One of the greatest supporting actors in cinematic history has passed and the fandom is in dire sadness.
Dick Miller, a legend in the film industry who fans will remember for his role as Murray Futterman in Gremlins, passed away on January 30 at the age of 90. Miller has been in the industry for six decades and has worked with some of the greatest directors in cinema both past and present in his prolific career.
Richard Miller was born on Christmas Day in 1928 in The Bronx, New York. After serving in the U.S. Navy and competed as a professional middleweight boxer, Miller left the East Coast for Los Angeles, where he was discovered by the legendary Roger Corman. His film debut was that of Native American Tall Tree in Corman’s Western Apache Woman in 1955.
It would become the beginning for Miller as one of the greatest supporting actors in cinema. Some of his most noteworthy roles during the 1950s include that of Joe Piper, a vacuum cleaner salesman in Not of This Earth and the artist whose sculptures comes to life in Bucket of Blood. He and Corman would spend nearly two decades together, with Miller having many roles as a supporting actor, including Little Shop of Horrors, The Wild Angels, as well as some of Corman’s teen exploitation fare of the 1970s.
The 80s were just as kind to Miller as his appearances in Twilight Zone: The Movie, The Terminator, and Gremlins made him a household name among a new generation of fans. His iconic role of Walter Paisley would be paid homage in name by Miller himself in films like The Howling and Chopping Mall. Aside from films, Miller also delved in television.
Miller is survived by wife Lainie, daughter Barbara, and granddaughter Autumn. World Film Geek sends its condolences to the family of Dick Miller.
Here’s a tribute video to Dick Miller about his prolific career by YouTube user Blu-ray Extras
We honor Dick Miller, one of the greatest character actors of the past six decades. Rest in Peace!