Bob Burns III
|Bob Burns III|
|Born||May 12, 1935|
|Occupation||Actor, consultant, producer, archivist and historian|
|Known for||Work with and collection of movie props, particularly from horror and science-fiction movies|
|Notable work||Invasion of the Saucer Men, Lemon Grove Kids Meet the Monsters, Rat Pfink a Boo Boo|
Bob Burns (born May 12, 1935) is an American actor, consultant, producer, archivist and historian of props, costumes, and other paraphernalia from science fiction, fantasy, and horror motion pictures. He is best known for his work with and collection of movie props, particularly from horror and science-fiction movies. He has also had numerous smaller acting roles in movies, including Tracy the Gorilla in the 1975 television show The Ghost Busters.
Bob's Basement is the informal name given to Burns's collection of props, costumes, and other memorabilia. The New York Times stated that it could be described as the "premier film museum in the Los Angeles area, though it is not open to the public and has no regular hours." Notable contents include the last surviving 18-inch armature model used in the animation sequences of the original 1933 King Kong movie, costumes from several of the Republic Pictures serials of the 1940s, masks from several different movies made by special make-up effects creator Rick Baker, a 7-times Academy Award winner for makeup, and the original Time Machine from the George Pal film of the same name.
The Smithsonian Institution has made several offers to acquire the King Kong 18-inch armature model, but all of the offers have been refused. One famous director offered Burns half a million dollars for the model and again, Burns turned it down. Burns says that he has no plans of ever selling or donating the prop, as he wishes it to stay in Hollywood.
Beast Wishes, by film makers Frank Dietz and Trish Geiger, is described as "a documentary film about a man, a gorilla... and a woman who loves them both!" It honors the love and passion of Bob Burns, and his energy spent saving the props which made past films come alive, and which would otherwise have been relegated to the dumpster. Clips of the film were shown at the Monsterpalooza convention in Burbank, California, on April 15, 2012. The showing was one part of a panel of guests, including Bob and Kathy Burns, in which stories and anecdotes were shared.
- Invasion of the Saucer Men (1957)
- Lemon Grove Kids Meet the Monsters (1965)
- Rat Pfink a Boo Boo (1966)
- Superman vs. the Gorilla Gang (1965) .... Kogar the Gorilla
- The Further Adventures of Major Mars (1976)
- The Ghost Busters as "Tracy, The Gorilla" with Forrest Tucker and Larry Storch on the CBS-TV Series 1975 but is credited as the one who "trained" Tracy.
- The Further Adventures of Major Mars (1976) (uncredited) .... Major Mars
- Robot Monster: Special Edition (1982) (TV)
- Drive (1997) .... Doctor/Co-pilot
- Invasion Earth: The Aliens Are Here (1988) .... Muffo - alien character with elephant's trunk
- "Mac Tonight" Character puppeteering for, promotion for Mc DONALD'S television Commercials (1989–1990)
- Forrest J. Ackerman's Amazing Worlds of Science Fiction & Fantasy (1991) (Direct to video) .... Himself
- The Vampire Hunters Club (2001) (Video) .... Bob
- Monster Kid Home Movies (2005) (Video) .... Various Roles ("The Alien, " "The Monster")
- The Sky Is Falling: Making 'The War of the Worlds' (2005)(DVD Extra)
- The Naked Monster (2005) .... Admiral Burns/Tracy the Gorilla
- King Kong (2005) .... NY Bystander
- Dark and Stormy Night (film) (2009) .... Kogar the Gorilla
- The Lovely Bones (film) (2009) .... Mall Shopper
- The Creature Walks Among Us, with film historian Tom Weaver
- The Fly II, with director Chris Walas
- Frankenstein 1970, with actress Charlotte Austin and film historian Tom Weaver
- Godzilla Raids Again, with film historians Steve Ryfle, Ed Godziszewski, and Stuart Galbraith IV
- The Mummy, with film historians Rick Baker, Scott Essman, Steven Haberman, and Brent Armstrong
- Revenge of the Creature, with actress Lori Nelson and film historian Tom Weaver
- The War of the Worlds, with filmmaker Joe Dante and film historian Bill Warren
- The White Gorilla, with film historian Tom Weaver
- The Bride and the Beast, with actors Charlotte Austin and Slick Slavin and film historian Tom Weaver
- Burns, Bob; John Michlig (2001). It Came From Bob's Basement. Abingdon, MD: Chronicle Books. ISBN 978-0-8118-2572-6.
- Weaver, Tom; Bob Burns (2005). Monster Kid Memories. Dinoship, Inc. ISBN 978-0-9728585-2-6.