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‘The Return of the Living Dead’ actor Clu Gulager passes away

‘The Return of the Living Dead’ actor Clu Gulager passes away

Clu Gulager, veteran American actor known for his roles in the NBC series ‘The Virginian’, 1985 horror-comedy ‘The Return of the Living Dead’ died on Friday. He was 93 years old, reports Variety.

Gulager’s son, John, shared a photo of his father on his Facebook as a tribute. Filmmaker Sean Baker, who directed Gulager on the 2015 feature ‘Tangerine’, confirmed the news of his death on Twitter. Diane Goldner, Gulager’s daughter-in-law, also shared a family statement on Facebook confirming the news, saying that he died “surrounded by his loving family.”

Gulager’s acting career stretched across seven decades, beginning with small guest performances in 1950s television series. A mainstay of TV Westerns, Gulager starred as Billy the Kid in NBC’s ‘The Tall Man’ for its two-season run and took a regular role in the network’s ‘The Virginian’ for four of its nine seasons. He also had a role in Peter Bogdanovich’s “The Last Picture Show” in 1971.

In the 1980s, Gulager was reintroduced to a new generation of viewers with prominent roles in horror films. The actor starred alongside Vera Miles in 1984’s “The Initiation. A year later, he could be seen in Dan O’Bannon’s “The Return of the Living Dead” and Jack Sholder’s “A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge.”

Gulager was a favorite of director Quentin Tarantino, whose 2019 film “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” marked the actor’s final screen credit. The actor played a book shop owner in Tarantino’s film. In his private life, Gulager was a regular moviegoer at Tarantino’s New Beverly Cinema in recent years.