Dick Miller

BirthDay:

25 Dec 1928

BirthPlace:

The Bronx, New York, USA

BirthName:

Richard Miller

Bio:

A native of the Bronx, New York, Richard "Dick" Miller served in the U.S. Navy for a few years and earned a prize title as a middleweight boxer. He settled in Los Angeles in the mid-1950s, where he was noticed by producer/director Roger Corman, who cast him in most of his low-budget films, usually playing unlikeable sorts, such as a vacuum-cleaner salesman in Not of This Earth (1957). His most memorable role would have to be that of the mentally unstable, busboy/beatnik artist Walter Paisley, whose clay sculptures are suspiciously lifelike in A Bucket of Blood (1959) (a rare starring role for him), and he is also fondly remembered for his supporting role as the flower-eating Vurson Fouch in Corman's legendary The Little Shop of Horrors (1960). Miller spent the next 20 years working in Corman productions, and starting in the late 1970s was often cast in films by director Joe Dante, appearing in credited and uncredited walk-on bits as quirky chatterboxes, and stole every scene he appeared in. He has played many variations on his famous Walter Paisley role, such as a diner owner (Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983)) or a janitor (Chopping Mall (1986)). One of his best bits is the funny occult-bookshop owner in The Howling (1981). Being short (so he never played a romantic lead or a threatening villain) with wavy hair, long sideburns, a pointed nose and a face as trustworthy as a used-car dealer's, he was, and is to this day, an immediately recognizable character actor whose one-scene appearances in countless movies and TV shows guarantee audience applause.
Filmography

Actor ( 172 credits )

