Dick Miller

Actor, TV director, Screenwriter
Almost inexplicably but profoundly beloved cult veteran character player who has over 135 features on his resume. Miller was a regular in the drive-in fodder churned out by American International Pictures in the 1950s ... Read more »
Born: 12/25/1928 in Bronx, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (100)

Burying the Ex 2015 (Movie)

Crusty Old Cop (Actor)

That Guy Dick Miller 2015 (Movie)

(Himself)

Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel 2011 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Machete Maidens Unleashed! 2009 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Trail of the Screaming Forehead 2006 (Movie)

Eddie (Actor)

Justice League Unlimited 2005 (Tv Show)

Voice

Karen Sisco 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Looney Tunes: Back in Action 2003 (Movie)

Security Guard (Actor)

Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman 1990 - 1996, 1998 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

NYPD Blue 1990 - 1996, 1998 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

That's Life 1990 - 1993, 1995 - 1996, 1998 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

New Kids on the Planet 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Route 666 2000 (Movie)

Barleader (Actor)

Snoops 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Time of Your Life 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Clueless 1990 - 1993, 1998 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

ER 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sister, Sister 1990 - 1993, 1995 - 1996, 1998 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Small Soldiers 1998 (Movie)

Joe (Actor)

The Second Civil War 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Tales From the Crypt Presents Demon Knight 1995 (Movie)

Uncle Willy (Actor)

Midnight Run-Around 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Mona Must Die 1994 (Movie)

Father Stilicato (Actor)

Batman: Mask of the Phantasm 1993 (Movie)

of Chuckie Sol (Voice)

Fallen Angels 1992 - 1993 (Tv Show)

Actor

Matinee 1993 (Movie)

Herb (Actor)

Motorama 1993 (Movie)

(Actor)

Out All Night 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Private Lessons, Another Story 1993 (Movie)

Son (Actor)

Roc 1990 - 1993 (Tv Show)

Actor

Unlawful Entry 1992 (Movie)

Impound Clerk (Actor)

Body Waves 1991 (Movie)

Father (Actor)

Evil Toons 1991 (Movie)

(Actor)

White Dog 1991 (Movie)

Animal Trainer (Actor)

Ghost Writer 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Gremlins 2: The New Batch 1990 (Movie)

Murray Futterman (Actor)

Far From Home 1989 (Movie)

Sheriff (Actor)

The 'Burbs 1989 (Movie)

Garbageman (Actor)

Under the Boardwalk 1988 (Movie)

Official (Actor)

Angel III: The Final Chapter 1987 (Movie)

(Actor)

Innerspace 1987 (Movie)

Cab Driver (Actor)

Armed Response 1986 (Movie)

Steve (Actor)

Chopping Mall 1986 (Movie)

Walter Paisley (Actor)

Lies 1986 (Movie)

Producer (Actor)

Night of the Creeps 1986 (Movie)

Police Armorer (Actor)

After Hours 1985 (Movie)

Peter--Waiter in All-Night Restaurant (Actor)

Explorers 1985 (Movie)

Charlie Drake (Actor)

Gremlins 1984 (Movie)

Futterman (Actor)

The Terminator 1984 (Movie)

Pawn Shop Clerk (Actor)

V: The Final Battle 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

W*A*L*T*E*R 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

All the Right Moves 1983 (Movie)

Teacher in Auditorium (Actor)

Get Crazy 1983 (Movie)

Susie's Dad (Actor)

Heart Like A Wheel 1983 (Movie)

Mickey White (Actor)

Space Raiders 1983 (Movie)

(Actor)

Twilight Zone - the Movie 1983 (Movie)

Walter Paisley (Actor)

National Lampoon Goes to the Movies 1981 (Movie)

Dr Kleiner (Actor)

The Howling 1981 (Movie)

Walter Paisley (Actor)

Vortex 1981 (Movie)

(Actor)

Used Cars 1980 (Movie)

Man in Bed (Actor)

Dr. Heckyl & Mr. Hype 1979 (Movie)

Irsil & Orson (Actor)

Rock 'n' Roll High School 1979 (Movie)

Police Chief Klein (Actor)

Corvette Summer 1978 (Movie)

Mr Lucky (Actor)

I Wanna Hold Your Hand 1978 (Movie)

Sergeant Bresner (Actor)

Piranha 1978 (Movie)

Buck Gardner (Actor)

The Lady in Red 1978 (Movie)

Patek (Actor)

Mr. Billion 1977 (Movie)

Bernie (Actor)

New York, New York 1977 (Movie)

(Actor)

Starhops 1977 (Movie)

Jerry (Actor)

Cannonball 1976 (Movie)

Bennie Buckman (Actor)

Crazy Mama 1976 (Movie)

Wilbur Janeway (Actor)

