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Bigfoot - Hairy, ape-like creature that has been the focus of documentaries, television programs and motion pictures.



Bigfoot (a seven-to-ten foot creature of brown, black or red) was the subject of the contemporary adventure BIG FOOT AND WILDBOY/ABC/1979 about the exploits of a Bigfoot (Ray Young), his foundling wildboy and two teenagers as they wandered the rugged landscapes of the Pacific Northwest. This 30-minute live-action program originally premiered as a segment on THE KROFFT SUPERSHOW/ABC/1977.

Another Bigfoot portrayal appeared on the made-for-TV Disney movie adventure Bigfoot (1987) about a crusty anthropologist (Coleen Dewhurst) and her adventures with two youngsters and a Sasquatch.


Later, the fantasy situation comedy HARRY AND THE HENDERSONS/SYN/1991-93 starred Bruce Davison as the father of the Henderson family who adopted Harry the Bigfoot after they accidentally hit the Bigfoot with their car. Harry's towering frame, immense weight, strength and earthy smell were the focus of many comic moments.

The eight-foot one-inch, 680 pound Bigfoot character (makeup by monster maker Rick Baker) was played by Kevin Peter Hall, a seven-foot two-inch black actor who reprised his hairy Harry role first seen in the motion picture Harry and the Hendersons (1987).

When Kevin Peter Hall died in the spring of 1991, actors Dawan Scott and Brian Steele replaced him.

TRIVIA NOTE: Since 1840 some 100 sightings of this forest beast (called Sasquatch in American Indian folklore) have been seen in the Pacific Northwest, Canada, California, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Large Bigfoot tracks up to 17 inches long have been found but because a full-body specimen has never been discovered, scientists tend not to believe in its existence. In the Himalayan Mountains, a similar being known as the Yeti has been reported.

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