RIP: “Gill Man” Ben Chapman


Creature performer swims to big lagoon in the sky

At the time of this writing, details are slim, however, we received word this afternoon that The Creature from the Black Lagoon‘s Ben Chapman passed away this morning in Hawaii. He was 82. Chapman was best known for his role in Jack Arnold’s 1954 Universal classic as the titular monster, albeit in his land-bound form. (Ricou Browning portrayed the Creature underwater.) Standing at 6-foot-5, Chapman was born in Oakland, California. His first screen gig arrived in 1950 when he had a brief part as an extra in MGM’s Pagan Love Song.

Some of Chapman’s ashes will be sprinkled in the ashes from a canoe, the rest will go into Park Lake (aka the “Black Lagoon”) at Universal Studios.