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Ted V. Mikels, Legendary Grindhouse Filmmaker Behind ‘The Doll Squad’ and More, Dies At 87

Ted V. Mikels, Legendary Grindhouse Filmmaker Behind ‘The Doll Squad’ and More, Dies At 87

Ted V. Mikels, a grindhouse legend and B-movie mainstay for decades, passed away in his Las Vegas home on October 16, reports the Las Vegas Review-Journal. The cause of death hasn’t been specified beyond mention of a “long illness,” but it is known that the 87-year-old filmmaker known for such films as “Girl in Gold Boots,” “The Astro-Zombies” and “The Doll Squad” will leave a lasting legacy in his corner of the film world.

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Born Theodore Mikacevich on April 29, 1929 in St. Paul, Minnesota, Mikels had an interest in everything from photography to fire-eating in his younger years. He began producing educational documentaries and short films in the 1950s, by which time he lived in Bend, Oregon, before making his first film, “Strike Me Deadly,” in 1963. He became highly prolific thereafter, staking a claim for himself in the realm

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