Washington D.C.: The star of such classics like Roger Corman's 'A Bucket of Blood' and 'Gremlins', veteran Hollywood actor Dick Miller has passed away at 90. Miller died due to natural causes on Wednesday in Toluca Lake. The news was confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter by a family spokesperson. His wife Lainie, daughter Barbara and grand-daughter Autumn were at his side as he passed.
In a statement following his death, Miller's family wrote, "His sense of humor and the unique way he looked at the world won him many lifelong friends and worldwide fans."
Soon after the news of his death was made public, Twitterati poured in with their condolences, remembering the great 'character actor.'
Famed director John Carpenter wrote, "Rest in peace, Dick Miller. Terrific character actor."
Rest in peace, Dick Miller. Terrific character actor.— John Carpenter (@TheHorrorMaster) January 31, 2019
Actor Bruce Campbell too took to Twitter and remembered Miller, writing, " Dick Miller Dead: The ‘Gremlins’ Actor Was 90. Thanks for playing the beleaguered everyman so well - and for so long."
Dick Miller Dead: The ‘Gremlins’ Actor Was 90— Bruce Campbell (@GroovyBruce) January 31, 2019
Thanks for playing the beleaguered everyman so well - and for so long. https://t.co/c8KMTKLNMN
'Days of our Lives' actress Barbara Crampton who had once worked with him, too wrote, "I had the good fortune to work alongside Dick Miller once. Although we didn’t have any dialogue together, I admired him from close up. Rip."
With the passing of Dick Miller, the world of cinema, and not just horror cinema, lost one of its greatest character actors. Though small in stature, he was a giant, one-of-a-kind personality, and every movie he was in was better for his presence. pic.twitter.com/TobZuwmQbv— Post Mortem Podcast (@PostMortemMG) January 31, 2019
Stand-up comedian and actor Greg Proops too commented, "Rock All Night. Dick Miller."
Born in The Bronx on December 25, 1928, one of Miller's earliest acting ventures was in the 1955 film 'Apache Woman'.
In 1952, he moved to California, and one of his earliest acting roles was in 'Apache Woman' in 1955. Miller began working with iconic director/producer Roger Corman, including in a starring role as Walter Paisley in 'A Bucket of Blood' in 1959.
His other acting credits included 'The Little Shop of Horrors,' 'The Terror,' 'The Wild Angels,' 'The Dirty Dozen' and 'A Time for Killing.' Miller was also the subject of a 2014 documentary by director Elijah Drenner and co-producers Drenner and Lainie Miller.
In a career spanning sixty years, Miller worked in more than 175 films and made over 2,000 television appearances. He went on to work with directors James Cameron, Ernest Dickerson, Martin Scorsese, Jonathan Demme, Allan Arkush, Jonathan Kaplan and John Sayles as well.