Dick Miller

Biography

Date of Birth 25 December 1928, The Bronx, New York, USA Birth Name Richard Miller Height 5' 5" (1.65 m) A native from the Bronx, New York, Richard "Dick" Miller served in the U.S. Navy for a few years and earned a prize title as a middleweight boxer. He settled in Los Angeles in the mid 1950s where he was noticed by Roger Corman who cast him in most of his low budget horror films where he usually played unlikeable sorts beginning as a vacuum cleaning salesman in Not of This Earth. But his most memorable role is in a rare starring role in playing the mentally unstable, busboy/beatnik artist Walter Paisley, whose clay sculptures are suspiciously lifelike in A Bucket of Blood. But he is best remembered for a supporting role as the flower-eating Vurson Fouch in Corman's The Little Shop of Horrors. He then spent the next 20 years working in Roger Corman productions, and starting in the late 1970s Joe Dante flicks, appearing in credited and uncredited walk-on bits playing quirky chatterboxes which he stole every scene he appeared in. His role of Walter Paisley has been repeated many times such as a diner owner (Twilight Zone-The Movie) or a janitor (Chopping Mall). One of his best bits is the funny occult bookshop owner in The Howling. Being short (so he never played a romantic lead or a threatening villain), with wavy hair, long sideburns, a pointed nose, and a face as trustful as a used-car dealer's, he was, and still is to this day, an immediately recognizable character actor whose one-scene appearances in countless movies and TV shows guarantee audience applause.

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Birth Name

Richard Miller

Birth Place

New York

Birth Date

12/25/1928

Death Date

1/30/2019
Known For
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The Little Shop of Horrors

Burson Fouch

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A Bucket of Blood

Walter Paisley

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The Terror

Stefan (as Richard Miller)

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Not of This Earth

Joe Piper (as Richard Miller)

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Evil Toons

Burt

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Space Raiders

Crazy Mel

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Planet der toten Seelen

Dave Boyer

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La Poursuite des tuniques bleues

Zollicoffer

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That Guy Dick Miller

Himself

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Rock All Night

Shorty

Starring In
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Boris Karloff: The Man Behind the Monster

Self - Interviewee

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Clapboard Jungle: Surviving the Independent Film Business

Self

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Hanukkah

Rabbi Walter Paisley

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78/52: Hitchcock's Shower Scene

Walter Paisley (archive footage)

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The Adventures of Biffle and Shooster

Walter

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Burying the Ex

Grumpy Cop

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That Guy Dick Miller

Himself

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Corman's World: Exploits Of A Hollywood Rebel

Himself

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Machete Maidens Unleashed!

Himself

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The Hole

Pizza Delivery Guy (uncredited)

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FAR FROM HOME GIFT SET

Sheriff Bill Childers

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Trail of the Screaming Forehead

Eddie

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Trapped Ashes

Max (story segments "Wraparound")

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Looney Tunes: Back in Action

Security Guard

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Game Over

Boxing Cornerman

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Route 666

Bartender

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Schlock! The Secret History of American Movies

Himself

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Small Soldiers

Joe

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The Osiris Chronicles

Peddler

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The Second Civil War

Eddie O'Neill

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100 Years of Horror

Himself

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Tales from the Crypt Presents: Demon Knight

Uncle Willy

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The Making of 'Jaws'

Officer Murphy

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Shake, Rattle & Rock!

Officer Paisley

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Attack of the 5 Ft. 2 Women

Officer Murphy

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Midnight Runaround

O'Doul

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Batman: Mask of the Phantasm

Chuckie Sol (voice)

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Matinee

Herb Denning

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Motorama

Horseshoe Player

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Amityville: It's About Time

Mr. Andersen

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Unlawful Entry

Impound Clerk

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Evil Toons

Burt

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Gremlins 2: The New Batch

Murray Futterman

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Mob Boss

Mike

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The 'Burbs

Vic, Garbageman #1

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Ghost Writer

Club Manager

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Far From Home

Sheriff Bill Childers

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Under the Boardwalk

Official

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Angel III: The Final Chapter

Nick Pellegrini

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Elvira: Mistress of the Dark

Sgt. Neil (archive footage) (uncredited)

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Dead Heat

Cemetery Security Guard (uncredited)

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Amazon Women on the Moon

Danny Clayton

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Innerspace

Cab Driver

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Project X

Max King

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Night of the Creeps

Walt

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Chopping Mall

Walter Paisley

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Fangoria's Weekend of Horrors

Self

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Armed Response

Steve

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After Hours

Waiter

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Explorers

Charlie Drake

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Lies

Producer

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The Terminator

Pawn Shop Clerk

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Gremlins

Murray Futterman

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Bob Hope's Unrehearsed Antics of the Stars

Officer Murphy

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Space Raiders

Crazy Mel

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All the Right Moves

Teacher in Auditorium

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Get Crazy

Susie's Dad

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Twilight Zone: The Movie

Walter Paisley(Diner Owner)(Segment#3)

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Heart Like A Wheel

Mickey White

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National Lampoon's Movie Madness

Dr. Hans Kleiner ("Success Wanters")

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Zombie Aftermath

Broadcaster's Voice (voice)

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White Dog

Animal Trainer

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Smokey Bites the Dust

Glen Wilson

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The Howling

Walter Paisley

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Heartbeeps

Factory Watchman

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Used Cars

Man In Bed

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Dr. Heckyl and Mr. Hype

Irsil / Orson

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The Happy Hooker Goes Hollywood

New York Cop

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Rock 'N' Roll High School

Police Chief

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1941

Officer Miller (as Richard Miller)

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The Lady in Red

Patek

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Piranha

Buck Gardner

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Corvette Summer

Mr. Lucky

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I Wanna Hold Your Hand

Sergeant Brenner

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Starhops

Jerry

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New York, New York

Palm Club Owner

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Mr. Billion

Bernie

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Cannonball

Benny Buckman

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Hollywood Boulevard

Walter Paisley

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Vigilante Force - Das Gesetz sind wir

Pianist (uncredited)

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Hollywood Boulevard

Walter Paisley

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Capone

Joe Pryor

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White Line Fever

Birdie

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Darktown Strutters

Officer Hugo

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Crazy Mama

Wilbur Janeway

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Summer School Teachers

Sam

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Truck Turner

Fogarty

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Big Bad Mama

Bonney

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Candy Stripe Nurses

Spectator

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Fly Me

Taxi Driver (as Richard Miller)

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The Young Nurses

Cop

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Executive Action

Rifleman - Team B

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The Andersonville Trial

Sketch artist

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Große Lüge Lylah Clare

Reporter at Press Party (uncredited)

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The Wild Racers

Pit Crew Mechanic

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The St. Valentine's Day Massacre

Gangster dressed as a cop (uncredited)

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The Dirty Dozen

MP at Hanging (uncredited)

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The Trip

Cash

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La Poursuite des tuniques bleues

Zollicoffer

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The Wild Angels

Rigger

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Ski Party

Taxi Driver (uncredited)

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"X": The Man with the X-Ray Eyes

Heckler (uncredited)

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The Terror

Stefan (as Richard Miller)

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Premature Burial

Mole

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The Little Shop of Horrors

Burson Fouch

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A Bucket of Blood

Walter Paisley

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Planet der toten Seelen

Dave Boyer

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Not of This Earth

Joe Piper (as Richard Miller)

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Rock All Night

Shorty

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Sorority Girl

Mort

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It Conquered the World

Sgt. Neil

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Gunslinger

Jimmy Tonto (as Richard Miller)

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Apache Woman

Tall Tree

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Java Head

Irsil / Orson

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