Angus Scrimm, star of 'Phantasm' movies, dies at 89

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Angus Scrimm, the character actor who played the Tall Man in the 1979 horror movie "Phantasm" and its four sequels, died Saturday. He was 89.

"Phantasm" director Don Coscarelli reported his death on Twitter and Facebook, saying "He was the last in a long line of classic horror movie stars. He was a terrific actor and even better friend."

Scrimm also had a recurring role on "Alias" and appeared in films including "John Dies at the End," "I Sell the Dead," and "Chopping Mall." His last role was in the fifth and final installment in the series, "Phantasm: Ravager," which has not yet been released.

Born Lawrence Rory Guy in Kansas City, Kansas, he studied theater at USC. But his acting career was slow to take off and for several years Scrimm worked at Capitol Records writing liner notes for acts including Frank Sinatra and the Beatles.

The first "Phantasm" film was recently restored with J.J. Abrams, a longtime fan of the series, overseeing the restoration which will be released later this year.

See photos of Angus Scrimm from throughout his career:

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Angus Scrimm, star of 'Phantasm' movies, dies at 89
HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 9: Actor Angus Scrimm attends 'An American Werewolf in Paris' Hollywood Premiere on December 9, 1997 at the Mann's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Angus Scrimm during Screening of 'Adaptation' at The Egyptian Theater in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD - APRIL 04: Actor Angus Scrimm, poses at the Launch Party For Showtime's 'Masters Of Horror' held at Ivar Club on April 4, 2006 in Hollywood, California (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Angus Scrimm during 2006 Los Angeles Film Festival - 'Last Rites' Screening at Crest Theatre in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Matthew Simmons/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 24: Actor Angus Scrimm arrives at the launch party for, held at the Montmarte nightclub on April 24, 2007 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Tullberg/Getty Images)
WESTWOOD, CA - APRIL 21: Actor Angus Scrimm attends the premiere of 'Mutant Chronicles' at Mann's Bruin Theatre on April 21, 2009 in Westwood, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - JULY 15: Actor Angus Scrimm attends the Los Angeles premiere of '2001 Maniacs: Field of Screams' at the Egyptian Theatre on July 15, 2010 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 02: Actor Angus Scrimm arrives at the 'John Dies At The End' premiere during 2012 AFI Fest 2012 presented by Audi at Mann Theatres 6 on November 2, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for AFI)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 02: Angus Scrimm arrives to the 2012 AFI FEST - 'John Dies At The End' Midnight Screening at Mann Theatres 6 on November 2, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jonathan Leibson/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 25: Actor Angus Scrimm and actor Doug Jones attend the Screening Of 'John Dies At The End' held at Landmark Nuart Theatre on January 25, 2013 in West Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
BURBANK, CA - SEPTEMBER 13: Actor Angus Scrimm at the Son Of Monsterpalooza Convention held at Marriott Hotel & Convention Center on September 13, 2014 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 18: Angus Scrimm arrives for ArcLight presents Slamdance Cinema Club screening of 'I Sell The Dead' at ArcLight Cinemas on October 18, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images)

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