Gorilla Men Bios
Ray 'Crash' Corrigan
Emil Van Horn
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Burns is widely recognized as a premier collector of sci-fi and genre
memorabilia, Long before anyone valued the rubber masks and bubble helmets
of classic B-films, Bob was rescuing props and costumes from studio garbage
bins. A close friend of Paul Blaisdell (effects man for low budget Corman
films such as INVASION OF THE SAUCER MEN), Bob went from assisting in the
creation of monsters and make-up to the unique role of gorilla man.
As KOGAR, Bob made a variety of television and live appearances throughout
the sixties and also began a friendship with fellow ape star, George
Barrows. It was not until Bob softened the look of his simian features, that
he created the role he is most remembered for, that of TRACY from THE
ORIGINAL GHOSTBUSTERS (1975).
Although Bob essentially retired from gorilla suit work in the mid 1970's,
he has continued to turn out for occasional personal appearances and roles
in the films of various friends.
Bob Burns most recently popped up as a shocked New Yorker (alongside
longtime spouse Kathy Burns) in Peter Jackson's KING KONG - only fitting for
the gorilla man who also owns the original Kong armature.
ARTICLES AND REVIEWS
Gorilla Runs Loose in Californian Classroom, News at 11:00 - Bob makes a
rare in-suit appearance at a local school