Susan Tyrrell

Susan Tyrrell (born Susan Jillian Creamer; March 18, 1945 – June 16, 2012) was an American character actress. Tyrrell's career began in theater in New York City in the 1960s in Broadway and off Broadway productions. Her first film was Shoot Out (1971). She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Oma in John Huston's Fat City (1972). In 1978, Tyrrell received the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Andy Warhol's Bad (1977). Her New York Times obituary described her as "a whiskey-voiced character actress (with) talent for playing the downtrodden, outré, and grotesque."

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Big Top Pee-wee (1988)

Paul Reubens stars as Pee-wee Herman in his second full-length film about a farmer who joins the circus after a storm drops a big tent in his front yard. Pee-wee, along with an outlandish cast of animals and circus performers, puts on the best show ever.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Randal Kleiser
CAST:  Paul Reubens  •  Penelope Ann Miller  •  Kris Kristofferson  •  Valeria Golino

Paul Reubens stars as Pee-wee Herman in his second full-length film about a farmer who joins the circus after a storm drops a big tent in his front yard. Pee-wee, along with an outlandish cast of animals and circus performers, puts on the best show ever.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Randal Kleiser
CAST:  Paul Reubens  •  Penelope Ann Miller  •  Kris Kristofferson  •  Valeria Golino

Buddy Boy (2000)

An introvert relieves the tedium of caring for his invalid mother by spying on his neighbor.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mark Hanlon
CAST:  Emmanuelle Seigner  •  Susan Tyrrell  •  Aidan Gillen  •  Mark Boone Junior

An introvert relieves the tedium of caring for his invalid mother by spying on his neighbor.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mark Hanlon
CAST:  Emmanuelle Seigner  •  Susan Tyrrell  •  Aidan Gillen  •  Mark Boone Junior

Cry-Baby (1990)

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A prim and proper schoolgirl goes against her society grandmother's wishes when she dates a motorcycle-riding juvenile delinquent.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Waters
CAST:  Johnny Depp  •  Amy Locane  •  Polly Bergen  •  Susan Tyrrell

A prim and proper schoolgirl goes against her society grandmother's wishes when she dates a motorcycle-riding juvenile delinquent.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Waters
CAST:  Johnny Depp  •  Amy Locane  •  Polly Bergen  •  Susan Tyrrell

Fat City (1972)

Two men, working as professional boxers, come to blows when their careers each begin to take opposite momentum.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Huston
CAST:  Stacy Keach  •  Jeff Bridges  •  Susan Tyrrell  •  Candy Clark

Two men, working as professional boxers, come to blows when their careers each begin to take opposite momentum.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Huston
CAST:  Stacy Keach  •  Jeff Bridges  •  Susan Tyrrell  •  Candy Clark

Fire and Ice (1983)

In this animated tale, a tiny village is destroyed by a surging glacier, which serves as the deadly domain for the evil Ice Lord, Nekron. The only survivor is a young warrior, Larn, who vows to avenge this act of destruction. The evil continues, however, as ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ralph Bakshi
CAST:  Randy Norton  •  Cynthia Leake  •  Steve Sandor  •  Sean Hannon

In this animated tale, a tiny village is destroyed by a surging glacier, which serves as the deadly domain for the evil Ice Lord, Nekron. The only survivor is a young warrior, Larn, who vows to avenge this act of destruction. The evil continues, however, as ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ralph Bakshi
CAST:  Randy Norton  •  Cynthia Leake  •  Steve Sandor  •  Sean Hannon

Flesh + Blood (1985)

A band of medieval mercenaries take revenge on a noble lord who decides not to pay them by kidnapping the betrothed of the noble's son. As the plague and warfare cut a swathe of destruction throughout the land, the mercenaries hole up in a castle and await their fate.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Verhoeven
CAST:  Rutger Hauer  •  Jennifer Jason Leigh  •  Tom Burlinson  •  Jack Thompson

A band of medieval mercenaries take revenge on a noble lord who decides not to pay them by kidnapping the betrothed of the noble's son. As the plague and warfare cut a swathe of destruction throughout the land, the mercenaries hole up in a castle and await their fate.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Verhoeven
CAST:  Rutger Hauer  •  Jennifer Jason Leigh  •  Tom Burlinson  •  Jack Thompson

Forbidden Zone (1980)

