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|Born||Grady Anders Neal|
January 26, 1959
Fullerton, California, US
|Occupation||Actor, filmmaker, artist|
Andy Neal (born Grady Anders Neal, January 26, 1959) is an American make-up artist and actor best known for his portrayal of the horror host character Armando Creeper.
Early life and career
Andy Neal was born in the suburbs of Los Angeles, California, and grew up in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. He sought refuge from a troubled home life as a teen by delving into movie make-up, horror and science fiction prosthetics. Neal moved back to Southern California after graduating from Siloam Springs High School to work on his career in the arts.
Neal has worked as a make-up artist for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and PBS's Women of the Wild West, and has provided special makeup effects for haunted house events including for Movieland Wax Museum and Knott's Berry Farm.
In 1989, while working at Knott's Scary Farm, Neal created Armando Creeper. The character was inspired by horror character Freddy Krueger, comedy-horror host Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, and comedian Soupy Sales.
From 1991 to 2005, the Armando Creeper character hosted science-fiction and horror film festivals in several Californian cities. Armando Creeper was the unofficial mascot of the LA Con impromptu actors panel. Neal's character sometimes appears in a casket prop, and is often spotted driving a hearse as his personal vehicle, which Neal won as first prize from a Halloween costume contest.
His Armando Creeper character was featured in the 1992 Amateur Monster Maker quarterly newsletter for the organization of SPFX Amateur and Professional Make-Up Artists, and appeared on the cover of the first issue of Monster Maker Journal. He has also been featured in Fangoria Magazine.
Creeper has appeared with his mannequin sidekick "Mother" on Rick Dees Into the Night, MTV's America's Funniest People. Other appearances include KFMB-TV CBS Channel 8 San Diego, ABC TV, and Hollywood local access cable television. Neal's character has been a frequently occurring guest on Horror Kung-Fu Theatre, appearing with other comedic fictional characters such as Count Smokula on various episodes between 1995 and 2017, and has hosted horror film premieres at AMC Theatres.
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