Dick Miller

Highest Rated: 100% The Terminator (1984)
Lowest Rated: 0% Heartbeeps (1981)
Birthday: Dec 25, 1928
Birthplace: The Bronx, New York, USA
Large and muscular at an early age, American actor Dick Miller entered the Navy during World War II while still a teenager, distinguishing himself as a boxer. He attended CCNY, Columbia University and New York University, supporting himself with semi-pro football jobs, radio DJ gigs and as a psychological assistant at Bellevue. At age 22, he was host of a Manhattan-based TV chat show, Midnight Snack. Stage and movie work followed, and Miller joined the stock company/entourage of low-budget auteur Roger Corman. His first great Corman role was as the hyperthyroid salesman in Not of this Earth (1956); a handful of rock-and-roll quickies followed before Miller received his first sci-fi lead in War of the Satellites (1958). In Corman's Bucket of Blood (1959), Miller originated the role of Walter Paisley, the nebbishy sociopath who "creates" avant-garde sculpture by murdering his subjects and dipping them in plaster. He was then cast in the immortal Little Shop of Horrors (1960); Miller not only makes a terrific entrance by buying a bouquet of flowers and then eating them, but also narrates the picture. Miller stayed with Corman into the 1970s, at which time the director was in charge of New World Pictures. Seldom making a liveable income in films, Miller remained an unknown entity so far as the "big" studios were concerned -- but his teenaged fans were legion, and he was besieged on the streets and in public places for autographs. When the adolescent science-fiction fans of the 1950s became the directors of the 1980s, Miller began receiving some of the best roles of his career. In Joe Dante's Gremlins (1984), Miller was paired with his Little Shop costar Jackie Joseph, as a rural couple whose house is bulldozed by a group of hostile gremlins. Miller and Joseph returned in the sequel Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1989), in which the actor heroically helped squash the gremlins' invasion of New York. Miller's most Pirandellian role was as the "decency league" activist in Matinee (1993) who is actually an actor in the employ of William Castle-like showman John Goodman. Directed again by longtime Miller fan Dante, Matinee contains a wonderful "in" joke wherein Miller is identified as a fraud via his photograph in a Famous Monsters of Filmland-type fanzine -- the very sort of publication which canonized Miller throughout the 1970s.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
28% Burying the Ex Grumpy Cop 2015
80% That Guy Dick Miller Actor 2015
81% The Hole Pizza Guy $1.7M 2012
92% Corman's World: Exploits Of A Hollywood Rebel Dick Miller $7.5K 2011
No Score Yet Trail of the Screaming Forehead Actor 2007
33% Trapped Ashes Max 2006
56% Looney Tunes: Back in Action Security Guard $21.1M 2003
No Score Yet Schlock!: The Secret History of American Movies Actor 2003
No Score Yet Route 666 Bartender 2001
No Score Yet Schlock! The Secret History of American Movies Actor 2001
48% Small Soldiers Joe 1998
No Score Yet The Second Civil War Eddie O'Neill 1997
38% Tales from the Crypt Presents: Demon Knight Uncle Willy 1995
No Score Yet Number One Fan Night Manager 1995
94% Pulp Fiction Monster Joe 1994
No Score Yet Runaway Daughters Farrell 1994
83% Batman: Mask Of The Phantasm Sol 1993
No Score Yet Quake Store Keeper 1993
13% Amityville 1992: It's About Time Mr. Andersen 1992
75% Unlawful Entry Impound Clerk 1992
94% Matinee Herb 1992
60% Motorama Horseshoe Player 1992
29% Evil Toons Burt 1992
No Score Yet Bodywaves Mr. Matthews 1991
69% Gremlins 2: The New Batch Murray Futterman 1990
No Score Yet Mob Boss Actor 1990
No Score Yet Under the Boardwalk Official 1989
53% The 'Burbs Vic, Garbageman #1 1989
No Score Yet Ghost Writer Club Manager 1989
