Forrest J. Ackerman

Forrest J. Ackerman

Gender: Male
Known for: Acting
Birthday: 1916-11-24
Deathday: 2008-12-04 (92 years old)

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Biography

Forrest James Ackerman (November 24, 1916 – December 4, 2008) was an American magazine editor; science fiction writer and literary agent; a founder of science fiction fandom; a leading expert on science fiction, horror, and fantasy films; a prominent advocate of the Esperanto language; and one of the world's most avid collectors of genre books and film memorabilia. He was based in Los Angeles, California.As a literary agent, he represented such science fiction authors as Ray Bradbury, Isaac Asimov, A.E. Van Vogt, Curt Siodmak, and L. Ron Hubbard. For more than 70 years he was one of science fiction's staunchest spokesmen and promoters.He was editor and principal writer of the American magazine Famous Monsters of Filmland, as well as an actor, from the 1950s into the 21st century. He appears in several documentaries related to this period in popular culture, like Famous Monster: Forrest J Ackerman (directed by Michael R. MacDonald and written by Ian Johnston), which premiered at the Egyptian Theatre in March 2009, during the Forrest J Ackerman tribute; The Ackermonster Chronicles! (a 2012 documentary about Ackerman by writer and filmmaker Jason V Brock); and Charles Beaumont: The Short Life of Twilight Zone's Magic Man, about late author Charles Beaumont, a former client of The Ackerman Agency.Also called "Forry", "Uncle Forry", "The Ackermonster", "Dr. Acula", "Forjak", "4e" and "4SJ", Ackerman was central to the formation, organization and spread of science fiction fandom and a key figure in the wider cultural perception of science fiction as a literary, art, and film genre. Famous for his word play and neologisms, he coined the genre nickname "sci-fi". In 1953, he was voted "#1 Fan Personality" by the members of the World Science Fiction Society, a unique Hugo Award never granted to anyone else.He was also among the first and most outspoken advocates of Esperanto in the science fiction community.

Personal Life

Ackerman had one sibling, a younger brother, Alden Lorraine Ackerman, who was killed at the Battle of the Bulge.Ackerman was married to a German-born teacher and translator, Mathilda Wahrman (1912–1990), whom he met in the early 1950s while she was working in a book store he happened to visit. He eventually dubbed her "Wendayne" or, less formally, "Wendy", by which name she became most generally known within SF and film fandoms, after the character in Peter Pan, his favorite fantasy. Although they went through a period of separation during the late 1950s and early 1960s, they remained officially married until her death: she suffered serious internal injuries when she was violently mugged while visiting Italy in 1990 and irreparable damage to her kidneys led to her death. They had no children of their own by choice, but Wahrman did have a son by an earlier marriage, Michael Porges, who did not get along with Ackerman and would not live in Ackerman's home.Ackerman was fluent in the international language Esperanto, and claimed to have walked down Hollywood Boulevard arm-in-arm with Leo G. Carroll singing La Espero, the hymn of Esperanto.Ackerman was an atheist at age 15, but did not emphasize that fact in his public life and welcomed people of all faiths as well as no faith into his home and personal circle equally.His first public stance on any political issue was in opposition to the Vietnam War.

Filmography

All 94

Movies 92

Self 44

Writter 4

TV shows 2

Director 1

Voice 1

Narrator 1

Self
Monster Madness: Mutants, Space Invaders, and Drive-Ins (2014)

Monster Madness: Mutants, Space Invaders, and Drive-Ins (2014)

Movie
Self
The Life After Death Project (2013)

The Life After Death Project (2013)

Movie
Into the Zone: The Story of the Cacophony Society (2012)

Into the Zone: The Story of the Cacophony Society (2012)

Movie
Wheelchair ZomVamp
The Dead Undead (2010)

The Dead Undead (2010)

Movie
Self
Charles Beaumont: The Short Life of Twilight Zone's Magic Man (2010)

Charles Beaumont: The Short Life of Twilight Zone's Magic Man (2010)

Movie
Forrest J. Ackerman
Red Velvet (2009)

Red Velvet (2009)

Movie
Dr. Acula
The Boneyard Collection (2008)

The Boneyard Collection (2008)

Movie
Self
Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story (2007)

Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story (2007)

Movie
Self
Bela Lugosi: The Fallen Vampire (2007)

Bela Lugosi: The Fallen Vampire (2007)

Movie
Self
Famous Monster: Forrest J Ackerman (2007)

