Mike Schank, Actor in Cult Favorite ‘American Movie,’ Dies at 53

The award-winning documentary film American Movie, has died. He was 53.

Schank’s close friend Jackie Bogenberger said Schank had been battling cancer in recent months and died Thursday.

Schank’s deadpan humor and quiet sweetness in Movie

His honesty about his struggles with alcoholism and gambling addiction

He hilariously provided a bloodcurdling scream for Coven and also composed its music

The 1999’s documentary’s success led to several opportunities

In August, Schank announced on Twitter that he was 27 years sober.

he began to tell friends and family that he was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, according to Bogenberger.