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Angus Scrimm Net Worth

Angus Scrimm Net Worth is
$1.2 Million

Angus Scrimm Bio/Wiki, Net Worth, Married 2018

The evil screen villain Angus Scrimm, most famous as "The Tall Man" in Don Coscarelli's Phantasm (1979) and its sequels, grew up in Kansas City, but in his teens moved to California and studied drama at USC under William C. de Mille (brother of Cecil B. DeMille). His film debut came as another "Tall Man" he played Abraham Lincoln in an educational...
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Full NameAngus Scrimm
Date Of BirthAugust 19, 1926
DiedJanuary 9, 2016, Los Angeles, California, United States
Place Of BirthKansas City, Kansas, USA
Height6' 4" (1.93 m)
ProfessionActor
NationalityAmerican
AwardsGrammy Award for Best Album Notes: Classical
MoviesPhantasm, Phantasm: Ravager, Phantasm II, Phantasm IV: Oblivion, Phantasm III: Lord of the Dead, I Sell the Dead, John Dies at the End, Mindwarp, Jim the World's Greatest, Subspecies, Wishmaster, Incident On and Off a Mountain Road, Satan Hates You, The Lost Empire, Transylvania Twist, Munchie Strik...
Star SignLeo
#Trademark
1Towering height
2Deep voice
3His character of The Tall Man in the Phantasm movie series and in several parodies and commercials.
#Quote
1[Describing the making of the Phantasm trilogy] In the end, it was all great fun.
2[from an interview in 1988] In real life, I've never had the opportunity to be very sinister. When I was growing up, I was usually the kid everybody beat up. It looks like I'm finally getting a chance to get even.
3The Tall Man is a much deeper role than most people realize. There are many ironic bits of humor that lay in the character's subtext. There's also extreme drama. It's a role many people would give their right arm to play.
4The Tall Man has an ironic glint of humor hidden beneath that horrifying exterior. There's also an extreme sense of drama to the things he does. There's much to like about the Tall Man that goes beyond his ability to scare people.
5[on playing the Tall Man] I like the idea that people think that I give myself so totally to the character. The horror side of this character is a fascinating one to explore. It's so totally unlike my true nature that it's fun to submerge myself in the Tall Man and see what develops.
6Playing the Tall Man is definitely an acting challenge. On the one hand, he's a character that must be played with consistency. But I've also had to take great pains to giving shading to his sinister qualities. It would be very easy to fall into the trap of playing him in a one-dimensional manner.
7At a 30th Anniversary screening of the original Phantasm (1979), one fan approached me and said, "You did such a fine job on this movie, you should have played 'Emperor Palpatine' in Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)." For me, that was a deep honor.
8[on reprising his role as The Tall Man] I'd jump at it. I'm a little protective of the Tall Man. I'd be reluctant to make a "Phantasm" that wasn't up to the other four. I think it's a very good quartet of motion pictures. If we did another picture it would need to be just as original and just as sparkling in its ideas and freshness as the first and as the subsequent ones. That would be the deterrent and then of course getting it financed in today's film industry would be a challenge.
9If I did the Tall Man once more, I think I'd like to make him darker and scarier again. Seems to me he softened up a bit in the last episode. I'm quite happy though with the existing quartet of films as a complete and final entity.
10The MPAA has cracked down pretty badly on the Phantasm pictures. Censorship obviously is necessary, and I'm all for it. I just don't like it when they cut my pictures.
11I probably shouldn't confess to this, but I groove on being recognized. But it seldom happens, possibly because I rarely go anywhere dressed in a tight-fitting black suit and boots with two-inch lifts in them.
12I still want to do that drawing room comedy. If they ever revive that.
#Fact
1In his younger years, Angus used to be 6' 4'' at his peak height. Nevertheless, he has shrunk considerably due to his advanced age and nowadays he is reportedly not taller than 6' 1''. His imposing stature as The Tall Man in the Phantasm movies was achieved by a simple combination of wise camera angles, suits several sizes smaller and boots with lifts inside.
2In the mid-90s the British Encyclopedia of Horror printed a book with a little thumbnail sketch in which Angus was alluded to as a minor American horror icon. He subsequently wrote them a letter saying the following: "I'm so grateful to be listed at all, and I realize at my age I'm not apt to attain the record of a Boris Karloff or a Bela Lugosi, but if I manage before my end to make another two or three significant horror films do you think I might be up to a middling horror icon?". He never got a reply back.
3During his first semester at USC, he contracted tuberculosis and spent two years recuperating. During that time he read both Testaments, H.G. Wells' "History", Homer's "The Iliad" and "The Odyssey", Benjamin Franklin's Autobiography, Leo Tolstoy, Charles Dickens, Erasmus, Voltaire, Gerard Willem Van Loon, Marcel Rousseau and countless other authors.
4He majored in Drama at the University of Southern California under William C. de Mille, who was Cecil B. DeMille's brother.
5He used to do some showcase theater off campus, but William C. de Mille didn't like his students at USC to do that. Young Lawrence then created the pseudonym "Angus Scrimm" to cover his tracks. Many years later, he revived it to play The Tall Man in Phantasm (1979).
6He was a schoolmate of Sam Peckinpah at USC. Peckinpah came to USC from Fresno to do a graduate job while Angus was in his junior year.
7After finishing studies at USC, his first professional acting job was portraying Abraham Lincoln in a series of short biographical films for the Encyclopedia Britannica in 1951.
8His big screen debut role was at age 46. He played the role of "Henry" in Curtis Hanson's first movie Sweet Kill (1972), produced by Roger Corman.
9He worked for Capitol Records for nine years, writing album notes for the singers the label had under contract, such as Nat 'King' Cole, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Dean Martin, Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli.
10When his real name was published by Fangoria Magazine, he received some prank phone calls.
11He loves performing in live theater and has and extensive experience on stage, but nowadays, he only does it when he's asked to.
12He played the role of a funeral director in an episode of Santa Barbara (1984).
13He is a devoted fan of classic black and white horror films such as Frankenstein (1931) and Dracula (1931). He reportedly dislikes brutality in movies and gore for gore's sake.
14He is a lover of the comedy genre. His dream acting job would be playing a funny part in a parlor comedy.
15He claims he grew up admiring the works of William Powell, Cary Grant, and Ronald Colman.
16Don Coscarelli wrote the character of "Buddy" in his episode of Masters of Horror (2005) specifically for him, out of necessity of making the story long enough to fit in an hour slot.
17He has done stage work in recent years with the theater company of acclaimed writer Ray Bradbury.
18His stage name, Angus Scrimm, he made up himself, a combination of a relative's name and a stage curtain (called a scrim).
19He is reputed to be an excellent cook.
20Speaks French and Flemish.
21Turned up in his Tall Man costume and said "BOOYYY" when he was asked at a party thrown for a Hollywood Poster shop-owner Ron Borst. Then director Jim Wynorski, who was at this party, subsequently cast him for the role of evil Dr. Sin Do in a film he directed called The Lost Empire (1984).
22Being a teenager, he worked as a theater usher where he learned by heart all of the dialogue of the movie playing there, Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943).
23Because he was suffering from laryngitis, in the opening scene of Phantasm IV: Oblivion (1998) his usually gravelly Tall Man voice sounded more like Orson Welles.
24Played the Tall Man in a satirical commercial for Fangoria Magazine, a horror magazine.
25In playing the Tall Man, he wore suits that were several sizes too small and a pair of special boots with lifts inside to make him appear taller.
26Has been nominated several times for Grammy Awards for his liner notes. He has won at least one Grammy Award. That is, he won exactly one Grammy Award as his alter-ego Rory Guy. The category was "Best Album Notes, Classical" and he won for his notes on "Korngold: The Classic Erich Wolfgang Korngold" in 1974.

