Ya know... I sure hate having to share sad news like this with y'all,
ya know... sometimes being a film geek means sharing the hard times
with your brothers as well as the good.
On with the bad news...
One of my absolute favorite people in the world of motion pictures has
passed on and I can't let him go without writing a few words of tribute.
Jay "Muggy" Troyer, diminutive star of the screen for several decades...
is dead. I'm sure you've already heard the news stories about how he
was crushed to death, at age 87, by an accordian left carelessly
teetering on the edge of his dresser by his nursing home roommate, so I
won't get into that. But with all the cold news we've heard about this
tragedy, we have yet to hear about the incident from the point of view
of... a fan.
"Muggy" Troyer may have only stood 22 inches high, but he was a giant
of the silver screen.
"Muggy" may have never had a starring role in a film, or an important
supporting role... but sometimes it's the little people who are the most important (no slur meant there toward the deceased's tiny, tiny
Who can help but smile when they remember the moment in Hitchcock's
"The Red Ink Letter" when "Muggy" brought Cary Grant a cup of tea in
his train compartment and warned "careful, it's a little hot." A little
It was in "Space Passage Savage" that Troyer first caught the eye of
this bloated film buff. Remember the scene when Starmeister Clox
vowed to Savage that... "I will always be the master of the passage...
The lives of these people are mine!" and then he threw one of the small
Chaq'uidians into the molten lava. Yup... you guessed it... that little
plummeting to his death was our "Muggy"!!!
Ironic how now... years later... he would die in real life.
He went on to appear in several other films: Nero Takes A Bath,
Sidesteppin', Three Through The West, Short Folks Galore!, and Space
Passage Savage III (despite having been killed in part I - oops!).
he was always only on screen for just a few seconds, rarely spoke,
and was usually mostly obscured by larger actors or large plastic
masks, he will always have a special place in my strained,
What was it about Jay "Muggy" Troyer that touched his fans so... Was it
the twinkle in his eye? The dimple on his chin? The way his knees were
always turned slightly inward? I don't know... All I do know is...
Hollywood has lost another of its best and brightest.
Godspeed, little giant... Godspeed.