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Date of Birth 12 May 1935Oklahoma, USA

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World renown archivist and historian of props, costumes, and other screen used paraphernalia from some of the greatest (and not so great) science fiction, fantasy, and horror motion pictures. Among some of the things found in his "basement" museum are, the original Time Machine from the George Pal classic of the same name, the original wolf's head cane from 1941's The Wolfman, the orignial King Kong armature, and a functioning full size head of the Alien Queen from James Cameron's Aliens.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: DMC

Spouse (1)

Kathy Burns (9 September 1956 - present)

Trivia (5)

Located with the help of a friend the original Time Machine from the George Pal classic The Time Machine (1960) in a thrift shop in Orange, California. The Time Machine was in pretty bad shape, but was restored with the help of a young Dennis Muren (now an Academy Award winning SFX pioneer at ILM), D.C. Fontana (one of the original Star Trek (1966) screen writers), and motion picture art and SFX directors Michael Minor (Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979), Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)) and Tom Scherman.
Staged elaborate theatrical Halloween shows in his front and back yards, based on classic science fiction and horror films. These Halloween shows were more than just "walk-through haunted house-spook shows", as many shows were created and performed by Academy Award winning special effects artists and technicians. Rick Baker, Dennis Muren, Robert Skotak, Dennis Skotak, Greg Nicotero of KNB FX and Walter Koenig (of the original Star Trek series cast), and film and TV actor Daniel Roebuck were just some of the amazing talent involved in creating and performing these shows.
Was a close friend of Glenn Strange, the last actor to portray the classic Universal Studios Frankenstein Monster.
Was credited on The Ghost Busters (1975) as the one who "trained" Tracy the Gorilla. (He was actually the one in the gorilla costume.)
Owns one of the largest collections of film memorabilia from Science-Fiction/Horror. His collection includes, but is not limited, to the original time machine prop from The Time Machine (1960), the wolf's cane handle from The Wolf Man (1941), an original replica of The Creature suit from Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) and make-up pieces from The Mummy's Curse (1944) (the only still existing work of Jack P. Pierce).

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