The great thing about the horror genre and the fans is that you don’t have to be a huge iconic star to be remembered. Today, I’ve heard the news that we’ve lost two actors that might not have made a ton of films or starred in them, but they made such an impact, even if only in one film, that fans remembered them for decades to come. Both of these actors were like that.
Philip Latham was a British actor who worked for over four decades and really only made a couple of appearances in the horror genre. He appeared in one of the Hammer House of Horror TV series, in the Two Faces of Evil (1980) episode. But he is most remembered by his performance as Klove, the dedicated servant to Count Dracula in Hammer’s Dracula: Prince of Darkness. This a perfect example of not having many lines but can still make a last impact. He past away a couple of weeks ago, at the age of 91.
We also heard that actor Dan Hicks past away yesterday, after a short battle with cancer, which he announced early this month after his diagnoses. His first role was that of the hillbilly Jake in Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead II, which really showed his skills as an actor because if you met him in real life, you’d never know it was the same person. He would later appear in a multitude of films, such as Darkman (1990) or Wishmaster (1997), and always turned in a great performance, even if he was just standing there, as in Raimi’s Spiderman!
But more importantly, he enjoyed his life and meeting his fans. The last thing he posted on his Facebook page shows his sincerity and the kind of person he was.
“But I gotta tell ya, I sure as hell packed a whole bunch of living into my 68 years. I got no change coming back that’s for sure. And not too many regrets. Ok, gotta go. I’m gunna find out just what in the hell is going on down in that fruit cellar”
Our thoughts go out to the many friends and families, to both of these wonderful actors. Knowing that as long as there are Hammer fans and Deadites out there, these two will never be forgotten, and always remembered for their gift they gave us fans. Rest in Peace.