Dick Durock

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Dick Durock
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Durock as Jack Casey in Any Which Way You Can
Born Richard Durock
(1937-01-18)January 18, 1937
South Bend, Indiana, U.S.[1]
Died September 17, 2009(2009-09-17) (aged 72)
Oak Park, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor, Stuntman
Years active 1967–2008

Richard "Dick" Durock (January 18, 1937 – September 17, 2009)[1][2] was an American stuntman and actor who appeared in over eighty films and over seven hundred television episodes.

Biography[edit]

He was known for playing Swamp Thing in both the feature films Swamp Thing and The Return of Swamp Thing and the subsequent television show.[3] Durock also played a Hulk-like creature on the television series The Incredible Hulk, two part episode titled "The First", where it was revealed that David Banner was not the first man to become a creature; another scientist accidentally created one "about thirty years ago" while similarly seeking a way to use radiation to increase strength. "The First" remains one of the most popular episodes of the series.[citation needed] Durock also appeared in the Clint Eastwood films The Enforcer (1976) and Any Which Way You Can (1980) as well as Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze (1975), and Falcon Crest in 1983 in the second season finale as a henchman for The Cartel. Durock also made a brief yet memorable appearance in Rob Reiner's film Stand by Me as a county fair pie-eating champion.

Personal life[edit]

Durock was born in South Bend, Indiana, to Serbian parents Sadie (Medich) and David Durock.[2][4] He resided in Southern California and appeared at fan conventions.

Death[edit]

Durock died from pancreatic cancer at his home in Oak Park, California on September 17, 2009. He was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Blasko, Erin (2009-09-24). "South Bend native, 'Swamp Thing' actor Dick Durock fondly recalled". South Bend Tribune. Retrieved 2009-09-24. 
  2. ^ a b "Richard Durock". South Bend Tribune. 2009-09-24. Retrieved 2009-09-24. 
  3. ^ RIP Dick Durock
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