Angus Scrimm: “Phantasm” Star Passes Away at Age 89
Angus Scrimm on Saturday January 9th 2016. He was a beloved actor most notable for his role as The Tall Man the “Phamtasm” film franchise. He passed away at age 89. Angus Scrimm is best known for his superior talents in many movies and television shows. He starred in cult classic films such as; “Phantasm” (1979), “Phantasm II” (1988), “Subspecies” (1991), and “I Sell the Dead” (2008).
His performance in “Phantasm” was award winning. Angus Scrimm won the Special Jury Award at the Avoriaz Fantastic Film Festival. and nominated for the Saturn Award at the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA. He respectfully, embodied the title and iconic reputation as “The Tall Man”.
The “Phantasm” franchise spawned four sequels. “Phantasm II” was nominated for The Saturn Award for Best Make-up. The film also received The Young Artist Award nomination for Best Young Actress in a Horror or Mystery Motion Picture. “Phantasm III: Lord of the Dead” won The Chainsaw Award for Best Limited-Release/Direct-to-Video Film. The third chapter also relieved a Saturn Award nomination for Best Genre Video Release. “Phantasm IV: Oblivion”, and “Phantasm: Ravager” is now currently in post-production. The films is set for release later this year.
“Phantasm: Ravager”, is the the fifth installment to the franchise. Unfortunately, it would be Angus Scrimm’s final portrayal as the iconic “The Tall Man”. His unfortunate death, which was, according to Don Coscarelli, director of “Phantasm”;
The news is sad and unfortunate. Scrimm had first worked with Don Coscarelli on “Jim, the World’s Greatest” in 1976. Since then, they have formed a close business and more importantly a friendship bond. Coscarelli has confirmed the news on Twitter and in final heartfelt words, he writes:
“Angus Scrimm passed away peacefully tonight surrounded by his friends and loved ones. He was 89 years old. His performance as the Tall Man is a towering achievement in horror film history. He was the last in a long line of classic horror movie stars. Angus was a terrific actor and an even better friend. He will be missed.”
Sources: Bloody Disgusting and Deadline