After a year of devastating loss in the horror community, another horror icon has passed away. Angus Scrimm, best known for playing one of the scariest villains of all time as the Tall Man in the Phantasm horror franchise, has died at the age of 89.
EW shared the news when they were informed of Scrimm’s death on Saturday, January 9th by his friend and Phantasm director Don Coscarelli. In an email, Coscarelli wrote:
“Angus Scrimm passed away peacefully tonight surrounded by his friends and loved one. [His] performance as the Tall Man is a towering achievement in horror film history. He was the last in a long line of classic horror movie stars. He was a terrific actor and an even better friend. He will be missed.”
Scrimm first worked with Coscarelli on the 1976 film Jim, the World’s Greatest.
Scrimm was born Lawrence Rory Guy in Kansas City, Kansas, and studied theater at USC. He worked for years at Capitol Records where he wrote the liner notes for an array of musical acts, including Frank Sinatra and The Beatles, and even earned a Grammy in 1974 for his notes on Korngold: The Classic Erich Wolfgang Korngold. Some of his acting credits include John Dies at the End, I Sell the Dead, and a recurring role on Alias.
According to those who had met him, Scrimm was a funny, kind, and thoughtful person and loved interacting with his Phans. We will be able to see Scrimm in one final movie as he reprised the role of the Tall Man Phantasm’s fifth installment Phantasm: Ravager, which is set for release this year. J.J. Abrams is also restoring the original Phantasm film, where we will be able to see the Tall Man in an even more terrifying and vivid way.
Rest in peace, Angus Scrimm. You’ve certainly left your mark on everyone in the horror community.