Ricou Browning

American film actor and director

Ricou Browning (born February 16, 1930) is an American director, actor, producer, screenwriter, underwater cinematographer and stuntman. He is best known for his underwater stunt work, playing the Gill-man in Creature from the Black Lagoon, Revenge of the Creature and The Creature Walks Among Us. He is the last surviving original actor to play any of the Universal Classic Monsters. Browning also co-created Flipper.[2]

Ricou Browning
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Browning in 2019
Born (1930-02-16) February 16, 1930 (age 92)[1]
OccupationFilm director, actor, producer, screenwriter, underwater cinematographer, stuntman
Years active1945–1986

Browning directed the underwater sequences in 1965's Thunderball, the fourth James Bond movie by Eon Productions.[3]


  1. Rizzo, Marian (July 18, 2013). "A Silver Springs story: Ricou Browning was the Creature". Star–Banner. Archived from the original on June 5, 2019. Retrieved July 25, 2019.
  2. Paietta, Ann C.; Kauppila, Jean L. (1994). Animals on Screen and Radio. Scarecrow Press. p. 301. ISBN 978-0810829398.
  3. Voger, Mark (April 26, 2013). "Ricou Browning performed swimmingly as movie monster". NJ.com. Retrieved September 23, 2021.