Famous Monster: Forrest J Ackerman (2007)

Movie
Mr. Monster
Werewolf & The Witch (2007)

Werewolf & The Witch (2007)

Movie
Self
Vampira: The Movie (2006)

Vampira: The Movie (2006)

Movie
Himself
American Scary (2006)

American Scary (2006)

Movie
Self
I Was a Teenage Movie Maker: Don Glut's Amateur Movies (2006)

I Was a Teenage Movie Maker: Don Glut's Amateur Movies (2006)

Movie
Self
Working with a Master: John Landis (2006)

Working with a Master: John Landis (2006)

Movie
Self - Imagimovie Expert
Look, Up in the Sky! The Amazing Story of Superman (2006)

Look, Up in the Sky! The Amazing Story of Superman (2006)

Movie
Self
The Sci-Fi Boys (2006)

The Sci-Fi Boys (2006)

Movie
Himself
Jack Parsons: Jet Propelled Antichrist (2006)

Jack Parsons: Jet Propelled Antichrist (2006)

Movie
Self
Witch's Dungeon: 40 Years of Chills (2006)

Witch's Dungeon: 40 Years of Chills (2006)

Movie
Flustered Man
The Naked Monster (2005)

The Naked Monster (2005)

Movie
Ringers: Lord of the Fans (2005)

Ringers: Lord of the Fans (2005)

Movie
Self
Ray Harryhausen: The Early Years Collection (2005)

Ray Harryhausen: The Early Years Collection (2005)

Movie
Self
Surge of Power - The Stuff Of Heroes (2005)

Surge of Power - The Stuff Of Heroes (2005)

Movie
Self
Finding the Future: A Science Fiction Conversation (2004)

Finding the Future: A Science Fiction Conversation (2004)

Movie
Forrey
Skinned Deep (2004)

Skinned Deep (2004)

Movie
Cinema audience member (segment "Thriller")
Michael Jackson: Number Ones (2003)

Michael Jackson: Number Ones (2003)

Movie
Self
Frazetta: Painting with Fire (2003)

Frazetta: Painting with Fire (2003)

Movie
Museum Caretaker
The Double-D Avenger (2001)

The Double-D Avenger (2001)

Movie
Himself
Schlock! The Secret History of American Movies (2001)

Schlock! The Secret History of American Movies (2001)

Movie
Forry
The Vampire Hunters Club (2001)

The Vampire Hunters Club (2001)

Movie
Self
Lon Chaney: A Thousand Faces (2000)

Lon Chaney: A Thousand Faces (2000)

Movie
Self
Sex, Death & The Hollywood Mystique (1999)

Sex, Death & The Hollywood Mystique (1999)

Movie
Self
Keepers of the Frame (1999)

Keepers of the Frame (1999)

Movie
Self
Cult Movies TV (1999)

Cult Movies TV (1999)

TV show
Self
Attack of the 50 Foot Monster Mania (1999)

Attack of the 50 Foot Monster Mania (1999)

Movie
Man attacked by the Devil Ant at 'The Monster Bash Convention'
The Devil Ant (1999)

The Devil Ant (1999)

Movie
Self - Interviewee
Universal Horror (1998)

Universal Horror (1998)

Movie
Self
Hollywood: Aliens & Monsters (1997)

Hollywood: Aliens & Monsters (1997)

Movie
Self
Hollywood Rated 'R' (1997)

Hollywood Rated 'R' (1997)

Movie
Park Victim
Future War (1997)

Future War (1997)

Movie
Writer
Vampirella (1996)

Vampirella (1996)

Movie
Self
Lon Chaney: Son of a Thousand Faces (1995)

Lon Chaney: Son of a Thousand Faces (1995)

Movie
Dracula
Attack of the 60 Foot Centerfold (1995)

Attack of the 60 Foot Centerfold (1995)

Movie
Acker-Man
Dinosaur Valley Girls (1995)

Dinosaur Valley Girls (1995)

Movie
Man with Insect Repellent
Bikini Drive-In (1995)

Bikini Drive-In (1995)

Movie
Sylvia's father
Ceremony (1994)

Ceremony (1994)

Movie
Edward Van Groan
That Little Monster (1994)

That Little Monster (1994)

Movie
Self
Hollywood Goes Ape! (1994)

Hollywood Goes Ape! (1994)

Movie
Dinosaur Movies (1993)

Dinosaur Movies (1993)

Movie
Self
Heartstoppers: Horror at the Movies (1992)

