Camden Toy

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Camden Toy
Toy at the Big Apple Convention, October 17, 2009
Born(1955-05-31)May 31, 1955
DiedDecember 11, 2023(2023-12-11) (aged 68)
  • Actor
  • writer
  • psychotherapist
Years active1984–2023
EmployerCommunity Counseling Center of San Luis Obispo County
TelevisionBuffy the Vampire Slayer, Goodnight Burbank, The Bay (web series)

Camden Toy (May 31, 1955 – December 11, 2023) was an American actor, writer, film editor and psychotherapist. He was best known as a character actor, often under special effects prosthetic makeup. He had acted in over one hundred independent films, and several television roles. In later years, he returned to college to receive a Master of Arts in clinical psychology in order to provide counseling, focusing on people recovering from addiction. He also received a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing shortly before his death.[1]

Early life[edit]

Toy grew up in Pennsylvania, and his interest in the film industry was encouraged early on by his father, who worked as an actor and makeup artist.[2][3]


After spending many years in regional theater companies, Toy became one of the founding members and artistic director of the Obie Award-winning Todo Con Nada theatre in New York City.[4]

After moving to Los Angeles, he appeared as one of the demonic Gentlemen in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode "Hush", consistently listed as one of the best and scariest episodes of the series.[5][6] In fact, Toy won the role in the silent audition by creeping out series creator Joss Whedon so much with his improvisational miming that he declared, "I'm going to have nightmares now!"[7][8] In season seven, he played the skin-eating demon Gnarl in "Same Time, Same Place", and had a recurring role of the "ubervamp" Turok-Han.[2] Although Toy was on several episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, he was always under such heavy prosthetics and makeup that star Sarah Michelle Gellar had to be shown a photograph of him to recognize him out of character.[9] He also played the Nosferatu-like vampire "The Prince of Lies" on the Angel episode "Why We Fight".[2]

Toy was a series regular on the television sitcom Goodnight Burbank and in the first four seasons of the Emmy Award-winning series The Bay. He appeared in an episode of Into the Dark on Hulu and starred in movies Average Joe (2021) and Boogey-Man (2021).

Fan conventions[edit]

Toy was a regular guest at many comic and pop culture conventions and often shared panels and photo-ops with other Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel alumni. His fun-loving, personable and caring nature made him a fan favorite.[9][10]


After a two-year private battle, Camden Toy died from pancreatic cancer at his home in Los Osos, California, on December 11, 2023.[11][9][12]


Buffy star Sarah Michelle Gellar posted an image of Camden as a Gentlemen with the caption "It was an honor #CamdenToy" on her Instagram account.[13]

Doug Jones, fellow Gentlemen and Guillermo del Toro muse[14] said:

"To know Camden Toy is to love Camden Toy. We may have met on the set of Buffy as two hideous looking "Gentlemen," but that only sparked a dear friendship that would continue for twenty-four years. It's rare to find a man so joyful, smiley, smart, giggly, huggie, good at listening with his heart, and accessible always to anyone he knew, including his many fans. May he rest in God's peace."[1]

Juliet Landau, who portrayed "Drusilla" on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel:

"Camden was a beautiful soul, a beautiful friend, and a beautiful talent. From the first moment we met, I knew he was special. Under the visage of the monster he was made up to be, shined the kindest of spirits. He's been a gift in our lives. We will miss him greatly."[1]

Gregori J. Martin, producer of The Bay:

"Camden was always such a talent and joy to work with. It's no wonder he was such a fan favorite on The Bay. I am so grateful for the times I got to work with him and will certainly cherish those memories."[1]

Mark A. Altman, TV/Film writer/producer/author tweeted: "A GENTLEMAN & A SCHOLAR: Immensely saddened to hear about the passing of CAMDEN TOY. He was such a warm man who worked on several of my films and also was so sweet to my #Buffy loving family. He will be missed. If you can, please make a donation to @PanCA today in his memory!"[15]

