Exclusive Photos: In Memoriam Character Actors Dick Miller and Julie Adams

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CHICAGO – They often are the background people, the best friends or townspeople in various film and TV parts. Two character actors, who have over 200 roles between them, passed away recently. Dick Miller and Julie Adams were both previous subjects for the lens of photographer Joe Arce of HollywoodChicago.com.

’That Guy’ Dick Miller in 2014
Photo credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com

Dick Miller has over 100 film credits under his belt, and was a go-to guy during the golden age (1960s and ‘70s) in many of director Roger Corman productions, the cheap and quick films that audiences loved during the era. His Corman films include “The Little Shop of Horrors” (1960), “X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes” (1963), “The Wild Angels” (1966), “Big Bad Mama” (1974) and “Capone” (1975). He also did small and larger parts in mainstream titles such as “The Dirty Dozen” (1967), “Executive Action” (1973), “New York, New York” (1977), “All the Right Moves” (1983) and “Small Soldiers” (1998). He was also the subject of a documentary, “That Guy Dick Miller” (2014). He died in Los Angeles at the age of 90 on January 30th, 2019.

Julie Adams Remembers the ‘Black Lagoon’ in 2013
Photo credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com

Julie Adams is best known as the “damsel in distress” in the infamous horror film “The Creature from the Black Lagoon.” She also was known for Westerns, being honored later in her career with the Motion Picture and Television Fund’s “Golden Boot” for her contributions to the genre. Other works include co-starring with Elvis Presley in “Tickle Me” (1965) and with John Wayne in “McQ” (1974). Her TV credits are like a Hall of Fame, with “Maverick,” “The Riflemen,” “Alfred Hitchcock Presents,” “The Andy Griffith Show,” “Night Gallery,” “The Mod Squad,” “McMillan & Wife,” “Cagney & Lacey,” a recurring role on “Murder, She Wrote” and her final role on “CSI:NY” in 2010. Julie Adams passed away at the age of 92 on February 3rd, 2019, in Los Angeles.

The source for this article was Wikipedia.com. Dick Miller, 1928-2019 and Julie Adams, 1926-2019.

HollywoodChicago.com senior staff writer Patrick McDonald

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