A mysterious door in the basement of the Hercules house leads to the Sixth Dimension by way of a gigantic set of intestine. When Frenchy slips through the door, King Fausto falls in love with her. The jealous Queen Doris takes Frenchy prisoner, and it is up to the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Elfman
CAST:  Hervé Villechaize  •  Susan Tyrrell  •  Gisele Lindley  •  Jan Stuart Schwartz

A mysterious door in the basement of the Hercules house leads to the Sixth Dimension by way of a gigantic set of intestine. When Frenchy slips through the door, King Fausto falls in love with her. The jealous Queen Doris takes Frenchy prisoner, and it is up to the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Elfman
CAST:  Hervé Villechaize  •  Susan Tyrrell  •  Gisele Lindley  •  Jan Stuart Schwartz

Masked and Anonymous (2003)

Amidst unrest, organizers put on a benefit concert.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Larry Charles
CAST:  Bob Dylan  •  Jeff Bridges  •  Penélope Cruz  •  John Goodman

Amidst unrest, organizers put on a benefit concert.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Larry Charles
CAST:  Bob Dylan  •  Jeff Bridges  •  Penélope Cruz  •  John Goodman

Motorama (1991)

A ten year old boy gets tired of life with abusive parents and cashes in his piggy bank and steals a Mustang. He rides off into a surreal America playing "Motorama," a game sponsored by Chimera Gas Company. He has various encounters with different people, and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Barry Shils
CAST:  Jordan Christopher Michael  •  Martha Quinn  •  Michael Naegel  •  Susan Tyrrell

A ten year old boy gets tired of life with abusive parents and cashes in his piggy bank and steals a Mustang. He rides off into a surreal America playing "Motorama," a game sponsored by Chimera Gas Company. He has various encounters with different people, and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Barry Shils
CAST:  Jordan Christopher Michael  •  Martha Quinn  •  Michael Naegel  •  Susan Tyrrell

Powder (1995)

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Harassed by classmates who won't accept his shocking appearance, a shy young man known as "Powder" struggles to fit in. But the cruel taunts stop when Powder displays a mysterious power that allows him to do incredible things. This phenomenon changes the lives of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Victor Salva
CAST:  Mary Steenburgen  •  Sean Patrick Flanery  •  Lance Henriksen  •  Jeff Goldblum

Harassed by classmates who won't accept his shocking appearance, a shy young man known as "Powder" struggles to fit in. But the cruel taunts stop when Powder displays a mysterious power that allows him to do incredible things. This phenomenon changes the lives of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Victor Salva
CAST:  Mary Steenburgen  •  Sean Patrick Flanery  •  Lance Henriksen  •  Jeff Goldblum

Tapeheads (1988)

The story of Ivan and Josh, two dim witted ex-security guards who love music videos. Out of work, with no job prospects, they form a music video production company. They soon learn the in's and out's of the business in LA and with some help from Mo Fuzz, they soon ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bill Fishman
CAST:  John Cusack  •  Tim Robbins  •  Mary Crosby  •  Clu Gulager

The story of Ivan and Josh, two dim witted ex-security guards who love music videos. Out of work, with no job prospects, they form a music video production company. They soon learn the in's and out's of the business in LA and with some help from Mo Fuzz, they soon ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bill Fishman
CAST:  John Cusack  •  Tim Robbins  •  Mary Crosby  •  Clu Gulager

The Chipmunk Adventure (1987)

The Chipmunks and the Chipettes go head to head in a hot air balloon race, and the winner gets $10,000. Unbeknownst to the participants, the "race" is actually a diamond smuggling ring!  (more)

DIRECTION:  Janice Karman
CAST:  Ross Bagdasarian, Jr.  •  Janice Karman  •  Dody Goodman  •  Susan Tyrrell

The Chipmunks and the Chipettes go head to head in a hot air balloon race, and the winner gets $10,000. Unbeknownst to the participants, the "race" is actually a diamond smuggling ring!  (more)

DIRECTION:  Janice Karman
CAST:  Ross Bagdasarian, Jr.  •  Janice Karman  •  Dody Goodman  •  Susan Tyrrell

Bad (1977)

Hazel runs a beauty salon out of her house, but makes extra money by providing ruthless women the oppurtunity to perform hit jobs. L.T. is a parasite, and contacts Hazel looking for work after he runs out of money. She is reluctant to use him for a hit, since she ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jed Johnson
CAST:  Carroll Baker  •  Susan Tyrrell  •  Perry King  •  Charles McGregor

