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Bigfoot - Hairy, seven-to-ten foot brown, black or red ape-like creature that has been the focus of documentaries, television programs and motion pictures. 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.
 

Harry the Bigfoot

Ray Young as Bigfoot - BIGFOOT AND WILDBOY

Alleged photo of real Bigfoot in the wild

Kevin Peter Hall
'Harry & Hendersons'
Ray Young
'Bigfoot & Wildboy'
Alleged photograph of a real Bigfoot

Bigfoot 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/1977-79.

Bigfoot and Wildboy - KROFFT SUPERSHOW

"Out of the great Northwest comes the legendary Bigfoot who, eight years ago, saved a young child lost in the vast wilderness and raised that child until he grew up to be Wildboy." Opening Narration

Later, the sitcom 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.

Movie Cast from 'Harry and the Hendersons'starring John Lithgow
Movie Cast from 'Harry & the Hendersons'

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.

TRIVIA NOTE: The Humboldt Times in Eureka, California coined the term ``Bigfoot'' in a front-page story about the sighting of an Abominable Snowman-like ape creature that surfaced in the Pacific Northwest in the late 1950s.

Ray L. Wallace, the man who caused the whole Bigfoot phenomenon died in December 2002. In August 1958, a bulldozer operator who worked for Wallace's construction company in Humboldt County, California, found huge footprints circling and then leading away from his rig. Actually, Wallace had commissioned a local craftsman to make 16-inch set of wooden feet that Ray and his brother Wilbur used to make the tracks.

According to the Seattle Times, Mark Chorvinsky, editor of Strange Magazine reported, "The fact is there was no Bigfoot in popular consciousness before 1958. America got its own monster, its own Abominable Snowman, thanks to Ray Wallace,''


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