Romy Walthall, Face/Off, Howling werewolf franchise, House of Usher star, dies at 57

Actress Romy Walthall has died at age 57. (Photo: courtesy of Romy Walthall's family)

Romy Walthall, who appeared as Sean Archer’s (John Travolta) anxious secretary in 1997’s “Face/Off” and as trapped Molly McNulty in the 1989 horror film “The House of Usher” has died. She was 57.

The actress, sometimes credited by her stage name Romy Windsor, burned a village of werewolves in 1988’s “The Howling IV: The Original Nightmare” and returned for 1995’s “Howling: New Moon Rising.” 

Filmmaker son Morgan Krantz confirmed his mother’s death to USA TODAY, stating Walthall died May 18 at Los Angeles’ Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center after experiencing sudden cardiac arrest.

“RIP Mom, I love you,” Krantz wrote in an Instagram post.

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Born in Pasadena, Texas, on Sept 16, 1963, the pageant queen was discovered by Ford Models at age 17. After living and working abroad, Walthall moved to Los Angeles and and landed her first major part in the 1984 Jerry Bruckheimer/Don Simpson thriller, “Thief of Hearts.”

She appeared as Bobbi in the 1985 TV movie  “A Bunny’s Tale” with Kirstie Alley, based on Gloria Steinem’s undercover investigation of the working conditions at the Playboy clubs.

Walthall had significant arcs in a number of 1990s-era TV series including “Hotel Malibu” with Jennifer Lopez, “Man of The People” with James Garner, “Civil Wars” with Alan Rosenberg and on Steven Bochco’s “Murder One” with Stanley Tucci.

RIP Romy Walthall, originally from nearby Pasadena Texas who was an appealing presence in cheapies for Harry Alan Towers like THE HOUSE OF USHER and HOWLING IV but also appeared as Sean Archer’s secretary in FACE/OFF. pic.twitter.com/H60BNqH6L5

Other TV appearances included “The X Files,” “Charles in Charge,” “Nash Bridges,” “Silk Stalkings,” “Love Boat: The Next Wave,” “8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter,” and “L.A. Law.”

Other film roles included Scarlett Johansson’s mother in 1999’s “My Brother The Pig,” and the 1994 comedy “Camp Nowhere.”

Walthall’s final role was the 2011 indie comedy “0s & 1s,” appearing with her son Krantz, who co-wrote the screenplay.

After retiring from acting, she taught acting to children at various schools in the San Fernando Valley. 

Daughter Isabella Israel, posted an Instagram tribute, writing, “I’ve resigned myself to the fact that there will never be any appropriate combination of earthly words to accurately describe my mother. You just had to be there to get it. She was everything at once.”

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