When your on-screen monster is an aquatic fish man, someone has to do all that swimming; and for the original Universal classic CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON, that man was Ricou Browning!
Having grown up in Florida and established a career in diving and water shows, Browning’s involvement in film has been largely based on water sequences and coordinating stunts. He even created the original FLIPPER television series.
But it’s the Creature, of course, that follows Browning to this day. He continued to play the swimming gill man in both BLACK LAGOON sequels — REVENGE OF THE CREATURE and THE CREATURE WALKS AMONG US — whereas the sequences on land were played by a different actor in each film. Now the last living actor to have played a classic Universal monster, Browning is a unique and cherished legend in the horror world.