Angus Scrimm, who scared us senseless in the Phantasm series as the Tall Man has left us at the age of 89.
Born Lawrence Rory Guy in Kansas City, Kansas on August 19, 1926, he studied drama at USC studying acting with William C. de Mille (Cecil B. DeMille’s brother) moving towards journalism, writing, and editing for TV Guide, Cinema Magazine and the Los Angeles Herald Examiner.
Mr. Guy soon gravitated towards the music world writing liner notes raging from Frank Sinatra to The Beatles, earning a Grammy Award for his work. He was also an expert on classical music.
His first film with then 18-year-old Don Coscarelli was Jim the World’s Greatest in 1976, where he played an abusive alcoholic father. Coscarelli saw something in Mr. Guy’s performance and they continued a lifelong career together as well as a long standing friendship.
Mr. Guy’s stage name of Angus Scrimm was made up from the first name of a relative and a stage reference known as a scrim. He used his pseudonym for plays he would perform in during his college years, as de Mille didn’t like his students performing off campus. He would reprise the name for the Phantasm series.
Standing at 6’4”, he would wear tighter fitting suits and boots with lifts in them to give him the impression of being taller. His great baritone voice added to his menacing posture while uttering his infamous cry, “BOYYYYYYYY!!!!”
His last performance as the Tall Man will be seen in Phantasm: Ravager, coming later this year.
STARBURST sends our thoughts to his family and friends.
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