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Bob Burns III

Bob Burns (born May 12, 1935) is an actor, consultant, producer, archivist and historian of props, costumes, and other screen used paraphernalia from some of the greatest (and not so great) science fiction, fantasy, and horror motion pictures. He is best known for his work with and collection of movie props, particularly from horror and science-fiction movies.[1] He has also had numerous smaller acting roles in movies, including Tracy the Gorilla from the 1975 television show The Ghost Busters.[2]


  • Bob's Basement 1
  • Beast Wishes 2
  • Filmography 3
  • Audio Commentaries 4
  • References 5
  • Further reading 6
  • External links 7

Bob's Basement

Bob's Basement is the informal name given to Burns's collection of props, costumes, and other memorabilia. The New York Times stated that it could be described as the "premier film museum in the Los Angeles area, though it is not open to the public and has no regular hours."[1] Notable contents include the last surviving 18-inch armature model used to animate the original 1933 George Pal film of the same name.

Beast Wishes

Beast Wishes, by film makers Frank Dietz and Trish Geiger, is described as "a documentary film about a man, a gorilla... and a woman who loves them both!" It honors the love and passion of Bob Burns, and his energy spent saving the props which made past films come alive, and which would otherwise have been relegated to the dumpster. Clips of the film were shown at Monsterpalooza in Burbank, California, on April 15, 2012. The showing was one part of a panel of guests, including Bob and Kathy Burns, in which stories and anecdotes were shared.


  • Invasion of the Saucer Men (1957)[3]
  • Lemon Grove Kids Meet the Monsters (1965)
  • Rat Pfink a Boo Boo (1966)
  • Superman vs. the Gorilla Gang (1965) .... Kogar the Gorilla
  • The Further Adventures of Major Mars (1976)
  • The Ghost Busters as "Tracy, The Gorilla" with Forrest Tucker and Larry Storch on the CBS-TV Series 1975 and 1976 but is credited as the one who "trained" Tracy.
  • The Further Adventures of Major Mars (1976) (uncredited) .... Major Mars
  • Robot Monster: Special Edition (1982) (TV)
  • Drive (1997) .... Doctor/Co-pilot
  • Invasion Earth: The Aliens Are Here (1988) .... Muffo - alien character with elephant's trunk
  • "Mac Tonight" Character puppeteering for, promotion for Mc DONALD'S television Commercials (1989–1990)
  • Forrest J. Ackerman's Amazing Worlds of Science Fiction & Fantasy (1991) (Direct to video) .... Himself
  • The Vampire Hunters Club (2001) (Video) .... Bob
  • Monster Kid Home Movies (2005) (Video) .... Various Roles ("The Alien, " "The Monster")
  • The Sky Is Falling: Making 'The War of the Worlds' (2005)(DVD Extra)
  • The Naked Monster (2005) .... Admiral Burns/Tracy the Gorilla
  • King Kong (2005) .... NY Bystander
  • Dark and Stormy Night (film) (2009) .... Kogar the Gorilla
  • The Lovely Bones (film) (2009) .... Mall Shopper

Audio Commentaries


  1. ^ a b Kehr, Dave (18 February 2007). "A Creepy Stash of Movie Magic, Lovingly Amassed". The New York Times. Retrieved 23 July 2010. 
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Further reading

  • Burns, Bob; John Michlig (2001). It Came From Bob's Basement. Abingdon, MD: Chronicle Books.  
  • Weaver, Tom; Bob Burns (2005). Monster Kid Memories. Dinoship, Inc.  

External links

  • The Official Bob Burns Website
  • Bob Burns Hollywood Halloween Website
  • Bob Burns III at the Internet Movie Database
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