Super sad news tonight as it’s being reported the longtime character actor Dick Miller has passed away at the age of 90!
He died today at his home in Toluca Lake, California. No cause of death has been reported as of now.
Miller was an everyman character actor whose career spanned six decades in Hollywood. You may not have known his name but i’m sure you know his face from his nearly 200 credits in film and Television.
He worked with many of the greats in the industry including Martin Scorsese (New York, New York), James Cameron (The Terminator), Roger Corman, Ernest Dickerson, Jonathan Demme, Allan Arkush, Jonathan Kaplan, John Sayles and most of Joe Dante’s films.
In Television, he guested in such memorable series as Dragnet, The Untouchables, Bonanza, Gunsmoke, Wagon Train, The Virginian, Mannix, McCloud, Police Woman, Police Story, Soap, Alice, Taxi, Police Squad!, Star Trek: The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine, NYPD Blue and ER to name a few.
He worked with Roger Corman on such films as It Conquered the World, Not of This Earth, The Undead, War of the Satellites, Rock All Night, Sorority Girl, Carnival Rock, A Bucket of Blood, Little Shop of Horrors, Premature Burial, The Terror, X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes, The Wild Angels, The Wild Racers.
His other notable genre roles included Piranha, The Howling, Twilight Zone: The Movie, Gremlins, Gremlins 2: The New Batch, The Terminator, After Hours, Chopping Mall, Night of the Creeps, Evil Toons, Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight and many more too numerous to mention.
Miller was born on Christmas day 1928 and was a Army veteran. Miller is survived by his wife of 60 years, Lainie; daughter Barbara; and granddaughter Autumn. Plans for a memorial service are pending.
I had the sincere pleasure of meeting and spending some time chatting with Miller several years ago. He always adored his fans and was one of the nicest guys in the business I’ve ever had the opportunity to meet.
Dick Miller was part of old Hollywood, he was old-school. The man was a class act all the way. The term “Legend” gets thrown around all too often these days but Miller truly was. He added spice to everything he appeared in and elevated the project even if it was just one of his great cameos.
I am greatly saddened by Miller’s passing as we have lost another member of the old guard. He may have left us but his spirit will endure along with the many films and Television shows he appeared in. God bless and safe travels Mr. Miller.
All of us at Horror Patch would like to offer our sincerest condolences to Dick Miller’s family, friends, and fans!
Born December 25, 1928 – Died January 30, 2019