Terry Notary

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Terry Notary
Terry Notary during rehearsals for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Born August 14, 1968
San Rafael, California
United States
Occupation Actor, director, choreographer,
stunt coordinator
Notable role(s) King Kong
First work The Forgotten Ones (2009)
Notable work The Adventures of Tintin (2011)

Terry Notary is an American actor, director, choreographer, and stunt coordinator specializing in performance capture. He is best-known for playing Rocket in the Planet of the Apes franchise and King Kong in Kong: Skull Island.


Kong: Skull Island Production Notes

TERRY NOTARY (Kong Mo Cap Services) is an actor, director, creature performer, animal movement specialist, choreographer and stunt coordinator who has worked with the industry’s leading directors, including Steven Spielberg, James Cameron, Peter Jackson and Ron Howard. Notary has served as movement choreographer and performed in a slate of films on the cutting edge of performance capture.

Upcoming he again portrays alpha chimp Rocket in “War for the Planet of the Apes.” Notary previously portrayed Rocket in both “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” and “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. “ He also served as movement choreographer and stunt coordinator on the films, as well as on 2001’s “Planet of the Apes.” His work will also next be seen in Andy Serkis’ “Jungle Book: Origins.” In addition to choreographing, Notary also served as the film’s second unit director.

Previous films in which he served as movement choreographer and mo cap performer include “Warcraft: The Beginning,” “The Adventures of Tintin,” “The Incredible Hulk,” and “The Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer.” His other films as movement choreographer include “Suicide Squad,” “The BFG,” “Fantastic Four,” “The Hobbit” Trilogy, “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen,” “Superman Returns” and “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”

While at university, Notary was a four-time NCAA All American and captain of the UCLA gymnastics team. Upon graduating with a BA in theater, he was recruited by the Cirque du Soleil, where he and 15 other performers from around the world formed Cirque’s prestigious troup maison and created the show “Mystere.” For five years, Notary performed in the acclaimed production as a lead acrobat and character performer, as well as lead acrobat on the teeter board, Chinese poles and trampoline as well as musician on the taiko drums. When not working in film, he teaches master class movement workshops around the world. Plans are underway for Notary to direct his first feature.

Selected filmography


  • Jason Liles trained extensively with Notary in preparation for his role as George in Rampage, learning how to more accurately portray a gorilla.[1]
  • Notary's daughters Willow and Skye, who are also motion-capture actors, played the female gorillas in Rampage.


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