Angus Scrimm, Star of ‘Phantasm’ Movies, Dies at 89

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Angus Scrimm, the character actor who played the Tall Man in the 1979 horror movie “Phantasm” and its four sequels, died Saturday. He was 89.

“Phantasm” director Don Coscarelli reported his death on Twitter and Facebook, saying “He was the last in a long line of classic horror movie stars. He was a terrific actor and even better friend.”

Scrim also had a recurring role on “Alias” and appeared in films including “John Dies at the End,” “I Sell the Dead,” and “Chopping Mall.” His last role was in the fifth and final installment in the series, “Phantasm: Ravager,” which has not yet been released.

Born Lawrence Rory Guy in Kansas City, Kansas, he studied theater at USC. But his acting career was slow to take off and for several years Scrimm worked at Capitol Records writing liner notes for acts including Frank Sinatra and the Beatles.

 

The first “Phantasm” film was recently restored with J.J. Abrams, a longtime fan of the series, overseeing the restoration which will be released later this year.

 

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  1. Sal U. Lloyd says:

    Oh, I remember the ending of that movie– it was a jolt when Scrimm pops out of the closet and shouts “Boy!” as he grabs the hapless youth.

  2. Spider says:

    This man left an indelible and terrifying impression on me as a kid… Well, him and “Jaws”. RIP

  3. mightymad says:

    The Tall Man never dies.

    RIP

  4. Bill B. says:

    A long, long time ago (1980), I had missed John Carpenter’s The Fog on it’s first run, so when it showed up on a double bill (remember those?!) in a Times Square movie house, I had my chance. Playing with it was something called Phantasm, which I knew nothing about and had no interest in seeing it, but hey, I paid for the ticket, so why not watch some of it. The Fog was okay, but all I could talk about after leaving was Phantasm. It scared the crap out of me even though it makes just about no sense whatsoever. We are a much more sophisticated & well conditioned to violence and scares audience today and the film is now nothing but camp, but I will never forget Angus Scrimm and the Tall Man. As silly as the whole movie is, it’s one of the great movie scares in my lifetime.

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