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    Richard Mailer (Dick Miller) passes away

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    WESTWOOD, Calif. - AVN reports that Hall of Famer director and producer Dick Miller passed away Saturday on the eve of his 63rd birthday, an apparent victim of a gunshot wound.

    According to AVN, Miller had been struggling with professional setbacks as well as an escalation of the effects of Myasthenia Gravis, the neuro-muscular disease that he suffered with for several years.

    Miller who directed movies under the nom de porn Richard Mailer, was best known as the founder/owner of Island Home Video which later became Intropics Video.

    He recent years, Miller spent the last decade of his life in Prague, Czech Republic, directing and producting movies.

    "An orphan since childhood, Miller's formative years were spent in foster homes," states the AVN article.

    "As a young adult living in Minnesota, he enrolled in the military service. His work in the adult industry spanned over four decades. While he had no immediate family, Miller was one of the most beloved figures in the business. His circle of friends was extensive and well-established, both in the United States and Czech Republic. Miller will be remembered as an erudite raconteur, bon-vivant, itinerant Elvis Presley and Bruce Springsteen fan and avowed lifelong bachelor."

    Miller had been visiting in the United States since May attending to business and personal issues.



    Miller actually commited sucide. Miller's recent videos were nothing special but he did direct some interesting films in the 70's early 80's CENTERFOLD FEVER, A TASTE OF MONEY. He also used the name "Mr. Mustard" on some of his films.

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    Re: Richard Mailer (Dick Miller) passes away

    AdultVideoNews.com:
    "Richard Mailer Directs Czech Cherry Poppers Series" (March 1999)
    http://web.archive.org/web/200102230...bone/bone.html

    In 1970 I was sitting on my front steps in an apartment left over from "The Garden of Allah"... now an adjunct to the Chateau Marmont. I'd just arrived in L.A. from a commune in Colorado where it got too damn cold. Those days had Sunset Blvd. packed with "Strippies"... beautiful girls from all over the world who passed my steps in a gay profusion of headbands, beads, sandals, hiphuggers, and little midi blouses that barely covered their tits. It was great. I just sat there with a glass of lemonade and fucked them all (or as many as I could!). Even one out of 50 would net you a couple a day. A guy named Billy Fergusson moved in next door... and he had a Bolex! We were going to make a serious cult movie that almost immediately segued into shooting loops (does anyone not know what a 'loop' is?). We shot five a day, six days a week. There was no end to the talent. We would shoot a 400-foot load, cut it to 365 feet; it played in arcades, then sold as an 8mm. I made 100 bucks a week... and that included editing!

    Eventually, Billy (who remained my lifelong friend and associate until his death in 1995) and I decided we were destined for better things... features! Our first effort was entitled Specimen Female, loosely based on John Fowles' The Collector. Up until the features, frankly, I was in it for the girls. I didn't know beans about how to make a movie, so I bought Irving Pincus' book, Guide to Filmmaking. I found I loved every facet of it; writing the scripts, shooting on an old Mitchell rackover focus, editing... we made a whole lot of forgettable shows (not to Jim Holliday, though... God love him!). Nancy Ayres and Rene Bond were two of my main players; hot stuff!

    After doing about 100 of these I decided I was losing my hippie wanderlust. Also, the Los Angeles District Attorney was showing a little too much interest in our efforts. I left for Finland because someone had told me the girls were beautiful... and easy! I almost married a girl there, but panicked in the end and went to Africa. There I went completely loco and was living on the roof of a building in Morocco.

    I got the word that Reuben Sturman was looking for a 'shooter' in New York. Being a "shooter" was a big deal then, before video. You had to know how to make a film... and, thanks to Irving Pincus, I did! They sent me a round trip ticket (in case I wanted to go back to the "roof"). I found a big loft on Fifth Avenue and created the "infamous" Mr. Mustard Studios. Again, talent was no problem... but I wanted some guys around that knew a little more about filmmaking than I did. NYU was just up the street. I went to their film department, found their top student [Robert Chappell], and made him an offer he couldn't refuse: money, plus he could move into the studio, build himself any kind of apartment he wanted; of course, when necessary, it had to be available as a set! He decided he needed an assistant, so he brought the next best guy [Barry Sonnenfeld] over from NYU and we gave him the same deal. They both stayed with me for the five years I was there.

    Sharon Mitchell, Ron Jeremy, Randy West, Vanessa Del Rio and many others all made their debut, or close to it, in that studio. We had a real commitment to what we were doing, strange as that sounds. Even with the ridiculous budget limitations, we put everything we had into it, hours with lighting, camera setups, dolly shots. Often we worked straight around the clock. Those guys never complained. When a new crew guy would complain, dismissing it as "only porno," he was out of there in a heartbeat. Once we started a project we never stopped. We called it "bringing the mummy to life." We knew we had to finish. Our T-shirts read: IT'S INEXORABLE.

    The first student [Chappell] went on to make feature films in Indonesia. The second one [Sonnenfeld] became one of Hollywood's leading current directors (no, not James Cameron, but close!). He actually passed out once while filming a particularly nasty anal scene. I keep in touch with them both. Occasionally the first one [Chappell] tells me I ruined his life, so I'm forced to remind him about the second one [Sonnenfeld]. I take no credit or responsibility for their success. (Can I take credit for their success?)

