It’s with a sad heart that I have to announce that B-Movie Queen, actress, and model Julie Strain has passed away.
It’s being reported that Strain died on Sunday, January 10th at the age of 58. She was afflicted with degenerative dementia believed to be caused by a horse riding accident she had in her twenties. The accident also caused her to suffer from retrograde amnesia which sadly wiped away most of her memories of her early life.
Strain was 6′ 1″ tall and was likened to a real-life Amazon. She was known for a lot of things including being an actress, model, Penthouse Pet, and just a relatively cool gal. She starred in well over 100 films. Some were mainstream movies like Repossessed (1990), Out For Justice (1991), Double Impact (1991), Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult (1994), Beverly Hills Cop III (1994).
The vast majority of her films though were of the B-movie variety and she loved that. She wasn’t ashamed of appearing in B-films, she adored it. Strain was probably best known and loved for her string of Andy Sidaris and Christian Drew Sidaris’ chicks with guns flicks such as Enemy Gold (1993), Fit To Kill (1993), The Dallas Connection (1994), Day of the Warrior (1996), L.E.T.H.A.L. Ladies: Return to Savage Beach (1998).
Her horror film resume is too packed to list them all but here are just a few, Witchcraft IV: The Virgin Heart (1992), The Unnamable II: The Statement of Randolph Carter (1992), Love Bites (1993), Psycho Cop Returns (1993), Sorceress 1 & 2 (1995), The Bare Wench Project 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and many others.
Strain was well-known as a fantasy model for publications such as Heavy Metal and worked with renowned artists like Olivia de Berardinis, Simon Bisley and many others. She was married to Kevin Eastman for a while.
She never took herself or her roles too seriously and she was a huge fan of the genre she worked in. Anyone who was lucky enough to have met her knew her as a warm and personable human being.
Everyone at Horror Patch would like to offer condolences to Julie Strain’s family and friends at this time.