Yet another fine talent has left our world… yesterday, March 17, hard-working character actor Larry Drake passed away in his Hollywood home at the age of 66. As of this writing, the cause of Drake’s death is not known.
Drake’s long and impressive career spanned many genres across stage, film and television — but we horror fans have forever enshrined him for a handful of unforgettable roles.
The first, and arguably the best, of Drake’s horror performances is the tragic character of Bubba Ritter in 1981’s DARK NIGHT OF THE SCARECROW (above), considered by many fans to be one of the scariest TV movies ever made.
Outside the genre, Drake received the highest critical acclaim for his regular role on the NBC series L.A. Law, in which he portrayed the disabled orderly Benny Stulwicz. The role landed him several awards, including a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.
But Drake also built a solid reputation as a horror star on the big and small screen — from his creepy Santa Claus killer in the 1989 premiere episode of HBO’s Tales From the Crypt (above), to his villainous turn as Durant in Sam Raimi’s DARKMAN, to a maniacally unhinged performance in the title role of 1992 slasher DR. GIGGLES (top).
As you enter your weekend, be sure to join us in raising a glass or two in his honor, while enjoying some of his scariest and most endearing roles.