Lloyd Kaufman

Biography

Date of Birth 30 December 1945, New York City, New York, USA Birth Name Stanley Lloyd Kaufman Jr. Mini Biography Stanley Lloyd Kaufman never really wanted to make movies, but wanted to work in Broadway musicals. During his years in Yale, though, he got introduced to "B" pictures and the works of Roger Corman. Lloyd later got the opportunity to executive-produce a short movie made by a fellow student. The film, called "Rappacini", got him even more interested in movies. He bought his own camera and took it with him to Chad, Africa, were he spent his summer. There he shot a 15-minute film of a pig being slaughtered. That was his first movie, and was the birth of what was later to become known as Troma Films. He showed the footage of the squealing pig being killed to his family, and their shocked reaction to it made him wonder if making movies that shocked audiences would keep them in their seats to see what would happen next. He wanted to be a director right then and there, so he got a couple of friends at Yale and made his second movie, The Girl Who Returned (1969). People loved it, and he went straight to work on other films, helping out on projects like Joe (1970), Rocky (1976) and Saturday Night Fever (1977). Lloyd put in a lot of long, hard hours in the film business, just to be in the credits and to get money for his next project, a full-length feature. It was a tribute to Charles Chaplin, Harold Lloyd and the classic era of silent-film comedy. Even though Lloyd hated the movie when it was finally completed, people seemed to love it. He formed a studio called 15th Street Films with friends and producers Frank Vitale and Oliver Stone. Together they made Sugar Cookies (1973) and Cry Uncle (1971), directed by John G. Avildsen. A friend from Yale, Michael Herz, saw Lloyd in a small scene in "Cry Uncle" and contacted him to try to get into the film business, too. Kaufman took Herz in, as the company needed some help after Oliver Stone quit to make his own movies. Michael invested in a film they thought would be their biggest hit yet, Balash Ha'Amitz Shvartz, Ha- (1973) (aka "Big Gus, What's the Fuss?"). It turned out to be a huge flop and 15th Street Films was ruined. Lloyd and Michael owed thousands of dollars to producers and friends and family members who had invested in the picture. Lloyd, trying to find a quick way to pay off the bills, made _Divine Obsession, The (1975)_, and with Michael formed Troma Studios, hoping to make some decent movies, since they only owned the rights to films they thought were "crap". They were introduced to Joel M. Reed, who had an unfinished movie called "Master Sardu and the Horror Trio". The film was re-edited and completed at Troma Studios (which actually consisted of just one room) during 1975, re-titled and released in 1976 as The Incredible Torture Show (1976) (aka "Bloodsucking Freaks"). It was enough of a success to enable them to pay the rent so they wouldn't lose the company. Lloyd later got a call from a theater that wanted a "sexy movie" like "Divine Obsession", but about softball (!). The resulting film, Squeeze Play (1980), used up all the money Troma had earned from "Bloodsucking Freaks" and, as it turned out, no one wanted to see it--not even the theater owner who wanted it made in the first place (he actually wanted a porno movie). Just when things looked their darkest, they got a call from another theater which was scheduled to show a film, but the distributor pulled it at the last minute. Troma rushed "Squeeze Play" right over, and it turned out to be a huge hit. Lloyd, Michael and Troma eventually made millions from it, and had enough money to buy their own building (which still remains as Troma Headquarters). Troma then turned out a stream of "sexy" comedies--i.e., Waitress! (1982), The First Turn-On!! (1983), Stuck on You! (1983)--but there was a glut of "T&A" films on the market. Troma noticed that a lot of comedies were being made, and decided to make one, too, but much different than the rest. After reading an article that