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Phantasm character
The Tall Man
The Tall Man
In-story information
Birth name: Jebediah Morningside
Gender: Male
Species: Unknown
Occupation: Mortician
Development information
Creator: Don Coscarelli
First appearance: Phantasm
Last appearance: Phantasm IV Oblivion
Portrayed by: Angus Scrimm

The Tall Man is a fictional character and main antagonist of the Phantasm series of horror films. The Tall Man first appeared in the first Phantasm in 1979, and last appeared in Phantasm IV Oblivion in 1998. In all of his appearances; the Tall Man has been portrayed by Angus Scrimm.

Fictional character biography[]

Jebediah Morningside was a regular mortician. After putting many bodies into the ground, he began to wonder about the connection between our world and the world of the dead. Jebediah built a machine that enabled him to crossover to the world of the dead. After going through the portal, he came back through as The Tall Man.


The Tall Man appears as a tall (hence his name), white haired man. The Tall Man also has a habit of raising one eyebrow and making other facial expressions, these facial expressions have become an icon of the character. The Tall Man is always seen wearing a black suit.

Powers and weapons[]

The Tall Man has many superhuman powers, such as superhuman strength, telekinesis, and many others. The Tall Man has been seen to lift a grown man with one hand, take away an object from a person's hand with his mind, etc. The Tall Man's signature weapon are flying "spheres" that conceal many weapons inside of them, such as drills, lasers, saws, and many more. The spheres contain the brains of the dead bodies that he crushes down into the zombie dwarves.

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