Angus Scrimm

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Angus Scrimm
Angus Scrimm 2011.jpg
Angus Scrimm in November 2011.
Lawrence Rory Guy

(1926-08-19)August 19, 1926
DiedJanuary 9, 2016(2016-01-09) (aged 89)
Other namesLawrence Guy
Rory Guy
Alma materUniversity of Southern California
  • Actor
  • author
Years active1973–2016

Angus Scrimm (born Lawrence Rory Guy; August 19, 1926 – January 9, 2016) was an American actor, author, and journalist, best known for his portrayal of the Tall Man in the 1979 horror film Phantasm and its sequels.

Early life[edit]

Scrimm was born in Kansas City, Kansas to Alfred David and Pearl Guy.[1] Scrimm graduated from the University of Southern California, where he majored in drama.[1]

He was originally a journalist and wrote and edited for TV Guide, Cinema Magazine, the Los Angeles Herald Examiner and many other publications. He also worked for Capitol Records, writing liner notes for many LPs and CDs for artists ranging from Frank Sinatra to the Beatles, as well as Arthur Rubinstein and Itzhak Perlman.[2] Scrimm won a Grammy (credited as Rory Guy, as were his early film roles) for his liner notes.[3]


Scrimm had several minor supporting roles in the early 1970s before being cast as the Tall Man, the chief villain in Don Coscarelli's independent horror film Phantasm (1979). Scrimm stood approximately 6 feet 4 inches (1.93 m).[3] To appear even taller when playing the Tall Man, he wore suits that were several sizes too small and platform shoes.[citation needed] 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.[4]


On January 9, 2016, Scrimm died of cancer at the age of 89 in Tarzana, Los Angeles, California.[4]


Year Title Role Notes
1973 The Severed Arm Postal deliverer Uncredited
1973 Sweet Kill Henry As Rory Guy
1973 Scream Bloody Murder Doctor Epstein As Rory Guy
1976 Jim the World's Greatest Jim's Father As Rory Guy
1977 A Piece of the Action Monk As Lawrence Guy
1979 Phantasm The Tall Man
1980 Witches' Brew Carl Groton
1983 The Lost Empire Dr. Sin Do/Lee Chuck
1986 Chopping Mall Dr. Carrington As Lawrence Guy
1988 Phantasm II The Tall Man
1989 Transylvania Twist Stefan/The Tall Man
1990 Subspecies King Vladislas
1992 Mindwarp The Seer
1994 Munchie Strikes Back Kronas
1994 Phantasm III: Lord of the Dead The Tall Man
1997 Wishmaster Narrator
1998 Phantasm IV: Oblivion The Tall Man
2004 The Off Season Ted
2005 Masters of Horror: Incident On and Off a Mountain Road Buddy
2006 Automatons The Scientist
2006 Satanic Dr. Barbary
2008 I Sell The Dead Doctor Quint
2009 Hollywood Horror
2009 Satan Hates You Dr. Michael Gabriel
2012 John Dies at the End Father Shellnut
2014 Disciples Winston
2015 Always Watching: A Marble Hornets Story Uncredited cameo
2016 Phantasm: Ravager The Tall Man Released posthumously
2017 Dances with Werewolves Neumann Released posthumously


  1. ^ a b Leovy, Jill (January 13, 2016). "Angus Scrimm dies at 89; cult horror icon starred in 'Phantasm' movies". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 19, 2017.
  2. ^ Angus Scrimm Talks I Sell the Dead, a New Phantasm, His Violin Playing, and More
  3. ^ a b King, Susan (January 25, 2013). "Angus Scrimm, 'Phantasm's' Tall Man, still a striking presence". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 10, 2016.
  4. ^ a b Collis, Clark (January 10, 2016). "Phantasm star Angus Scrimm dies at 89". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved January 10, 2016.

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