That Guy Dick Miller by SorensonG

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LynchT
Teacher's Motto: I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you.


Runner(s)-Up:

ChrisRosenberg
The odds of me winning a quiz are sufficiently low to not compel me to have something witty here.


Quiz Description

Beloved character actor Dick Miller (1928-2019). An endless parade of cops, security guards, cabbies, and shopkeepers for seven decades.

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Questions:

Dick Miller made his film debut in 1955's Apache Woman, directed by this man, who quickly added Miller to his ensemble. Exemplary of the director's typical low-budget style, Miller plays two roles -- the Indian Tall Tree and a white townsperson -- and the latter ends up killing the former.

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Roger Corman

One of Miller's few starring roles was in this 1959 film, also directed by the answer to #1. Here he plays a busboy who, after accidentally killing his landlady's cat and encasing it in clay to hide the evidence, becomes the toast of a Beatnik art underground.

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A Bucket of Blood

Miller's character in #2 had this name, later given to his characters in at least seven other films, most notably Hollywood Boulevard.

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Walter Paisley

Dick Miller appeared in every film by what director, a protege of #1? While his most recent film, Burying the Ex, went straight to video, he had a string of hits in the 1980s, notably The Howling and Gremlins.

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Joe Dante

The holodeck likes character actors too. Miller appears in this 12th episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, the first of that series' major holodeck episodes.

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The Big Goodbye

In this 1984 music video, a top 10 hit for Rod Stewart, Miller plays a gangster menacing Rod. Not that Rod doesn't deserve it, since he spends most of the video peeping on and taking creeper photos of his neighbor Kay Lenz. (edited at 10:15 am, January 31, 2019 (CST))

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Infatuation

His character had no counterpart in the 1986 musical remake, but Miller played a carnation-eating customer in what 1960 film?

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The Little Shop of Horrors

"You know your weapons, buddy. Any one of these is ideal for home defense. So uh, which will it be?"

So says Miller to what titular "customer" in a 1984 film, examining a 12-gauge autoloading shotgun, a .45 with laser sight, and an Uzi? Sadly, he didn't carry a phased plasma rifle in the 40-watt range.

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The Terminator

While never appearing in a Twilight Zone episode, Miller did appear in which segment of Twilight Zone: The Movie, directed by the answer to #4? As a store owner, Miller was luckily not wished away into the cornfield by Jeremy Licht.

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It's A Good Life

Dick Miller appeared in two minor Martin Scorsese films. In one, Griffin Dunne has a booty call that leads to misadventures. In the other, Robert DeNiro plays a saxophonist wooing Liza Minnelli. Name either.

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After Hours, New York New York

Miller's most substantial TV role was on the final three syndicated seasons of what former NBC show loosely based on a 1980 film? Miller played the owner of Lou's Lanes, a hangout for the teens at New York City High School for the Performing Arts.

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Fame

It appears Miller's final feature film will be this slasher parody, completed in 2018 but still unreleased. Following in the based-on-holidays horror tradition, its taglines include "The Festival of Frights!", "From the Dreidel to the Grave", and "A Torah-fying New Tale of Horah."

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