Heartstoppers: Horror at the Movies (1992)

Movie
10
Self
The Horror Hall of Fame III (1992)

The Horror Hall of Fame III (1992)

Movie
Stolen Car Man
Innocent Blood (1992)

Innocent Blood (1992)

Movie
5.17
Self
Flying Saucers Over Hollywood: The 'Plan 9' Companion (1992)

Flying Saucers Over Hollywood: The 'Plan 9' Companion (1992)

Movie
Self / Host
Hooray for Horrorwood (1991)

Hooray for Horrorwood (1991)

Movie
Judge Rhinehole
Nudist Colony of the Dead (1991)

Nudist Colony of the Dead (1991)

Movie
4.97
Self
Shock Cinema: Volume Two (1991)

Shock Cinema: Volume Two (1991)

Movie
Self - Inductee
The Horror Hall of Fame (1990)

The Horror Hall of Fame (1990)

Movie
Pool Guy
The Alien Within (1990)

The Alien Within (1990)

Movie
Dr. Ed Newton
Hard to Die (1990)

Hard to Die (1990)

Movie
The Master
My Lovely Monster (1990)

My Lovely Monster (1990)

Movie
Boris Faroff
My Mom's a Werewolf (1989)

My Mom's a Werewolf (1989)

Movie
Funeral Director
Transylvania Twist (1989)

Transylvania Twist (1989)

Movie
Mustached Man at Garage Sale
The Wizard of Speed and Time (1989)

The Wizard of Speed and Time (1989)

Movie
9
Self
Prisoners of Gravity (1989)

Prisoners of Gravity (1989)

TV show
Corpse #1
The Laughing Dead (1989)

The Laughing Dead (1989)

Movie
Harvey Kramer (Special Zombie)
Return of the Living Dead Part II (1988)

Return of the Living Dead Part II (1988)

Movie
5.46
Mr. Richardson
Curse of the Queerwolf (1988)

Curse of the Queerwolf (1988)

Movie
Self
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: A Family Portrait (1988)

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: A Family Portrait (1988)

Movie
U.S. President
Amazon Women on the Moon (1987)

Amazon Women on the Moon (1987)

Movie
4
Pool Man
Evil Spawn (1987)

Evil Spawn (1987)

Movie
Self
Drive-In Madness (1987)

Drive-In Madness (1987)

Movie
Self
Hollywood Dinosaur Chronicles (1987)

Hollywood Dinosaur Chronicles (1987)

Movie
Self
Fangoria's Weekend of Horrors (1986)

Fangoria's Weekend of Horrors (1986)

Movie
Doctor 1 (segment "Beach Blanket Bloodbath")
Sleazemania Strikes Back (1985)

Sleazemania Strikes Back (1985)

Movie
Self / Host / Narrator
Lugosi: The Forgotten King (1985)

Lugosi: The Forgotten King (1985)

Movie
Man sitting at a Discotheque table
B.B. King: Into the Night (1985)

B.B. King: Into the Night (1985)

Movie
Professor Trentwood
Scalps (1983)

Scalps (1983)

Movie
6
Man in Movie Theater (uncredited)
Michael Jackson's Thriller (1983)

Michael Jackson's Thriller (1983)

Movie
10
Self
Aliens, Dragons, Monsters & Me (1983)

Aliens, Dragons, Monsters & Me (1983)

Movie
Writer
Filmgore (1983)

Filmgore (1983)

Movie
The Curator
The Aftermath (1982)

The Aftermath (1982)

Movie
Bookstore Customer
The Howling (1981)

The Howling (1981)

Movie
5.69
Party Guest
Hollywood Boulevard (1976)

Hollywood Boulevard (1976)

Movie
Writer
The Horror Hall of Fame: A Monster Salute (1974)

The Horror Hall of Fame: A Monster Salute (1974)

Movie
Man in cinema
Schlock (1973)

Schlock (1973)

Movie
Dr. Beaumont
Dracula vs. Frankenstein (1971)

Dracula vs. Frankenstein (1971)

Movie
Doctor (voice) (uncredited)
Equinox (1970)

Equinox (1970)

Movie
Writer
Mad Monster Party? (1967)

Mad Monster Party? (1967)

Movie
Farraday's Aide
Queen of Blood (1966)

Queen of Blood (1966)

Movie
4
Square-Frame Technician
The Time Travelers (1964)

The Time Travelers (1964)

Movie
Narrator (1995 Video Release)
I Was a Teenage Mummy (1962)

