Forrest J Ackerman

Forrest J Ackerman

  • Highest Rated: 100% Spine Tingler: The William Castle Story (2007)
  • Lowest Rated: 0% Dracula vs. Frankenstein (1971)
  • Birthday: Nov 24, 1916
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • If there is any actor in history who can claim the largest number of roles for the shortest total time onscreen, it's Forrest J. Ackerman. "My film career has lasted over 50 years and my total time on film is probably less than an hour," he mused in an interview in 2002. Starting with a role as an extra in Hey, Rookie (1944), Forry Ackerman had bit parts in nearly a hundred films, never really playing anyone other than himself. He never really had to, because directors who liked him and respected his long campaigns to promote fantastic films and to save film props and memorabilia put him in their films as a mark of their respect. Directors slathered him with makeup and put him in small parts, and you knew you were watching a really low-budget horror movie when you recognized Forrest J. Ackerman beneath the zombie costume. Long before he got in front of a camera, Forry Ackerman was a fan of the movies, and in 1932 he created the first known listing of science fiction and horror films, which was published in the Time Traveler, a fanzine that he edited. Ackerman wrote and published some of the earliest articles about science fiction and fantasy films as a genre, and he and a teenage friend by the name of Ray Bradbury became experts on the subject. More importantly, inveterate collector Ackerman started to accumulate film memorabilia, which at the time was simply thrown away at the end of every film. Universal Studios chief Carl Laemmle became acquainted with the teenager who was a rabid movie memorabilia collector, and in 1932 he wrote a note which read only, "Give this kid anything he wants." Armed with this scrap of paper, Ackerman saved what are now priceless items, including the only known recordings of the soundtracks of The Mummy, Murders in the Rue Morgue, Frankenstein, and other films. At the outbreak of the Second World War, Ackerman enlisted, and thanks to his experience writing for movie fanzines, he spent his war years editing a military newspaper that was published at Fort MacArthur. In 1944 Columbia Pictures decided to shoot the patriotic musical Hey, Rookie at that very base, and Ackerman is seen in a pan shot reading the newspaper that in real life he edited. His first speaking role in a film didn't come until 1947, when he played a heckler in The Farmer's Daughter. By then he had returned to Hollywood, where he continued his memorabilia collecting and worked as a literary agent. Among his clients was Edward D. Wood Jr., who pressed Ackerman to market a science fiction novel he had written. By all reports the dialogue and plot in this tome were as bad if not worse than his screenplays for such gems as Plan 9 From Outer Space, and the book remained both unpublished and unpublishable. (Ackerman, unfortunately, didn't keep the manuscript, which would now be quite a collector's item.) In 1957 Ackerman issued his first professional magazine, Famous Monsters of Filmland. Originally planned as a one-shot item, the response was so enthusiastic that Ackerman continued publishing it for over 20 years. Among the many people who claimed inspiration from the magazine were John Landis, Fred Olen Ray, Joe Dante, and John Carpenter. Though Famous Monsters focused on horror films past, present, and in production, they also printed some fiction, including the first story by a teenage fan by the name of Stephen King. The magazine included illustrations of items in Ackerman's collection, and in response to numerous requests he opened his home on a regular schedule and gave guided tours, showing off items like Bela Lugosi's cape and ring, the female robot from Metropolis, and the Martian lander from War of the Worlds. His fame as a publisher and film historian grew as the magazine attracted legions of young fans, and Ackerman had bit parts in an increasing number of low-budget films. Oddly, Forry Ackerman almost had one genuine feature role in 1968, when his friend Boris Karloff convinced director Alex Gordon to audition Ackerman for

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

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No Score Yet The Life After Death Project Actor 2013
No Score Yet Ray Harryhausen: The Early Years Actor 2013
No Score Yet The Dead Undead Actor 2010
No Score Yet Drive-In Madness Host 2008
100% Spine Tingler: The William Castle Story Actor 2007
No Score Yet Dinosaurs vs. Apes Actor 2007
No Score Yet Vampira: The Movie Actor 2006
No Score Yet I Was a Teenage Movie Maker Actor 2006
No Score Yet The Sci-Fi Boys Actor 2006
No Score Yet The Boneyard Collection Actor 2006
No Score Yet Skinned Deep Biker 2004
No Score Yet Surge of Power Himself 2004
No Score Yet Ringers: Lord of the Fans Actor 2004
No Score Yet Schlock!: The Secret History of American Movies Actor 2003
No Score Yet The Double-D Avenger Museum Caretaker 2001
No Score Yet Schlock! The Secret History of American Movies Actor 2001
No Score Yet Attack of the 50 Ft. Monstermania Actor 2000
No Score Yet Future War Park Victim 1997
No Score Yet Vampirella Producer Hunk 1996
No Score Yet Attack of the 60 Foot Centerfold Dracula 1995
No Score Yet That Little Monster Edward Van Groan 1994
No Score Yet Ceremony Actor 1994
88% Dead Alive Forry 1993
39% Innocent Blood Stolen Car Man 1992
No Score Yet Nudist Colony of the Dead Judge Rhinehole 1991
No Score Yet Hard to Die Dr. Newton 1990
No Score Yet Transylvania Twist Funeral Director 1989
No Score Yet The Wizard of Speed and Time Actor 1989
No Score Yet Universal Horror Actor 1988
No Score Yet Curse of the Queerwolf Actor 1988
No Score Yet Evil Spawn Pool Man 1987
59% Amazon Women on the Moon U.S. President ("Amazon Women on the Moon") $0.6M 1987
No Score Yet Drive-In Madness! (Screen Scaries) Actor 1987
No Score Yet The Aftermath Actor 1983
No Score Yet Scalps Prof. Treatwood 1983
70% The Howling Bookstore Customer (Uncredited) 1981
80% The Kentucky Fried Movie Jurist 1977
67% Schlock Man in cinema 1973
0% Dracula vs. Frankenstein Dr. Beaumont 1971
70% Mad Monster Party Screenwriter 1967
17% Queen of Blood Farraday's aide 1966
No Score Yet The Time Travelers (Depths of the Unknown) Technician 1964

TV

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No Score Yet American Masters
2001
Appearing
  • 2002

QUOTES FROM Forrest J Ackerman CHARACTERS

Chris
You believe in this?
Bookstore Customer (Uncredited)
What am I, an idiot? I'm making a buck here. You want books, I got books. I got chicken blood, I got dog embryos, I got black candles, I got wolf-bane. Look at this: Silver bullets. Some joker ordered them. Thirty-ought-six...Never picked 'em up. I take Bank AmeriCard, American Express, Visa. You gonna buy that or what?
Bookstore Customer (Uncredited)
What am I, an idiot? I'm making a buck here. You want books, I got books. I got chicken blood, I got dog embryos, I got black candles, I got wolf-bane. Look at this: Silver bullets. Some joker ordered them. Thirty-ought-six. Never picked 'em up. I take Bank AmeriCard, American Express, Visa. You gonna buy that or what?
Bookstore Customer (Uncredited)
(on how to kill werewolves) - Silver bullets or fire, that's the only way to get rid of the damn things. They're worse than cock-a-roaches.
Bookstore Customer (Uncredited)
(about his occult bookstore) - We get 'em all: sun-worshipers, moon-worshipers, Satanists. The Manson family used to hang around and shoplift. Bunch of deadbeats!