claimed horror movies were dead, Lloyd got the idea to combine both horror and comedy, and Troma came up with "Health Club Horror"--later retitled and released as The Toxic Avenger (1984), a monster hit that finally put Troma on the map. Lloyd Kaufman and Troma have become icons in the cult-movie world, and Troma has distributed over 1000 films. Lloyd has continued his career as a director in addition to producing, and Troma has turned out such films as Monster in the Closet (1986), Class of Nuke 'Em High (1986), Combat Shock (1986), Troma's War (1988), and Fortress of Amerikkka (1989). Lloyd himself is working on Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead (2006), which follows an army of undead chickens as they seek revenge on a fast food palace. IMDb Mini Biography By: Ben Dover (Corrections and qv's by Matt Sims) Spouse Patricia Kaufman (13 July 1974 - present) 3 children Trade Mark The plots of his films center around radiation and science gone wrong. Trivia He co-wrote a screenplay with Stan Lee which never got made into a film. Formed Troma Studios with his friend Michael Herz in 1974. After reading an article reading "Horror Movies are dead" he decided to make a horror film, which became The Toxic Avenger (1984). Is the President of Troma Films, one of the longest running independent film companies. Father of Charlotte Kaufman, Lilly Hayes Kaufman, and Lisbeth Kaufman. Sang on songs with newgrounds.com crew (Tom Fulp and Shok) for their FDA animated cartoon music videos. Brother of director Charles Kaufman. Was inducted into the inaugural class of the International Horror and Sci-Fi Hall of Fame with Tobe Hooper on October 22, 2005, in Tempe, Arizona. Son of Stanley Kaufman. Speak fluent French. Personal Quotes In our racist, sexist society, Christmas is the eight hours when we stop killing each other and gratuitous overeating is encouraged so that the starving and other people in the world can die! "The person who goes to the Troma movie knows that he or she may love the Troma movie or, he or she may hate the Troma movie; but the movie goer knows that he or she will never forget the Troma movie." I'm from the '60s but no one has ever accused me of being a hippie. I never had much interest in the Woodstock crowd, which partied to change the world, while real people were starving to death in Africa. I never liked Peter Paul & Mary or The Carpenters and, despite being the era of "free love", I still had to pay for it. "I like fat people more then I like thin people, things are always a lot more funnier when they happen to fat people". "The thing I find about the movie industry is that 99 percent of the people are absolute scum. They're horrible people, they really are. Very nasty killer rabbits who hate movies. But the other 1 percent are really the greatest, most wonderful people in the world. They love movies--the art of movies and the business of the movies." "I'm working on a movie called Poultrygeist. It's about how the masses are being fed the Kool-Aid by the major media and then, like zombies, go out and eat junk food. That's what the Grindhouse thing is all about. The major media gets word from the giant, devil-worshiping international conglomerates that own it, that say, "Now it's time to promote Dreamgirls," and therefore it's Dreamgirls 24/7. We live in an age of zombies, and it's particularly appropriate that I'm working on a zombie movie. So, here we've got big media saying, "OK, the big conglomerates have produced a movie called Grindhouse for 50 million dollars, so let's brainwash everybody into going to see Grindhouse. Now I, Lloyd Kaufman, have a feeling that Grindhouse will be a good movie because Tarantino and the other guy are definitely talented directors, so I'm quite confident it will be worthwhile." "I don't make crappy movies. I spend two or three years making a film. I don't take myself seriously, but I take my movies very seriously." Where Are They Now (March 0012) In Pre-Production on his new film, Poultrygeist. (November 2007) Promoting his latest film, Poultrygeist.

