Michael Berryman

Michael Berryman
Michael Berryman

Michael Berryman, November 2007
Born Michael John Berryman
September 4, 1948 (1948-09-04) (age 63)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1975—present

Michael John Berryman (born September 4, 1948) is an American actor. He has appeared in several horror movies and other B movies. Berryman is famous for having a distinctive physical appearance as a result of hypohidrotic ectodermal dysplasia, a rare genetic condition which prevents him from developing hair, sweat glands or fingernails. According to his own statements in an interview for the DVD release of The Hills Have Eyes, he was born with "twenty-six birth defects."


Personal life

Berryman was born in Los Angeles, California, the son of Barbara and Sloan Berryman, who was a neurosurgeon.[1] Prior to acting, Berryman worked in the floral profession. Berryman is married and lives in Clearlake, California.


Berryman is probably best known for his role as Pluto in Wes Craven's 1977 horror film The Hills Have Eyes and the 1985 sequel The Hills Have Eyes Part II. He has also made appearances in the science fiction and fantasy movies My Science Project (1985), Weird Science (1985), Armed Response (1986), Evil Spirits (1990) and The Guyver (1991). He appeared in the Academy Award-winning drama One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975). In 2005, he starred in Rob Zombie's The Devil's Rejects.

Berryman has made a career out of portraying mutant bikers, evil undertakers, monsters and other frightening characters. He had a role in The Crow (1994) as "The Skull Cowboy", Eric Draven's guide to the land of the living. Berryman's scenes were cut from the original theatrical release, but can be found on some DVD releases under "Deleted Scenes".

He has appeared in episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation and The X-Files. He appeared in the 1985 Mötley Crüe video for "Smokin' In the Boys Room", as well as the introduction to the band's song "Home Sweet Home". He also portrayed the devil in a 1985 episode of Highway To Heaven, entitled "The devil and Jonathan Smith"

Berryman is a popular draw at genre conventions, such as the 2002 Horrorfind convention in Baltimore, Maryland, and the 2007 Eerie Horror Film Festival in Erie, Pennsylvania. He also appeared in 2001 and 2002 at the Horrorfind convention in Baltimore, Maryland and in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on June 7 and 8 attending as a guest of "The Milwaukee County Massacre", a horror film convention and music festival. Berryman appeared at the "Scarefest" convention in Lexington, Kentucky, and at the "Spooky Empire" convention in Orlando, Florida on October 17–19, 2008. He appeared in Roseville, Minnesota at Crypticon 2008 for "A November to Dismember" on November 14–16, 2008 for the show's third year. Berryman stars currently in the British-Canadian horror film Below Zero 3D, which is directed by Justin Thomas Orstensen.[2] He was a special guest at the third annual San Antonio Horrific Film Fest on 25 August 2010.[3] He was a guest at the Cinema Wasteland convention from April 1–3, 2011.


Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films

Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
1978 Nominated Saturn Award Best Actor – Horror for The Hills Have Eyes
2007 Won EyeGore Award Career Contribution in Horror Genre



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