Dick Miller Biography

Birthday: 1928-12-25
Place of Birth: The Bronx, New York USA
Height: 5' 5" (1.65 m)
Wiki Biography: A native of the Bronx, New York, Richard "Dick" Miller served in the U.S. Navy for a few years and earned a prize title as a middleweight boxer. He settled in Los Angeles in the mid-1950s, where he was noticed by producer/director Roger Corman, who cast him in most of his low-budget films, usually playing unlikeable sorts, such as a vacuum-cleaner salesman in Not of This Earth (1957). His most memorable role would have to be that of the mentally unstable, busboy/beatnik artist Walter Paisley, whose clay sculptures are suspiciously lifelike in A Bucket of Blood (1959) (a rare starring role for him), and he is also fondly remembered for his supporting role as the flower-eating Vurson Fouch in Corman's legendary The Little Shop of Horrors (1960). Miller spent the next 20 years working in Corman productions, and starting in the late 1970s was often cast in films by director Joe Dante, appearing in credited and uncredited walk-on bits as quirky chatterboxes, and stole every scene he appeared in. He has played many variations on his famous Walter Paisley role, such as a diner owner (Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983)) or a janitor (Chopping Mall (1986)). One of his best bits is the funny occult-bookshop owner in The Howling (1981). Being short (so he never played a romantic lead or a threatening villain) with wavy hair, long sideburns, a pointed nose and a face as trustworthy as a used-car dealer's, he was, and is to this day, an immediately recognizable character actor whose one-scene appearances in countless movies and TV shows guarantee audience applause.

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Filmography

TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Gunslinger 1956 Action
W*A*L*T*E*R 1984 Comedy
After Hours 1985 Comedy
Fashion Star Himself 2012 Reality Tv
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Gunslinger 0000
A Bucket of Blood Walter Paisley 1959 Comedy, Horror
The Little Shop of Horrors Burson Fouch 1960 Comedy
Big Bad Mama 1974 0, 0, Comedy
Darktown Strutters 1975
Truck Turner Fogarty 1975 Action, Crime, Thriller
White Line Fever 1975 Action, Crime, Drama
Hollywood Boulevard Walter Paisley 1976 Comedy
The Lady in Red 1979 0, Game Show, 0
I Wanna Hold Your Hand Sergeant Brenner 1980 Comedy, Music, Romance
Heartbeeps 1981 Sci Fi, Comedy
Space Raiders 1983
Gremlins Murray Futterman 1984 0, Reality Tv, 0
The Terminator 1984 Sport, 0, Game Show
After Hours 1985 0, 0, Game Show
Lies Producer 1985 Drama, Thriller
Chopping Mall Walter Paisley 1986 Reality Tv, Sport
Far From Home 1989 Thriller
Gremlins 2: The New Batch Murray Futterman 1990 0, Reality Tv
Evil Toons Burt 1992
Body Waves Mr. Matthews 1992 Comedy
Batman: Mask of the Phantasm Chuckie Sol 1993 Animation, Action, Crime
Mona Must Die Father Stilicato 1994
Runaway Daughters 1994 Comedy, Drama
Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight Uncle Willy 1995 Comedy, Horror, Thriller
The Second Civil War 1997 Comedy, Drama
Small Soldiers 1998 Sport, 0, 0
The Warlord: Battle for the Galaxy 1998 Sci Fi
Looney Tunes: Back in Action 2003 Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Trapped Ashes Max 2006
Trail of the Screaming Forehead Eddie 2007 Comedy
Terror of Dracula Dr. Jack Seward 2012 Horror
Armed Response Steve 2017 Game Show, Reality Tv, 0, Sport
The Aftermath 2019 0, Biography