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Biography of Lou Perryman

Lou Perryman
Lou Perryman
Date of Death: 2nd April, 2009 (Aged )

Homely and engaging Texas-born character actor Lou Perryman will probably never become a household name, but he's still nonetheless proved to be a substantial and delightful asset to the handful of movies he's appeared in throughout the years. Perryman first became involved in the film business back in 1961 while on leave from the US Army. After getting out of the Army, Lou in 1968 worked as a production manager at the Texas Pavilion at the World's Fair in San Antonio and worked as a cinematographer, sound man and production manager at the Filmhouse in Austin from 1969 to 1971. In addition, Perryman worked as a sports cinematographer for both NCAA and ABC TV from 1969 to 1977. Lou was outstanding as Claude in the wonderful seriocomic indie sleeper gem "Last Night at the Alamo" (1984). Alternately funny and pitiable, Perryman as the despondent and excitable Claude spends a sizable amount of his screen time angrily (and profanely) berating his estranged wife on the phone while making game, albeit futile attempts at reconciling with her. Perryman brought a lovely, touching pathos and rueful, rumpled dignity to the role of Claude that's a true joy to behold. Lou was likewise memorable and personable as affable radio station engineer L.G. McPeters in "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2" (1986). (Perryman worked behind the scenes on the classic '74 original as an assistant cameraman.) Moreover, Perryman had nice small parts as a hostile redneck bar patron in "The Blues Brothers" (1980), a construction worker in "Poltergeist" (1982), and the sheriff Hilary Swank relates in flashback what happened to her to in the acclaimed award-winning indie hit "Boys Don't Cry" (1999). Among the plays Lou has appeared in are "The Time of Your Life," "Fool for Love," and the especially well-received "In the West" (Perryman also co-wrote this latter play). He's also acted under the alternate names of Lou Perry and Louis Perryman.

Lou Perryman was murdered at aged 67 on April 2nd, 2009 in Austin, Texas. A 26 year old man showed up at a jail facility saying he was "pretty sure" he had killed the owner of a vehicle he had stolen. Police later found Perryman's body at a home. Investigators said they do not believe the murderer knew Perryman. His mother said her son has bipolar disorder with psychotic symptoms. He had asked her to take him to a psychiatric hospital, however they wanted $3,600 for the first 3 days, they couldn't afford it so they left. 2 days later the killer, Seth Tatum, beat his mother's roommate with a garden tool, walked to Perryman's home 3 miles away and killed him before stealing his car. He turned himself in the next day. Tatum has been charged with capital murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

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