07 April 2015

R.I.P TOM TOWLES and ROBERT Z'DAR

Legendary character actor and ex-Marine TOM TOWLES has died at the age of 65 from complications following a stroke.

To horror fans, he is best known for his appearances in 4 works of Rob Zombie: as super-cool Lieutenant George Wydell in "House of 1000 Corpses" (2003) and its sequel "The Devil's Rejects" (2005), in the remake of "Halloween" (2007) and in the hilarious "Werewolf Women of the SS" fake trailer (2007).

Other memorable genre appearances: in John McNaughton's debut features "Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer" (1986) and the underrated "The Borrower" (1991), Tom Savini's "Night of the Living Dead" remake (1990), Stuart Gordon's early 90s classics "The Pit and the Pendulum" (1991) and "Fortress" (1992), as well as in the direct-to-video sequel "The Prophecy II" (1998).

Outside of horror, he appeared in box offce hits like Michael Bay's "The Rock" (1996) or Michael Mann's "Miami Vice" (2006), comedy-dramas like "Mad Dog and Glory" (1993) or "Gridlock'd" (1997), and countless TV series like "ER", "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine", "Star Trek: Voyager", "Firefly", "NYPD Blue", "L.A. Law", "CSI", "Seinfeld" etc. etc.

Rest in Peace, Tom Towles
1950 - 2015



Cult b-movie actor ROBERT Z'DAR, the massive man with the gigantic chin, has died at the age of 64 from cardiac arrest.

Z'Dar's most famous role was Officer Matt Cordell, the psychotic cop whom he played in all 3 films of the "Maniac Cop" franchise: "Maniac Cop" (1988), "Maniac Cop 2" (1990) & "Maniac Cop 3: Badge of Silence" (1993).

Between 1985 and 2015, he appeared in more than 100 horror and non-horror movies, be it classics like "Cherry 2000" (1987), "Tango & Cash" (1989), "Mobsters" (1991) or "Samurai Cop" (1991), as well as in low-budget turds like "Soultaker" (1990), "Future War" (1997) or "Zombiegeddon" (2003) + various collaborations with non-budget filmmaker Donald G. Jackson ["Frogtown II" (1992) | "Guns of El Chupacabra" (1997) | "Guns of El Chupacabra II: The Unseen" (1998) | "Crimes of the Chupacabra" (1998)].

Rest in Peace, Robert Z'Dar
1950 - 2015


3 comments:

  1. Sad news indeed. I'm actually watching a Z'Dar movie as we speak: Killing American Style.

    Both men will be missed

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  2. Damn, Z'dar...we will miss him and his unusually large underbite dearly...

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  3. Too many sad losses, lately. :(

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