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Hy Pyke

Hy Pyke (December 2, 1935 – October 26, 2006) was an American character actor. Pyke was born Monty Pike in Los Angeles, California, the son of vaudevillian David Pike and his wife Pauline. Pyke majored in theatre at UCLA in the 1960s, appearing in numerous student films, including one for Ray Manzarek, keyboard player of The Doors, called Induction (1965), which also featured The Doors vocalist Jim Morrison in a brief role. During that time period, Pyke was also associated with Del Close. From UCLA, Pyke went on to have a long career playing strange, often comic characters in usually out-of-the-ordinary, low-budget, independent features, with some brief appearances in mainstream films. Some of his mainstream appearances, like a small part in the John Milius film Dillinger (1973), ended up cut out of the final film. Although many of his better known films are in the horror genre, Pyke acted in everything from blaxploitation to musical comedies. He had a uniquely manic acting style, with a penchant for physical, exaggerated comedy, marked by a distinctive, raspy voice. In the 1970s, Pyke's physical appearance was equally distinctive. Very short, slightly overweight, with a moustache and heavily balding head of wild black hair, he resembled the archetypal Mexican bandit of B-westerns or Sancho Panza (a role he played in The Erotic Adventures Of Don Quixote, 1976). Besides his film work, Pyke acted in theater, musical revues, etc. During the 1970s, Pyke delivered a number of bizarre performances in off-beat films. His most memorable role was as a creepy bus driver in the 1975 horror film Lemora: A Child's Tale Of The Supernatural. Other notable 1970s Pyke appearances were in Dolemite, (1975), The First Nudie Musical, (1976), and in Spawn Of The Slithis, (1978). Pyke played the part of Bebe Rebozo in an unreleased Richard Nixon satire called The Way He Was. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Dec 2, 1935 In Los Angeles, California, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Lemora: A Child's Tale of the Supernatural 1973-05-01
Latest Project:
Movie Dealing 2012-08-15
Known For
Poster of Vamp
Poster of Growing Pains
Poster of Blade Runner
Poster of Spawn of the Slithis
Movie Dealing Hy 2012-08-15
Movie Twisted Fate Mickey 1995-01-01
Movie Hack-O-Lantern Grandpa 1988-07-30
Movie Vamp Desk Clerk 1986-07-18
Movie Growing Pains Mr. Slatt 1984-11-11
Movie Blade Runner Taffey Lewis 1982-06-25
Movie Ziegfeld: The Man and His Women Unknown 1978-05-21
Movie Spawn of the Slithis Jack Dunn 1978-07-21
Movie Nightmare in Blood Harris 1978-07-01
Movie The Amorous Adventures of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza Sancho Panza 1976-04-01
Movie Hollywood High Mr. Flowers 1976-12-01
Movie Dolemite Mayor Daley 1975-04-26
Movie Lemora: A Child's Tale of the Supernatural The Bus Driver 1973-05-01