Splotchy recently recommended that we all adopt an actor, preferably a character actor, and promote his work from time to time. Lulu and Johnny Yen promptly stepped up, and now I'm announcing my pick.
At first I was going to adopt Strother Martin. He's appeared in hundreds of movies and TV shows, and you probably know him as the Captain in Cool Hand Luke. He's been dead for 27 years. While "adopting" a dead actor was ok according to Splotchy, I decided to go for another character actor whose work never ceases to entertain me.
Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Dick Miller.
Dick Miller has appeared in 165 movies and TV shows according to his IMDB entry. I became a fan of his watching him in Roger Corman movies when I was a kid. His most notable roles are the flower-eating guy in the original Little Shop of Horrors, deranged beatnick artist/killer Walter Paisley in Bucket of Blood, and his appearances in the Gremlins movies. He usually has a small role and steals whatever scene he's in. He was the gun shop clerk in The Terminator "Only what you see pal" and the occult bookstore guy (named Walter Paisley!) in The Howling.
He played Monster Joe in Pulp Fiction, but his scene was cut.