Saturday, August 6, 2022
HOTCHKA Daily News Special - August 6, 2022
Actor Clu Gulager has died at the age of 93. Gulager's career began with a 1955 episode of Omnibus ("A Different Drummer"), with his last credited role in Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood (2019). Gulager became known for roles in a series TV Westerns including a turn as Billy the Kid on 1960-1962 series The Tall Man. He made several appearances on Wagon Train and The Virginian. Notable TV credits include Playhouse 90, Wanted: Dead or Alive, The Untouchables, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Dr. Kildare, San Francisco International Airport, The Name of the Game, The F.B.I., Bonanza, Mod Squad, Mannix, Mystery in Dracula's Castle (TV movie), Kung Fu, Ironside, Houston, We've Got a Problem (TV movie), Get Christie Love!, McCloud, Cannon, Phyllis, Ellery Queen, Barnaby Jones, Hawaii Five-O, Once an Eagle (miniseries), King (miniseries), The MacKenzies of Paradise Cove, The Gambler (TV movie), Falcon Crest (Chase Gioberti in the pilot, but replaced by Robert Foxworth on the series), Quincy M.E., CHiPs, Automan, Knight Rider, Space (miniseries), Terror at London Bridge (TV movie), Airwolf, Magnum, P.I., The Fall Guy, Simon & Simon, Murder, She Wrote, MacGyver, and Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman.
Gulager also had a long career in movies, with his breakthrough film debut in 1964's The Killers. Notable film credits include Winning, The Last Picture Show, Molly and Lawless John, McQ, The Other Side of Midnight, and A Force of One. In the mid-1980s, Gulager found a new fan base after his casting in a series of horror films including The Initiation, The Return of the Living Dead, A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge, From a Whisper to a Scream, and The Hidden. Other notable films include Chattanooga Choo Choo, Into the Night, Hunter's Blood, Summer Heat, Tapeheads, I'm Gonna Git You Sucka, My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys and Gunfighter. Gulager had a second career boost after being cast in 2005's Feast, which was directed by his son John. Clu went on to appear in the direct-to-video sequels Feast II: Sloppy Seconds and Feast III: The Happy Finish, as well as Piranha 3DD and direct-to-video Children of the Corn: Runaway, all directed by John. He also appeared in Tangerine, Blue Jay and Give Till It Hurts before ending his career with Tarantino. Gulager also directed the short A Day With the Boys (1969), which was nominated for the Palme d’Or for best short film at Cannes. He was married to singer-actress Miriam Byrd-Nethery from 1952 until her 2003 death. He is survived by his children John, Diane and Tom, Tom's wife Zoe, and grandson Clu.