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Hoyt Axton's face is best known to audiences for his on-screen performances in a handful of '70s and '80s films. These include his role as the father of Billy Peltzer in "Gremlins." In the camp horror classic--one of cinema's most famous and amusing examples of "buyer beware"--Axton's character purchases a lovable, furry "Mogwai" for his son, only for it to produce less affable spawns once the child violates some of the unique rules that accompany all Mogwai: don't get them wet, and don't feed them after midnight. Axton also portrayed the father of Alec Ramsey in "The Black Stallion," the uplifting tale of a friendship between a boy and a wild horse. Axton's legacy as an actor, however, is meager compared to his legacy as a singer-songwriter. His signature song, "Joy to the World" (made famous by the band Three Dog Night), has featured prominently in many films, perhaps most powerfully in "The Big Chill," a comedy-drama about old friends reunited by a funeral. The soundtrack--consisting mostly of '60s and '70s hits--played an integral role in establishing the characters and the nostalgic tone of the story.

Hoyt Axton's face is best known to audiences for his on-screen performances in a handful of '70s and '80s films. These include his role as the father of Billy Peltzer in "Gremlins." In the camp horror classic--one of cinema's most famous and amusing examples of "buyer beware"--Axton's character purchases a lovable, furry "Mogwai" for his son, only for it to produce less affable spawns once the child violates some of the unique rules that accompany all Mogwai: don't get them wet, and don't feed them after midnight. Axton also portrayed the father of Alec Ramsey in "The Black Stallion," the uplifting tale of a friendship between a boy and a wild horse. Axton's legacy as an actor, however, is meager compared to his legacy as a singer-songwriter. His signature song, "Joy to the World" (made famous by the band Three Dog Night), has featured prominently in many films, perhaps most powerfully in "The Big Chill," a comedy-drama about old friends reunited by a funeral. The soundtrack--consisting mostly of '60s and '70s hits--played an integral role in establishing the characters and the nostalgic tone of the story.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 King Cobra (1999) Mayor Ed Biddle
2.
 Number One Fan (1995)
3.
 Kingfish: A Story of Huey P. Long (1995) Huey P Long Sr
4.
 Harmony Cats (1994) Himself
5.
 Season of Change (1994) "Big" Upton
6.
 Space Case (1991)
7.
 Buried Alive (1990) Sheriff Sam Eberly
8.
 Disorganized Crime (1989) Sheriff Henault
9.
 We're No Angels (1989) Father Levesque
10.
 Desperado: Avalanche at Devil's Ridge (1988) Sheriff Ben Tree
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