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In the first Men in Black film, there is a scene where agents K and J go to visit Frank the Pug to ask about the galaxy. As their car pulls up, J says "now that's the worst disguise ever" referring to a man in a locksmith booth selling keys. Frank the Pug replies, "if you don't like it, you can kiss my furry little butt."

Who was the man in the booth? He doesn't have any spoken lines, and he doesn't seem to appear in the credits anywhere. Google doesn't turn up anything obvious. There's only this Q&A post that comes up dry.

Commenters in various forums say the locksmith looks like Riff Raff from the the Rocky Horror Picture Show. But it doesn't quite seem like it's Richard O'Brian, and he isn't credited.

I ask because I can't shake the feeling that he's a famous singer or actor, but I can't place him. In the film there were many famous people who appeared as cameos but didn't get a credit. For instance, Sylvester Stallone, Newt Gingrich, Danny DeVito, George Lucas, Dionne Warwick, Al Roker, and a bunch of others. So this probably wasn't some two-bit random extra.

Any ideas who played the locksmith and if this was indeed a cameo by some famous actor/celebrity?

(I suppose I'll add that most of the cameos were of supposed "aliens" on earth. On the other hand, this fellow was not an alien, and it was a bit of a joke in the film that J arrives on the scene and believes the man to be an alien. It would be something of an in-joke if he weren't famous (where the aliens were all famous -- except the school teacher).)

  • Probably a random extra. No spoken lines and no important actions means the extra gets the hourly rate and no credit, by SAG standards. Good luck trying to identify a random extra. – cde Jun 5 '16 at 6:02
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    Yes, an extra, but a rather prominent one. Strange that he isn't listed anywhere. – Walt Jun 5 '16 at 9:41
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    Deleted my answer because Carel Struycken, via email I sent to his website, has specifically said it was not him, " No, I just did the Arquillian ambassador. Would have been fun to play the Vendor too." – cde Jun 5 '16 at 20:01
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    I think this is the same actor that appeared in Independence Day as a homeless guy, as seen here in a NY scene at the beginning of the movie.!enter image description here – Waldo Stevens Oct 31 '16 at 21:00
  • A lot of people have commented how he looks like Riff Raff from Rocky Horror, and also Carel Struycken. It's neither of those. The character is not credited on any fictional source, and speculation is rife across the interwebs. It seems that we may never know. – Tim Nov 1 '16 at 1:11
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I think the character in question

![TheVendor

is Munro Gabler

Munro Gabler

Munro Gabler 2

A minor actor with 3 credited parts in the films Jersey Guy (2003), Ultraviolet (2001) and Passing Stones (2001)

I came to this conclusion when I read his obituary (Munro died in 2014) and saw a photo of the character from Men in Black here (on the third page), uploaded by his daughter, with the text

Men in Black 1997 - Won the Oscar for Best Make Up.

Rick Baker and David LeRoy Anderson won the Oscar so I assume the text is there just as information for arguably one of the biggest film's Munro was in and not implying he won the Oscar and this was just a generic photo from the film.

It would also be very strange for a daughter to post a picture from a random film onto their father's obituary, therefore leading me to believe that this is a photo of their father from the film.

I also think Munro looks quite a bit like the character if you ignore the make-up and passage of time, especially with his hair pattern.

As he is an uncredited extra and also has sadly passed away this is the best I can do evidence wise.


In case the links to the funeral home break:

Internet Archive - Obituary

Internet Archive - Obituary Photo from MIB

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