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Ben Chapman (III) (1928–2008)

Ben Chapman was born in Oakland, California, while his Tahitian parents were on a trip to the United States. He was raised in Tahiti, relocated to the U.S. in 1940 and went to school in the Bay Area of San Francisco. Working as a Tahitian dancer in nightclubs led to his first movie job, a bit in MGM's "Pagan Love Song" (1950); other small film ... See full bio »

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Adventures in Paradise Mataofa / Reynolds
Hawaiian Nights The Boss


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 1959-1961 Adventures in Paradise (TV Series)
Mataofa / Reynolds
- The Fires of Kanua (1961) ... Mataofa
- The Raft (1959) ... Reynolds
 1955 Jungle Moon Men
Marro (as Benjamin F. Chapman Jr.)
 1954 My Little Margie (TV Series)
- The All American (1954)
 1954 The Colgate Comedy Hour (TV Series)
The Gill Man
- Episode #4.21 (1954) ... The Gill Man (uncredited)
 1954 Creature from the Black Lagoon
The Gill Man (on land) (uncredited)
 1954 Hawaiian Nights (Short)
The Boss
 1953 Ma and Pa Kettle at Waikiki
Passenger (uncredited)
 1950 Pagan Love Song
Dancer (uncredited)
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 2002 Back to the Black Lagoon: A Creature Chronicle (Video documentary short) (special thanks)
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 2014 Creature Feature: 60 Years of the Gill-Man (Documentary)
 2010 Dr. Gangrenes Recommended Movie of the Week (TV Series short)
- Creature from the Black Lagoon (2010) ... Himself
 2006 The Witch's Dungeon: 40 Years of Chills (Video documentary)
 2004 Creature Feature: 50 Years of the Gill-Man (Video documentary)
 2002 Back to the Black Lagoon: A Creature Chronicle (Video documentary short)
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 2008 Monster Model Review (TV Series documentary short)
 2007 Cinemassacre's Monster Madness (TV Series documentary)
The Gill Man (on land)
- Creature from the Black Lagoon (2007) ... The Gill Man (on land)
 2002 The Universe According to Universal (Video documentary short)
The Gill Man (on land) (uncredited)
 1990 Cry-Baby
The Gill Man
 1979 The Horror Show (TV Movie documentary)

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Alternate Names:

Benjamin F. Chapman Jr.


6' 5" (1.96 m)

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[on the Gill Man from Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)] They were the interlopers. They came to his home. It'd be the same thing if you went home tonight and you found eight or ten or twelve people having a party in your living room. How would you feel? See more »


Resides in Oahu, Hawaii. See more »

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