I Was a Teenage Mummy (1962)

Movie
Man in crowd (uncredited)
The Winner's Circle (1948)

The Winner's Circle (1948)

Movie
The Host
The Creep

The Creep

Movie
Self
Vampires: Thirst for the Truth

Vampires: Thirst for the Truth

Movie

Information

Known for
Acting

Gender
Male

Birthday
1916-11-24

Deathday
2008-12-04 (92 years old)

Place of birth
Los Angeles, United States of America

Religion
atheism

Citizenships
United States of America

Residences
Los Angeles, United States of America

Also known as
Forrest James Ackerman, Forest J. Ackerman, Forrest Ackerman, Forry J. Ackerman, Forry Ackerman

Awards
Hugo Award #1 Fan Personality, Inkpot Award

Roger Corman
Forrest J. Ackerman
Roger Corman worked together with Forrest J. Ackerman in:
14 Movies
John Landis
Forrest J. Ackerman
John Landis worked together with Forrest J. Ackerman in:
11 Movies
Donald F. Glut
Forrest J. Ackerman
Donald F. Glut worked together with Forrest J. Ackerman in:
9 Movies
Sara Karloff
Forrest J. Ackerman
Sara Karloff worked together with Forrest J. Ackerman in:
8 Movies
Bobbie Bresee
Forrest J. Ackerman
Bobbie Bresee worked together with Forrest J. Ackerman in:
8 Movies
Fred Olen Ray
Forrest J. Ackerman
Fred Olen Ray worked together with Forrest J. Ackerman in:
8 Movies
Ray Harryhausen
Forrest J. Ackerman
Ray Harryhausen worked together with Forrest J. Ackerman in:
8 Movies
Rick Baker
Forrest J. Ackerman
Rick Baker worked together with Forrest J. Ackerman in:
8 Movies
Bob Burns
Forrest J. Ackerman
Bob Burns worked together with Forrest J. Ackerman in:
7 Movies
Ray Bradbury
Forrest J. Ackerman
Ray Bradbury worked together with Forrest J. Ackerman in:
7 Movies
Joe Dante
Forrest J. Ackerman
Joe Dante worked together with Forrest J. Ackerman in:
7 Movies
Cassandra Peterson
Forrest J. Ackerman
Cassandra Peterson worked together with Forrest J. Ackerman in:
7 Movies
Conrad Brooks
Forrest J. Ackerman
Conrad Brooks worked together with Forrest J. Ackerman in:
6 Movies
Linnea Quigley
Forrest J. Ackerman
Linnea Quigley worked together with Forrest J. Ackerman in:
6 Movies
John Carradine
Forrest J. Ackerman
John Carradine worked together with Forrest J. Ackerman in:
6 Movies
Brinke Stevens
Forrest J. Ackerman
Brinke Stevens worked together with Forrest J. Ackerman in:
6 Movies
Deborah Dutch
Forrest J. Ackerman
Deborah Dutch worked together with Forrest J. Ackerman in:
5 Movies
Ted Newsom
Forrest J. Ackerman
Ted Newsom worked together with Forrest J. Ackerman in:
5 Movies
Lon Chaney
Forrest J. Ackerman
Lon Chaney worked together with Forrest J. Ackerman in:
5 Movies
Jim Wynorski
Forrest J. Ackerman
Jim Wynorski worked together with Forrest J. Ackerman in:
5 Movies
Vincent Price
Forrest J. Ackerman
Vincent Price worked together with Forrest J. Ackerman in:
5 Movies
Lon Chaney Jr.
Forrest J. Ackerman
Lon Chaney Jr. worked together with Forrest J. Ackerman in:
5 Movies
Boris Karloff
Forrest J. Ackerman
Boris Karloff worked together with Forrest J. Ackerman in:
5 Movies
Dick Miller
Forrest J. Ackerman
Dick Miller worked together with Forrest J. Ackerman in:
5 Movies
Brad Linaweaver
Forrest J. Ackerman
Brad Linaweaver worked together with Forrest J. Ackerman in:
3 Movies
1 TV shows
Carla Laemmle
Forrest J. Ackerman
Carla Laemmle worked together with Forrest J. Ackerman in:
4 Movies
Jim Danforth
Forrest J. Ackerman
Jim Danforth worked together with Forrest J. Ackerman in:
4 Movies
Gary Graver
Forrest J. Ackerman
Gary Graver worked together with Forrest J. Ackerman in:
4 Movies
Melissa Moore
Forrest J. Ackerman
