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He was only in a handful of films. There remains little information to be
found on him on the net. Whether he is even dead or alive would be news to me.
Alphonso DeNoble was and still is a mystery villain from the screen who still
sticks in my mind.
He played in Blood Sucking Freaks and in Night Of the Zombies, but would be
best known by sight, if not name, for his part in 1976's Alice,
Sweet Alice, also
known as Holy Terror and
First Communion in varied reissues. An otherwise
routine horror film, known for the appearance of a then unknown Brooke Shields
and for a cameo by retired wrestling great, Argentina Rocca (as a murder
victim, shown getting knifed in the original theatrical release but for some
reason cut out of most of the VHS releases and the edited TV version), DeNoble provided extra high spots as one of the most vile characters ever to
grace the movie world.
As Mr. Alphonzo, DeNoble played a leering, grotesquely fat, balding,
teeth-stained pervert with a kinky implication for liking girls. He
lumbered around, wheezing and puffing, usually in stained underwear and
bouncing flab, the landlord from hell.
I remember actually cheering, forgetting for a moment that this was just a
movie, when the psychotic killer struck and knifed the hell out of him. I was
not the only one either. In fact, I vividly recall someone behind me
whispering "That fat bastard sure had a lot of blood in him."
I have not seen this movie in several years, yet his performance sticks in my
mind as clearly as the first time I saw it, long ago. I often find myself
wondering whatever happened to him. Though I hope not, I am sure he has passed
For once, perhaps someone else out there could give me some information, if
anything else is available on him in print or if anyone knows whatever
happened to him.
He was one of the most convincing and detestable villains I ever saw on the
horror circuit. To look at him was to hate him, which was of course, his job.
He made an entire audience forget this was just a movie, as he plodded across
the screen in Alice, Sweet
Alice, proving his capabilities as an actor. His
was the visage to give adults and children alike, a very bad nightmare. He
would have made a great Boogeyman.
I'll be damned if I can find much else on this man. What an under-rated actor
and overlooked screen villain who has not been done justice among the writers