The Adventures of Biffle and Shooster (2015) Walter
Burying the Ex (2014) Grumpy Cop
That Guy Dick Miller (2014) Himself
Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel (2011) Himself
Machete Maidens Unleashed! (2010) Himself
The Making of Piranha (2010) Himself
The Hole (2009) Pizza Delivery Guy (uncredited)
3rd Shift: Michael's Lament (2009) The Sculptor
Trail of the Screaming Forehead (2007) Eddie
Cinemassacre's Monster Madness (2007)  Stefan / ... (archive footage) (2 episodes, 2010-2012)
Trapped Ashes (2006) Max (story segments "Wraparound")
Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003) Security Guard
Karen Sisco (2003)  Salvatore Gigliani (1 episode, 2003)
Dr. X's Creatures (2003)  Various Characters (2003) (archive footage)
Schlock! The Secret History of American Movies (2001) Himself
Route 666 (2001) Bartender
Justice League (2001)  Oberon (1 episode, 2005)
That's Life (2000) (1 episode, 2001)
Time of Your Life (1999)  Ray the Doorman (1 episode, 1999)
Snoops (1999)  Jolie (1 episode, 1999)
Small Soldiers (1998) Joe
E! Mysteries & Scandals (1998)  Himself (1 episode, 2000)
Clueless (1996)  Ralph (1 episode, 1999)
100 Years of Horror (1996)  Himself - Co-Star - 'The Terror' / ... (5 episodes, 19
Number One Fan (1995) Night Manager
Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight (1995) Uncle Willy
Mona Must Die (1994) Father Stilicato
Sister, Sister (1994)  Mr. Eichelberger (1 episode, 1996)
Weird Science (1994)  Repairman (1 episode, 1996)
ER (1994)  Mr. Ackerman (1 episode, 1999)
Rebel Highway (1994)  Officer Paisley / ... (2 episodes, 1994)
Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993) Chuckie Sol (voice)
Matinee (1993) Herb Denning
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993)  Vin (2 episodes, 1995)
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1993)  Mike Lane (1 episode, 1994)
NYPD Blue (1993)  Carl Bode (1 episode, 1999)
Fallen Angels (1993)  Carl (1 episode, 1993)
Unlawful Entry (1992) Impound Clerk
Body Waves (1992) Mr. Matthews
Evil Toons (1992) Burt
Batman: The Animated Series (1992)  Boxcars 'Boxy' Bennett (2 episodes, 1994)
Motorama (1991) Horseshoe Player
Eerie, Indiana (1991)  Al (1 episode, 1991)
Roc (1991)  Mr. Mate (1 episode, 1991)
FBI: The Untold Stories (1991)  Eddie (1 episode, 1992)
Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990) Murray Futterman
The Flash (1990)  Fosnight (6 episodes, 1990-1991)
Ghost Writer (1989) Club Manager
Far from Home (1989) Sheriff Bill Childers
The 'Burbs (1989) Vic, Garbageman #1
Angel III: The Final Chapter (1988) Nick Pellegrini
Elvira: Mistress of the Dark (1988) Sgt. Neil (archive footage) (uncredited)
Dead Heat (1988) Cemetery Security Guard (uncredited)
Under the Boardwalk (1988) Official
Freddy's Nightmares (1988)  Al Kramer (1 episode, 1989)
Amazon Women on the Moon (1987) Danny Clayton
Innerspace (1987) Cab Driver
Project X (1987) Max King
Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987)  Vendor (1 episode, 1988)
Armed Response (1986) Steve
Night of the Creeps (1986) Walt
Chopping Mall (1986) Walter Paisley
After Hours (1985) Diner Waiter (Pete)
Lies (1985) Producer
Explorers (1985) Charlie Drake
Moonlighting (1985)  Pickup Guy (1 episode, 1987)
Amazing Stories (1985)  Fred (1 episode, 1986)
The Terminator (1984) Pawn Shop Clerk
Gremlins (1984) Murray Futterman
Swing Shift (1984) Wallflower at the Swing Shift Jamboree (uncredited)
Who's the Boss? (1984)  Motel Manager (1 episode, 1990)
All the Right Moves (1983) Teacher in Auditorium
Get Crazy (1983) Susie's Dad
Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983) Walter Paisley(Diner Owner)(Segment#3)
Heart Like a Wheel (1983) Mickey White
Tales from the Darkside (1983)  Seymour Furman (1 episode, 1985)
The Renegades (1983)  Sgt. Young (1 episode, 1983)
Space Raiders (1983) Crazy Mel
White Dog (1982) Animal Trainer
Movie Madness (1982) Dr. Hans Kleiner ("Success Wanters")
The Aftermath (1982) Broadcaster (voice)
Vortex (1982) Bit Part
Fame (1982)  Lou Mackie (30 episodes, 1984-1987)
