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“CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON” Star Ricou Browning, Dead at 93

Wednesday, March 1, 2023 | News


Fans of the classic Universal monster movies are in mourning today with news of the death of Ricou Browning. A stuntman, underwater cinematographer actor, and screenwriter, Florida-born Browning appeared as the infamous Gill-man in the underwater sequences in 1954’s Creature From the Black Lagoon and its sequels Revenge of the Creature (1955) and The Creature Walks Among Us (1956). 

As the last living actor to portray a Universal monster, Browning’s death marks the end of an era for classic horror. He died on February 27 at his home in Southwest Ranches, Florida. Browning was 93.        

William J. Wright
William J. Wright is RUE MORGUE's online managing editor. A two-time Rondo Classic Horror Award nominee and an active member of the Horror Writers Association, William is lifelong lover of the weird and macabre. His work has appeared in many popular (and a few unpopular) publications dedicated to horror and cult film. William earned a bachelor of arts degree from East Tennessee State University in 1998, majoring in English with a minor in Film Studies. He helped establish ETSU's Film Studies minor with professor and film scholar Mary Hurd and was the program's first graduate. He currently lives in Knoxville, Tennessee, with his wife, three sons and a recalcitrant cat.