Alan Ormsby

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Alan Ormsby
Born December 14, 1943 (1943-12-14) (age 72)
United States
Occupation Film director, screenwriter

Alan Ormsby (born December 14, 1943) is an American director, screenwriter, make up artist, actor and author.[1]

Film career[edit]

Ormsby began work in feature films with the Bob Clark-directed Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things (1972). In addition to writing the film's script, Ormsby played the lead, Alan, and provided the film's make-up effects. Two years later, Ormsby and Clark re-teamed on Deranged and Deathdream.[2]

Deranged, a horror film inspired by serial killer Ed Gein, saw Clark producing with Ormsby writing and co-directing the feature (with Jeff Gillen), while Deathdream saw Clark directing another Ormsby script. In 1980s Ormsby continued as a screenwriter, writing the screenplays for My Bodyguard (1980),[3] The Little Dragons (1980), Paul Schrader's Cat People (1982) and Clark's Porky's II: The Next Day (1983). Ormsby returned to directing with Popcorn.[4] Written by Ormsby, the film production saw him leave the director's chair early on, to be replaced by Porky's actor Mark Herrier. In 1996, he co-wrote The Substitute, which became a successful series of films.

Other works[edit]

In addition to his work in film, Ormsby is known for having authored the 1970s special make-up effects book Movie Monsters. He also created the popular doll Hugo: Man of a Thousand Faces, which would be featured on The Pee-wee Herman Show and Uncle Floyd's variety show.


  1. ^ "Alan Ormsby". All Movie Guide and Baseline via The New York Times. Retrieved April 23, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Deathdream". The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-03-26. 
  3. ^ The New York Times
  4. ^ The New York Times

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