Dick Miller, 'Gremlins' and 'Terminator' actor, dies at 90

 

Dick Miller, a prolific screen actor best known for his role as Murray Futterman in the 1984 classic horror film “Gremlins,” has died. He was 90.

With a career spanning more than 60 years, Miller has made hundreds of on screen appearances, beginning in the 1950s with legendary director and producer Roger Corman. It was then that he starred as Walter Paisley – a character the actor would reprise throughout his career – in the cult classic “A Bucket of Blood,” before going on to land roles on projects such as “The ‘Burbs,” “Fame” and “The Terminator.”

Miller also boasts a long history of high-profile director partnerships, working with the likes of James Cameron, Ernest Dickerson, Martin Scorsese, John Sayles and, perhaps most notably, Joe Dante, who used Miller in almost every project he helmed.

In one of Dante’s earlier films, “Piranha,” Miller played Buck Gardner, a small-time real estate agent opening up a new resort on Lost River Lake. The only catch? A large school of genetically altered piranha have accidentally been released into the resort’s nearby rivers. Next up was a police chief role in the 1979 film “Rock ‘n’ Roll High School” before reprising the Walter Paisley mantle as an occult bookshop owner in Dante’s 1981 horror film “The Howling.”

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PASADENA, CA - APRIL 09: Actor Dick Miller attends day 2 of the 2017 Monsterpalooza held at Pasadena Convention Center on April 9, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 11: Actor Dick Miller attends the special advance screening of 'Burying The Ex' at American Cinematheque's Egyptian Theatre on June 11, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 11: Actor Dick Miller attends the special advance screening of 'Burying The Ex' at American Cinematheque's Egyptian Theatre on June 11, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
PARSIPPANY, NJ - APRIL 25: Dick Miller attends day 2 of the Chiller Theater Expo at Sheraton Parsippany Hotel on April 25, 2015 in Parsippany, New Jersey. (Photo by Bobby Bank/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 05: Actor Dick Miller (R) attends The American Cinematheque's Los Angeles premiere of the documentary 'That Guy Dick Miller' at American Cinematheque's Egyptian Theatre on December 5, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 06: Actor Dick Miller attends Los Angeles' Days Of The Dead Convention Day Two held at Los Angeles Convention Center on April 6, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
Actor Dick Miller arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of 'Footprints' at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on April 13, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/FilmMagic)
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Other notable appearances include the 1986 cult favorite “Night of the Creeps,” where he shared the screen with Tom Atkins as a police ammunitions officer named Walt – he supplies Atkins with some necessary firepower in the face of an alien worm-zombie invasion – and a pawnshop owner in James Cameron’s 1984 hit “The Terminator; the same year he appeared in yet another of Dante’s films, “Gremlins.”

Most recently, Miller reprised the role of Walter Paisley for a final time as a rabbi in Eben McGarr’s horror film “Hanukkah.”

Miller is survived by his wife Lainie, daughter Barbara and granddaughter Autumn.

Dante called him “one of his most treasured collaborators,” writing, “I ‘grew up’ (kinda) watching Dick Miller in movies from the 50s on and was thrilled to have him in my first movie for Roger Corman.”

Director Edgar Wright remembered him as “the king of character actors.”

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