Ricou Browning

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Ricou Browning
Browning in 2019
Ricou Browning

(1930-02-16)February 16, 1930[1]
DiedFebruary 27, 2023(2023-02-27) (aged 93)
Cause of deathNatural Causes
Other namesRen
Occupation(s)Film director, actor, producer, screenwriter, underwater cinematographer, stuntman
Years active1945–1986
Known forLast surviving original actor to portray any of the Universal Classic Monsters.
SpouseFrancis Ravelo Browning (1939-2020)
Children4 including Ricou Browning Jr.
  • Clement Walker Browning Sr. (father)
  • Inez Louise Ricou Browning (mother)
RelativesClement Walker Browning Jr. (brother)
Shirley Anita Browning Cowden (sister)

Ricou Browning (February 16, 1930 – February 27, 2023) was an American director, actor, producer, screenwriter, underwater cinematographer and stuntman. He was 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. He was the last surviving original actor to play any of the Universal Classic Monsters. Browning also co-created Flipper.[2]

Browning directed the underwater sequences in 1965's Thunderball, the fourth James Bond movie by Eon Productions.[3]

Browning died on February 27, 2023 at his home in Southwest Ranches, Florida at the age of 93.[4]

References[change | change source]

  1. Rizzo, Marian (July 18, 2013). "A Silver Springs story: Ricou Browning was the Creature". Star–Banner. Archived from the original on June 5, 2019. Retrieved July 25, 2019.
  2. Paietta, Ann C.; Kauppila, Jean L. (1994). Animals on Screen and Radio. Scarecrow Press. p. 301. ISBN 978-0810829398.
  3. Voger, Mark (April 26, 2013). "Ricou Browning performed swimmingly as movie monster". NJ.com. Retrieved September 23, 2021.
  4. Squires, John (February 28, 2023). "Original 'Creature from the Black Lagoon' Performer Ricou Browning Has Passed Away]". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved February 28, 2023.