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Richard Miller (December 25, 1928 – January 30, 2019) was an American actor who appeared in more than 100 films, including many produced by Roger Corman. He later appeared in the films of directors who began their careers with Corman, including James Cameron and Joe Dante, with the distinction of appearing in every film directed by Dante. He was known for playing the beleaguered everyman, often in one scene appearances. Miller's main roles have been in films such as Gremlins, Gremlins 2: The New Batch, Explorers, Piranha, The Howling, A Bucket of Blood, The Little Shop of Horrors, Chopping Mall, Night of the Creeps, The Terminator, The 'Burbs and Small Soldiers.

He was, in the words of Cult Movie Stars (1991) a "scene-stealer in low-budget horror films".

Walter Paisley

Miller portrayed several fictional characters named Walter Paisley. As Miller noted, "I've played Walter Paisley five times now, I think." By 2011, the character name had actually appeared seven times on film and once in a theatrical production, with Miller providing six of these portrayals. The name first appeared in the Roger Corman film A Bucket of Blood. In that film, Paisley is a busboy who becomes an artist of sorts by killing his subjects and covering them in clay. In 1976, Miller once again played a character named Walter Paisley—this time a talent agent—in another Corman production, Hollywood Boulevard, directed by Allan Arkush and Joe Dante.

Dante cast Miller as another character named Walter Paisley in the 1981 film The Howling. This time, Paisley is the owner of an occult bookshop. Two years later, the name popped up again for another Miller character, the owner of a diner in the third segment of Twilight Zone: The Movie. 1986's Chopping Mall featured a janitor named Walter Paisley, and the 1994 made-for-TV remake of Shake, Rattle and Rock! had Miller playing a character named Officer Paisley. Officer Paisley also appeared in Night of the Creeps. Additionally, two other actors have portrayed the A Bucket of Blood character. Anthony Michael Hall played the character in the 1995 television remake, while James Stanton portrayed the character in a musical produced by Chicago's Annoyance Theatre.


