Angus Scrimm in November 2011.
|Born||Lawrence Rory Guy
August 19, 1926
Kansas City, Kansas, U.S.
|Died||January 9, 2016
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Other names||Lawrence Guy
Life and career
Scrimm was born in Kansas City, Kansas. He was originally a journalist and wrote and edited for TV Guide, Cinema Magazine, the Los Angeles Herald Examiner and many other publications. He has also written liner notes for many LPs and CDs for artists ranging from Frank Sinatra to the Beatles, as well as Arthur Rubinstein and Itzhak Perlman. Scrimm won a Grammy (credited as Rory Guy, as were his early film roles) for his liner notes.
Scrimm stood approximately 6 feet 4 inches (1.93 m). To appear even taller when playing the Tall Man, he wore suits that were several sizes too small and platform shoes. His Phantasm role led to a steady acting career in theater and television. Scrimm had a recurring role as an SD-6 agent on Alias.
On January 9, 2016, he died at the age of 89 in Los Angeles.
- The Severed Arm (1973) Postal deliverer (uncredited)
- Sweet Kill (1973) Henry
- Scream Bloody Murder (1973) Doctor Epstein
- Jim the World's Greatest (1976) Jim's Father
- Phantasm (1979) The Tall Man
- Witches' Brew (1980) Carl Groton
- The Lost Empire (1983) Dr. Sin Do/Lee Chuck
- Phantasm II (1988) The Tall Man
- Transylvania Twist (1989) Stefan/The Tall Man
- Subspecies (1990) King Vladislas
- Mindwarp (1992) The Seer
- Munchie Strikes Back (1994) Kronas
- Phantasm III: Lord of the Dead (1994) The Tall Man
- Wishmaster (1997) Narrator
- Phantasm IV: Oblivion (1998) The Tall Man
- The Off Season (2004) Ted
- Masters of Horror: Incident On and Off a Mountain Road (2005) Buddy
- Automatons (2006) The Scientist
- Satanic (2006) Dr. Barbary
- I Sell The Dead (2008) Doctor Quint
- Hollywood Horror (2009)
- Satan Hates You (2009) Dr. Michael Gabriel
- John Dies at the End (2012) Father Shellnut
- Always Watching: A Marble Hornets Story (2015) uncredited cameo
- Phantasm: Ravager (2016) The Tall Man
- Angus Scrimm Talks I Sell the Dead, a New Phantasm, His Violin Playing, and More
- King, Susan (2013-01-25). "Angus Scrimm, 'Phantasm's' Tall Man, still a striking presence". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2016-01-10.
- Collis, Clark (2016-01-10). "Phantasm star Angus Scrimm dies at 89". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2016-01-10.
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