I found out this evening that actor and stuntman Dick Durock passed away last week from pancreatic cancer at the age of 72. He was mostly known for his role as Alec Holland, the Swamp Thing, in the Wes Craven film based on the DC comics character, as well as it's sequal Return Of Swamp Thing. He was also heavily utilized as a stuntman and bit actor in the 80's on many TV shows as The Incredible Hulk, Battlestar Galactica and The A-Team.
It absolutely shocks me that I discovered this news from a toy blog that I peruse (thanks Toyriffic), but not anywhere else in all the dozens and dozens of horror blogs that I follow. The Wes Craven movie wasn't fantastic, and the sequal was done for laughs, but no one can deny that it was Mr. Durock's acting that gave a sense of integrity to either of those films, especially in the first one. It was one of my favorite films as a child and I really thought the thankless job of having to act under all that latex and foam rubber was handled very well, and very professionally.
R.I.P. Dick Durock and thank you for my fond memories of bringing to life one of my favorite comic characters.