer), 1984 Masquerade (Performer), 1984 Legmen (Performer), 1984 Celebrity (Performer), 1983-1984 The Love Boat (Performer), 1983 Desperate Intruder (Performer), 1982 Bus Stop (Performer), 1981 The Way They Were (in person), 1981 Fantasy Island (Performer), 1981 Darkroom (Performer), 1981 All-Star Salute to Mother's Day (in person), 1980 The 6th People's Choice Awards (in person), 1980 All-Star Look at TV's Prime Time Wars (in person), 1979-1981 The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo (Performer), 1979 The Country Western Murders (Performer), 1979 Ebony, Ivory and Jade (Performer), 1979 Concrete Cowboys (Performer), 1979 B.J. and the Bear (Other), 1978-1979 B.J. and the Bear (Performer), 1978 Little Mo (Performer), 1977 Yesterday's Child (Performer), 1977 The Rhinemann Exchange (Performer), 1977 The Oregon Trail (Performer), 1977 Tentacles (Performer), 1977 Tarantulas: The Deadly Cargo (Performer), 1977 Nashville 99 (Performer), 1977 Killer on Board (Performer), 1976 Kiss Me, Kill Me (Performer), 1975-1976 Dinah! (in person), 1975 Timber Tramps (Performer), 1975 Medical Story (Performer), 1975 Eric (Performer), 1974-1976 Movin' On (Performer), 1974 Toma (Performer), 1974 The Streets of San Francisco (Performer), 1974 The Death Squad (Performer), 1974 McCloud (Performer), 1974 Mannix (Performer), 1973-1978 Police Story (Performer), 1973 The Wide World of Mystery (Performer), 1973 The Rookies (Performer), 1973 The Norliss Tapes (Performer), 1973 Mission: Impossible (Performer), 1973 Medical Center (Performer), 1973 Marcus Welby, M.D. (Performer), 1973 Hec Ramsey (Performer), 1973 Cannon (Performer), 1973 Battle for the Planet of the Apes (Performer), 1973 Barnaby Jones (Performer), 1972 The Night Stalker (Performer), 1972 Skyjacked (Performer), 1972 McMillan & Wife (Performer), 1972 Love, American Style (Performer), 1972 Longstreet (Performer), 1971 River of Mystery (Performer), 1971 Lock, Stock and Barrel (Performer), 1970 Flap (Performer), 1970 A Man Called Sledge (Performer), 1969 The Great Bank Robbery (Performer), 1968 The Outsider (Performer), 1968 The Devil's Brigade (Performer), 1968 Garrison's Gorillas (Performer), 1967 Waterhole #3 (Performer), 1967 The Lucy Show (Performer), 1967 The Guns of Will Sonnett (Performer), 1967 Judd for the Defense (Performer), 1967 Hondo (Performer), 1967 First to Fight (Performer), 1966-1967 Laredo (Performer), 1966-1967 Combat! (Performer), 1966 The Monroes (Performer), 1966 The Legend of Jesse James (Performer), 1966 Ride Beyond Vengeance (Performer), 1966 Return of the Seven (Performer), 1966 Incident at Phantom Hill (Performer), 1966 Hazel (Performer), 1965-1972 The F.B.I. (Performer), 1965 The Trials of O'Brien (Performer), 1965 The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (Performer), 1965 The Big Valley (Performer), 1965 Slattery's People (Performer), 1965 Daniel Boone (Performer), 1965 Branded (Performer), 1965 A Man Called Shenandoah (Performer), 1964 The Killers (Performer), 1964 The Fugitive (Performer), 1964 Mr. Novak (Performer), 1964 Kraft Suspense Theatre (Performer), 1964 Destry (Performer), 1964 A Distant Trumpet (Performer), 1963 The Great Adventure (Performer), 1963 The Dick Powell Theatre (Performer), 1963 The Dakotas (Performer), 1963 Alcoa Premiere (Performer), 1962-1965 The Virginian (Performer), 1962-1963 Empire (Performer), 1962 Wide Country (Performer), 1962 The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (Performer), 1962 Outlaws (Performer), 1962 Merrill's Marauders (Performer), 1962 Hawaiian Eye (Performer), 1962 Frontier Circus (Performer), 1962 Bus Stop (Performer), 1962 Black Gold (Performer), 1961 The Roaring 20's (Performer), 1961 The Deputy (Performer), 1961 Shirley Temple's Storybook (Performer), 1961 Route 66 (Performer), 1961 Gunfight at Black Horse Canyon (Other), 1961 Claudelle Inglish (Performer), 1960-1965 Rawhide (Performer), 1960-1963 The Untouchables (Performer), 1960-1963 Laramie (Performer), 1960-1962 Twilight Zone (Performer), 1960-1962 Bonanza (Performer), 1960-1961 Surfside 6 (Performer), 1960 Wanted: Dead or Alive (Performer), 1960 The Tall Man (Performer), 1960 The Rebel (Performer), 1960 The Gun of Zangara (Other), 1960 The Alaskans (Performer), 1960 Pony Express (Performer), 1960 Overland Trail (Performer), 1960 Law of the Plainsman (Performer), 1960 Klondike (Performer), 1960 Inherit the Wind (Performer), 1960 Death Valley Days (Performer), 1960 Dan Raven (Performer), 1960 Comanche Station (Performer), 1960 Adventures in Paradise (Performer), 1959-1960 Riverboat (Performer), 1959 Yellowstone Kelly (Performer), 1959 The Texan (Performer), 1959 The Loretta Young Show (Performer), 1959 Steve Canyon (Performer), 1959 Rio Bravo (Performer), 1959 Porgy and Bess (Performer), 1959 Hound-Dog Man (Performer), 1959 Frontier Rangers (Other), 1959 Don't Give Up the Ship (Performer), 1959 Bat Masterson (Performer), 1959 77 Sunset Strip (Performer), 1958-1960 The Rifleman (Performer), 1958-1959 Yancy Derringer (Performer), 1958 The Defiant Ones (Performer), 1958 Richard Diamond, Private Detective (Performer), 1958 Perry Mason (Performer), 1958 Onionhead (Performer), 1958 Northwest Passage (Performer), 1958 Maverick (Performer), 1958 Cheyenne (Performer), 1958 Bronco (Performer), 1957-1961 Wagon Train (Performer), 1957-1961 Tales of Wells Fargo (Performer), 1957-1959 The Restless Gun (Performer), 1957-1958 Jane Wyman Presents The Fireside Theatre (Performer), 1957 Whirlybirds (Performer), 1957 The Lonely Man (Performer), 1957 The Kettles on Old MacDonald's Farm (Performer), 1957 The Adventures of McGraw (Performer), 1957 The 20th Century-Fox Hour (Performer), 1957 Sheriff of Cochise (Performer), 1957 Joe Dakota (Performer), 1957 Hot Summer Night (Performer), 1957 Have Gun - Will Travel (Performer), 1957 Code 3 (Performer), 1957 Boots and Saddles (Performer), 1956-1961 Zane Grey Theater (Performer), 1956-1958 The Adventures of Jim Bowie (Performer), 1956-1957 State Trooper (Performer), 1956-1957 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (Performer), 1956 The Sharkfighters (Performer), 1956 The Proud and Profane (Performer), 1956 The Burning Hills (Performer), 1956 Star Stage (Performer), 1956 Johnny Moccasin (Performer), 1956 Johnny Concho (Performer), 1956 I Love Lucy (Performer), 1956 Frontier (Performer), 1956 Crusader (Performer), 1956 Battle Stations (Performer), 1956 Adventures of Superman (Performer), 1955-1972 Gunsmoke (Performer), 1955-1957 Studio 57 (Performer), 1955-1956 My Friend Flicka (Performer), 1955 TV Reader's Digest (Performer), 1955 The Sea Chase (Performer), 1955 The Pepsi-Cola Playhouse (Performer), 1955 The Millionaire (Performer), 1955 The Man Behind the Badge (Performer), 1955 Soldiers of Fortune (Performer), 1955 Man with the Gun (Performer), 1955 Lux Video Theatre (Performer), 1955 Fireside Theatre (Performer), 1955 Big Town (Performer), 1954-1958 The Lineup (Performer), 1954-1958 Schlitz Playhouse (Performer), 1954-1958 General Electric Theater (Performer), 1954-1955 Treasury Men in Action (Performer), 1954 Witness to Murder (Performer), 1954 The Raid (Performer), 1954 The Human Jungle (Performer), 1954 The Caine Mutiny (Performer), 1954 The Adventures of Hajji Baba (Performer), 1954 Shield for Murder (Performer), 1954 Medic (Performer), 1954 Dragnet (Performer), 1954 Down Three Dark Streets (Performer), 1954 City Detective (Performer), 1954 Bitter Creek (Performer), 1953-1955 You Are There (Performer), 1953 From Here to Eternity (Performer)

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