Cult Horror Actor Mark Sheeler Dies at 92

Mark Sheeler, known for his roles in horror TV and film, such as “Alfred Hitchcock Presents,” died Aug. 6 following complications of a stroke. He was 92

Sheeler acted primarily in the 1950s and early ’60s. He appeared in low budget B pictures like “Why Must I Die?,” “Speed Crazy” and “Korean Attack.” His appearance in the schlock horror film “From Hell It Came,” which featured his battle with a tree monster, brought him acclaim when it won a Golden Turkey Award and appeared in the horror movie clip film “It Came From Hollywood.”

He also guested on shows including “Superman” and “Highway Patrol” and was host of the puppet show “Time for Beanie.” Sheeler left the movie business for almost 35 years to be a professional wedding photographer and supervisor for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.

Upon his return to acting in the ’80s, Sheeler appeared in “Mad About You,” “ER” and “Chicago Hope.” His final appearances were as one of the stodgy bankers in the Washington Mutual series of commercials and in a 2013 segment of “Tim & Eric’s Bedtime Stories” on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim.

Born in New York, Sheeler served in the Armed Forces during WWII. Upon discharge, he used the GI Bill to get his engineering license and become a radio DJ. He helmed the popular radio show “The Blues Chaser Club,” in which he mixed the tunes of the day with his comedic banter, on stations across the Eastern Seaboard and Midwest during the late ’40s and early ’50s. He married and moved to California, where he began acting in theater and film.

Sheeler is survived by his wife Carmella and his children Carrie Hernandez, Wade Sheeler and Helene Johnson. Services will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 15, at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, donations are requested in his name to The Benign Essential Blepharospasm Research Foundation or Learning Ally.

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