Return of the Living Dead star Clu Gulager dies at 93 of ‘natural causes’

Clu Gulager, a leading television and film actor since the late 1950s, has died aged 93.

The talented star has had roles in a total of 165 IMDB projects over the course of her career, with her last role in Quentin Tarantino’s 2019 film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

The actor’s daughter-in-law, Diane Goldner, released a statement on her Facebook page, revealing that in his final moments he was “surrounded by his loving family”.

A loss: Clu Gulager died at the age of 93 and was known for starring in classic westerns and horror films, such as Return of the Living Dead (1985); photographed in 2006

Clu was born as William Martin Gulager in 1928 in Oklahoma. He was Cherokee and was given the nickname Clu, which was named after the birds near his home.

After serving in the United States Marine Corps until 1948, he finally won a scholarship to study in Paris. In the city, he was taken under the wing of the French actor, Jean Louis Barrault.

After his year abroad, he began his career in the industry in the late 1950s, starring in television series such as The Untouchables (1959) and a few episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents.

Beginning in 1960, he played the character Billy the Kid in the NBC western series The Tall Man, propelling him to stardom.

Early Career: After studying with a French actor in Paris, the star began playing small roles in the late 1950s;  photographed in 1970

Early Career: After studying with a French actor in Paris, the star began playing small roles in the late 1950s; photographed in 1970

Along with The Tall Man, Clu was known to star in a number of other Western shows, such as Wagon Train and The Virginian.

He also starred in major films, such as The Killers (1964), alongside Ronald Reagan and Angie Dickinson.

In 1969, Clu moved behind the camera and made his own short film, A Day With The Boys, which was nominated for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival the same year.

The Oklahoma-born star has dipped her toes into other genres to show off her talent over the course of her career and dove into the realm of horror.

In 1985 he starred in The Return Of The Living Dead as Burt and Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge as Mr. Walsh.

His daughter-in-law, Diane, had a few words to say about the talented actor following news of his passing.

Statement: The actor's daughter-in-law, Diane Goldner, posted a family statement on her Facebook page, writing that he was

Statement: The actor’s daughter-in-law, Diane Goldner, posted a family statement on her Facebook page, writing that he had ‘passed away of natural causes’

Various Genres: Over the course of his career, Clu has worked across multiple genres, including starring in a number of westerns;  photographed in 1980

Various Genres: Over the course of his career, Clu has worked across multiple genres, including starring in a number of westerns; photographed in 1980

In the statement, she wrote: “Clu Gulager, revered television and film actor best known for The Tall Man and The Virginian, died of natural causes at the home of his son John and beloved daughter-in-law Diane. , surrounded by his loving family.’

“Clu was as caring as he was loyal and devoted to his craft, a proud member of the Cherokee nation, a rule-breaker, quick-witted and shrewd and on the side – always – of the underdog.”

She also talked about her success in the industry and her dedication to her job over the years.

Words of love: His daughter-in-law said kind words about Clu in a family statement, writing that he 'was as caring as he was loyal and dedicated to his craft';  photographed in 2006 in Las Vegas

Words of love: His daughter-in-law said kind words about Clu in a family statement, writing that he ‘was as caring as he was loyal and dedicated to his craft’; photographed in 2006 in Las Vegas

“As a writer and director, he made the influential short film A Day with the Boys, which opened the 1970 Cannes Film Festival as an example of the state of the art of cinema.”

In 1952 Clu married actress Miriam Byrd-Nethery and had two sons, Tom and John. They remained married until his death in 2003.

“He was shocked to have lived, even a day after the death of Miriam Byrd-Nethery, the love of his life, 18 years ago,” Diane wrote.

Lifelong career: Clu has continued to work hard in the industry with his latest project being Quentin Tarantino's 2019 film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood;  photographed in 1985

Lifelong career: Clu has continued to work hard in the industry with his latest project being Quentin Tarantino’s 2019 film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood; photographed in 1985

In her later years, Clu continued to work hard and starred in episodes of popular television series such as Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, and Walker, Texas Ranger.

His last project was working under the direction of Quentin Tarantino in the 2019 film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. He played the role of a bookseller in the film.

According to Variety, Clu often attended movie screenings at Quentin’s New Beverly Cinema.

“He is survived by his sons John and Tom, their partners Diane and Zoe, his darling grandson Clu Mosha, devoted fans and decades of extraordinary students,” reads the family statement. “He will be terribly missed by his family.”

Passion: Clu had a passion for the entertainment industry and not only acted in various projects, but also made a short film in 1969;  seen in LA in 2018

Passion: Clu had a passion for the entertainment industry and not only acted in various projects, but also made a short film in 1969; seen in LA in 2018

Talented: The critically acclaimed star has had roles in a total of 165 IMDB projects during her career;  photographed in 2014

Talented: The critically acclaimed star has had roles in a total of 165 IMDB projects during her career; photographed in 2014

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