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Robert Z’Dar: In Memoriam

Published April 4, 2015 by biggayhorrorfan

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We outsiders lost another one of our own this week.

Robert Z’Dar, best known for portraying the title character in the limb blastingly fun Maniac Cop series, died on March 30th at the age of 64. The sadness we feel should be potent. For just like Richard Kiel, who passed away this fall, Z’Dar taught us all that one’s physicality (and even one’s supposed abnormalities) should never get in the way of achieving a dream.

Indeed, Z’Dar never let cherubism, the condition that enlarged his jaw line; stop him from leading an eclectic existence, which included stints as a Chicago police officer and even a Chippendale’s dancer. It was as a movie heavy, though, where Z’Dar truly made his mark, a fact that seemed to please him. He often stated that he found villains more interesting to play than average run-of-the-mill citizens.drawing blood

…and talk about some villains! Besides the Maniac Cop films, Z’Dar’s juicy terror activities included such projects as Hellhole, Grotesque, The Night Stalker (which is noted for leading Z’Dar to the role of Matt Cordell in MC), Evil Altar and Soultaker. While his activity in that field was especially relevant in those 80s and 90s offerings, he also found a creative home in such recent, indie horror offerings as Drawing Blood and The Rockville Slayer, as well.

So, thanks Robert, for opening us moviegoers up to a world of fantastic possibilities. Your legacy shall live on in celluloid blood forever!

Until the next time – SWEET love and pink GRUE, Big Gay Horror Fan!

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(A Fond Farewell to) Richard Kiel!

Published September 12, 2014 by biggayhorrorfan

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Ever since being ostracized from Mrs. Applebaum’s Talent Cotillion, after deciding to belt out Patti Smith tunes while waving around a loaded nail gun (in my effort to win that much lauded kiddy show crown), I have felt a special kinship with all vagrant strewn outsiders and everyday freaks! As such, my favorite performers have been such against-the-norm characters as Skelton Knaggs, Laird Cregar, Rondo Hatton, Sydney Greenstreet, Victor Buono, Lock Martin and (of course) Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff. Thus, while the celebrity strewn skies have been crying wildly, as of late, over such falling stars as Robin Williams and Joan Rivers, my true sadness occurred this week, with the passing of Richard Kiel (1939-2014).

House of the Damned

House of the Damned

Best known for his indelible etching of Bond villain Jaws, in The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker, Kiel played everything from cavemen (Eegah) to circus performers (House of the Damned) to space creatures (The Phantom Planet). Granted, his forte was henchman and baddies. But the fact that he played these roles in everything from major motion pictures (Silver Streak) to classic television shows (Thriller, I Spy, The Night Stalker, Twilight Zone) is surely evidence of the committed skill and enthusiasm that he brought to such roles. Nicely, comedies such as Happy Gilmore gave him a chance to show his gentler, sunnier side, as well.

W/Julie Newmar in horror comedy Hysterical

W/Julie Newmar in horror comedy Hysterical

Most importantly, though, Kiel did not let his 7’4’’ height stop him from achieving his dreams. That, I believe, is the true lesson one can gain by reflecting on his life. No matter how awkward or socially miscast we all might feel, we only need to look to him to know that (almost) everything we want is surely within our reach.

So, thanks for that, Richard. You were one of kind and truly will be missed.

Until the next time – SWEET love and pink GRUE, Big Gay Horror Fan!

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