Jim O’Rear on The Jimmy Star Show
Jim O’Rear is an American actor, screenwriter, and special effects makeup artist perhaps most famous for his contributions to the horror genre with such projects to his credit as The Boogeyman, Little Shop of Horrors, and Day of the Dead. Jim O’Rear has been involved in the entertainment industry for over twenty five years, beginning his career on tour […]
Jim O’Rear is an American actor, screenwriter, and special effects makeup artist perhaps most famous for his contributions to the horror genre with such projects to his credit as The Boogeyman, Little Shop of Horrors, and Day of the Dead.
Jim O’Rear has been involved in the entertainment industry for over twenty five years, beginning his career on tour as The Youngest Professional Magician with David Copperfield, Harry Blackstone Jr., and The Great Tomsoni and opening for acts like Cheap Trick and John Anderson.
With his “magical” background and having been trained in New York at The American Academy Of Dramatic Arts, it was only natural that Jim move into the realm of film, television, and theatre where he has worked steadily as an actor, stuntman, and special make-up effects artist on such projects as Stephen King’s The Boogeyman, Star Trek 4, Beverly Lane, Day Of The Dead, The Vampire Wars, Lethal Weapon 3, Fall Of The House Of Usher, A Christmas Carol, Cop & ½, Psycho Beach Party, Evita, Little Shop Of Horrors, No Retreat No Surrender 3, Mortal Kombat: Conquest, and many more with actors including Martin Sheen, Burt Reynolds, Mel Gibson, Amanda Plummer, Maximillian Schell, Robert Englund, Kevin Sorbo, Jon Voight, Chris Sarandon, and others.
Wanting to get some of his own ideas onto the screen, Jim successfully moved into the area of screenwriting. Although competition is tough, he has written and sold a number of horror-related screenplays, including The House Of Pain (with Robert “Freddy” Englund, Gunnar “Leatherface” Hansen, Tom “Friday The 13th” Savini, Bill “ChopTop” Moseley, and Debbie “Scream Queen” Rochon), Hayride Slaughter, Hayride Slaughter 2, The Deadly Obligation, Vampyre Tales, Wolfsbayne, The Deepening, and Scream Farm. Jim also placed third for Best Screenplay in TSA’s screenwriting competition and was a finalist in the Fade In Screenplay contest and Writer’s Network competition.
Jim was also “immortalized” as a comic book character opposite Thor in an issue of Marvel Comics‘ “What The…?” and appears as himself in the fictional horror novel, Bad Moon Rising and in Zombie: CSU. In addition, Jim has written a paranormal book about real hauntings in the state of Tennessee for Schiffer Publishing titledTennessee Ghosts and will have a followup book titled Hollywood’s Paranormal Movies in stores soon. His first horror novel has also been recently released titled Mortuary of Madness.
Currently, Jim continues to work as an actor and stuntman on several films per year, recently opposite Andrew “Wishmaster” Divoff (Lost, Airforce One), Tom Savini (Grindhouse, From Dusk Til Dawn), and Jason Carter (Babylon 5, Angel) in The Dead Matter, as wall as in Old Habits Die Hard, Fall of the House of Usher, Post Mortem America, Hellephone, It Came from Trafalgar, and Voracious. Jim is also the Midwest Case Manager for The Celebrity Ghost Hunters and goes on regular paranormal investigations across the country. As if that isn’t enough, Jim continues to write for horror publications all over the world and consult for horror-related projects internationally.