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Character page for the various film incarnations of King Kong.


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1933 - 1986

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     1933 film 

King Kong

Portrayed by: Shoichi Hirose (King Kong vs. Godzilla), Haruo Nakajima (King Kong Escapes) Peter Cullen, Rick Baker & Will Shepard (1976 film), Peter Elliot (King Kong Lives), Andy Serkis (2005 film)

Ann Darrow

Portrayed by: Fay Wray (1933 film), Naomi Watts (2005 film)
  • Adaptational Heroism: The 2005 version, in subtle ways, is far more outgoing and direct than her more Neutral Female counterpart from the original 1933 movie.
  • Beast and Beauty: The Beauty to Kong's Beast
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Especially in the 1933 film, while in the 2005 film she only gets a few cuts on her face.
  • Clothing Damage: She gets most of her dress peeled off by Kong in the 1933 film.
    • Downplayed in the 2005 film, where her pink slip has a small rip.
    • This is taken to insane extremes in the little-known Don Simpson "Monster Comics" adaptation. She's stripped completely down to her bra and panties.
  • Fallen-on-Hard-Times Job
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Ann is blonde-haired and is probably the kindest and most moral character in the 2005 movie.
  • Losing a Shoe in the Struggle: In the 2005 film, Ann gets kidnapped as she was getting ready for bed. Consequently, her shoes get left behind, and she spends the entire time in the jungle barefoot. By all accounts, her feet should've been ripped to shreds by the rough terrain, especially in the jungle itself.
  • Ms. Fanservice: In the 1933 movie after she gets most of her dress ripped off by Kong.
    • The 2005 film has Ann in a nightgown for most of her stay in Skull Island.
  • Screaming Woman: The 1933 version, especially with her being played by Fay Wray.
  • Playing Against Type: In-universe on the 2005 film. Carl tells Ann "you're the saddest girl I've ever seen" and chooses her to be his lead because she evokes The Woobie so well. Ann responds to this by telling him that she's a comedian who makes people laugh for a living.
  • Sweet Polly Oliver: When we first see Ann during the intro of the 2005 film, she's performing on stage in male drag.
  • Tom Hanks Syndrome: Invoked in-universe in the 2005 film. Ann is a vaudeville clown who gets cast as The Ingenue lead in Carl's adventure film.

Carl Denham

Portrayed by: Robert Armstrong (1933 film, Son of Kong), Jack Black (2005 film)
  • The Atoner: In the sequel Son of Kong, where he'd realized his actions in the original film were wrong. When he meets Kong's son, Denham tries to be more protective and helpful, and is truly remorseful when Son of Kong dies saving Denham's life.
  • Jerkass: In the 2005 film.

Jack Driscoll

Portrayed by: Bruce Cabot (1933 film), Adrien Brody (2005 film)

Captain Englehorn

Portrayed by: Frank Reicher (1933 film, Son of Kong), Thomas Kretschmann (2005 film)

Charles Weston

Portrayed by: Sam Hardy

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     Son of Kong 

Kiko

King Kong son

Hilda Petersen

Portrayed by: Helen Mack

Nils Helstrom

Portrayed by: John Marston

Charlie

Portrayed by: Victor Wong

     King Kong vs. Godzilla 

Osamu Sakurai

Portrayed by: Tadao Takashima

Kazuo Fujita

Portrayed by: Kenji Sahara

Kinsaburo Furue

Portrayed by: Yu Fujiki

Mr. Tako

Portrayed by: Ichirō Arishima

Fumiko Sakurai

Portrayed by: Mie Hama

General Masami Shinzo

Portrayed by: Jun Tazaki

Tamiye

Portrayed by: Akiko Wakabayashi

Prime Minister Shigezawa

Portrayed by: Akihiko Hirata

     King Kong Escapes 

Commander Carl Nelson

Portrayed by: Rhodes Reason

Lt. Commander Jiro Nomura

Portrayed by: Akira Takarada

Lt. Susan Watson

Portrayed by: Linda Miller

Dr. Who

Portrayed by: Eisei Amamoto

Madame Piranha

Portrayed by: Mie Hama

Mechani-Kong

Portrayed by: Yū Sekida

     1976 film 

Jack Prescott

Portrayed by: Jeff Bridges
  • Expy: Of Jack Driscoll.

Fred S. Wilson

Portrayed by: Charles Grodin
  • Adaptational Villainy: Is far from the Nice Guy the original Carl Denham was. The original was very friendly, and even tried to be peaceful with the natives. Wilson acts rather disrespectful to the natives. Even compared to the 2005 version, his jerkiness stands out. While the 2005 version of Denham was greedy and a bit of a jerk, he was ultimately a Mr. Vice Guy and a Jerk with a Heart of Gold. Wilson is far more greedy. Both versions of Denham also showed sympathy toward Kong, while Wilson does not and is more exploitive. In addition, both versions of Denham were film diretors trying to make a decent and honest buck, while Wilson is a corrupt man who has come to drain the island of its resources for oil.
  • Death by Adaptation: Kong steps on him and kills him. Denham lives in both versions.
  • Expy: Of Carl Denham.
  • Hate Sink: His basic purpose is to be someone for the audience to hate.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold/ Mr. Vice Guy: Deconstructed. While he does still retain some of Denham's noble qualities, and has a few Pet the Dog moments, he is still a greedy, animal abusing Corrupt Corporate Executive.
  • Pet the Dog: Like Denham, he still helps to rescue Ann (or in this case, Dwan) after she's given to Kong. He also seems saddened to hear about the deaths of the crew that occurred at the log chasm. In addition, one of his conversations with Dwan strongly implies that he considers rape to be a horrific action just like most people would.

Dwan

Portrayed by: Jessica Lange

Captain Ross

Portrayed by: John Randolph

Roy Bagley

Portrayed by: René Auberjonois

First Mate Carnahan

Portrayed by: Ed Lauter

Boan

Portrayed by: Julius Harris

Joe Perko

Portrayed by: Jack O'Halloran

Garcia

Portrayed by: Jorge Moreno

Timmons

Portrayed by: Mario Gallo

     King Kong Lives 

Hank Mitchell

Portrayed by: Brian Kerwin

Dr. Amy Franklin

Portrayed by: Linda Hamilton

Lady Kong

Portrayed by: George Yiasoumi

Baby Kong

Portrayed by: Benjamin Kechley

Dr. Benson Hughes

Portrayed by: Frank Maraden

Dr. Andrew Ingersoll

Portrayed by: Peter Michael Goetz

Major Peete

Portrayed by: Jimmie Ray Weeks

Vance

Portrayed by: Michael Forest

Will

Portrayed by: Leon Rippy

Jay

Portrayed by: Herschel Sparber

Chigger

Portrayed by: Wallace Merck

Scruffy

Portrayed by: Dean Whitworth

Mazlansky

Portrayed by: Robin Cahall

Sgt. Tucker

Portrayed by: Matt Totty
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