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Richard Carlson the Academic Turned Actor

HE FOUGHT COMMUNISTS, XENOMORPHS AND THE CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON.

Today if somebody recognizes actor Richard Carlson's name, or photo. They're more than likely fans of 1950's Science Fiction motion pictures. Who associate Carlson with one of two specific film titles, These are 1953's "It Came from  Outer Space" and 1954's "The Creature from the Black Lagoon",
An occasional fan of the stop motion animation great Ray Harryhausen might remember that Richard Carlson was in his 1969 tribute to his mentor Willis O'Brien "The Valley of Gwangi".

Otherwise Richard Carlson like many "B" actors is a forgotten person and most of his early work contributed to this fact.

I first saw Richard Carlson on a 1953 television series "I Led Three Lives" playing the real life Herbert A. Philbrick. The three lives of the title were average family man, card carrying member of the Communist Party and FBI undercover agent. The prog…