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Birth Name

Stanley Lloyd Kaufman Jr.

Birth Place

New York City, New York, USA

Birth Date

12/30/1945
Known For
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Cell

Bystander

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Class of Nuke 'Em High Part II: Subhumanoid Meltdown

Helicopter Pilot (voice)

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Terror Firmer

Larry Benjamin

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Toxic Crusaders: The Movie

Lloyd

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Adjust Your Tracking

Himself

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The Uh Oh Show

The Pimp

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Tales From the Crapper

The Crap Keeper / Dad / Tromantis (voice) (as The Crap Keeper)

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Mom n' Pop: The Indie Video Store Boom of the 80s/90s

Self

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Clapboard Jungle: Surviving the Independent Film Business

Self

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The Barn Part II

Town Mayor

Starring In
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A Most Atrocious Thing

Vinny Sr.

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3

Gridlemop

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Valentine Bluffs

Mayor Thomas Otterman

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Enter the Drag Dragon

The Foreman

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Swamp Woman

Newscaster Kaufman

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In Search of Darkness: Part III

Self - Interviewee

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Ribspreader

Mayor Walker

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Mom n' Pop: The Indie Video Store Boom of the 80s/90s

Self

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Eating Miss Campbell

Dr. Samuel Weil

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Ouija Shark 2

Lord Kauff

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After School Lunch Special 2: Sloppy Seconds

Mitch / Mayor Bloom

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The Barn Part II

Town Mayor

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Powertool Cheerleaders vs the Boyband of the Screeching Dead

Mr. Shouty (rumored)

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The Suicide Squad

Dancing La Gatita Bar Patron (uncredited)

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Slashening: The Final Beginning

Master Dyson

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18½

Jeffries

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Divide & Conquer

The Trash King (voice)

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Amityville Hex

Hex Reader

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Shakespeare's Sh*tstorm

Prospero / Antoinette Duke

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The Last Blockbuster

Self

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VHS Massacre Too

Self

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Clapboard Jungle: Surviving the Independent Film Business

Self

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After School Lunch Special

Mitch the Worm

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In Search of Darkness

Himself

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Direct to Video: Straight to Video Horror of the 90s

Self

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Daisy Derkins vs. The Bloodthirsty Beast of Barren Pines!

Wingate Van Cleef

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The Next Kill

Big Lloyd T.

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Death House

Dr. Chalice

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Survival of the Film Freaks

Himself

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Penny Pinchers: The Kings of No-Budget Horror

Self

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Toxic Tutu

Self

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Greetings from Tromaville

Himself

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VHS Lives: A Schlockumentary

Self

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Escaping the Dead

Sex tourist

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A Feast of Man

Wolf Sr.

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The Streets Run Red

Football Announcer (voice)

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Graveyard Stories

The Host

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Saturday Night Fever - Der ultimative Disco-Film

Self

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Return to Return to Nuke 'Em High Aka Vol. 2

Lee Harvey Herzkauf

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Alcoholist

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Sharknado 4: The 4th Awakens

Astro Tech Kaufman

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Cell

Bystander

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My Uncle John Is a Zombie!

Self

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Werewolf Bitches from Outer Space

The Mayor

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The Transfiguration

Hobo

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Spidarlings

Mr. Banner

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Bigfoot Ate My Boyfriend

Lloyd Kaufman

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Amityville: Vanishing Point

Elron Randall, an Intellectual

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Last Day of School

Himself

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Grindsploitation

Dr. Wu (segment: "Hamburger! The Rapist?"

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Green Jelly Suxx Live

Self

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Killer Rack

Dr. Foin

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42nd Street Memories: The Rise and Fall of America's Most Notorious Street

Self

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My Bloody Banjo

Dr. Samuel Weil

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Doomed: The Untold Story of Roger Corman's the Fantastic Four

Himself

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League of Superheroes

TV Anchor

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The Fappening

Walter Plinge

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Milfs vs. Zombies

Melvin Brooks

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Digging Up the Marrow

Himself

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Ned Rifle

Zach

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Guardians of the Galaxy

Prisoner (uncredited)

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1 Chance 2 Dance

Dance Contest MC

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The British Film Industry: Elitist, Deluded or Dormant?

Self

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Chubbies

Ronald Regan

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Shhhh

Jim the Landlord

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Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie

Lloyd Kaufman

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The Girl Who Played with the Dead

The Lord

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Dyke Hard

Ball Gag Dancer

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Ten

Briggs Phelps (voice)

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Big Ass Spider!

Himself - Jogger

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The Legend of the Red Reaper

Llord Lloyd

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Return to Nuke 'Em High Volume 1

Lee Harvey Herzkauf

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Sucker

Mr. Kopple

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House of Forbidden Secrets

Grandpa

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Rewind This!

Himself - Troma Entertainment

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Adjust Your Tracking

Himself

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I Spill Your Guts

Pop

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Atom the Amazing Zombie Killer

Grampa Abacrombie

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A Liar’s Autobiography

Uncle Lloyd (voice)

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Creep Van

Disgruntled Car Wash Customer 1

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Father's Day

God / Devil

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Produce Your Own Damn Movie!

