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Published on May 24, 2019
This year, we've lost actors who flitted between movies and television over the course of their careers, while some made their biggest impact on Broadway. What they all have in common is a dedication to their craft and a fanbase that will miss them dearly.
You might remember him as Murray Futterman from the '80s classic Gremlins, but the man behind the paranoid WWII vet was prolific screen actor Dick Miller. The Bronx-born actor made quite the name for himself in the boxing ring while serving in the U.S. Navy, but his career path swerved when he met legendary B-movie producer Roger Corman in the 1950s. He starred in a number of Corman's movies, but Miller's biggest role came towards the end of the decade, when he starred as murderous busboy Walter Paisley in 1959's A Bucket of Blood.
After Variety announced Miller's death in January, Joe Dante, who directed Miller in Gremlins among other films, tweeted a tribute to Miller. The director wrote,
"I always looked for a role for Dick, not just because he was my friend, but because I loved watching him act! But he leaves behind over 100 performances, a bio, and a doc. Not bad for a guy who hardly ever enjoyed a starring role."
Dick Miller | 0:15 Steven Levy (aka Steve Bean) | 1:07 Carmen Argenziano | 2:14 Bob Einstein | 2:50 Albert Finney | 4:06 Carol Channing | 5:06 Julie Adams | 6:00 Lisa Sheridan | 7:06 Katherine Helmond | 7:51 Jan-Michael Vincent | 9:13 Luke Perry | 10:00 Joseph Pilato | 10:47 In Memoriam | 12:07