Roger Corman, SFX legend Rick Baker and more to appear at American Cinematheque salute to character actor Dick Miller



The name may not ring a bell, but the face surely will – Cult Cinema Icon Dick Miller is one of Hollywood’s favorite character actors. Born on Christmas Day, 1928, in the Bronx, Miller came to California with hopes of becoming a writer and wound up as an actor, appearing in more than 175 films starting in 1955. As one of the busiest members of Roger Corman’s stock company, Miller made an indelible impression as homicidal sculptor Walter Paisley in A Bucket of Blood and as the flower-eating Burson Fouch in the original The Little Shop of Horrors.

Dick Miller’s scene-stealing skills did not go unnoticed by other directors. Corman alumnus James Cameron cast Miller in The Terminator, and Joe Dante has made it a point to use the actor in nearly all of his films; Miller’s supporting performance in Dante’s Gremlins earned a Saturn Award nomination. Corman and Dante are just a few of the screen luminaries who sing the actor’s praises in That Guy Dick Miller. The new documentary traces his still-ongoing career, from its beginnings in New York to today, using interviews, animated segments and rare film clips.

The film screening series also includes Gremlins 2: The New Batch, Tales From the Crypt: Demon Knight, and War of the Satellites.

There will also be a number of appearances during the series, including: Director Elijah Drenner and Producer Lainie Miller during the Los Angeles premiere of the documentary That Guy Dick Miller; Dick Miller himself, Director Ernest R. Dickerson (currently one of the lead directors of AMC’s The Walking Dead); and Visual Effects Supervisor Rick Baker (who went on the work on films such as Hellboy and Men in Black) will all make appearances during Saturday’s screenings of Gremlins, Gremlins 2: The New Batch, and Tales From the Crypt: Demon Knight; and on Sunday, Dick Miller returns to the Egyptian Theatre with fellow Cult Cinema Icon Roger Corman for screenings of War of the Satellites and A Bucket of Blood.

All events take place at the Egyptian Theatre, located at 6712 Hollywood Blvd., in Los Angeles, California.

Here is the complete schedule:

That Guy Dick Miller
Today, Dec. 5th, 2014 at 7:30pm
Los Angeles Premiere with Dick Miller, Director Elijah Drenner and Producer Lainie Miller In Person

Gremlins, Gremlins 2: The New Batch, and Tales From the Crypt: Demon Knight
Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014 at 7:30pm
Dick Miller, Director Ernest R. Dickerson and Visual Effects Supervisor Rick Baker In Person

A Bucket of Blood and War of the Satellites
Sunday, Dec. 7th, 2014 at 7:30pm
Dick Miller and Roger Corman In Person

Here is the trailer for That Guy Dick Miller

Here is a filmography of Dick Miller’s major roles:

  • Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003)
    Security Guard
  • Route 666 (2001)
  • Small Soldiers (1998)
  • Number One Fan (1995)
    Night Manager
  • Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight (1995)
    Uncle Willy
  • Mona Must Die (1994)
    Father Stilicato
  • Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993)
    Chuckie Sol
  • Matinee (1993)
    Herb Denning
  • Unlawful Entry (1992)
    Impound Clerk
  • Body Waves (1992)
    Mr. Matthews
  • Evil Toons (1992)
  • Motorama (1991)
    Horseshoe Player
  • Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990)
    Murray Futterman
  • Ghost Writer (1989)
    Club Manager
  • Far from Home (1989)
    Sheriff Bill Childers
  • Under the Boardwalk (1989)
  • The ‘Burbs (1989)
    Vic the Garbageman
  • Angel III: The Final Chapter (1988)
    Nick Pellegrini
  • Amazon Women on the Moon (1987)
    Danny Clayton
  • Innerspace (1987)
    Cab Driver
  • Project X (1987)
    Max King
  • Armed Response (1986)
  • Night of the Creeps (1986)
  • Chopping Mall (1986)
    Walter Paisley
  • After Hours (1985)
    Diner Waiter (Pete)
  • Lies (1985)
  • Explorers (1985)
    Charlie Drake
  • The Terminator (1984)
    Pawn Shop Clerk
  • Gremlins (1984)
    Murray Futterman
  • All the Right Moves (1983)
    Teacher in Auditorium
  • Get Crazy (1983)
    Susie’s Dad
  • Space Raiders (1983)
    Crazy Mel
  • Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983)
    Walter Paisley(the Diner Owner in Segment 3)
  • Heart Like a Wheel (1983)
    Mickey White
  • Vortex (1982)
    Bit Part
  • White Dog (1982)
    Animal Trainer
  • National Lampoon’s Movie Madness (1982)
    Dr. Hans Kleiner
  • The Aftermath (1982)
  • Heartbeeps (1981)
    Factory Watchman
  • Smokey Bites the Dust (1981)
    Glen Wilson
  • The Howling (1981)
    Walter Paisley (Bookstore Owner)
  • Dr. Heckyl and Mr. Hype (1980)
    Irsil – Orson
  • Used Cars (1980)
    Man In Bed
  • The Happy Hooker Goes Hollywood (1980)
    New York Cop
  • 1941 (1979)
    Officer Miller
  • Rock ‘n’ Roll High School (1979)
    Police Chief
  • The Lady in Red (1979)
  • Piranha (1978)
    Buck Gardner
  • Corvette Summer (1978)
    Mr. Lucky
  • I Wanna Hold Your Hand (1978)
    Sergeant Brenner
  • Starhops (1978)
  • Game Show Models (1977)
    Game Show Host
  • New York, New York (1977)
    Palm Club Owner
  • Mr. Billion (1977)
  • Vigilante Force (1976)
  • Cannonball! (1976)
    Bennie Buckman
  • Moving Violation (1976)
  • Hollywood Boulevard (1976)
    Walter Paisley
  • Darktown Strutters (1975)
    Officer Hugo
  • White Line Fever (1975)
  • Crazy Mama (1975)
    Wilbur Janeway
  • Capone (1975)
    Joe Pryor
  • Summer School Teachers (1974)
  • Big Bad Mama (1974)
  • Candy Stripe Nurses (1974)
  • Truck Turner (1974)
  • Executive Action (1973)
    Rifleman – Team B
  • The Slams (1973)
    Taxi Driver
  • The Student Teachers (1973)
    Coach Harris
  • Fly Me (1973)
    Taxi Driver
  • The Young Nurses (1973)
  • Night Call Nurses (1972)
    Mr. Jensen
  • The Legend of Lylah Clare (1968)
    Reporter at Press Party
  • The Wild Racers (1968)
    Pit Crew Mechanic
  • The Trip (1967)
  • A Time for Killing (1967)
  • The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre (1967)
    Gangster Dressed as a Cop
  • The Dirty Dozen (1967)
    MP at Hanging
  • The Wild Angels (1966)
  • Wild Wild Winter (1966)
  • Beach Ball (1965)
  • Ski Party (1965)
    Taxi Driver
  • The Girls on the Beach (1965)
    First Waiter
  • X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes (1963)
  • The Terror (1963)
  • Premature Burial (1962)
  • Capture That Capsule (1961)
    Ed Nowak
  • Atlas (1961)
    Greek soldier
  • The Little Shop of Horrors (1960)
    Burson Fouch
  • A Bucket of Blood (1959)
    Walter Paisley
  • War of the Satellites (1958)
    Dave Boyer
  • Carnival Rock (1957)
  • Sorority Girl (1957)
  • Rock All Night (1957)
  • The Undead (1957)
    The Leper
  • Not of This Earth (1957)
    Joe Piper
  • Naked Paradise (1957)
  • It Conquered the World (1956)
    Sgt. Neil
  • The Oklahoma Woman (1956)
  • Gunslinger (1956)
    Jimmy Tonto
  • Apache Woman (1955)
    Tall Tree the Indian wearing a hat

Dick Miller has also appeared on popular television shows, such as M Squad, Dragnet, The Untouchables, Bonanza, Wagon Train, The Virginian, Mannix, McCloud, Police Woman, Police Story, Hunter, Soap, Alice, Taxi, Knots Landing, Tales from the Darkside, Amazing Stories, Fame, Moonlighting and many others. He more recently made appearances on NYPD Blue, Snoops and as a voice actor on the Justice League animated series.