Kenny Miller, Actor in 'I Was a Teenage Werewolf,' Dies at 85

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Kenny Miller (right) with Bobby Vinton in the 1964 film 'Surf Party.'

He worked on another American International Pictures cult classic, 'Attack of the Puppet People.'

Kenny Miller, who appeared in the 1950s drive-in classics I Was a Teenage Werewolf and Attack of the Puppet People, has died. He was 85.

Miller died Monday of pneumonia at Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs, his friend and former publicist, Nancy Streebeck, told The Hollywood Reporter.

Miller was attacked by Michael Landon, played the bongos and sang "Eeny, Meeny, Miny Mo" in I Was a Teenage Werewolf (1957) and was one of the shrunken victims of a deranged doll-maker (John Hoyt) in Attack of the Puppet People (1958). Both low-budget films were released by American International Pictures.

Miller also appeared as one of the young toughs in Orson Welles' Touch of Evil (1958) and portrayed a sentry in The Buccaneer (1958), starring Yul Brynner.

His film resume also included The Human Jungle (1954), The Search for Bridey Murphy (1956), Rockabilly Baby (1957), Rally 'Round the Flag, Boys! (1958) and Surf Party (1964).

On television, Miller was on such shows as Dragnet, Rat Patrol, Father Knows Best and B.L. Stryker, and he had a nightclub act in which he sang and danced.

A native of Springfield, Ohio, Miller was the son of a Protestant minister. His autobiography, Surviving Teenage Werewolves, Puppet People and Hollywood, was published in 1999.

Survivors include his niece Vicky and nephews Keith and James. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Doris Day Animal Foundation.

 

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