Michael Berryman

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Michael Berryman
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Berryman on November 18, 2007
Born
Michael John Berryman

(1948-09-04) September 4, 1948 (age 70)
Residence Huntly, New Zealand
Occupation Actor
Years active1975–present

Michael John Berryman (born September 4, 1948) is an American actor. [1] Berryman was born with hypohidrotic ectodermal dysplasia, a rare condition characterised by the absence of sweat glands, hair, and fingernails; his unusual physical appearance has allowed Berryman to make a career out of portraying characters in horror movies and B movies. He came to prominence with his roles in One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest in 1975 and The Hills Have Eyes in 1977. He has appeared in several television shows, such as episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation and The X-Files .

Actor person who acts in a dramatic or comic production and works in film, television, theatre, or radio

An actor is a person who portrays a character in a performance. The actor performs "in the flesh" in the traditional medium of the theatre or in modern media such as film, radio, and television. The analogous Greek term is ὑποκριτής (hupokritḗs), literally "one who answers". The actor's interpretation of their role—the art of acting—pertains to the role played, whether based on a real person or fictional character. Interpretation occurs even when the actor is "playing themselves", as in some forms of experimental performance art.

Hypohidrotic ectodermal dysplasia Human disease

Hypohidrotic ectodermal dysplasia is one of about 150 types of ectodermal dysplasia in humans. Before birth, these disorders result in the abnormal development of structures including the skin, hair, nails, teeth, and sweat glands.

B movie Low budget commercial film genre

A B movie or B film is a low-budget commercial motion picture that is not an arthouse film. In its original usage, during the Golden Age of Hollywood, the term more precisely identified films intended for distribution as the less-publicized bottom half of a double feature. Although the U.S. production of movies intended as second features largely ceased by the end of the 1950s, the term B movie continues to be used in its broader sense to this day. In its post-Golden Age usage, there is ambiguity on both sides of the definition: on the one hand, the primary interest of many inexpensive exploitation films is prurient; on the other, many B movies display a high degree of craft and aesthetic ingenuity.

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Personal life

Berryman is a strong advocate for environmental protection and lived on a wolf sanctuary for ten years. [2]

Career

Berryman played Pluto in Wes Craven's 1977 horror film The Hills Have Eyes [1] and the 1985 sequel The Hills Have Eyes Part II . [1] He has also made appearances in the science fiction and fantasy movies My Science Project (1985), Weird Science (1985), Armed Response (1986), Evil Spirits (1990), The Guyver (1991) and Brutal (2007). He appeared in the 1975 Academy Award-winning drama One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest . [1] His time on set for The Hills Have Eyes proved difficult for him, since during the 4-month shoot, temperatures in the desert routinely surpassed 100 degrees Fahrenheit and, without sweat glands, he had to take special precautions in order to avoid suffering heat stroke.

Wes Craven American director

Wesley Earl Craven was an American film director, writer, producer, and actor. He was known for his pioneering work in the genre of horror films, particularly slasher films, where his impact on the genre was considered prolific and influential. Due to the success and cultural impact of his works in the horror film genre, Craven has been called a "Master of Horror".

<i>The Hills Have Eyes</i> (1977 film) 1977 American exploitation-horror film directed by Wes Craven

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<i>The Hills Have Eyes Part II</i> 1985 film by Wes Craven

The Hills Have Eyes Part II is a 1984 American horror film written and directed by Wes Craven. The film stars Tamara Stafford, Kevin Spirtas, John Bloom, Michael Berryman, Penny Johnson, Janus Blythe, John Laughlin, Willard E. Pugh, Peter Frechette, and Robert Houston. The Hills Have Eyes Part II is the sequel to the 1977 film. The film was produced by Barry Cahn, Jonathan Debin, and Peter Locke.

He had a role in The Crow (1994) as "The Skull Cowboy", Eric Draven's guide to the land of the living. Berryman's scenes were cut from the original theatrical release, but can be found on some DVD releases under "Deleted Scenes".

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He has appeared in episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation and The X-Files . [1] He appeared in the 1985 Mötley Crüe video for "Smokin' In the Boys Room", as well as the introduction to the band's song "Home Sweet Home". He also portrayed the devil in two episodes of Highway to Heaven : "The Devil and Jonathan Smith" (1985) and "I Was a Middle-Aged Werewolf" (1987).

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Berryman is a popular draw at genre conventions, such as the 2002 Horrorfind convention in Baltimore, Maryland, and the 2007 Eerie Horror Film Festival in Erie, Pennsylvania. He also appeared in 2001 and 2002 at the Horrorfind convention in Baltimore, Maryland and in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on June 7 and 8 attending as a guest of "The Milwaukee County Massacre", a horror film convention and music festival. Berryman appeared at the "Scarefest" convention in Lexington, Kentucky, and at the "Spooky Empire" convention in Orlando, Florida on October 17–19, 2008. He appeared in Roseville, Minnesota at Crypticon 2008 for "A November to Dismember" on November 14–16, 2008 for the show's third year.

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Berryman starred in the British-Canadian horror film Below Zero (2012), directed by Justin Thomas Orstensen. [3] He was also a special guest at the third annual San Antonio Horrific Film Fest in August 2010, [4] the Cinema Wasteland convention in April 2011 and the Contamination Convention in Missouri in June 2012.

Awards

YearResultAwardCategory/Recipient(s)
1978Nominated Saturn Award Best Actor – Horror for The Hills Have Eyes
2007WonEyeGore AwardCareer Contribution in Horror Genre

Filmography

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References

  1. 1 2 3 4 5 "Michael Berryman". The New York Times .[ dead link ]
  2. "A Conversation With Michael Berryman". go.Jimmy.go. 8 March 2012. Retrieved 6 September 2015.
  3. Miska, Brad (3 March 2010). "Michael Berryman Deep Frozen in 'Below Zero 3D'!". Bloody Disgusting . Retrieved 20 May 2019.
  4. Johnson, Scott A. (7 July 2010). "San Antonio Horrific Film Festival Wants Your Films!". Dread Central. Retrieved 20 May 2019.