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Chopping Mall1986Dr. Carrington (as Lawrence Guy)
First Strike1985Soviet Destroyer Captain (as Lawrence Guy)
Witches' Brew1985Carl Groton (as Lawrence Guy)
Trapper John, M.D.1984TV SeriesBum
The Lost Empire1984Dr. Sin Do / Lee Chuck
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color1981TV SeriesElias Disney
Salvage 11979TV SeriesNASA Doctor
Phantasm1979The Tall Man
Secrets of Three Hungry Wives1978TV MovieMan Guest (as Lawrence Guy)
Project U.F.O.1978TV SeriesMalan
Quincy M.E.1978TV Series2nd Executive
A Piece of the Action1977Monk (as Lawrence Guy)
Jim, the World's Greatest1976Jim's Father (as Rory Guy)
Scream Bloody Murder1973Dr. Epstein (as Rory Guy)
Sweet Kill1972Henry (as Rory Guy)
Abraham Lincoln1951ShortAbraham Lincoln
Dances with Werewolves2016Neumann
Phantasm: Ravager2016The Tall Man
Always Watching: A Marble Hornets Story2015Percy
Disciples2014Winston - Azazel
The Trick Is the Treat2013Short1
John Dies at the End2012Father Shellnut
Femme Fatales2011TV SeriesDr. Chandler
Satan Hates You2010Dr, Michael Gabriel
Spaceman on Earth2009ShortMr. Grouch
I Sell the Dead2008Dr. Quint
Red 712008Coroner
Automatons2006The Scientist
Robert and Theresa2006ShortWilliam
Satanic2006Dr. Barbary
Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go!2005TV SeriesMagistrate
Masters of Horror2005TV SeriesBuddy
Alias2001-2005TV SeriesCalvin McCullough
The Off Season2004Ted
Coupling2003TV SeriesManny
The Jersey2003TV SeriesMerlin
Legend of the Phantom Rider2002Preacher
The Nightmare Room2001TV SeriesThe Fatemaster
FreakyLinks2001TV SeriesWilson Ashcroft
Bel Air2000Photographer
Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction1998-1999TV SeriesPete Ringwald (The Gravedigger's Nemesis) / Pete Ringwald
Phantasm IV: Oblivion1998The Tall Man Dr. Jebediah Morningside
Wishmaster1997Narrator (voice)
Vampirella1996VideoHigh Elder
Fatal Frames - Fotogrammi mortali1996Man in Grey
Munchie Strikes Back1994Kronas
Phantasm III: Lord of the Dead1994The Tall Man
Deadfall1993Dr. Lyme
Mindwarp1992Seer / Systems Operator
Munchie1992Undertaker
Subspecies1991King Vladislav
The Nutt House1989TV SeriesGrim Reaper
Transylvania Twist1989Stefen
Phantasm II1988The Tall Man

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
No Sleep TV32016TV Series in memoriam - 1 episode
House of Good and Evil2013thanks
The Innkeepers2011special thanks
Phantasmagoria2005Video documentary special thanks

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Scare Me: Behind the Screams2007Documentary voice
Working with a Master: Don Coscarelli2006Video documentary short
Phandom2005Video documentary shortHimself
Phantasmagoria2005Video documentaryHimself - 'The Tall Man'
Halloween... The Happy Haunting of America!1997DocumentaryHimself
The Famous Monsters 1993 World Convention Souvenir Video1993Video documentary

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Terrordrome: Rise of the Boogeymen2015Video GameThe Tall Man
Boogeymen: The Killer Compilation2001Video documentaryThe Tall Man (Phantasm)

Won Awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovie
2008Horror Icon of the YearLouisville Fright Night Film Fest

Known for movies


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