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Brian Blessed may own the role but he wasn’t the first ac­tor to play the roar­ing ruler of the Hawk­men. Jack “Tiny” Lip­son was the screen’s orig­i­nal Vul­tan, star­ring along­side Buster Crabbe in 1936’ s cliffhang­ing se­rial Flash

Gor­don. A burly, out­sized cin­e­matic pres­ence – yes, the nick­name was ironic – Lip­son worked with such com­edy leg­ends as WC Fields, Lau­rel and Hardy and the Three Stooges, fre­quently cast as a stooge or a heavy. King Vul­tan was a rare named credit for a man more usu­ally cred­ited as Fat Guest, Fat Bank Guard or Big Man At Bazaar. He died in 1947, aged 46.

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