Police Squad! (1982)  Vic (1 episode, 1982)
Heartbeeps (1981) Factory Watchman
The Howling (1981) Walter Paisley - Bookstore Owner
Open All Night (1981)  Ted (1 episode, 1982)
Smokey Bites the Dust (1981) Glen Wilson
Used Cars (1980) Man In Bed
The Happy Hooker Goes Hollywood (1980) New York Cop
Dr. Heckyl and Mr. Hype (1980) Irsil / Orson
1941 (1979) Officer Miller (as Richard Miller)
Rock 'n' Roll High School (1979) Police Chief
The Lady in Red (1979) Patek
Knots Landing (1979)  Al Spanky (1 episode, 1983)
Piranha (1978) Buck Gardner
Corvette Summer (1978) Mr. Lucky
I Wanna Hold Your Hand (1978) Sergeant Brenner
Starhops (1978) Jerry
Taxi (1978)  Ernie the Waiter / ... (2 episodes, 1979-1982)
New York, New York (1977) Palm Club Owner
Mr. Billion (1977) Bernie
Game Show Models (1977) Game Show Host
Soap (1977)  Prison Guard (1 episode, 1979)
Vigilante Force (1976) Pianist (uncredited)
Cannonball! (1976) Bennie Buckman
Hollywood Boulevard (1976) Walter Paisley
Moving Violation (1976) Mack
Alice (1976)  Customer #3 (1 episode, 1979)
Hunter (1976) (1 episode, 1977)
Darktown Strutters (1975) Officer Hugo
White Line Fever (1975) Birdie
Capone (1975) Joe Pryor
Crazy Mama (1975) Wilbur Janeway
Summer School Teachers (1974) Sam
Big Bad Mama (1974) Bonney
Candy Stripe Nurses (1974) Spectator
Truck Turner (1974) Fogarty
Police Woman (1974)  Matt (1 episode, 1974)
Executive Action (1973) Rifleman - Team B
The Slams (1973) Taxi Driver
The Student Teachers (1973) Coach Harris
Fly Me (1973) Taxi Driver (as Richard Miller)
The Young Nurses (1973) Cop
Police Story (1973)  Detective (1 episode, 1975)
Night Call Nurses (1972) Mr. Jensen
McCloud (1970)  Green Hat (1 episode, 1972)
The Legend of Lylah Clare (1968) Reporter at Press Party (uncredited)
The Wild Racers (1968)
A Time for Killing (1967) Zollicoffer
The Trip (1967) Cash
The St. Valentine's Day Massacre (1967) Gangster Dressed as a Cop (uncredited)
The Dirty Dozen (1967) MP at Hanging (uncredited)
Dragnet 1967 (1967)  Harry Johnson (1 episode, 1967)
Mannix (1967)  Fashion Photographer (uncredited) (1 episode, 1967)
The Wild Angels (1966) Rigger
Wild Wild Winter (1966) Rilk
Beach Ball (1965) Cop #1
Ski Party (1965) Taxi Driver (uncredited)
The Girls on the Beach (1965) First Waiter (uncredited)
Branded (1965)  Wrangler (1 episode, 1966)
X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes (1963) Heckler (uncredited)
The Terror (1963) Stefan (as Richard Miller)
General Hospital (1963)  Dr. Henry (uncredited) (1 episode, 1980)
Premature Burial (1962) Mole
The Virginian (1962)  Jon Blake (1 episode, 1964)
Combat! (1962)  Young Soldier (1 episode, 1966)
Our Man Higgins (1962)  Brandy (1 episode, 1963)
Capture That Capsule (1961) Ed Nowak
Atlas (1961) Greek soldier
The Little Shop of Horrors (1960) Burson Fouch
The Roaring 20's (1960)  Bert (1 episode, 1961)
A Bucket of Blood (1959) Walter Paisley
Bonanza (1959)  Sam (1 episode, 1963)
The Untouchables (1959)  Benny Bristow (1 episode, 1959)
The Lawless Years (1959)  Happy Mione (2 episodes, 1961)
War of the Satellites (1958) Dave Boyer
Carnival Rock (1957) Benny
Not of This Earth (1957) Joe Piper (as Richard Miller)
The Undead (1957) The Leper (as Richard Miller)
Naked Paradise (1957) Mitch
Rock All Night (1957) Shorty
Sorority Girl (1957) Mort
Wagon Train (1957)  Michael (1 episode, 1964)
Whirlybirds (1957)  Pete Powell (1 episode, 1958)
M Squad (1957)  Pete Castro (1 episode, 1958)
It Conquered the World (1956) Sgt. Neil
Gunslinger (1956) Jimmy Tonto (as Richard Miller)
The Oklahoma Woman (1956) Bartender (as Richard Miller)
The Gale Storm Show: Oh! Susanna (1956)  Sparks (2 episodes, 1957-1958)
Apache Woman (1955) Tall Tree - Indian wearing hat / Ed - Townsman
Dragnet (1951) (1 episode, 1958)

Writer ( 3 credits )

TNT Jackson (1974) (written by) and
Four Rode Out (1970) (original story) (as Richard Miller)
Which Way to the Front? (1970) (story) and

Director ( 2 credits )

Sonny Spoon (1988) (1 episode, 1988)
Miami Vice (1984) (1 episode, 1986)