The actor was 93 - The Hollywood Reporter

The actor was 93 – The Hollywood Reporter

Clu Gulager, the real-life cowboy from Oklahoma known for his role the tall manAnd the VirginiaAnd the Show last photo and horror movies including Return of the living dead, Die. He was 93 years old.

Julger died Friday of natural causes in the Los Angeles home of his son John and daughter-in-law Diane, they said. The Hollywood Reporter.

Gulager also portrayed the protection of killer Charlie Strom (Lee Marvin) who was directed by a mob boss (Ronald Reagan) in Don Siegel. the killers (1964), Racing Car Mechanic vs. Paul Newman in the win (1969) and a detective working alongside John Wayne’s character in the movie John Sturges. MK (1974).

Recently, he appeared on the big screen in darlings criticize like tangerine (2015), blue jay (2016) and Quentin Tarantino Once upon a time in Hollywood (2019).

Gulager’s performance the killers Peter convinced Bogdanovich to cast him as Abilene, an oilfield foreman who liked the character of Ellen Burstyn and seduced Cybill Shepherd’s Jesse Farrow in an abandoned pool hall, in Show last photo (1971).

Cherokee part, the terrifying Golger exploded onto the scene in September 1960 when he starred as Billy the Kid opposite Barry Sullivan as Pat Jarrett on NBC. the tall man. After two seasons, the series was canceled in part because Congress objected to the “inaccurate” portrayal of the notorious outlaw Billy as a hero for younger viewers.

“But they left intangible Ali, which was very violent,” Gulager noted in a 2015 interview. “I played a character on that called ‘Mad Dog’ Coll. [in 1959] It shot a horse at a horse race, killed a young boy in Brooklyn and cut off the fingers of a bartender. But they left that out because they thought the show was historically accurate.”

After guest starring in two episodes of NBC VirginiaJulger arrived in Medicine Bow, Wyoming, to begin the series’ third season in 1964 as Deputy Sheriff Emmett Riker. He appeared with James Drury and Doug McClure in over 50 episodes before leaving in 1968.

in Return of the living dead (1985), Gulager portrayed the chief of a medical supply depot battling the zombies. He said it was a job he was reluctant to accept. He recalls in 2017: “I didn’t particularly want to do it. I thought I was kind of above it. And it turns out, if you remember me at all, that’s what I will remember… I killed 18 zombies and then they came back and shot me!”

Julger appeared in another scary and noteworthy movie in 1985, A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy’s Revenge. Later, he played a waiter with a gun in the horror movie feast / feast (2005) and his direct-to-video series, then worked on Piranha 3DD (2012). These four films were directed by his son John.

Chloe Gulager with Norman Vail (center) and Lee Marvin in The Killers.

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William Martin Julger was born on November 16, 1928 in Holdenville, a woodland town about 75 miles from Oklahoma City. His father, John, was a Broadway actor and became a county judge, and his mother, Hazel, worked for the Veterans Administration. His second cousin was Will Rogers.

His father’s nickname derives from the clu-clu birds – known in English as martins – which nest around the family home. After high school and service in the United States Marine Corps, Gulager attended Northeastern State College and Baylor University, where he was awarded a scholarship to study in Paris with the famous actor and model Jean-Louis Barrault (Heaven’s children) before graduating in 1956.

He worked on live TV in New York on shows like the wholeAnd the Steel watch in the United States And the Goodyear Theater Before moving to Los Angeles in 1959. Appeared in wanted Dead or AliveAnd the Do you have a gun – you will travelAnd the Laramie He was contracted the tall man After MCA President, Lew Wasserman, saw him play an Elvis-type character on CBS’ Theater 90.

“I was an Oklahoma cowboy. I rode fences [around cattle] “In the winter, and in the summer, I was out in the field, watching rattlesnakes,” Gulager said in a 2019 interview. “And then later on, you go ahead and something will come along, and you want to be an actor. Well, I can play a cowboy, and it was easy for me to ride a pony and put on a hat.”

Future Universal and Columbia Pictures Frank Price, who produced and wrote for the tall manGulager hired Virginia. “I broke when he stepped [that show],” he said in 2014. “I had to ask Frank Price, who runs it, for a job. He fired an actor from the set and hired me. If I had known he fired someone, I wouldn’t have accepted the job.”

In 1970, Gulager starred with Lloyd Bridges in the NBC drama San Francisco International Airport, also produced by Price, but it only lasted six episodes. Winemaker Chase Gioberti was in the 1981 pilot for Falcon Crest But he was replaced by Robert Foxworth when CBS picked the show.

Gulager said he improvised a lot while making neo-noir classics the killers. He said during an interview with Eddie Mueller after the movie premiered in January 2020 on TCM’s black alley. But the director wanted me to invent some things [make the character] Psychotic, really nuts. So I tried to agree with that.”

Gulager has also appeared on shows like Dr. KildareAnd the BonanzaAnd the manxAnd the Hawaii Five-OAnd the She wrote the murderAnd the Walker, Texas Ranger And the The MacKenzies of Paradise Cove And in movies including The other side of midnight (1977), one power (1979), At night (1985), I’ll get you sokka (1988), Willis (1990) and My heroes have always been cowboys (1991).

Managed A day with the boys (1969), which was nominated for the Palme d’Or for Best Short Film at Cannes – and was composed by the great László Kovács – and taught acting from a Hollywood workshop.

In addition to John and Diane, among the survivors is his son, Tom; Tom’s wife, Zoe; And his grandson Chloe.

He was married to singer and actress Miriam Bird Nitteri from 1952 until her death in 2003.

“Chloe was as caring as he was devoted and loyal to his profession, proud member of the Cherokee Nation, rule-breaker, witty and intelligent, and always on the side of the oppressed — always,” his family said. “He was a cheerful, voracious, affectionate, gentle reader. Loud and serious.”

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