Hazel runs a beauty salon out of her house, but makes extra money by providing ruthless women the oppurtunity to perform hit jobs. L.T. is a parasite, and contacts Hazel looking for work after he runs out of money. She is reluctant to use him for a hit, since she ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jed Johnson
CAST:  Carroll Baker  •  Susan Tyrrell  •  Perry King  •  Charles McGregor

The Steagle (1971)

In the midst of the Cuban missile crisis, a mild-mannered professor decides to live out all of his daydreams, travelling across the country and adopting a different persona in each city.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Sylbert
CAST:  Richard Benjamin  •  Cloris Leachman  •  Chill Wills  •  Jean Allison

In the midst of the Cuban missile crisis, a mild-mannered professor decides to live out all of his daydreams, travelling across the country and adopting a different persona in each city.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Sylbert
CAST:  Richard Benjamin  •  Cloris Leachman  •  Chill Wills  •  Jean Allison

September 30, 1955 (1977)

A young Southerner loses his grip on reality when his favorite movie star James Dean suddenly dies in a car crash.  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Bridges
CAST:  Richard Thomas  •  Susan Tyrrell  •  Deborah Benson  •  Lisa Blount

A young Southerner loses his grip on reality when his favorite movie star James Dean suddenly dies in a car crash.  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Bridges
CAST:  Richard Thomas  •  Susan Tyrrell  •  Deborah Benson  •  Lisa Blount

Digital Man (1995)

An out-of-control robot is inadvertently set loose in a small community, and a crack squad of soldiers are sent to hunt it down. Gradually, the members of the squad begin to suspect that some of them are robots.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Phillip J. Roth
CAST:  Ken Olandt  •  Kristen Dalton  •  Adam Baldwin  •  Matthias Hues

An out-of-control robot is inadvertently set loose in a small community, and a crack squad of soldiers are sent to hunt it down. Gradually, the members of the squad begin to suspect that some of them are robots.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Phillip J. Roth
CAST:  Ken Olandt  •  Kristen Dalton  •  Adam Baldwin  •  Matthias Hues

I Never Promised You a Rose Garden (1977)

A disturbed and institutionalized 16-year-old girl struggles between fantasy and reality.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Anthony Page
CAST:  Kathleen Quinlan  •  Bibi Andersson  •  Ben Piazza  •  Lorraine Gary

A disturbed and institutionalized 16-year-old girl struggles between fantasy and reality.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Anthony Page
CAST:  Kathleen Quinlan  •  Bibi Andersson  •  Ben Piazza  •  Lorraine Gary

Racquet (1979)

Centred around a former tennis champ who swings with the girls and volleying straight sets with the rich and famous while set on owning his own tennis court.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Winters
CAST:  Tanya Roberts  •  Lynda Day George  •  Bert Convy  •  Phil Silvers

Centred around a former tennis champ who swings with the girls and volleying straight sets with the rich and famous while set on owning his own tennis court.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Winters
CAST:  Tanya Roberts  •  Lynda Day George  •  Bert Convy  •  Phil Silvers

Kid-Thing (2012)

On the outskirts of Austin, 10-year-old Annie tears around on her BMX bike, hurls dough at cars, and smashes things up with her baseball bat. Her father, a goat-farmer-cum-demolition-derby driver, does little parenting. Annie has no friends her age, so her daily ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Zellner
CAST:  Sydney Aguirre  •  Nathan Zellner  •  David Wingo  •  Zack Carlson

On the outskirts of Austin, 10-year-old Annie tears around on her BMX bike, hurls dough at cars, and smashes things up with her baseball bat. Her father, a goat-farmer-cum-demolition-derby driver, does little parenting. Annie has no friends her age, so her daily ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Zellner
CAST:  Sydney Aguirre  •  Nathan Zellner  •  David Wingo  •  Zack Carlson

Subway Riders (1981)

A psychotic saxophone player lures victims to deserted spots with his music and then guns them down.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Amos Poe
CAST:  Robbie Coltrane  •  Charlene Kaleina  •  Cookie Mueller  •  John Lurie

A psychotic saxophone player lures victims to deserted spots with his music and then guns them down.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Amos Poe
CAST:  Robbie Coltrane  •  Charlene Kaleina  •  Cookie Mueller  •  John Lurie
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