Horror History: John Agar

johnagarJohn Agar
Born Jan. 21st, 1921 – Died April 7th, 2002

Though he started his film acting career doing westerns, it’s the films he did in the ‘50s that made John Agar so memorable to horror fans.  Agar was a staple when it came to battling giant monsters, aliens, and mad scientists.  He always gave it his all, even when the script wasn’t the greatest, or even the monster that he was fighting against.  He always gave a fun and entertaining performance, even when working with uber-low-budget king Larry Buchanan on a couple of films.  He would even make appearances in more modern day films in titles like Clive Barker’s Nightbreed and the Tope Hooper directed episode of John Carpenter’s anthology Body Bags.

Of few of his highlights (and lowlights, depending on your feelings) would be Revenge of the Creature (1955), Tarantula (1955), and The Brain from the Planet Arous (1957), as well as Larry Buchanan’s  Zontar: The Thing from Venus and Curse of the Swamp Creature (both 1966).

2 thoughts on “Horror History: John Agar

  1. This is why I love horror fans and fandom!! Agar was married to Shirley Temple, the biggest child actor in film history, he not only made westerns but was featured in some of the greatest western films of all time, She Wore A Yellow Ribbon, Fort Apache, Chisum, not to mention appearing in the iconic Sands of Iwo Jima, and we love and remember him for Zontar, The Mole People, and the Invisible Invaders! That’s great!

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    • I agree Doug. It still puzzles me when some stars don’t want to be remembered for their work in this genre. But it fans like us that DO remember them. So many other great actors that were in great films that have gone by the wayside. But us horror fans, we keep the memories alive of those people that gave us so many great memories over the years.

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