Angus Scrimm (born Lawrence Rory Guy; August 19, 1926 – January 9, 2016) was an American actor, author, and journalist, best known for his portrayal of the Tall Man in the 1979 horror film Phantasm and its sequels.
Angus Scrimm in November 2011.
Lawrence Rory Guy
August 19, 1926
Kansas City, Kansas, U.S.
|Died||January 9, 2016 (aged 89)|
|Other names||Lawrence Guy|
|Alma mater||University of Southern California|
He was originally a journalist and wrote and edited for TV Guide, Cinema Magazine, the Los Angeles Herald Examiner and many other publications. He also worked for Capitol Records, writing liner notes for many LPs and CDs for artists ranging from Frank Sinatra to the Beatles, as well as Arthur Rubinstein and Itzhak Perlman. Scrimm won a Grammy (credited as Rory Guy, as were his early film roles) for his liner notes.
Scrimm had several minor supporting roles in the early 1970s before being cast as the Tall Man, the chief villain in Don Coscarelli's independent horror film Phantasm (1979). Scrimm stood approximately 6 feet 4 inches (1.93 m). To appear even taller when playing the Tall Man, he wore suits that were several sizes too small and platform shoes. His Phantasm role led to a steady acting career in theater and television. Scrimm had a recurring role as an SD-6 agent on Alias.
|1973||The Severed Arm||Postal deliverer||Uncredited|
|1973||Sweet Kill||Henry||As Rory Guy|
|1973||Scream Bloody Murder||Doctor Epstein||As Rory Guy|
|1976||Jim the World's Greatest||Jim's Father||As Rory Guy|
|1977||A Piece of the Action||Monk||As Lawrence Guy|
|1979||Phantasm||The Tall Man|
|1980||Witches' Brew||Carl Groton|
|1983||The Lost Empire||Dr. Sin Do/Lee Chuck|
|1986||Chopping Mall||Dr. Carrington||As Lawrence Guy|
|1988||Phantasm II||The Tall Man|
|1989||Transylvania Twist||Stefan/The Tall Man|
|1994||Munchie Strikes Back||Kronas|
|1994||Phantasm III: Lord of the Dead||The Tall Man|
|1998||Phantasm IV: Oblivion||The Tall Man|
|2004||The Off Season||Ted|
|2005||Masters of Horror: Incident On and Off a Mountain Road||Buddy|
|2008||I Sell The Dead||Doctor Quint|
|2009||Satan Hates You||Dr. Michael Gabriel|
|2012||John Dies at the End||Father Shellnut|
|2015||Always Watching: A Marble Hornets Story||Uncredited cameo|
|2016||Phantasm: Ravager||The Tall Man||Released posthumously|
|2017||Dances with Werewolves||Neumann||Released posthumously|
- Leovy, Jill (January 13, 2016). "Angus Scrimm dies at 89; cult horror icon starred in 'Phantasm' movies". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 19, 2017.
- Angus Scrimm Talks I Sell the Dead, a New Phantasm, His Violin Playing, and More
- King, Susan (January 25, 2013). "Angus Scrimm, 'Phantasm's' Tall Man, still a striking presence". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 10, 2016.
- Collis, Clark (January 10, 2016). "Phantasm star Angus Scrimm dies at 89". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved January 10, 2016.