Bub in Day Of The Dead
NNative Chicagoan Howard Sherman began his career in regional theatre, before moving on to Broadway and breaking into television with a role on General Hospital in 1973. Other soaps followed, which led to guest- starring roles on television and alongside Katherine Hepburn in Grace Quigley. In 1985, Sherman portrayed “Bub”, the zombie with a personality in George Romero’s Day Of The Dead, for which he is arguably best known. Since then, Howard ( who now works under the inverted name Sherman Howard) has gueststarred on Star Trek: The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Quantum Leap, Miami Vice, among many others, and had recurring roles on Good & Evil, and on Superboy as Lex Luthor.
Though he still works in front of the camera often, Howard has also been doing quite a bit of voice acting for videogames and animation, including Star Wars: The Old Republic, Invader Zim and Batman Beyond. He’s married to actress Donna Bullock and lives in California.
Would you like to play Bub again?
Definitely! As long as I had something to do like in Day Of The Dead where he had a personality and a character arc. I wouldn’t want to just lumber around eating people.
What’s the strangest request you’ve had from a fan?
I signed a girl’s ass once, and she was going to then go and have the signature tattooed.
What would Bub be doing now?
Riding a motorcycle and writing zombie poetry.
anything you think was unfinished about Bub’s story?
Sure, his story ended with an ellipsis rather than a period – a moment of zombie irony. I think he had a lot more story in him. Maybe he was a beat poet or a defrocked priest before he was killed.
Did you get any souvenirs from the set?
I got my zombie teeth! I still have them.
anything from Day Of The Dead you wish was real?
Nothing I can think of. I guess I’d like to have my own helicopter.
What does i t say on Bub’s gravestone?