Guests

Over the coming months we'll be listing all of the show guests and appearances on this page so keep checking back regularly.

Please note all guests are subject to work and professional commitments.  In some cases guests may cancel with little warning.


FILM & TV

MARLON TAYLOR (IT)

Marlon Taylor is a native New Yorker, who moved to Los Angeles in the early 80's to pursue an acting career. Landing roles in TV shows such as Amen, Mr Belvedere, Just the ten of us, Doctor Doctor, and a host of commercials. Marlon has also performed on stage at the Los angeles Theatre Center in August Wilsons "Eden", and the Cast Theatre's production of "Omalingwo". Which landed Marlon An Inner City Cultural Center NAACP award. Marlon trained at the Lee Strasberg Actors institute, Rainbow Connection and the Los Angeles actors institute, as well as the Community School of Performing Arts.


In the Late 80's Marlon was cast as young Mike Hanlon in Stephen Kings "IT", which was released in the early 90's. After a small hiatus from acting Marlon was cast on the TV show Sister Sister, with twins Tia & Tamara, and of course Tim Reid (grown Mike Hanlon). Since Going away to college In 1994 Marlon has been absent on the acting scene. But he has Put his foot back in the biz this year. You can catch Marlon in Season 4 episode 9 of the SyFy networks Z-Nation. Stay tuned for more to come.

ARRED BLANCARD (IT - 1990)

We’re very pleased to announce Jarred Blancard the FIRST of our IT guests coming to Birmingham Horror Con next February (24th & 25th).

Jarred Blancard was born on May 2, 1973 in Canada. He made international fame in 1990 when he burst onto our TV screens as Henry Bowers, the troubled teenager in Stephen King’s now cult classic, IT.

His acting career continued to boom with more successful roles including The Boys Club, nine years as Michaelangelo in the TV series, Saban's Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation and as Jeffers in The Crow: Stairway to Heaven.

Jarred has never signed at a convention anywhere! This is a unique opportunity for horror fans across the globe to dust off their copies of IT, to snap up those cinema posters for this gentleman’s autograph.

BRANDON CRANE (IT)

A native of Oceanside, California, Brandon has enjoyed a broad career in theatre and television. Brandon began appearing in television commercials at the age of four after an agent noticed him entertaining party guests with impressions of popular singers. He would go on to make guest appearances on FULL HOUSE, STEP BY STEP, GET A LIFE and IT’S GARRY SHANDLING’S SHOW among others.

Brandon was in the middle of a lengthy stint on the classic show THE WONDER YEARS when he landed the role of young Ben Hanscom in IT. Most recently, Brandon appeared alongside his IT cast mates in a documentary about the Pennywise phenomenon following the wildly successful Warner Bros. reboot.

BEN HELLER (IT)

As a young person living in Vancouver, Canada, it was easy for Ben to explore the thriving film scene as a background player.

That interest led to his first audition, which was for the role of Young Stan in Stephen King's IT. Studying the art of acting remained a passion in his life, while at the same time testing the waters with different career options.

Currently, Ben is a Senior Business Analyst at a tech company he has been with for 14 years. Thoughts of returning to acting are never too far from his mind.

ADAM FARAIZL (IT)

Adam Faraizl was born on November 3, 1977. He is an actor, known for Robocop 2 (1990), Where the Red Fern Grows: Part Two (1992), A Triumph of the Heart: The Ricky Bell Story (1991) and of course for the hit TV mini series adaptation of Stephen King’s IT.


Eddie Kaspbrak was the smallest of The Losers Club, who wheezed his way through the film with his inhaler. One of his most memorable scenes was when Pennywise appears in the plug hole during a shower sketch. Eddie for sure was one of the fan favourites and still remains so today.




TOM FITZPATRICK (The Bride in Black – Insidious 2/3)

Tom Fitzpatrick has been active on stages around the country for 54 years, but he is proudest of the ten years he spent, from 1985 to 1995, as a member of Dar A Luz, the acting company formed by the late Avant-Garde wunderkind, Reza Abdoh. Under Reza's direction, Tom created roles in 10 of Abdoh's ground-breaking spectacles, starting first at downtown's Los Angeles Theatre Center, then Off-off Broadway in New York and finally on several European tours, where the company garnered critical acclaim and played to sell-out houses everywhere they performed.

With Abdoh's death in 1995, Tom began to focus on TV and film. He had a memorable guest-shot on "Designing Women" as well as appearances on "America's Most Wanted", "Highway To Heaven", "Ben And Kate', "Comedy Bang! Bang!” and "Eagleheart", to name a few. Film audiences saw Tom doing a cover of Lou Reed's "Take A Walk On The Wild Side" as "Karaoke Joe" in "The Salton Sea" and giving Leo Di Caprio his first screen kiss as the "John" who picks up Leo's character in the subway in "Basketball Diaries".

In recent years Tom has portrayed one of the creepiest and most fascinating characters in horror movie history, The Bride in Black. Making the character his own and expanding the Bride’s backstory in “Insidious: Chapter 2”, Tom returned for more spooky fun in the critically praised third chapter. The Bride has quickly become a favourite among horror fans after being further immortalised in art and costume, a feat which is in no small part due to Tom’s intense and deliciously macabre performance as the Insidious series’ most recognisable ghost!

BOB ELMORE (Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 - Leatherface)

Bob Elmore has been a Hollywood stuntman since 1985 and is most known as Leatherface from Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2.

“I got my start in the late 70s, working at Knott’s Berry Farm, doing chainsaw stunts in a Wild West show. After doing that for several years, a few of us stunt guys looked into getting into the real stunt business. I soon got into a program at LA City College and began getting paid stunt jobs and was able to earn a living doing just that.

When I was asked to do stunts on Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, I had no idea what to expect. I hadn’t even seen the original film.

It was 110° in Texas with 100% humidity and we were working in an underground tunnel that was 160°. After shooting my stunt scenes, I had taken my costume off and was about to leave, when they called me back to the set. So I got dressed again and went back in there wondering what was going on, and they said that Bill Johnson (credited for the role of Leatherface) couldn’t lift the chainsaw up over his head. It was the biggest chainsaw on the market at that time and weighed about 75 pounds. They had tried to make a lighter chainsaw, but it didn’t work out and they had to use a real chainsaw with a dulled blade. So I had a stunt contract and an acting contract for this movie.

I am not an actor. But because I essentially took on the role of Leatherface, I had to give him character. The thing about Leatherface is that he doesn’t speak – he grunts and groans – and you never see his face. Body language was key to giving his character a style... his hand movements, how he dances with Stretch and handles her not like a lady, but like an object. That was just what I came up with for his character, a mad man who is also physically strong.

Although I remained credited only as Bill’s stunt double, 98% of what you see of Leatherface in Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2 is actually me!”

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