Alan Ormsby

Alan Ormsby

writer, additional crew, make-up department

Alan Ormsby was born on Dec 14, 1944 in USA. Alan Ormsby's big-screen debut came with Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things directed by Bob Clark in 1972. Alan Ormsby is known for Mulan directed by Tony Bancroft, Miguel Ferrer stars as Shan-Yu and Harvey Fierstein as Yao. Alan Ormsby has got 2 awards and 1 nominations so far. The most recent award Alan Ormsby achieved is Housecore Horror Film Festival. The upcoming new movie Alan Ormsby plays is The Substitute: Failure Is Not an Option which will be released on Apr 24, 2001.

Writer, director and make-up effects artist Alan Ormsby was born on December 14, 1943. He was a drama student at the University of Florida, where he met future director Bob Clark. The pair first collaborated on a tongue-in-cheek low-budget zombie horror flick, Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things (1972). Ormsby not only co-wrote the script and did the effectively ghoulish zombie make-up, but also gave a deliciously hammy performance as the arrogant and obnoxious theater group leader Alan. Ormsby's then-wife Anya Liffey portrayed another group member; the couple later divorced in 1981.Ormsby and Clark followed this film with Le mort-vivant (1974) (aka Deathdream), which was a supremely potent and unnerving Vietnam-era variant on the classic short story "The Monkey's Paw." Next up for Ormsby was the excellent Deranged (1974), which he co-wrote, co-directed and handled make-up effects chores on along with a then-unknown Tom Savini (Savini also worked with Ormsby on the make-up effects for Deathdream). Deranged (1974) was a macabre and blackly humorous rural psycho item inspired by the notorious exploits of serial killer Ed Gein. Other movies Ormsby has penned screenplays for are the delightful teen coming-of-age winner Veux-tu être mon garde du corps? (1980), Paul Schrader's sexy and stylish La Féline (1982) remake, the uproariously raunchy Porky's II (1983), and the exciting action opus The Substitute (1996).Ormsby did the genuinely creepy zombie make-up for the spooky Nazi horror doozy Le commando des morts-vivants (1977) and wrote Movie Monsters, a book on makeup effects, in 1976. He created the popular doll Hugo: Man of a Thousand Faces, which was featured in both The Uncle Floyd Show (1974) and The Pee-Wee Herman Show (1981). He co-wrote and directed the entertaining film-within-a-film segments for the hugely enjoyable slasher send-up Popcorn (1991). He is currently married to actress Hilarie Thompson and has two sons.

  • Birthday

    Dec 14, 1944
  • Place of Birth

    Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Known For


2 wins & 1 nominations

Housecore Horror Film Festival
Mitchell Lifetime Achievement Award
Winner - Rotscar Award
Sitges - Catalonian International Film Festival
Best Screenplay
Winner - Medalla Sitges en Plata de Ley