Phantasm star Angus Scrimm dead at 89 January 10, 2016 The horror icon and consummate actor, best known for his role as the Tall Man in the supernatural thriller, "Phantasm" died this past Saturday evening.Entertainment Weekly writes: Angus Scrimm passed away peacefully tonight surrounded by his friends and loved one,” Coscarelli wrote, via email. “[His] performance as the Tall Man is a towering achievement in horror film history. He was the last in a long line of classic horror movie stars. He was a terrific actor and an even better friend. He will be missed.