R.I.P. 'Gremlins' Actor Dick Miller
He also appeared in such films as 'The Terminator,' 'The Howling,' 'Fame' and 'Piranha'
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."
Miller was a prolific actor, to say the least, with his career spanning more than 60 years. After first launching his career at the start of the 1950s with screen legend Roger Corman, Miller went on to make hundreds of onscreen appearances.
For many, Miller will be remembered best for his role as Murray Futterman in director Joe Dante's Gremlins films. But Miller also starred in the cult classic A Bucket of Blood, as well as landed roles in a pile of other films, including The Terminator, Fame and Night of the Creeps.
Miller also appeared in other Dante classics, such as The Howling, The 'Burbs and Piranha.
Miller's final film role will be in the horror film Hanukkah, which has yet to see release.
Down below, you can see some tribute posts to Miller, including from Joe Dante.
I'm devastated to report that one of my best friends and most treasured collaborators has passed away. I "grew up" (kinda) watching Dick Miller in movies from the 50s on and was thrilled to have him in my first movie for @RogerCorman... (1/2)https://t.co/TEsacH8SUW— Joe Dante (@joe_dante) January 31, 2019
...We hit it off and every script thereafter I always looked for a role for Dick--not just because he was my friend but because I loved watching him act! But he leaves behind over 100 performances, a bio & a doc--not bad for a guy who hardly ever enjoyed a starring role. (2/2) pic.twitter.com/sqXgMIZb6k— Joe Dante (@joe_dante) January 31, 2019
RIP Dick Miller, surely the king of character actors. A friendly, funny face in Gremlins (1&2), Piranha, the original Little Shop Of Horrors, Not Of This Earth, After Hours & my personal beatnik fav, Walter Paisley in 'A Bucket Of Blood'. Any role of his was cult movie nirvana. pic.twitter.com/StRqrWHgBS— edgarwright (@edgarwright) January 31, 2019
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! #OneOfAKind #RIP pic.twitter.com/H7dCmzgSok— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) January 31, 2019