Self

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Corman's World: Exploits Of A Hollywood Rebel

Himself (uncredited)

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Herschell Gordon Lewis and the Making of the Uh-Oh Show

Self

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Underground Entertainment: The Movie

Uncle Lloyd

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Mr. Bricks: A Heavy Metal Murder Musical

Farnsworth Critch

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Hack Job

Rabbi Lloyd / Self

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Super

911 Man

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Hatchet II

Featured Hunter (uncredited)

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Mother's Day

Mortgage Broker #1

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Caesar and Otto Meet Dracula's Lawyer

Judge Stoker Browning

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Klown Kamp Massacre

Vic Vickers

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Incest Death Squad 2

Mr. Reamburg

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Under the Scares

Self

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The Uh Oh Show

The Pimp

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Gamer

Genericon

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Popatopolis

Self

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Crank: High Voltage

Maintenance Guy #1

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The Killer Robots and the Battle for the Cosmic Potato

President Of The Universe

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Hanger

Melvina the Tranny

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Hillbilly Bob Zombie

Troma News Reporter

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Bikini Bloodbath Christmas

Dr. O'Masterblaster

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Bachelor Party in the Bungalow of the Damned

Hot Babe

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Craig

Voice of God

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Dead Country

Himself (voice)

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Nun of That

The Pope

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Bryan Loves You

Jonathan's helper

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Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead

Mature Arbie

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Blood, Boobs & Beast

Self

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Crazy Animal

Daddy

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Think Tank

Drive-Thru Customer (uncredited)

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Debbie Rochon Confidential: My Years in Tromaville Exposed!

Multiple Characters

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Die and Let Live

Floyd Faukman

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Best Of TromaDance Film Festival #1: Soiled Shorts: Reds Breakfast / Zitlover / Harry Knuckles / ...

Game Show Announcer

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Pot Zombies

Pizza guy

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Punk Rock Holocaust

Belial / Satan

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LolliLove

Father Lloyd

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Tales From the Crapper

The Crap Keeper / Dad / Tromantis (voice) (as The Crap Keeper)

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Comic Book: The Movie

Himself (uncredited)

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Prison-A-Go-Go!

Liebowitz

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Sounds of Fear

Vater

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Meat for Satan's Icebox

Dr. Fermin

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Nikos the Impaler

Himself

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The Bonesetter

The Mayor

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Deadhunter: Sevillian Zombies

(uncredited)

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Severe Injuries

Dr. Pitt

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The Janitor

Bum

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Zombiegeddon

Bill (the janitor)

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Bleed

Carl Patterson

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Apocalypse Soon: the Making of 'Citizen Toxie'

Self

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All the Love You Cannes!

Himself

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Cravate Club

A man at the window (uncredited)

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After Midnight

Video Store Manager

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Mulva: Zombie Ass Kicker! & Filthy McNasty (Double Feature)

The Mayor of Tromaville

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Friends Forever

Himself

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Terror Firmer

Larry Benjamin

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Orgazmo

Doctor (as Stanley L. Kaufman)

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Con Man (aka Cannes Man)

Himself - Troma Chief

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Tromeo and Juliet

Shocked Onlooker

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Class of Nuke 'Em High Part 3: The Good, the Bad and the Subhumanoid

Helicopter Pilot (voice) (uncredited)

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Toxic Crusaders: The Movie

Lloyd

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Class of Nuke 'Em High Part II: Subhumanoid Meltdown

Helicopter Pilot (voice)

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The Toxic Avenger, Part II

Sumo Wrestler / Fish Salesman (voice)

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The Final Countdown

LCdr. Kaufman

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Squeeze Play! (Troma)

Drunk at Bar (uncredited)

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Slow Dancing in the Big City

Usher

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Rocky

Drunk

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Hollywood Massaker

Squeegee (uncredited)

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Fantasm

Himself

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Cool as Hell 2

Uncle Lloyd

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