Romy Walthall–who appeared in two films in The Howling franchise and The House of Usher–passed away May 19 in Los Angeles at the age of 57.
Walthall’s passing–reportedly from a sudden cardiac arrest–was confirmed by her son Morgan Krantz, according to Variety.
Walthall–who at times used the stage name Romy Windsor–landed her first major role in Jerry Bruckheimer’s 1984 thriller Thief of Hearts.
Walthall’s film career led her to parts in the cult horror flicks Howling IV: The Original Nightmare (1988)–which also starred Michael T. Weiss and Antony Hamilton–and Howling: New Moon Rising (1995), the seventh movie in the franchise that reused footage and characters from the three previous Howling sequels.
Walthall also appeared in The House of Usher (1989), an adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s classic 1839 short story that starred Oliver Reed and Donald Pleasence. She also had a part in 1997’s Face/Off, playing opposite John Travolta and Nicolas Cage.
Walthall also enjoyed a career on the small screen in such TV series as The X–Files, Quantum Leap, L.A. Law, In the Heat of the Night and The Nightmare Room. After retiring, she became an acting teacher in the San Fernando Valley.
Walthall is survived by her mother, sister and three children–Morgan, Isabella and Theodore.
The staff of Horror News Network extends its condolences to Walthall’s family, friends and colleagues.