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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]



  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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