Dick Miller

Dick Miller

Richard "Dick" Miller (born December 25, 1928) is an American character actor who has appeared in many films, particularly those produced by Roger Corman, and later in films of directors who started their careers with Corman, including Joe Dante and James Cameron (specifically, he has appeared in every one of Joe Dante's movies).

Miller was born in The Bronx, New York and attended the City College of New York as well as Columbia University. He performed on Broadway and also worked at the Bellevue Mental Hygiene Clinic and the psychiatric department of Queens General Hospital. In 1952, he moved to California seeking work as a writer.

His roles in movies include White Line Fever, The Terminator, Night of the Creeps, Small Soldiers, The Little Shop of Horrors, Amazon Women on the Moon, Chopping Mall, and The Howling. His best known role was in the movies Gremlins and Gremlins 2: The New Batch as Murray Futterman. He appeared in Pulp Fiction as Monster Joe, but his scene and a few others were deleted because of the length of the film. His television credits include V: The Final Battle as Dan Pascal, and appearances on Star Trek: The Next Generation in the season 1 episode "The Big Goodbye" as the newspaper stand man in the holodeck, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine in the season 3 two-part episode "Past Tense" as Vin, Time of Your Life, and he voiced the gangster Chuckie Sol in the animated feature film Batman: Mask of the Phantasm.

Miller has played a character named "Walter Paisley" in many films, beginning with A Bucket of Blood (1959).

In 2000, Miller was featured alongside former collaborators including Roger Corman, Sam Arkoff and Peter Bogdanovich in the documentary SCHLOCK! The Secret History of American Movies, a film about the rise and fall of American exploitation cinema.


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