The Hollywood Reporter reports that character actor Clu Gulager, known for his roles in western and horror films, has died at the age of 93.
The news of Gulager’s death came from his son, John Gulager, and his daughter-in-law, Diane Goldner. They revealed Gulager’s passing in a family statement posted to Facebook.
In that statement, they revealed that Gulager passed away on Friday surrounded by family at their home in Los Angeles, California.
They further revealed that Gulager’s passing was the result of natural causes.
Gulager enjoyed an acting career that lasted for a staggering seven decades, going all the way back to the 1950s. At the time, he made appearances on such shows as Wagon Trail and The Untouchables before going on to star in The Tall man and The Virginian.
Gulager, accordingly, became synonymous with the Western genre, which, in a way, was fitting given that, in real life, he grew up on a ranch in Oklahoma. Gulager was also a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma.
It was in the 1980s that Gulager made several appearances in horror films. Credits include The Return of the Living Dead and A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge, among others.
Gulager would go on to continue acting for many years after that, most recently appearing, at 93 years of age, in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time . . . in Hollywood.
Gulager the man
The family statement provided more insight into Gulager the man.
“Clu was as caring as he was loyal and devoted to his craft, a proud member of the Cherokee nation, a rule-breaker, sharp and astute, and on the side—always—of the oppressed,” the family wrote. “He was good-humored, an avid reader, tender and kind. Loud and dangerous.”
The family also stated that Gulager was extremely devoted to his wife, Miriam Byrd Nethery, writing that Gulager “was shocked that he lived, for even a day after . . . the love of his life, died 18 years ago.”
The family statement concludes with, “his family will miss him terribly.” His many fans have taken to social media to express a similar sentiment.