THE FIRST VULTAN
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.