Day 32, No. 32. Michael Berryman

Michael BerrymanHAIRCUT 100: Day 32, No. 32. Michael Berryman: Horror icon, environmental activist, and incredibly nice guy. Berryman was born with Hypohidrotic ectodermal dysplasia, a rare condition leaving him with no hair, fingernails, or teeth. He began his screen-acting career in 1975, with a memorable turn as a cadaverous coroner in the cult classic Doc Savage: Man of Bronze, an adaptation of the 1930s pulp magazine hero of the same name starring Ron Ely. Berryman followed this with a supporting role in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (also released in 1975), acting alongside Jack Nicholson in the film that also effectively launched the careers of Danny DeVito, Brad Dourif, and Christopher Lloyd. Berryman was then cast as Pluto in Wes Craven’s seminal indie horror film The Hills Have Eyes (1977), playing a member of the mutant in-bred cannibal family that menace a party of suburban holidaymakers after they take a wrong turn in the Nevada desert. Berryman’s distinctive look and intense performance led to a career in horror and sci-fi that continues to date, while he is also a much-loved figure on the genre convention circuit. Berryman’s notable films include Deadly Blessing (1981), Weird Science (1985), The Hills Have Eyes Part II (1985), Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986), The Devil’s Rejects (2005), Below Zero (2012), and The Lords of Salem (2012). Most recently, he can be seen playing himself in John Schneider’s Smothered (2016), in which a group of horror stars become the prey in a murderous hunt. As ‘The Skull Cowboy,’ Berryman acted opposite Brandon Lee as Eric Draven’s guide to the land of the living in The Crow (1994), but regrettably his scenes were cut to tighten up running time. He has also appeared in The X-Files and two Mötley Crüe videos, with a cameo as a zombie head in Scooby-Doo! Curse of the Lake Monster (2010). In addition to acting, Berryman is a strong advocate for environmental protection, living on the Wolf Mountain Sanctuary in California for ten years. In 2007, Berryman won the Universal Studios Halloween ‘Eyegore’ Award for his career contribution to the horror genre. ‘I just want to wish the very best to all of my fans. May you all have a peaceful, wonderful life and when you wake up tomorrow, make it a great day.’

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