Meet the Actors Inside Classic Full-Body Costumes

Their appearances in film are iconic and yet you never see their face. Here are the actors behind some classic costumed characters.

Dan Richter

Dan Richter

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

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.

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