Filmography

Year Title Role Director Notes
1955 Apache Woman Tall Tree Template:Sortname
1956 The Oklahoma Woman Bartender
Gunslinger Jimmy Tonto
It Conquered the World Sgt. Neil
1957 Naked Paradise Mitch
Not of This Earth Joe Piper
The Undead The Leper
Rock All Night Shorty
Sorority Girl Mort
Carnival Rock Benny
1958 War of the Satellites Dave Boyer
1959 A Bucket of Blood Walter Paisley
1960 The Little Shop of Horrors Burson Fouch
1961 Atlas Greek soldier Uncredited
Capture That Capsule Ed Nowak Will Zens
1962 The Premature Burial Mole Template:Sortname
1963 Template:Sort Stefan
X: The Man with the X-ray Eyes Heckler Uncredited
1965 The Girls on the Beach First Waiter William Witney Uncredited
Ski Party Taxi Driver Alan Rafkin Uncredited
Beach Ball Cop #1 Template:Sortname
1966 Wild Wild Winter Rilk
Template:Sort Rigger Template:Sortname
1967 Template:Sort MP at Hanging Template:Sortname Uncredited
The St. Valentine's Day Massacre Gangster Dressed as a Cop Template:Sortname Uncredited
A Time for Killing Zollicoffer Template:Sortname
Template:Sort Cash Template:Sortname
1968 The Wild Racers Pit Crew Mechanic Daniel Haller
Roger Corman
The Legend of Lylah Clare Reporter at Press Party Robert Aldrich Uncredited
1972 Night Call Nurses Mr. Jensen Template:Sortname
1973 The Student Teachers Coach Harris Template:Sortname
The Slams Taxi Driver
Executive Action Rifleman - Team B David Miller
The Young Nurses Cop Template:Sortname
Fly Me Taxi Driver Template:Sortname
1974 Truck Turner Fogarty Template:Sortname
Big Bad Mama Bonney Template:Sortname
Candy Stripe Nurses Spectator Alan Holleb
Summer School Teachers Sam Template:Sortname
1975 Capone Joe Pryor Template:Sortname
Death Race 2000 Chicken Gang Paul Bartel Uncredited
White Line Fever Birdie Corman Template:Sortname
Darktown Strutters Officer Hugo Template:Sortname
Crazy Mama Wilbur Janeway Template:Sortname
1976 Hollywood Boulevard Walter Paisley Template:Sortname
Cannonball Bennie Buckman Template:Sortname
Moving Violation Mack Charles S. Dubin
Vigilante Force Pianist George Armitage
1977 Mr. Billion Bernie Template:Sortname
New York, New York Palm Club Owner Template:Sortname
Game Show Models Game Show Host David N. Gottlieb
1978 Starhops Jerry Template:Sortname
I Wanna Hold Your Hand Sergeant Brenner Template:Sortname
Corvette Summer Mr. Lucky Template:Sortname
Piranha Buck Gardner Template:Sortname
1979 The Lady in Red Patek Template:Sortname
Rock 'n' Roll High School Police Chief Template:Sortname
11th Victim Investigator Ned Template:Sortname TV movie
1941 Officer Miller Template:Sortname
1980 Template:Sort New York Cop Template:Sortname
Used Cars Man in Bed Template:Sortname
Dr. Heckyl and Mr. Hype Irsil / Orson Charles B. Griffith
1981 Template:Sort Walter Paisley Template:Sortname
Smokey Bites the Dust Glen Wilson Charles B. Griffith
Heartbeeps Factory Watchman Template:Sortname
1982 National Lampoon's Movie Madness Dr. Hans Kleiner Template:Sortname ("Success Wanters")
White Dog Animal Trainer Samuel Fuller
Vortex Bit Part Beth B
Scott B
The Aftermath Broadcaster Steve Barkett
Ted V. Mikels
Voice
1983 Heart Like a Wheel Mickey White Template:Sortname
Twilight Zone: The Movie "Walter" the Bar Owner Template:Sortname (segment "It's a Good Life")
Space Raiders Crazy Mel Howard R. Cohen
Get Crazy Susie's Dad Template:Sortname
All the Right Moves Teacher in Auditorium Template:Sortname
Lies Producer Jim Wheat
Ken Wheat
1984 Swing Shift Wallflower at the Swing Shift Jamboree Jonathan Demme Uncredited
Gremlins Murray Futterman Template:Sortname
Template:Sort Gun shop clerk Template:Sortname
1985 Explorers Charlie Drake Template:Sortname
After Hours Diner Waiter (Pete) Template:Sortname
1986 Chopping Mall Walter Paisley Template:Sortname
Night of the Creeps Walt Template:Sortname
Armed Response Steve Template:Sortname
1987 Project X Max King Template:Sortname
Innerspace Cab Driver Template:Sortname
Amazon Women on the Moon Danny Clayton Various (segment "The French Ventiloquist's Dummy" [TV cut & DVD only])
Uncredited
1988 Under the Boardwalk Official Fritz Kiersch
Angel III: The Final Chapter Nick Pellegrini Tom DeSimone
Dead Heat Cemetery Security Guard Template:Sortname Uncredited
1989 Template:Sort Vic the Garbage Man Template:Sortname
Far from Home Sheriff Bill Childers Meiert Avis
Ghost Writer Club Manager Kenneth J. Hall
1990 Gremlins 2: The New Batch Murray Futterman Template:Sortname
Mob Boss Mike Template:Sortname
1991 Motorama Horseshoe Player Barry Shils
1992 Evil Toons Burt Template:Sortname
Body Waves Mr. Matthews P.J. Pesce
Unlawful Entry Impound Clerk Template:Sortname
1993 Matinee Herb Denning Template:Sortname
Fallen Angels Carl Template:Sortname Episode: "I'll Be Waiting"
Batman: Mask of the Phantasm Chuckie Sol Template:Sortname
Template:Sortname
Voice
Fallen Angels Morris Hornbeck Template:Sortname Episode: "Since I Don't Have You"
1994 Batman: The Animated Series Boxcars 'Boxy' Bennett Bruce Timm Voice
2 Episodes
Pulp Fiction Monster Joe Template:Sortname (scenes deleted)
Mona Must Die Father Stilicato Donald Reiker
1995 Demon Knight Uncle Willy Template:Sortname
Number One Fan Night Manager Jane Simpson
1998 Template:Sort Peddler Template:Sortname TV movie
Small Soldiers Joe
2001 Route 666 Bartender William Wesley
2003 Looney Tunes: Back in Action Security Guard Template:Sortname
2005 Justice League Unlimited Oberon Bruce Timm Voice
Episode: "The Ties That Bind"
2006 Trapped Ashes Max Template:Sortname Segments: "Wraparound"
2007 Trail of the Screaming Forehead Eddie Larry Blamire
2009 Template:Sort Pizza Delivery Guy Template:Sortname Uncredited
3rd Shift: Michael's Lament The Sculptor Christopher D. Grace
2014 Burying the Ex Grumpy Cop Template:Sortname
That Guy Dick Miller Himself Elijah Drenner Documentary
2015 The Adventures of Biffle and Shooster Walter Michael Schlesinger
Schmo Boat Michael Schlesinger Short




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