James C. Leary, who portrayed demon Clem on Buffy tweeted: The world lost a delightfully maniacal, abundantly kind, and overwhelmingly generous soul last night. I had the pleasure and privilege to travel the world, tread the boards, and sail the seas with @Camden_Toy and I shall cherish every moment. Rest easy.[16]



Year Title Role Notes
1993 The Genius Patient
1997 Faith Mailman
2001 Backgammon TV Announcer
2005 All Souls Day Fresh Dead / Dead Raoul
The Works Janitor
2006 The Videos 1989–2004 King Nothing Metallica video album
Outta Sync Dogsbody
2007 Morning Glory Lucky
2008 Trickery Mimicry Farmer
2009 Immortally Yours Henry
Klikt Man / Clown
2010 Carnies Panusch
Bare Knuckles Manager
2011 ChromeSkull: Laid to Rest 2 Dr. Kerr
Hard Love Ralph
Sebastian Homeless Man
2012 Big Bad Bugs Sydney Gerber
2013 Dark Splinter Donovan Braeden
Feed Me Albert
2014 Now Hiring Lord Menace
Disciples The Watcher
2015 A Blood Story Francis / Ferenc Nadasdy
2016 Bedeviled Tall Clown
2021 Boogey-Man The Shape
Average Joe Lord Menace


Year Title Role Notes
1999–2003 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Various roles 6 episodes
2004 Angel Prince of Lies Episode: "Why We Fight"
2008 The Mentalist Gambler Episode: "Red-Handed"
2008–2009 The Insider's Guide to Film School Professor Strauss 4 episodes
2010–2014 The Bay Igor Chambers 14 episodes
2011 Goodnight Burbank Yan Bobek 6 episodes
2016 Shameless Pan Episode: "A Yurt of One's Own"
2017 Monster School Animation Security Officer Toy Episode: "Welcome to Monster School"
2019 Into the Dark The Prankster Episode: "Uncanny Annie"


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  2. ^ a b c Eggen, Michele (2015-07-27). "Exclusive Interview with Camden Toy: A Buffy Retrospective - Wicked Horror". Wicked Horror. Retrieved 2017-06-19.
  3. ^ Rahman, Abid (2023-12-14). "Camden Toy, 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' Star, Dies at 68". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2023-12-17.
  4. ^ "Camden Toy Interview". 2007-08-14. Archived from the original on 2007-08-14. Retrieved 2017-06-19.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  5. ^ Pallotta, Frank. "Geek God Joss Whedon Faced An Epic Challenge In This Nearly Silent 'Buffy' Episode". Business Insider. Retrieved 2023-12-17.
  6. ^ Armstong, Jennifer (2017-03-10). "10 Best 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' Episodes of All Time". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2023-12-17.
  7. ^ "Camden Toy Looks Back on Buffy [Exclusive]". Wicked Horror. 2015-07-28. Retrieved 2023-12-17.
  8. ^ "BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER: Actor Camden Toy chats about Joss Whedon's classic series – Exclusive Interview – Part 1 - Assignment X". 2017-05-12. Retrieved 2023-12-17.
  9. ^ a b c (2023-12-12). "Camden Toy Succumbs to Pancreatic Cancer". Retrieved 2023-12-13.
  10. ^ "BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER: Actor Camden Toy Pt. 2 – exclusive interview - Assignment X". 2017-06-23. Retrieved 2023-12-17.
  11. ^ Jacobs, Mira (2023-12-13). "Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel Actor Camden Toy Passes Away". Comic Book Movies and Superhero Movie News - SuperHeroHype. Retrieved 2023-12-13.
  12. ^ "Camden Toy, 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' Actor, Dies at 68: 'A Beautiful Soul, a Beautiful Friend, and a Beautiful Talent'". Peoplemag. Retrieved 2023-12-17.
  13. ^ Steiner, Chelsea (2023-12-14). "'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' Actor Camden Toy Dead at 68". The Mary Sue. Retrieved 2023-12-17.
  14. ^ "The Man Behind Your Favorite Movie Monsters: Meet The Shape of Water's Doug Jones". Peoplemag. Retrieved 2023-12-17.
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