Iconic ‘Bucket of Blood’ star Dick Miller dies at 90
Veteran Hollywood actor Dick Miller passed away from natural causes on Wednesday. The star died in Toluca Lake while surrounded by his loved ones.
Miller had an acting career that lasted for six decades. The late star, who was 90-years-old when he passed, had more than 175 movie credits and 2,000 TV appearances.
Dick Miller was known as the star of Roger Corman's 1959 cult classic “A Bucket of Blood.” He also appeared as Murray Futterman in Joe Dante's “Gremlins.”
RIP Dick Miller, surely the king of character actors. A friendly, funny face in Gremlins (1&2), Piranha, the original Little Shop Of Horrors, Not Of This Earth, After Hours & my personal beatnik fav, Walter Paisley in 'A Bucket Of Blood'. Any role of his was cult movie nirvana. pic.twitter.com/StRqrWHgBS— edgarwright (@edgarwright) January 31, 2019
A family spokesperson revealed that the iconic actor had died a month after his 90th birthday party. On his deathbed, he was surrounded by his wife Lainie, daughter Barbara, and grand-daughter Autumn who have also survived him.
It’s the end of an era. Dick Miller was the character actor to end all character actors. One of my favorite cinema faces, full-stop. The movies are slightly less cool now than they were yesterday. Rest In Peace, sir. pic.twitter.com/nKn2wuL2bd— Eric Vespe (@EricVespe) January 31, 2019
In a statement, his family said: "His sense of humor and the unique way he looked at the world won him many lifelong friends and worldwide fans.” Miller was born on December 25, 1928, in the Bronx.
As a lifelong fan of Dick Miller, I was overjoyed to work with him in Corvette Summer. He turned what could have been a throwaway part into a mimi-masterpiece of effortless comic invention. I was awestruck by his timing, energy & a career that spanned 6 decades! #OneOfAKind #RIP pic.twitter.com/H7dCmzgSok— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) January 31, 2019
He served a tour of duty in the US Navy, before attending the City College of New York and Columbia University. His acting career began when he had performances on Broadway while working at the Bellevue Hospital Mental Hygiene Clinic and the psychiatric department of Queens General Hospital.
A great actor, and an even better person.— Zach Galligan (@zwgman) January 31, 2019
So privileged to have worked with you. You taught this young actor so much.
My condolences to Lainie and his children.
This one hurts a lot.
Rest in peace, Dick. And thank you.
Richard 'Dick" Miller
He moved to California in 1952 and three years later he starred in one of his earliest acting roles in “Apache Woman.” In 1959, he appeared as Walter Paisley in “A Bucket of Blood.”
Miller has also appeared in “The Little Shop of Horrors,” “The Terror,” “The Wild Angels,” “The Dirty Dozen,” and “A Time for Killing.” In 2014, he was the subject of a documentary.
Such a loss. A big part of the joy of a new Joe Dante project was wondering when he was going to show up. Always made everyone delighted to see him- that’s a legacy. Already missed.— James Moran (@jamesmoran) January 31, 2019
The actor has worked with well-known directors such as James Cameron, Ernest Dickerson, Martin Scorsese, Jonathan Demme, Allan Arkush, Jonathan Kaplan, and John Sayles. He has also acted in “Explorer and The Howling.”
On television, he appeared on “Fame,” as Lou Mackie. His memorial arrangements will be announced at a later date.
...We hit it off and every script thereafter 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 & a doc--not bad for a guy who hardly ever enjoyed a starring role. (2/2) pic.twitter.com/sqXgMIZb6k— Joe Dante (@joe_dante) January 31, 2019
The star also featured in every film that was directed by Dante. Miller was the son of the son of two Russian Jewish immigrants.