Ricou Browning–best known to horror fans as the iconic Gill-Man in Universal Picture’s Creature from the Black Lagoon film series–has passed away at age 93.
Browning–an underwater cinematographer and stuntman by trade–played the Gill-Man in the underwater scenes of the 1954 original horror classic, as well as in the sequels Revenge of the Creature (1955) and The Creature Walks Among Us (1956).
The original Creature from the Black Lagoon–directed by Jack Arnold from a screenplay by Harry Essex and Arthur Ross–also stars Richard Carlson, Julia Adams and Richard Denning. While Browning handled the underwater scenes, Ben Chapman played the amphibious Gill-Man during the on-land shots.
In addition to those memorable horror features, Browning also teamed with Jack Cowden in 1964 to create the popular family-oriented TV series Flipper, that followed the escapades of a bottlenose dolphin through 88 episodes and three seasons.
Browning was also an honored guest at CT HorrorFest in 2016, where he greeted scores of fans during the annual event, signing autographs for his many admirers. Below you will find an interview from the event.
The staff of Horror News Network extends its sincere condolences to Browning’s family, friends and colleagues.