Ben Chapman was a big sweet man who portrayed the Original "Creature from the Black Lagoon" while he was on land. I met him at an autograph show in 1998, I did not purchase an autograph, but we had a nice conversation. I said, "Next autograph show..."
Of course, I never saw him in person again.
He only played the "Creature from the Black Lagoon" once, but he did much to keep the character alive. He was interviewed in the DVD extras. He was a Korean War veteran and often played a heavy on the big screen,
As his widow, Merrilee stated about her late husband;
"The nicest thing he ever said to me was in 2007 when he said out of the blue, "I LOVE MY LIFE" and we loved him - the love of our lives!
NOTE: There will be a memorial service for Ben on Saturday, March 29,
2008 at 9:00 am, St Augustines By-The-Sea Church, Waikiki with
scattering of his ashes to follow off Waikiki. (Hawaiian outrigger
canoes) The beach "send-off" will include military honors.