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GEORGE D. BARROWS - DOCUMENT SIGNED 03/19/1954 - HFSID 282828

GEORGE D. BARROWS AFTRA membership application signed by actor George Barrows in 1954. He was one of Hollywood's leading gorilla actors and played Ro-Man in the midnight movie classic Robot Monster. Document signed "George D. Barrows" in blue ink. Blue ink notations in unknown hand.

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GEORGE D. BARROWS
AFTRA membership application signed by actor George Barrows in 1954. He was one of Hollywood's leading gorilla actors and played Ro-Man in the midnight movie classic Robot Monster.
Document signed "George D. Barrows" in blue ink. Blue ink notations in unknown hand. 2 pages, 6x8½, 1 sheet, front and verso. With 6¼x3¼ initiation fee receipt carbon copy with perforated left edge stapled at top edge. Oct. 11, 1954. Membership form for the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. Barrows appeared in three movies in 1954, including an uncredited role as the titular gorilla in Gorilla at Large. He also appeared in episodes of Stories of the Century, The Lone Ranger and Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok (1954). Large and in-charge Barrows (1914-1994) started acting as a child, but quickly grew out of child roles. In fact, he grew so large that he was often cast as a henchman or heavy. So he did what any reasonable man would do in such a situation: buy a gorilla suit and play the gorilla on the small and silver screen. Barrows became one of the leading gorilla actors in Hollywood, going ape in such movies as Gorilla at Large (1954), Black Zoo (1963), The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini (1966) and Hillbillys in a Haunted House (1967) and on episodes of The Addams Family, The Beverly Hillbillies, The Jackie Gleason Show, The Man from U. N. C. L. E. and Night Gallery. Barrows also has the dubious honor of playing the gorilla-bodied, diving helmet-headed robot Ro-Man from the so-bad-it's-good classic Robot Monster (1953). In all, he appeared in almost 90 movies and TV shows between 1936 and 1982. Barrows also did stunt work, including doubling for Johnny Weissmuller as Tarzan (the Lord of the Apes, natch) in Tarzan and His Mate (1934). Lightly toned and creased. Form has light nick in right edge. Receipt has light tear in top right corner and carbon copy marks. Otherwise in fine condition.

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