Farewell to Ben Chapman; The Creature From The Black Lagoon

Submitted by administrator on Mon, 10/06/2008 - 10:32

It was a sad day to get the news that Ben Chapman, who had portrayed The Creature From The Black Lagoon, passed away last week.

I was fortunate enough to actually meet Ben and have extended conversations with him. He was a kind and generous man, and was he proud of his film legacy! There were two men who played the Creature. Ricou Browning performed all the swimming scenes of the movie, but Ben played the gillman on all land scenes. He was a gentle giant, and had so many stories to tell. The last few years Ben and Julia Adams and Ricou could be found at shows together. Hanging on my wall is a movie poster signed by Ben and Julia. When I asked Ben to sign this poster, he dismissed my pen and produced a paint pen that would be more suitable. He was right, and I will never take it down. Ben, Aloha, and we will never Forget you.

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