Melissa Moore worked together with Forrest J. Ackerman in:
4 Movies
Kevin Burns
Forrest J. Ackerman
Kevin Burns worked together with Forrest J. Ackerman in:
4 Movies
Leonard Maltin
Forrest J. Ackerman
Leonard Maltin worked together with Forrest J. Ackerman in:
4 Movies
John Zacherle
Forrest J. Ackerman
John Zacherle worked together with Forrest J. Ackerman in:
4 Movies
Maila Nurmi
Forrest J. Ackerman
Maila Nurmi worked together with Forrest J. Ackerman in:
4 Movies
Peter Spellos
Forrest J. Ackerman
Peter Spellos worked together with Forrest J. Ackerman in:
4 Movies
Robert Englund
Forrest J. Ackerman
Robert Englund worked together with Forrest J. Ackerman in:
4 Movies
Bela Lugosi
Forrest J. Ackerman
Bela Lugosi worked together with Forrest J. Ackerman in:
4 Movies
Tom Savini
Forrest J. Ackerman
Tom Savini worked together with Forrest J. Ackerman in:
4 Movies
Robert Loggia
Forrest J. Ackerman
Robert Loggia worked together with Forrest J. Ackerman in:
4 Movies
Sean Fernald
Forrest J. Ackerman
Sean Fernald worked together with Forrest J. Ackerman in:
3 Movies
Mark Pirro
Forrest J. Ackerman
Mark Pirro worked together with Forrest J. Ackerman in:
3 Movies
Edward L. Plumb
Forrest J. Ackerman
Edward L. Plumb worked together with Forrest J. Ackerman in:
3 Movies
Del Howison
Forrest J. Ackerman
Del Howison worked together with Forrest J. Ackerman in:
3 Movies
George Folsey Jr.
Forrest J. Ackerman
George Folsey Jr. worked together with Forrest J. Ackerman in:
3 Movies
Bobby Pickett
Forrest J. Ackerman
Bobby Pickett worked together with Forrest J. Ackerman in:
3 Movies
Samuel Z. Arkoff
Forrest J. Ackerman
Samuel Z. Arkoff worked together with Forrest J. Ackerman in:
3 Movies
Malcolm Campbell
Forrest J. Ackerman
Malcolm Campbell worked together with Forrest J. Ackerman in:
3 Movies
Ira Newborn
Forrest J. Ackerman
Ira Newborn worked together with Forrest J. Ackerman in:
3 Movies
Titus Moede
Forrest J. Ackerman
Titus Moede worked together with Forrest J. Ackerman in:
2 Movies
1 TV shows
David F. Friedman
Forrest J. Ackerman
David F. Friedman worked together with Forrest J. Ackerman in:
3 Movies
Steve Barkett
Forrest J. Ackerman
Steve Barkett worked together with Forrest J. Ackerman in:
3 Movies
Dawn Wildsmith
Forrest J. Ackerman
Dawn Wildsmith worked together with Forrest J. Ackerman in:
3 Movies
Stanley Livingston
Forrest J. Ackerman
Stanley Livingston worked together with Forrest J. Ackerman in:
3 Movies
Nikki Fritz
Forrest J. Ackerman
Nikki Fritz worked together with Forrest J. Ackerman in:
3 Movies
William Marshall
Forrest J. Ackerman
William Marshall worked together with Forrest J. Ackerman in:
3 Movies
Jay Richardson
Forrest J. Ackerman
Jay Richardson worked together with Forrest J. Ackerman in:
3 Movies
Michelle Bauer
Forrest J. Ackerman
Michelle Bauer worked together with Forrest J. Ackerman in:
3 Movies
Monique Gabrielle
Forrest J. Ackerman
Monique Gabrielle worked together with Forrest J. Ackerman in:
3 Movies
John Carl Buechler
Forrest J. Ackerman
John Carl Buechler worked together with Forrest J. Ackerman in:
3 Movies
Belinda Balaski
Forrest J. Ackerman
Belinda Balaski worked together with Forrest J. Ackerman in:
3 Movies
James Karen
Forrest J. Ackerman
James Karen worked together with Forrest J. Ackerman in:
3 Movies
Daniel Roebuck
Forrest J. Ackerman
Daniel Roebuck worked together with Forrest J. Ackerman in:
3 Movies
Bill Mumy
Forrest J. Ackerman
Bill Mumy worked together with Forrest J. Ackerman in:
3 Movies
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