Meet the Actors Inside Classic Full-Body CostumesS

You've seen those apes in 2001: A Space Odyssey a zillion times, but do you ever think about the people who actually played them? What about the man inside the ALF suit, or R2D2? Now it's time to meet them.

Dan Richter, the Ape from 2001: Space Odyssey (1968, dir.: Stanley Kubrick)

Meet the Actors Inside Classic Full-Body CostumesS

Richter was a poor, vagabond mime when Stanley Kubrick plucked him from obscurity to choreograph and star in the remarkable “Dawn of Man” sequence in 2001: A Space Odyssey. Determined not to rehash the hackneyed tradition of “men in monkey suits,” Kubrick was seeking vivid characterizations by believable prehistoric man-apes whose discovery of weapons and violence presages the future of humanity in space. Since the sequence had no dialog, Kubrick felt that mimes could best express the man-apes’ motivations and emotions, and Richter’s brief audition quickly confirmed the notion.

(via Dan Richter)

Michu Meszaros, the title character of ALF (1986-1990)

Meet the Actors Inside Classic Full-Body Costumes

A puppet was usually used for ALF, but in ten episodes ALF was running or just walking around. In these cases the 2 ft 9 in (84 cm) tall Hungarian performer, Michu Meszaros (1939-) was in the costume of the friendly alien.

(via NY Daily News)

Bolaji Badejo, the 7 ft 2 in Nigerian student of graphics arts, the titular xenomorph of Alien (1979, dir.: Ridley Scott)

Meet the Actors Inside Classic Full-Body CostumesS

He was discovered in a London pub by Peter Archer, a casting agent. Scott had been looking at basketball players, and had tested Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca from Star Wars), too, but Bolaji was the best for the role.

(via io9)

Peter Mayhew, Chewbacca from Star Wars III, IV, V and VI

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Meet the Actors Inside Classic Full-Body CostumesS

(via Paul Eades and AP Photo/Disney/Mark Ashman)

Max Schreck, Graf Orlok of Nosferatu (1922)

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(via The Weeklings)

Katsumi Tezuka and Haruo Nakajima, the actors behind the most iconic Japanese science fiction movies in the 1950s and '60s – Gojira (Godzilla, 1954), Rodan (1956), Mothra (1961), among others

Meet the Actors Inside Classic Full-Body CostumesS

Just an interesting fact: Tezuka will be 101 years old this Saturday.

Meet the Actors Inside Classic Full-Body CostumesS

You can see more Behind-the Scenes photos from iconic movies here.

Meet the Actors Inside Classic Full-Body CostumesS


Nakajima in 2011

(via Armandsrancho and drnorth)

Ricou Browning and Ben Chapman, the Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)

Meet the Actors Inside Classic Full-Body CostumesS

The Creature (The Gill Man) was played by Ben Chapman on land, and by Ricou Browning in water.

Meet the Actors Inside Classic Full-Body Costumes

Meet the Actors Inside Classic Full-Body CostumesS

(via Comic Book Resources, MWCToys and Monster Island News)

Gunnar Hansen, Bubba Sawyer, or just Leatherface from the original Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

Meet the Actors Inside Classic Full-Body Costumes

Meet the Actors Inside Classic Full-Body Costumes

(via Terrorpsicose, Sporting Legends Online and Horrorbug)

The 3 ft 8 in (112 cm) tall Kenny Baker, R2-D2 from Star Wars series

Meet the Actors Inside Classic Full-Body Costumes

In Return of The Jedi (1983) he played an additional role: He was Papplo, the Ewok who steals an Imperial speeder bike.

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(via MentalFloss)

Doug Jones, the Pale Man and the Fauno from Pan's Labirynth (2006) and Abe Sapien in the two Hellboy movies (2004; 2008)

Meet the Actors Inside Classic Full-Body CostumesS

Meet the Actors Inside Classic Full-Body CostumesS

Meet the Actors Inside Classic Full-Body CostumesS

(via The Horror Honeys, AssignmentX and Design Is Everything)