Angus Scrimm, a character actor best known for playing the frightening “Tall Man” in the Phantasm horror films, has died at the age of 89.
He had many other appearances in horror movies including “Witches Brew” and “Scream Bloody Murder.” However he became a horror movie icon for his terrifying character in “Phantasm” and its three sequels. Scrimm recently finished playing “Tall Man” for a fifth Phantasm movie which is scheduled to be released later this year.
Fans will also soon be able to see Scrimm in a restored version of the original “Phantasm”. That version is being overseen by Star Wars director, and “Phantasm” fan, J.J. Abrams.
He also had a recurring role as an SD-6 agent on the television series “Alias.”
Scrimm was born Lawrence Rory Guy in Kansas City, Kansas. He was originally a journalist who wrote for TV Guide and the Los Angeles Herald Examiner. He also wrote liner notes for the albums of many notable music acts including Frank Sinatra and the Beatles including the album “Meet the Beatles.” Scrimm won a Grammy for his liner notes.
Actor Bruce Cambell had this to say about him on Twitter:
Angus Scrimm. Class act. Soft spoken. Old school. Honored to work with him. Credit to his craft. Safe passage.