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Danny Hicks (1951–2020), costarred in “Evil Dead II”

by Linnea Crowther

Danny Hicks was an actor who was best known for playing Jake in “Evil Dead II.”

Sam Raimi films and beyond

Hicks’ debut role was in Sam Raimi’s “Evil Dead II” (1987), in which he played a local who helps Bruce Campbell’s Ash in his fight against the deadites. Hicks went on to appear in other Raimi films, including “Intruder” (1989), “Darkman” (1990), and “Oz the Great and Powerful” (2013). Hicks had a small role in “Spider-Man 2” (2004) and appeared again with Campbell in “My Name Is Bruce” (2007). Less than a month before his death, Hicks announced to fans on Facebook that he had been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer.

Hicks’ final message to his fans

“I gotta tell ya, I sure as hell packed a whole bunch of living into my 68 years. I got no change coming back that’s for sure. And not too many regrets. Ok, gotta go. I’m gunna find out just what in the hell is going on down in that fruit cellar.” —from his June 5 Facebook post

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What people said about him

Full obituary: Heavy

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