RIP Dick Miller

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  1. Zod

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  2. Gary Mitchell

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    Rest in peace Mr. Miller.
     
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  3. Greg Cox

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    Tempted to watch BUCKET OF BLOOD again--in his memory.
     
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    Farewell, Mr. Futterman.
     
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    One of the last great character actors. There was a documentary made about him a few years ago called That Guy Dick Miller that is worth a watch. He was in a ton of cult classics, but I'll always think of his role in the two Gremlins movies.
     
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    Great character actor. RIP:weep:
     
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  8. Stibbons

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    He was there a lot in those films I loved in the 80s, the "Gremlins" films in particular but I think my favourite was in "Explorers" when he watches the kids fly off in the "Thunder Road" and wishes them luck (Explorers and Gremlins 2 also starring Robert Picardo of course).

    He leaves a legacy and will not be forgotten.
     
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    He was one of Roger Corman's original repertory actors, appearing in everything Corman studios put out for I don't know how long. I will always remember him originating the role of the flower-eating customer of Mushnik's Flower Shop in the original Little Shop of Horrors, that had Jack Nicholson as the masochistic dental patient, Wilbur Force.
     
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  10. Greg Cox

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    My brain immediately goes to BUCKET OF BLOOD, where he plays the would-be beatnick artist, and THE HOWLING, where he plays the world-weary owner of an occult bookstore who happens to stock silver bullets as well.
     
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  11. Zod

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    Bucket of Blood sounds interesting. Have to check it out.
     
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    It's kinda of the spiritual brother of LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, with basically the same plot. Nebbishy guy finds success but murder is required . . . .

    In this case, Miller plays a guy desperate to impress his artsy beatnik friends, but the only way he can "sculpt" is by killing people and coating their bodies with clay. It's a low-budget black comedy along the lines of LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS.

    Looked it up: BUCKET actually came first in 1959, then Corman recycled the plot for LITTLE SHOP a year later.
     
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    As I understand Corman's methodology at the time, LITTLE SHOP was a 'B' production with much of the same cast and crew as another, larger 'A' production being made at the same time. I don't know enough about the time period to do the proper research, or I'd be able to tell you which one. I do remember that LITTLE SHOP's production schedule was just a couple of days.
     
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    He also had a small part in a little movie I've always had a soft spot for called Corvette Summer. He played a guy who came to Vegas with $2.00, turned it into $18,000, and gave Mark Hamil his original $2.00. He was credited as "Mr. Lucky".

    Wasn't he also one of the first people The Terminator killed?
     
  15. Mr. Laser Beam

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    Yep, the gun dealer.
     
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    "Phased plama rifle in the 40 watt range."
    "Hey, just what you see pal."

     
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    So, a "House of Wax" type scenario, eh?
     
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    Oh yeah....The gun dealer! I've seen this guy around in so many TV shows and movies, but I never knew his name or who he was. Hollywood lost a good character actor. RIP, Mr. Miller.
     
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    He also enjoyed Frank Drebin's lousy gags in Police Squad so he must have been a very good actor! :techman:
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  20. Mr. Laser Beam

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    Delilah, hat gut gemacht! :guffaw:
     
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