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Richard "Dick" Durock (January 18, 1937 – September 17, 2009)[1][2] was an American actor and stuntman who appeared in over eighty films and over seven hundred television episodes. He was perhaps best known for playing Swamp Thing in both the feature films Swamp Thing and The Return of Swamp Thing and the subsequent television show.[3]

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Durock as Jack Casey in Any Which Way You Can (1980)
Richard Durock

(1937-01-18)January 18, 1937
DiedSeptember 17, 2009(2009-09-17) (aged 72)
Resting placeHungarian Sacred Heart Cemetery, South Bend, Indiana, U.S.
OccupationActor, Stuntman
Years active1967–1998
Spouse(s)Jane Durock



Durock played a Hulk-like creature on the television series The Incredible Hulk, two-part episode titled "The First", in which it was revealed that David Banner was not the first man to become such a creature; another scientist accidentally created one some thirty years before, also while seeking a way to use radiation to increase strength. 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 lifeEdit

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.


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


Year Title Role Notes
1972 The Poseidon Adventure Passenger Uncredited
1976 Trackdown Pool player Uncredited
1976 Death Journey Thug #2
1976 The Enforcer Karl
1978 The Nude Bomb Jumpmaster
1980 Coast to Coast Gregory
1980 Any Which Way You Can Joe Casey
1981 The Incredible Hulk Frye's Creature 2 episodes
1982 Swamp Thing Swamp Thing
1982 They Call Me Bruce? N.Y. Bodyguard #2
1985 Silverado Bar Fighter #1
1985 Runaway Train Fight Guard Uncredited
1986 Raw Deal Dingo
1986 Stand by Me Bill Travis
1987 Street Justice Charlie
1987 Blind Date Bouncer
1988 Remote Control Driver #1
1988 Mr. North The Bouncer
1988 Deadly Stranger Cowboy Smitty
1989 The Return of Swamp Thing Swamp Thing
1990-1993 Swamp Thing: The Series 72 episodes
1991 Delirious Riley
1995 Die Hard with a Vengeance Man at Subway Station Uncredited
1998 The Hunted Mack the Henchman (final film role)


  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.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ a b "Richard Durock". South Bend Tribune. 2009-09-24. Retrieved 2009-09-24.
  3. ^ unclecreepy (14 May 2012). "Rob Zombie Offers Updates on Werewolf Women of the S.S. and Tyrannosaurus Rex". Dread Central.
  4. ^ "Serb World". Neven Publishing Corporation. 17 March 1982 – via Google Books.

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