    1980 - The heat had died down in L.A., or sometimes San Francisco. I returned and made a film called A Taste of Money. We took the first letters and started a video company called Atom... get it? I was promptly screwed out of that deal, and started Masterpiece Distributors with films called Classical Romance and Physical Attraction. John Stagliano came to me at that time and sold me a video called Bare Elegance. When I saw that it sold equally as well as the films, with a much lower production cost, I left and started Island Video. Things went swimmingly until it became clear that Island's first effort was also Traci Lords' first effort. Oh well. I started the Angel series and was rolling again until Island Records explained to me that they had that trademark for all "pre-recorded magnetic tape." Back to the drawing board as Intropics Video (you're right, not as good a name), but I did all right. It was all new then. The circle was smaller, and everyone was having a ball. Steve Orenstein, Paul Fishbein, Steve Hirsch, Chuck Zane, the others and myself (not so many then!) would meet almost daily for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

    Later I got quite ill and had to be hospitalized. I brought in an old and trusted friend who was down on his luck and gave him half the company in exchange for running it while I recovered. He may have been old, but the "trusted" part didn't work out too well. I awoke one day, and found it was now "his" company. No worries, like Papillon said: "I'm still here!" These days I'm in Prague, and life is good.

    I came to Prague, in the Czech Republic, for no particular reason, other than the beautiful girls. Thanks to the intercession of my longtime friend, Paul Fishbein, I opened my door one day to find... another longtime buddy, Chuck Zane. This man is obsessed! He wants Cherry Poppers from every country in the world! I quickly closed the door. He continued knocking, and after about an hour, I let him in. He explained that A) he wanted shows about beautiful young college girls getting reamed anally, and B) this was right up my alley! When something makes sense, don't fight it!

    This is the third Czech Cherry Poppers, and I think I'm starting to get the hang of it. Let me check that plaque again that Chuck Zane put on my living room wall. Oh yeah!... Beautiful Young College Girls Getting Reamed Anally. I grabbed little shtuppers from all over the country for this one. Some were so new, we had to travel to them... they didn't want to leave the village for the major metropolitan center of Prague! Like the outrageous little first-timer we shot in the soccer field. Very prim and proper... until the scene started. This was her chance to let go of all that pent-up sexuality. After all, it's not real! It's only a movie... only a movie. Yeah. She told me afterwards that she really isn't having sex as often as she'd like, because the guys in her village (she says willage and it just tears me up, instant hard-on!) aren't so much into it. Proc ne? ("Why not?" to the unCzeched). Just a bit further out of town we put a buxom brunette on a bar where she more than eagerly opened her rear aperture to a local pounding stud. Next we got a little closer to home... the metro station in my neighborhood. Nothing seems to shock the locals!

    It's worth mentioning that over here, there is not a major distinction between orifices when it comes to sex. None of this "Okay, okay, I'll do it... but only for 10 seconds!" No sir, the anal pounding sometimes continues unabated even after the camera has stopped. You gotta love 'em for that. Probably the hottest scene, in my opinion (which is the only one I'm entitled to give), is the bespectacled blonde starting on a tennis court. You don't find enthusiasm like this every day. The fact that the Puritans didn't start this country is really a Godsend. You be the judge; and no, I will not say "Czech it out."

    I'm leaving now to shoot a scene in a gymnasium for Czech Cherry Poppers 4; otherwise I'll find Chuck Zane (Zane Entertainment, of course) banging on my door again...

    E-mail: califilm@applet.cz

    -- Richard Mailer

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    Re: Richard Mailer (Dick Miller) passes away

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    WESTWOOD, Calif. - AVN reports that Hall of Famer director and producer Dick Miller passed away Saturday on the eve of his 63rd birthday, an apparent victim of a gunshot wound.

    He also used the name "Mr. Mustard" on some of his films.

    AS an actor I worked for Dick several times in NY. He really lived up to the name "Mr. Mustard" as there must have been 30 different kinds of mustard in his fridge at any time. For some reason he always seemed to pair me with Marlene Willowby which was strange to me as I'm rather stocky and she is thin as a rail. But we always worked well together. One scene that stick out in my mind (I don't think I ever knew the names of any of his films) I was doing Marlene on a desk top and she had (for some reason I don't remember) a bag over her head with a face painted on it and eye holes with big fake lashes. I remember we both had a hard time performing as we kept cracking up all through the scene. I'm sorry to hear Dick is gone he was one of the good guys.

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    Re: Richard Mailer (Dick Miller) passes away

    Very sad news to hear ,for I almost had this passing confused with the other Dick Miller(the always entertaining and reliable genre superstar,who we all sadly don't hear or see much about nowadays).

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    Re: Richard Mailer (Dick Miller) passes away

    He was the guy who defined 'character actor' for me before I knoew what it meant! The only thing I remember about Joe Dante films is Dick Miller! LOL! (actually thats not true, but he's been in nearly all of them!)

    Aww jeez, I fucked this one up, wrong Dick!
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    Re: Richard Mailer (Dick Miller) passes away

    Interesting to hear how Barry Sonnenfield got his start!

    Mailer will be truly missed. He had a number of good films (& I did like A Taste of Money, although it would have been interesting to hear Dick's thoughts on Ms Money as she was reportably hard to work with). He went through a lot it seems.
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    scott favareille wrote:
    Interesting to hear how Barry Sonnenfield got his start!
    Here's an excerpt from the Newsweek round-table discussion "Lights, Camera, Oscars!" (January 26, 1998) that may be of interest to you:
    Paul, speaking of "Boogie Nights," did you know that Barry started in porn?

    ANDERSON: I actually heard that.

    SONNENFELD: When I heard you were doing this movie, boy, I was so depressed, because I was going to do a movie someday about the nine days I shot nine feature-length pornos. Someday I'll tell you some amazing stories. We shot all nine at the same time. We would light a room, and then bring in different actors for each movie. In fact, we accidentally did one whole movie where all the sex scenes took place on a desktop, just because we weren't paying attention.

    ANDERSON: And you tried to tell us you were a plumber.

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