A sad start to the new year, as a veteran character actor Angus Scrimm dies at the age of 89. Scrimm was best known for playing the evil “Tall Man” in the Phantasm films. Last year saw the deaths of several horror icons, such as Christopher Lee and Wes Craven, and with the news that the Scrimm is no longer with us, it is surely a sad time for horror fans!
Phantasm director Don Coscarelli wrote on twitter “Angus Scrimm passed away peacefully tonight surrounded by his friends and loved ones. Angus’s performance as the Tall Man is a towering achievement in horror film history. He was the last of the classic horror movie stars.”.
Angus was a terrific actor and an even better friend. He will be missed. #heartbroken
— Don Coscarelli (@DonCoscarelli) January 10, 2016
A fifth Phantasm film is to be released later this year, and will sadly be Scrimm will final screen appearance. Also, Phantasm fan and Star Wars Director J.J. Abrams is currently overseeing a 4K restoration of the original Phantasm. Abrams Storm Trooper Commander, Phasma, is a direct reference to the Phantasm films.
Good Bye Angus, may your rest in peace!