John P. McGarr
|Born||John Patrick McGarr
September 25, 1964
New York City
|Died||March 25, 2010
Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.
|Cause of death||Traffic collision|
McGarr was born in Woodside, Queens, New York and attended Corpus Christi Grammar School. His parents were Maryann Allen from Woodside, New York and Eben Ray McGarr Sr. from Duncan, Oklahoma. He had two sisters and two brothers. John attended Aviation High School in Long Island City, Queens. He attended Queensboro College in Flushing, Queens.
In addition to many television and film appearances, John McGarr was also a stand up comedian, having appeared in Las Vegas, Los Angeles and New York comedy clubs. His concentration was on classic horror films and was a participant in many Horror Conventions across the country. He moved to Los Angeles, California in 1994 and began appearing in movies and performing stand up comedy. He became a regular guest on Talkshow with Spike Feresten.
McGarr became a noted producer when he formed My Way Pictures. My Way Pictures produces indie films working closely with the project developers to obtain their desired outcome. He worked on award winning films such as Sick Girl, which won the Best feature award at the Phoenix Fear Film Festival in 2008, and House of the Wolf Man.
While in Indianapolis on March 25, 2010 filming a documentary at the Horror Hound Convention, McGarr was struck by an automobile as he walked down the street and was killed by the drunk driver at 10:30 am; he died instantly. The driver was arrested and moved to a local hospital where it was determined he had an alcohol level four times the legal intoxication limit for Indiana. McGarr was buried in St. John's Cemetery in Middle Village, New York.
Ironically, McGarr was researching a film about the traumatic effects on victim's families due to drunk driving accidents at the time of his death. His company, My Way Pictures, had been contacted by a driver convicted of a DUI requesting a film or documentary be made to be distributed to high school drivers education classes just weeks before this accident. The project was in research when he was killed.
- Blockhead (2010)
- Shadows in Paradise (2010)
- House of the Wolf Man (2009)
- Hotel California (2008)
- Your Name Here (2008)
- Sick Girl (2007)
- The Boys & Girls Guide to Getting Down (2006)
- Dead & Deader (2006)
- Night All Day (2000)
- Back to Back (1996)
- Wonderland (1997)
Awards and nominations
- Best feature: Sick Girl (2008)
- SF Site News » Obituary: John McGarr
- R.I.P. – John McGarr
- Horror Conventions
- My Way Pictures
- "PFFF 2008". Phoenix Fear Film Festival. August 31, 2008.
- PHX Fear Film Festival Archived February 23, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
- Horror Hound Convention
- John McGarr Killed by Car « File 770
- John McGarr – HOUSE OF THE WOLF MAN producer
- RIP: John McGarr
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