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Dick Miller



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.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
29% Burying the Ex
  • Grumpy Cop
2015
79% That Guy Dick Miller
  • Actor
2015
81% The Hole
  • Pizza Guy
2012
92% Corman's World: Exploits Of A Hollywood Rebel
  • Dick Miller
2011
No Score Yet Trail of the Screaming Forehead
  • Actor
2007
33% Trapped Ashes
  • Max
2006
57% Looney Tunes: Back in Action
  • Security Guard
2003
No Score Yet Schlock!: The Secret History of American Movies
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet Route 666
  • Bartender
2001
48% Small Soldiers
  • Joe
1998
No Score Yet The Second Civil War
  • Eddie O'Neill
1997
35% 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
82% Batman: Mask Of The Phantasm
  • Sol
1993
No Score Yet Quake
  • Store Keeper
1993
14% Amityville 1992: It's About Time
  • Mr. Andersen
1992
75% Unlawful Entry
  • Impound Clerk
1992
93% Matinee
  • Herb
1992
60% Motorama
  • Horseshoe Player
1992
No Score Yet Bodywaves
  • Mr. Matthews
1991
67% Gremlins 2: The New Batch
  • Murray Futterman
1990
No Score Yet Under the Boardwalk
  • Official
1989
47% The 'Burbs
  • Vic, Garbageman #1
1989
No Score Yet Far from Home
  • Sheriff Bill Childers
1988
No Score Yet Angel III: The Final Chapter
  • Nick Pellegrini
1988
82% Innerspace
  • Cab Driver
1987
78% Project X
  • Max King
1987
69% Night of the Creeps
  • Police Armorer
1986
57% Chopping Mall (Killbots)
  • Walter Paisley
1986
No Score Yet Armed Response
  • Steve
1986
90% After Hours
  • Waiter
1985
77% Explorers
  • Charles Drake
1985
100% The Terminator
  • Pawn Shop Clerk
1984
85% Gremlins
  • Mr. Futterman
1984
No Score Yet Space Raiders
  • Crazy Mel
1984
65% 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
66% The Howling
  • Walter Paisley
1981
No Score Yet Dr. Heckyl and Mr. Hype
  • Irsil & Orson
1980
75% Used Cars
  • Man In Bed
1980
32% 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
84% I Wanna Hold Your Hand
  • Sgt. Bresner
1978
67% 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 Hollywood Boulevard
  • Walter Paisley
1976
No Score Yet Cannonball
  • Bennie Buckman
1976
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
86% 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
No Score Yet Night Call Nurses
  • Actor
1974
50% Executive Action
  • Riflemen Team B
1973
No Score Yet The Student Teachers (College Coeds)
  • Coach Harris
1973
No Score Yet Night Call Nurses
  • Mr. Jensen
1972
No Score Yet A Time for Killing
  • Zollicoffer
1967
31% The Trip
  • Cash
1967
30% The Terror (The Haunting) (The Castle of Terror)
  • Stefan
1963
50% The Premature Burial
  • Mole
1962
No Score Yet Capture That Capsule!
  • Ed Nowak
1961
92% The Little Shop of Horrors
  • Fouch
1960
73% A Bucket of Blood
  • Walter Paisley
1959
No Score Yet Rock All Night
  • Shorty
1957
No Score Yet Not of This Earth
  • Joe Piper
1957
No Score Yet Carnival Rock
  • Benny
1957
No Score Yet The Undead
  • The Leper
1957
No Score Yet Sorority Girl
  • Mort
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

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet ER
1994-2009
  • Mr. Ackerman
No Score Yet Star Trek: The Next Generation
1987-1994
  • Vendor
No Score Yet Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
1993-1999
  • Vin
No Score Yet Buffy the Vampire Slayer
1997-2003
  • Policeman

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