ANGUS SCRIMM - Dr. Vernon Quint
evil screen villain Angus Scrimm well known 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. The very first film role for
Angus was another "Tall Man" in the history books. He played
the role of Abraham Lincoln in an educational film made by Encyclopaedia
Brittanica which led him to a steady career in theater, television and
film. Scrimm made a foray into acting with his big-screen debut in the
1976 feature Jim, The World's Greatest, which was directed by then 18
years old Don Coscarelli. During this time he was using his birth name
-Lawrence Rory Guy. He adopted the stage name "Angus Scrimm"
three years later for his performance in a Coscarelli's horror/sci-fi
opus Phantasm (1979), which would mark Scrimm's permanent impression
upon modern cinema.
His role as the infamous Tall Man has earned him the praise of critics world-wide, as well as a large following of fans. His success in the 'Phantasm' films has been parlayed into numerous other malevolent roles including, the evil Dr. Sin Do in The Lost Empire (1983), Vlad the Vampire King in Subspecies (1991), and as the nefarious Dr. Lyme opposite Nicolas Cage and Charlie Sheen in Deadfall (1993). Scrimm did intriguing double duty as the diabolical Seer and the angelic Systems Operator in Mindwarp (1990), co-starring Bruce Campbell. He did a shock cameo in the Italian film Fatal Frame (1996), opposite Christopher Lee and Donald Pleasence and managed a gleeful parody of himself as hulking henchman in Transylvania Twist (1990). But Scrimm has not limited his career efforts to simply acting. As a journalist he has written and edited for TV Guide, Cinema Magazine, the Los Angeles Herald Examiner and other publications.
He has also written liner notes for thousands of LPs and CDs for everyone from classical music to jazz, from Frank Sinatra and the Beatles to Arthur Rubinstein and Itzhak Perlman. He won a Grammy award for best album liner notes..