Once Upon a Time in Hollywood star Clu Gulager dies ‘surrounded by family’

Legendary Hollywood star Clu Gulager who rose to fame in the 1950s has died, his daughter-in-law confirmed.

The actor who had appeared in the comedy horror film The Return of the Living Dead, as well as A Nightmare on Elm Street, was 98 at the time of his death.

His heartbroken daughter-in-law Diane Goldner took to Facebook to share the devastating news with his many fans and students from his acting workshops.

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She penned: "Clu Gulager, revered television and film actor, known for The Tall Man and The Virginian, died of natural causes at the home of his son John and beloved daughter-in-law Diane, surrounded by his loving family.

"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.

"He was good-humoured, an avid reader, tender and kind. Loud and dangerous. As a writer and director, he made the influential short film A Day with the Boys, which opened the 1970 Cannes Film Festival as an example of the state of the art of filmmaking."

She continued: "He was shocked that he lived, for even a day after Miriam Byrd-Nethery, the love of his life, died 18 years ago. He was 93 years old.

"He is survived by his sons John and Tom, their partners Diane and Zoe, his cherished grandson Clu Mosha, dedicated fans, and decades of extraordinary students. His family will miss him terribly."

Fans and students instantly flocked to the comment section to share their condolences with the family as one penned: "I am so sorry for your loss Diane and John. Clu was a very special man and will be missed by many."

"My heart is broken. Loved him! I watch INSP daily and The Virginian being one of my faves. RIP Clu Sending hugs to his family and all those who loved him," commented a second.

Before a third went on to write: "My heart goes out to you, Diane, and John and the entire family. I wish I had known Clu but those of us who didn't were blessed with so much joy watching his body of work. There was nothing ordinary about him. He will be remembered for so many things but I imagine most of all the love he shared with his family."

Clu's career started in 1964 when he appeared in the film The Killers as Lee with his final on-screen credit coming in 2019's Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street, as himself.

Prior to that, he appeared as a book store owner in Quentin Tarantino 2019 box office hit, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.


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