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Overview (3)

Born in Milton-Freewater, Oregon, USA
Died in Los Angeles, California, USA  (cancer)
Nickname Buck

Mini Bio (1)

There aren't many actors who can claim that they appeared in everything from innocuous family features to sexy soft-core smut to popular television programs to various horror, science fiction, and exploitation movies as well as worked behind-the-scenes on a slew of films in assorted production capacities throughout the course of their careers. The exceptionally talented and versatile George "Buck" Flower did all this and more during a remarkably busy, diverse, and impressive career that spanned 35 years and over a 100 movies as a character actor alone.

Flower was born on October 28, 1937, in the Blue Mountains of Eastern Oregon. He enlisted in the army as a teenager and enrolled at Eastern Oregon College following his military service. Flower then moved to California and attended Pasadena City College. He soon became a member of the repertory theater group The Inspiration Players and stayed with the group for twelve years. The theater company toured Alaska and all 48 continental United States.

Flower first started acting in movies in the early 1970s and initially established himself in the blithely lowbrow soft-core outings Country Cuzzins (1970), Below the Belt (1971), and The Dirty Mind of Young Sally (1973) for legendary trash flick filmmaker Harry H. Novak. Portly and grizzled, with a rumpled face, a scraggly beard, an engagingly rough-around-the-edges demeanor, and a deep, thick, heavy drawling rumble of a throaty voice, Flower was often cast as grubby bums, sloppy drunks, grouchy old guys, and scruffy rednecks. Among the notable directors Flower appeared in countless films for are Matt Cimber, Jim Wynorski, Don Edmonds (he's in the first two notoriously nasty "Ilsa" movies acting under the alias C.D. LaFleure), William Lustig, Bill Rebane, David DeCoteau, Bethel Buckalew, Jack Starrett, Nick Phillips, Anthony Hickox, and Fred Olen Ray. Flower achieved his greatest popularity with his terrific contributions to a handful of John Carpenter features: he's an ill-fated fisherman in The Fog (1980); a bum in Escape from New York (1981); a crusty cook in Starman (1984); excellent as the rags-to-riches bum Drifter in They Live (1988); another bum in the "Unleaded" segment of the horror anthology Body Bags (1993); and a boozy high school janitor in Village of the Damned (1995).

Flower's other memorable roles include the cantankerous forest-dwelling hermit Boomer in the "Wilderness Family" pictures, a detective in The Witch Who Came from the Sea (1976), a corrupt vice cop in The Candy Tangerine Man (1975), a machete-brandishing lunatic in Drive In Massacre (1976), an irascible old coot in Relentless (1989), a senile janitor in Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama (1988), the stern patriarch of a mountain family in Pumpkinhead (1988), a grouchy handyman in Cheerleader Camp (1988), a gregarious railroad worker in The Alpha Incident (1978), a homeless man on a park bench in Back to the Future (1985) (Flower reprised this part in the first sequel), an ill-kept hick in A Small Town in Texas (1976), a peppery camp caretaker in Berserker (1987) and a hillbilly hunter in Skeeter (1993). Flower had guest spots on the TV shows The Dukes of Hazzard (1979), Flo (1980), NYPD Blue (1993), ER (1994), and Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman (1993). In addition to his substantial acting credits, Flower also was the casting director for The Witch Who Came from the Sea (1976) and Tiger Man (1983), served as a producer on such features as Hell's Belles (1995), Takin' It Off Out West (1995), The Night Stalker (1986), and Up Yours (1979), handled second unit director chores on The Lonely Lady (1983), Bare Knuckles (1977), and Teenage Innocence (1973), and even co-wrote the scripts for such movies as Wooly Boys (2001), Party Plane (1991), Death Falls (1991), In Search of a Golden Sky (1984), Joyride to Nowhere (1977), Drive In Massacre (1976), and Teenage Seductress (1975). He's the father of actress/costume designer Verkina Flower.

George "Buck" Flower died of cancer at age 66 on June 18, 2004. Although the "Buck" may have sadly stopped, George "Buck" Flower's extraordinary cinematic legacy shall continue to live on and entertain film fans all over the world for all eternity. Author: woodyanders

- IMDb Mini Biography By: woodyanders

Trade Mark (1)

Often cast as a bum or drunk.

Trivia (7)

Often cast by John Carpenter in movies Carpenter directs.
Frequently cast as drunk or homeless characters.
Father of Verkina Flower.
Helped launch Robert Z'Dar's career as an actor.
Was close friends with Charles Napier.
Was raised on a cattle ranch in the Blue Mountains of Eastern Oregon.
Has been in three movies about alien visitation: Starman (1984) They Live (1988) and Mac and Me (1988).

Personal Quotes (8)

There's only one good job on a movie set. Actor! It's the only position where you are responsible to only yourself. Screenwriter is, among the positions I have held, the biggest heart-breaker. I believe it was 'Earl Felton' who said, "You know you have a good story when everyone involved wants to write their own version."
[on being typecast as bums and drunks] Probably because I look like a dirty drunk and a drifter. They say we play best what we are. God! I hope that's not true.
I wish to work for any director willing to hire me.
Maybe the film industry has changed. I'm not so sure. I do know that most of the people I didn't piss off are no longer in power.
[on John Carpenter] John is a very special filmmaker. He has already shot every single angle of the movie inside his head prior to arriving on the set. He is also a master of communication. If one doesn't know what's going on at all times during a Carpenter shoot, one wasn't paying attention. He is also very quiet for the most part. John knows he's the director and seems to feel there is no reason to remind people of that fact.
[on working with Stan Winston on Pumpkinhead (1988)] Working with Stan Winston was a very pleasant experience. The man is not only extremely creative, he is also a true gentleman with a wonderful sense of humor.
[on being frequently cast as drunken bums] I've done that character so many times that when somebody says "Saw you do a drunk on a park bench," I have no idea what movie they're talking about.
[on John Carpenter] Strangely enough I only know Mr. Carpenter professionally, not at all socially. He seems to like my work and I owe the man one hell of a lot.

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