Sunday, June 28, 2020

In loving memory of Warren F Disbrow Sr

By: Steve Mezo

Warren F. Disbrow Sr, 98, of Neptune NJ, passed June 10,
at his home with his caregivers, son, Warren Jr, and
Deborah Taylor by his side.

Active in politics, and the Arts, he became a newspaper
photographer, a manager for Acme Markets, a prolific editorial writer,
ran for State Assembly in 1971, was a member of the National Historical
Society, Toastmasters, an expert marksman and past member of the Eagle, Rifle and
Pistol Club, winning many trophies. In later years he became an actor
with lead parts in genre movies including INVASION FOR FLESH AND BLOOD,

Warren F Disbrow Sr has to be one of the kindest people I have ever had the honor of knowing and was the main person that made it possible for me to have an adventure in Indie Horror Movie making. And for that I am forever grateful.

While he was a manager at ACME Market he had known my Uncle Bob "Big Bob" who was district manager of the meat cutting department. Uncle Bob is close to seven feet tall and Warren Sr. had asked him if he would be interested in being in a movie that his son Warren was hired to film scenes for called The Bloody Dead. And Uncle Bob said yes.
Uncle Bob had fun playing a psychiatric inmate with F/X artist Ed French in the scenes and he had spoken to Warren's son about his nephew that was a F/X artist at a costume shop that was looking to get into horror movies. And a meeting was soon arranged after.

(Little side note) Younger Warren was hired by Sam Sherman to film cut in scenes for a 1967 Klaus Kinski movie called Creature With The Blue Hand. Now when I say cut in scenes I mean Samuel M. Sherman would buy older foreign horror movies then dub the dialogue and add in new scenes for audiences in the US. And for "Creature With The Blue Hand" to become "The Bloody Dead" Warren had to match sets and props from a movie that was literally filmed twenty years before. And he did it flawlessly and Warren Sr. who was an engineer was able to match the medieval clawed gauntlet spot on. And Ed French was able to have Warren Sr. be a stand in for an F/X shot of the the demise of a nightwatchmen in Creature With The Blue Hand.

Okay, so I meet up with both Warren's and younger Warren decides to give me a break and tells me that if I want to work on the movie it has to be a full on commitment. And when Warren Sr. gave me a smile and a nod I was definitely in. 

There was so much that I had learned from both Warren's because they had so much knowledge to share and a talent to do just about anything that other crews would have said couldn't be done. And both were always great to be around.

Warren Sr. loved his role as Professor Hertz and became a kind of Kolchak by doing battle with everything from Alien Sea Monsters to Vampires and Psychotic Killers.

Professor Hertz at the beginning of his monster battling career in Flesh Eaters From Outer Space

Me and my close friend Artist/Actor Rob X. Roman as Commandos hired by Professor Hertz (Warren F. Disbrow Sr.) to hunt down the last of the Alien Sea Monsnters S.I.D.S. in Flesh Eaters From Outer Space and Invasion For Flesh And Blood

A battle hardened Professor Hertz is ready to face Vampires, Dinosaurs
and a Psychotic Killer by the name of HATE head on

Warren F Disbrow Sr. really did enjoy being a recurring character and all of us that had the honor of knowing and working him truly loved him. And fans of Writer/Director Warren F Disbrow's movies loved seeing Warren Sr. as Professor Hertz arriving to take on the forces of evil every time.