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Angus Scrimm (1926–2016)


The evil screen villain Angus Scrimm, most famous as "The Tall Man" in Don Coscarelli's Phantasm (1979) and its sequels, grew up in Kansas City, but in his teens moved to California and studied drama at USC under William C. de Mille (brother of Cecil B. DeMille). His film debut came as another "Tall Man" he played Abraham Lincoln in an educational... See full bio »

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Known For

Phantasm
Phantasm The Tall Man
(1979)
John Dies at the End
John Dies at the End Father Shellnut
(2012)
Phantasm II
Phantasm II The Tall Man
(1988)
Phantasm III: Lord of the Dead
(1994)

Filmography

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  Phantasm II: Workprint Scenes (Video short)
The Tall Man (uncredited)
 2016 Dances with Werewolves
Neumann
 2016 Phantasm: Ravager
The Tall Man
 2014 Disciples
Winston - Azazel
 2013 The Trick Is the Treat (Short)
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 2012 John Dies at the End
Father Shellnut
 2011 Femme Fatales (TV Series)
Dr. Chandler
 2010 Satan Hates You
Dr, Michael Gabriel
 2009 Spaceman on Earth (Short)
Mr. Grouch
 2008 I Sell the Dead
Dr. Quint
 2008 Red 71
Coroner
 2006 Automatons
The Scientist
 2006 Robert and Theresa (Short)
William
 2006 Satanic
Dr. Barbary
 2005 Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go! (TV Series)
Magistrate
 2005 Masters of Horror (TV Series)
Buddy
 2001-2005 Alias (TV Series)
Calvin McCullough
 2004 The Off Season
Ted
 2003 Coupling (TV Series)
Manny
 2003 The Jersey (TV Series)
Merlin
 2002 Legend of the Phantom Rider
Preacher
 2001 The Nightmare Room (TV Series)
The Fatemaster
 2001 FreakyLinks (TV Series)
Wilson Ashcroft
 2000 Bel Air
Photographer
 1998-1999 Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction (TV Series)
Pete Ringwald (The Gravedigger's Nemesis) / Pete Ringwald
 1998 Phantasm IV: Oblivion
The Tall Man / Dr. Jebediah Morningside
 1997 Wishmaster
Narrator (voice)
 1996 Vampirella (Video)
High Elder
 1994 Munchie Strikes Back
Kronas
 1994 Phantasm III: Lord of the Dead
The Tall Man
 1993 Deadfall
Dr. Lyme
 1992 Mindwarp
Seer / Systems Operator
 1992 Munchie
Undertaker
 1991 Subspecies
King Vladislav
 1989 Transylvania Twist
Stefen
 1989 The Nutt House (TV Series)
Grim Reaper
 1988 Phantasm II: Workprint
The Tall Man
 1988 Phantasm II
The Tall Man
 1986 Chopping Mall
Dr. Carrington (as Lawrence Guy)
 1985 First Strike
Soviet Destroyer Captain (as Lawrence Guy)
 1984 Trapper John, M.D. (TV Series)
Bum
 1984 The Lost Empire
Dr. Sin Do / Lee Chuck
 1981 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (TV Series)
Elias Disney
 1980 Witches' Brew
Carl Groton (as Lawrence Guy)
 1979 Salvage 1 (TV Series)
NASA Doctor
 1979 Phantasm
The Tall Man
 1978 Secrets of Three Hungry Wives (TV Movie)
Man Guest (as Lawrence Guy)
 1978 Project U.F.O. (TV Series)
Malan
 1978 Quincy M.E. (TV Series)
2nd Executive
 1977 A Piece of the Action
Monk (as Lawrence Guy)
 1976 Jim, the World's Greatest
Jim's Father (as Rory Guy)
 1973 Scream Bloody Murder
Dr. Epstein (as Rory Guy)
 1972 Sweet Kill
Henry (as Rory Guy)
 1951 Abraham Lincoln (Short)
Abraham Lincoln
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Show Show Self (7 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (3 credits)

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Reprised his famous Tall Man character in a TV commercial for Fangoria magazine See more »

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1 Interview | 3 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

Lawrence Guy | Rory Guy

Height:

6' 4" (1.93 m)
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Personal Quote:

[on reprising his role as The Tall Man] I'd jump at it. I'm a little protective of the Tall Man. I'd be reluctant to make a "Phantasm" that wasn't up to the other four. I think it's a very good quartet of motion pictures. If we did another picture it would need to be just as original and just as sparkling in its ideas and freshness as the first and as the subsequent ones. That would be the ... See more »

Trivia:

In the mid-90s the British Encyclopedia of Horror printed a book with a little thumbnail sketch in which Angus was alluded to as a minor American horror icon. He subsequently wrote them a letter saying the following: "I'm so grateful to be listed at all, and I realize at my age I'm not apt to attain the record of a Boris Karloff or a Bela Lugosi, but if I manage before my end to make another two ... See more »

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Star Sign:

Leo

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