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Ben Chapman
Birth: Oct. 29, 1928
Oakland
Alameda County
California, USA
Death: Feb. 21, 2008
Honolulu County
Hawaii, USA

Actor. Ben Chapman was born Benjamin Chapaman II in Oakland, California while his Tahitian parents were temporarily living in the United States. He is best known as the Gill Man, the last of the classic Universal Pictures monsters, in the 1954 3-D feature, "The Creature From The Black Lagoon." At 6-foot-five, Ben Chapman was chosen to play the monster in the land scenes (Ricou Browning played the Gill Man in the underwater scenes) as the studio was looking for someone, as he said, "imposing." With his size, "I filled the bill," Chapman told the Palm Beach Post in 2003. Chapman served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War and received the Silver Star, a Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts. He briefly was a contract player at Universal Pictures. After his movie days, he sold real estate in Hawaii. Over the last decade, he appeared at fan conventions and Hollywood memorabilia and autograph shows and was a fan favorite. He passed away from complications of congestive heart failure at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu. His ashes were scattered at sea off Hawaii with a portion to be scattered at Park Lake (Black Lagoon) at Universal Studios. (bio by: Armand Vaquer) 
 
Burial:
Cremated, Ashes scattered at sea.
Specifically: Off Hawaii and at Park Lake (Black Lagoon) at Universal Studios
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Armand Vaquer
Record added: Feb 29, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 24962844
Ben Chapman
Added by: Armand Vaquer
 
Ben Chapman
Added by: Armand Vaquer
 
Ben Chapman
Added by: Armand Vaquer
 
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