It saddens me to report that Larry Drake has passed away of undisclosed causes. He was only 66, but is said to have been suffering from “health problems.” Fans will doubtless remember Drake for his performance in the titular role of the demonic dentist DR. GIGGLES, but he was an accomplished actor with a long and successful career, both popular with genre fans—and never unwilling to take on genre projects—as well as earning high marks from critics. He won two Emmy Awards for his portrayal of a mentally-challenged man in the 80s NBC series LA LAW. He appeared in the DARKMAN films. But for me, he will always be Bubba, poor simpleton turned murder victim turned supernatural force of retribution in the superb and atmospherically chilling 1981 made-for-television movie DARK NIGHT OF THE SCARECROW. Fittingly, for us, his last onscreen appearance was in a Horror film, 2009’s DEAD AIR.
This has been a bad year for Horror, in terms of the talent we’ve lost. Angus Scrimm, Brooke McCarter, Alan Rickman, David Bowie, and others have left us. They will remain forever young in our hearts, and in the art they left for us to enjoy. Godspeed, Dr. Giggles. Godspeed, all of you.