Ricou Browning - Gill-man In Creature From The Black Lagoon - Died At Age 93

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  1. John Brunner

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    Ricou Browning, a skilled swimmer best known for his underwater role as the Gill Man in the quintessential 3D black-and-white 1950s monster movie Creature from the Black Lagoon, passed away on February 27, 2003. He was 93 years old.

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    While filming underwater, Browning reportedly held his breath for up to four minutes at a time. In a 2013 interview, Browning clarified: "If you're not doing anything at all, four minutes is possible, but not if you're moving in the water. If you're swimming fast or fighting, you use up a lot of oxygen, and it cuts it down to, at the most, two minutes". According to Browning, during shooting one day, a snapping turtle bit off the foot of the Gill-man costume, and he had to chase the turtle to retrieve it.

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    RIP, Ricou
     
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    I still watch it every few years on TCM.
    It's on my list of favorite sci-fi / horror movies from my younger days.
     
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