(May 25, 1926 – January 27, 1994)
Marion Akins was an
American actor with a long career on stage, screen and
television. Powerful in appearance and voice,
Akins could be counted on to play the clever (or less
than clever) tough guy, on the side of good or bad, in
movies and television.
He is best remembered as Sheriff Lobo
in the 1970s TV series B. J. and the Bear, and later The
Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo, a spin-off series, with Ben Cooper
appearing as Waverly.
Akins was born in Nelson,
Georgia, and grew up in Bedford, Indiana. He was a 1949 graduate of
Northwestern University, where he studied theatre and became a
member of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity.
Akins died at
age 67 of cancer in 1994. Burial: Cremated, ashes given to family or