Dick Miller, a prolific movie actor best known for his role as Murray Futterman in the 1
With a career spanning more than 60 years, Miller has made hundreds of appearances on screen, starting in the 1950s with legendary director and producer Roger Corman. At that time, as Walter Paisley – a character the actor would play throughout his career – he played in the iconic "A Bucket of Blood" before taking on roles in projects such as "The Burbs" and "Fame". and "The Terminator".
Miller has a long history of high-profile directorial partnerships. He collaborates with James Cameron, Ernest Dickerson, Martin Scorsese, John Sayles and above all Joe Dante, who used Miller in almost every project he directed.
In one of Dante's earlier films "Piranha," Miller played Buck Gardner, a small broker who opened a new resort on Lost River Lake. The only catch? A large school of genetically modified piranhas was accidentally released to the nearby rivers of the resort. This was followed by a police chief in the 1979 film "Rock & Roll" High School, before presenting the Walter Paisley coat as the occult bookstore owner in Dante's horror film "The Howling" (1981).
Cult favorite "Night of the Creeps," where he shared the screen with Tom Atkins as police police officer named Walt – providing Atkins with the necessary firepower in the face of an alien worm-zombie invasion – and a pawnbroker in James Cameron's 1984 hit "The Terminator; In the same year he appeared in another film by Dante, "Gremlins".
Most recently, Miller played the role of Walter Paisley for the last time as a rabbi in Eben McGarr's horror film "Hanukkah" (19659004). Miller is Survived by his wife Lainie, daughter Barbara and granddaughter Autumn.
Dante called him "one of his most respected collaborators." He wrote "I grew up" (somehow) and saw Dick Miller in the 50s and was thrilled to have him in my first movie for Roger Corman. "
Director Edgar Wright remembered him as" the king of character actors ".