Ricou Browning Jr.
| Film director|
| November 23, 1930 (age 85) (1930-11-23) Fort Pierce, Florida, USA|
film director, actor, producer, screenwriter, underwater cinematographer, stuntman
Revenge of the Creature, Flipper, The Creature Walks Am, Flipper's New Adventure, Hello Down There
Ben Chapman, Julie Adams, Jack Arnold, Richard Carlson, Ivan Tors
Florida State University
Ricou Browning Wikipedia
Ricou Browning (born November 23, 1930) is an American film director, actor, producer, screenwriter, underwater cinematographer and stuntman. He is best known for his underwater stunt work, playing the Gill-man in Creature from the Black Lagoon, Revenge of the Creature and The Creature Walks Among Us. Other actors portrayed the creature on land. He is also the only actor to have portrayed the creature more than once. He is the only surviving Gill-man actor, and the last surviving original Universal Monster.
Browning worked at Wakulla Springs in the 1940s and learned to perform in underwater newsreels conceived by Newton Perry, who later took Browning along when he opened Weeki Wachee.
Browning directed the underwater scenes in Thunderball (1966 Academy Award winner for special visual effects), underwater scenes in Caddyshack (1980) and coordinated marine stunts in an episode of Boardwalk Empire (2010). A Florida native, Browning was inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame in 2012.
Browning was born in Fort Pierce, Florida. He was a major in physical education at Florida State University.
Browning started a career in water shows, moving on to produce shows. He moved into movies in 1954, playing the underwater role of the Gill-man in Creature from the Black Lagoon (while Ben Chapman played the monster on land), a feat he repeated in two sequels. He continued in movie production and joined Ivan Tors' studios in Florida, where he co-wrote and co-produced the 1963 MGM film Flipper (about an intelligent bottle-nosed dolphin) and continued writing for the subsequent "Flipper" television series that debuted in 1964. He directed the underwater sequences in Hello Down There (1969) and Salty (1973). He also worked as second unit director, stunt coordinator and underwater sequence director on a number of features, including Island of the Lost (1967), Caddyshack (1980), Thunderball (1965) and Never Say Never Again (1983).
He has a son, Ricou Browning, Jr., who is an underwater cinematographer and stuntman.
Appearances in FilmCreature from the Black Lagoon – Gill-man (In Water) 1954
20000 Leagues Under the Sea – Stunt Diver 1954
Revenge of the Creature – Gill-man (In Water) 1955
The Creature Walks Among Us – Gill-man (In Water) 1956
Sea Hunt (TV Series) (One Episode) – Carlos Ep:24 "Pressure Suit" – 1958
Flipper's New Adventure – Dr. Burton 1964
Flipper (1964 TV series) (Two Episodes) – Water Skier/The Monster Ep:17 "Lifeguard", Ep:30 "Flipper's Monster" – 1965
The Horror Show (Documentary) – Archive Footage 1979
The Heavenly Kid – Stunts/Stunt Coordinator 1985
Opposing Force – Stunt Coordinator: Miami 1986
Behind The Scenes With 'Thunderball' (Documentary) – Himself 1995
Back to the Black Lagoon: A Creature Chronicle (Documentary) – Himself 2000
The Witch's Dungeon: 40 Years of Chills (Documentary) – Himself 2006
Paws, Claws & Videotape (Documentary) – Himself 2010
Blob Town (Documentary) – Himself 2010
The Legend of Ivan Tors (Documentary) – Himself 2011