No Score Yet Far from Home Sheriff Bill Childers 1988
No Score Yet Angel III: The Final Chapter Nick Pellegrini 1988
59% Amazon Women on the Moon Danny $0.6M 1987
82% Innerspace Cab Driver 1987
79% Project X Max King 1987
73% Night of the Creeps Police Armorer 1986
63% Chopping Mall (Killbots) Walter Paisley 1986
No Score Yet Armed Response Steve 1986
88% After Hours Waiter $10.7M 1985
77% Explorers Charles Drake 1985
100% The Terminator Pawn Shop Clerk 1984
84% Gremlins Mr. Futterman 1984
No Score Yet Space Raiders Crazy Mel 1984
52% All the Right Moves Teacher in Auditorium 1983
No Score Yet The Aftermath Actor 1983
61% Twilight Zone: The Movie Walter Paisley 1983
43% Lies Producer 1983
100% Heart like a Wheel Mickey White 1983
No Score Yet Get Crazy Susie's Dad 1983
No Score Yet The Lady in Red Patek 1982
92% White Dog Animal Trainer 1982
0% Heartbeeps Watchman 1981
68% The Howling Walter Paisley 1981
No Score Yet Dr. Heckyl and Mr. Hype Irsil & Orson 1980
77% Used Cars Man In Bed 1980
No Score Yet The Happy Hooker Goes Hollywood (Hollywood Blue) Actor 1980
39% 1941 Officer Miller 1979
80% Rock 'n' Roll High School Police Chief Klein 1979
72% Piranha Buck Gardner 1978
No Score Yet Starhops Jerry 1978
86% I Wanna Hold Your Hand Sgt. Bresner 1978
57% Corvette Summer Mr. Lucky 1978
63% New York, New York Palm Club Owner 1977
No Score Yet Moving Violation Mack 1977
No Score Yet Mr. Billion (The Windfall) Bernie 1977
No Score Yet Game Show Models Actor 1977
No Score Yet Hollywood Boulevard Walter Paisley 1976
No Score Yet Cannonball Bennie Buckman 1976
67% Hustle Actor 1975
No Score Yet Darktown Strutters (Get Down and Boogie) Hugo 1975
No Score Yet White Line Fever Birdie 1975
No Score Yet Capone Joe Pryor 1975
No Score Yet T.N.T. Jackson Screenwriter 1975
88% Crazy Mama Wilbur Janeway 1975
No Score Yet Summer School Teachers Sam 1975
No Score Yet Truck Turner Fogarty 1974
71% Big Bad Mama Bonny 1974
57% Executive Action Riflemen Team B 1973
No Score Yet The Slams Actor 1973
No Score Yet The Young Nurses Actor 1973
No Score Yet The Student Teachers (College Coeds) Coach Harris 1973
No Score Yet Night Call Nurses Mr. Jensen 1972
50% The Grissom Gang Actor 1971
No Score Yet A Time for Killing Zollicoffer 1967
88% The St. Valentine's Day Massacre Actor 1967
91% The Dirty Dozen Actor 1967
33% The Trip Cash 1967
61% The Wild Angels Actor 1966
No Score Yet Ski Party Actor 1965
88% 'X'---The Man With the X-Ray Eyes John Trask/Heckler 1963
36% The Terror (The Haunting) (The Castle of Terror) Stefan 1963
56% The Premature Burial Mole 1962
No Score Yet Capture That Capsule! Ed Nowak 1961
92% The Little Shop of Horrors Fouch 1960
45% The Wasp Woman Actor 1959
75% A Bucket of Blood Walter Paisley 1959
No Score Yet War of the Satellites Dave Boyer 1958
No Score Yet Rock All Night Shorty 1957
No Score Yet Not of This Earth Joe Piper 1957
No Score Yet Sorority Girl Mort 1957
No Score Yet The Undead The Leper 1957
No Score Yet Carnival Rock Benny 1957
80% It Conquered the World Sgt. Neil 1956
No Score Yet Gunslinger Jimmy Tonto 1956
No Score Yet Apache Woman Tall Tree 1955

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Karen Sisco
2003
Salvatore Gigliano
  • 2003
No Score Yet ER
1994-2009
Mr. Ackerman
  • 1999
84% NYPD Blue
1993-2005
Carl Bode
  • 1999
81% Buffy the Vampire Slayer
1997-2003
Policeman
  • 1998
90% Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
1993-1999
Vin
  • 1995
86% Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman
1993-1997
Uncle Mike Lane
  • 1994
No Score Yet Who's the Boss?
1984-1992
Manager
  • 1990
  • 1986
89% Star Trek: The Next Generation
1987-1994
Vendor
  • 1988
97% Moonlighting
1985-1989
Pickup Guy
  • 1987
No Score Yet Miami Vice
1984-1990
Director
  • 1986
No Score Yet Taxi
1978-1983
Fergie
  • 1982
No Score Yet Bonanza
1959-1973
Sam
  • 1963

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