'Star Wars' actor 'Mark Hamill' is among those who offered their condolences
Hollywood actor Dick Miller ,best known for his roles in ’80s movies Gremlins and The Terminator, has died aged 90.
Miller died of natural causes at his home in Los Angeles yesterday (January 30), with his wife Lainie, daughter Barbara and granddaughter Autumn by his side.
In a statement Miller’s family said: “His sense of humour and the unique way he looked at the world won him many lifelong friends and worldwide fans.”
Best known for his role as Murray Futterman in Gremlins, he appeared in hundreds of movies across six decades including Police Squad!, Fame, The Howling, Night of the Creeps, A Bucket of Blood, The Little Shop of Horrors, Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight, and Gremlins II: The New Batch.
A host of stars have paid tribute to the late actor including Star Wars actor Mark Hamill who tweeted: “As a lifelong fan of Dick Miller, I was overjoyed to work with him in Corvette Summer. He turned what could have been a throwaway part into a mimi-masterpiece of effortless comic invention. I was awestruck by his timing, energy & a career that spanned 6 decades.”
Gremlins director Joe Dante also paid his respects as did the lead character in the movie played by Zach Gilligan and co-star Corey Feldman.
As well as appearing in more than 175 films, Miller made more than 2,000 television appearances. He notably played the role of Lou Mackie in 1980s TV series Fame.
Miller’s final film role was in horror film Hanukkah, which has yet to be released.