Today we revisit Waterhole #3 (1967), the amiable Western comedy directed by William A. Graham. Part-goat Hilb and Sgt. Henry Foggers (Claude Akins) are on the trail of some stolen gold – and they’re the ones who stole it. Long story.
Akins began his legendary career in an uncredited bit part in From Here to Eternity (1953), and he never looked back. He became a dependable mainstay in movies and on television right up until his death in 1994. It seems fitting that he became the epitome of the small-town sheriff, especially on B.J. and the Bear (1978-79) and its spin-off, The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo (1979-1981), being that his father was a police officer.
Not much to say except I met Claude as my wife and I were leaving a movie theatre in Pasadena just as Claude was arriving with his wife to see the next show. He gave us a big grin as we shook hands and exchanged small pleasantries. Claude lived in Altadena at that time as we did. I used to see him driving his big Lincoln around once in a while. A real class act. Richard
Sweet! He seemed like a really nice guy.