Larry W. Underwood (born September 9, 1966 in Nashville, Tennessee) is an American actor best known for his portrayal of Dr. Gangrene.
Larry Underwood has appeared in a number of independent films, as well as the documentary American Scary. However his best known work is as the Horror Host Dr. Gangrene on the long running WNAB television programs Dr. Gangrene's Creature Feature, and Dr. Gangrene Presents, as well as his earlier cable-access program Chiller Cinema.
Comics and Writing
In 1994 Underwood co-founded OUT OF THE CELLAR COMICS (later changed to VOLUNTEER COMICS) with his longtime creative partner, Chuck Angell. Among the books they published was BEST CELLARS #1 in 1995, which featured the first-published work of Eric Powell, a story called MONSTER BOY, a precursor to The Goon. It was during this period he first started writing, first scripts for comics, then scripts for the television shows, and finally short stories. To date he has had a number of short stories published in various anthologies and magazines. In 2016 he published a collection of short stories called "Dr. Gangrene's Tales from Parts Unknown". He is a columnist for Scary Monsters Magazine where he researches and writes about horror and sci-fi cinema. In addition, he won a Rondo Award in 2014 for BEST HORROR BLOG.
- In 2005 Underwood performed a spoken intro on the Creeping Cruds CD, "The Incredibly Strange People Who Stopped Living and Became the Creeping Cruds." He also appeared on the CD in a spoken word bit in the middle of the song "All Hail the Horror Host" on that album. That CD was nominated for a 2005 Rondo Award for BEST CD.
- Dr Gangrene also provided the spoken intro and outro for the horror rock compilation CD "T-Boner's Rot-N-Roll Compilation from Hell," released in 2006.
- In 2009 Dr. Gangrene recreated a faux horror host episode at the start of the song "I Kicked Dracula's Ass" on the Creeping Cruds CD, "Tennessee Bloodbath." The bit spoofed tales of long lost Hollywood horror films and poked fun at ridiculous "Americanized" titles of imported Spanish horror films. A classic horror film that was lost in a fabled Hollywood fire is recovered from Dr. Gangrene's dungeon in Tennessee nearly 75 years later. Before Dr. Gangrene is able to screen the newfound film for his horror host audiences the film catches fire in the projector and is again lost for the ages.
- Larry Underwood formed a horror punk band called Spookhand in 2009 with bassist J. Ghouls, guitarist Izzy Dead, and drummer Rat Fink. Underwood fronted the band, appearing in a number of outlandish costumes and masks. The band utilized a variety of shock rock gimmicks live including dismemberment, blood drinking, and brain eating. The songs were all horror themed and based on many sci-fi and horror movies. They performed annually at Dr. Gangrene's Horror Hootenanny show as well as in Nashville and surrounding areas. The band broke up in 2011.
- Underwood provides the voice of a deranged killer truck driver on the 2010 CD Mark of the Psycho by the band Psychocharger. That CD was nominated for a 2010 Rondo Award for BEST CD.
- Dr. Gangrene produced a 10th anniversary compilation CD called THE BLOODWATERS OF DR. G (He also voiced the intro for it), featuring a compilation of bands from the Horror Hootenanny rock concert held annually in Nashville, TN during the Halloween season and hosted by Dr. Gangrene. This CD was nominated for a Rondo Award in 2014.
- In Fall, 2014 Dr. Gangrene voiced the intro for ATTACK OF THE MUTANTS, a tribute CD for the band Impaler. Underwood also wrote the liner notes for the Cd.
Larry Underwood was born in Nashville, TN, and currently lives in Hendersonville, Tennessee, with his 3 sons.