Horror fans around the world are mourning the death of Ricou Browning, the legendary actor who brought the iconic Creature from the Black Lagoon to life. Browning passed away at the age of 93 on April 5th, 2021.
Browning was born in Florida in 1927. He first made a name for himself as an underwater stuntman, working on films such as “Flipper” and “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.” But it was his work as the Creature in 1954’s “Creature From the Black Lagoon” that made him a horror legend. Browning performed the underwater scenes as the Creature, while Ben Chapman played the role on land.
The movie was a huge success, and spawned two sequels, “Revenge of the Creature” (1955) and “The Creature Walks Among Us” (1956). Browning reprised his role as the Creature in the first two films, and also served as a stuntman and second unit director on the third.
In addition to his acting career, Browning was an avid diver and underwater photographer. He founded the Underwater Photographic Society of America in 1957, and wrote a book about his underwater adventures.
Browning’s legacy will live on through his work in horror films. He was an inspiration to many, and his influence on the genre will be felt for years to come. He will be remembered as one of the greatest horror icons of all time. Rest in peace, Ricou Browning.
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