Game Show Models 1976 (Movie)

(Actor)

Hollywood Boulevard 1976 (Movie)

Walter Paisley (Actor)

Moving Violation 1976 (Movie)

Mack (Actor)

White Line Fever 1976 (Movie)

Birdie (Actor)

Big Bad Mama 1974 (Movie)

(Actor)

Candy Stripe Nurses 1974 (Movie)

Spectator (Actor)

Summer School Teachers 1974 (Movie)

(Actor)

Truck Turner 1974 (Movie)

(Actor)

Executive Action 1973 (Movie)

Rifleman--Team B (Actor)

Night Call Nurses 1972 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Slams 1972 (Movie)

Cab Driver (Actor)

The Student Teachers 1972 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Long Ride Home 1966 (Movie)

Zollicoffer (Actor)

The Trip 1966 (Movie)

Cash (Actor)

Beach Ball 1965 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Terror 1962 (Movie)

Stefan (Actor)

The Little Shop of Horrors 1960 (Movie)

(Actor)

A Bucket of Blood 1958 (Movie)

Walter Paisley (Actor)

Sorority Girl 1957 (Movie)

Mort (Actor)

Apache Woman 1954 (Movie)

Tall Tree (Actor)

11th Victim (TV Show)

Actor

Mob Boss (TV Show)

Actor

Night Waitress (Movie)

Cop (Actor)

Runaway Daughters (TV Show)

Actor

Shake, Rattle and Rock (TV Show)

Actor

The Undead (Movie)

(Actor)

The Woman Who Sinned (TV Show)

Actor
Camera, Film, & Tape (1)

The Strange Case of Lizzie Borden 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Assistant Camera Operator
Writer (1)

TNT Jackson 1973 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Biography

Almost inexplicably but profoundly beloved cult veteran character player who has over 135 features on his resume. Miller was a regular in the drive-in fodder churned out by American International Pictures in the 1950s and 60s. Producer-director Roger Corman, legendary master of the genre quickie, gave Miller his first film assignment in "Apache Woman" (1955). Though lean and tough-looking, the Bronx New York native would have looked less improbable and more imposing playing an Indian brave named Tall Tree had he been a few inches taller. The ever economical Corman also cast him as a cowboy and a posse member in the same film. Miller became part of AIP's stock company and soon earned the nickname "One-Take Miller" for his admirable habit of showing up on the set already knowing his lines.

EDUCATION

Columbia University

New York , New York

City College of New York

New York , New York

Milestones

1995

Guest starred in a two-part episode of "Star Trek: Deep Space 9"

1986

Directed "The Fix", an episode of the trendy cop series "Miami Vice"

1984

Appeared in the recurring role of a sleazy motel clerk in the daytime soap "General Hospital" (date approximate)

1976

Reprised the role of Walter Paisley in Joe Dante and Allan Arkush's "Hollywood Boulevard"; first of ten film collaborations (as of 1994) with Dante

1974

Co-scripted "T.N.T. Jackson", a Filippino-shot "blaxploitation" favorite

1972

Appeared in Jonathan Kaplan's "Night Call Nurses" at New World Pictures; first of eight film collaborations (as of 1994) with director Kaplan (released 1974)

1969

Feature screenwriting debut as co-scripter of Jerry Lewis' "Which Way to the Front"

1959

Starred in his signature role of Walter Paisley, the anti-hero of Roger Corman's horror comedy, "A Bucket of Blood"

1956

First starring role in a feature, "Rock All Night", as a sharp-tongued barfly

1955

Feature acting debut in Corman's Western "Apache Woman" playing an Indian, a cowboy, and a posse member; first of numerous collaborations with producer-director Corman at American International Pictures

1952

Moved to California to seek work as a writer

1950

Co-hosted (with Bobby Sherwood) "Midnight Snack" on the local CBS affiliate; reputedly TV's first live late-night talk show

Wrote, produced, and directed live TV shows out of NYC

Met actor Jonathan Haze ("The Little Shop of Horrors" 1960) at the Bird in the Hand Restaurant and became fast drinking buddies

Joined the cast of the high school drama "Fame", then in first-run syndication, as Mr. Lou Mackie

Worked as a disc jockey in NYC; hosted "The Dick Miller Show" on WMCA and WSR

Employed by the psychiatric department of Queens General Hospital in Queens NY

Entered the Navy by lying about his age

Played semi-professional football after leaving the navy

Won naval boxing championship, lightweight division

Began performing on the Broadway stage

Employed by the Bellevue Mental Hygiene Clinic in Manhattan

Born and raised in the Bronx

Introduced to Roger Corman by Jonathan Haze

Worked as a commercial artist

Bonus Trivia

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Sometimes credited as Richard Miller, especially in some films from the 1950s and early 60s.

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