That Guy Dick Miller

Dick Miller in Gremlins

For this loving spoonful of Junkfood Cinema, Cargill and I find ourselves in the presence of true greatness. During SXSW, we were able to sit down with actor/writer/genre mainstay Dick Miller. Not familiar with Dick Miller? Actually, we’re willing to bet Mogwais to Terminators that you ARE familiar with Dick Miller, though likely by face moreso than name. He has been appearing in films for nearly six decades, and has the type of career that actually charts a direct line through the history of film itself. Whether working with Corman on movies like A Bucket of Blood, Rock All Night, and Piranha, his various team-ups with Joe Dante, or any of the other innumerable cult classics that comprise his resume, Dick Miller is the very essence of a living legend. His importance to genre and cult cinema are not merely the opinion of these Junkfood Cinema hosts. That Guy Dick Miller, a documentary about the life and career of our special guest, just played SXSW. The doc finds some of the biggest names in the industry reminiscing about the silver-screen splendor of Mr. Miller. You should follow Brian (@Briguysalisbury), Cargill (@Massawyrm), and the show (@Junkfoodcinema). Download Episode #3 Directly

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Dick Miller in THAT GUY DICK MILLER

The movies are filled with familiar faces with seemingly forgettable names. They’ll never see themselves on a marquee or win an Oscar, but people like Bob Gunton, Paul Gleason, and Brion James always make their brief moments onscreen count. Their presence often raises the level of a film, if even for a few minutes, but while most viewers would agree with the sentiment the actors go unsung in the general consciousness. Dick Miller is another one of those guys. He’s been in over 200 films, and while a couple of them saw him in a major or even leading role the vast majority found him simply as the clerk, the man behind the counter, the cop, the [insert generic occupation here] guy. If you’ve seen a Joe Dante movie then you’ve seen Miller in action, and the odds are almost as good if you’ve ever seen a Roger Corman film. Miller is pictured in Webster’s dictionary beside the word “ubiquitous.” That last one’s not actually true, but the guy gets around. That Guy Dick Miller is a new doc that shines a light directly on Miller and his career, and it offers an affectionate and loving look at the man through his own words as well as those of the people who love him. His wife, brothers, and numerous actors and filmmakers share thoughts on what makes him stand apart even in the tiniest of roles.

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