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Tom Neyman, RIP

neyman Tom Neyman, who played The Master in the movie in episode 424- “MANOS” THE HANDS OF FATE, died Saturday, Nov. 12, according to a Facebook post by his daughter Jackey Raye Neyman Jones. He was 80.

My dad, The Master from “Manos The Hands of Fate” passed away last night when his heart stopped. He has now transcended to become Manos. #HeisWithUsAlways. I miss my dad. He was such a gentle, sweet, humble and loving man.

We here at Satellite News want to express our condolences to the Neyman family.

More info when we get it.

44 Replies to “Tom Neyman, RIP”

  1. Kansas says:

    Very sad news. Although MST3K made fun of the movie, it eventually gave the cast members the attention (mostly affectionate, I would hope) they deserve.


  2. Bob(NotThatBob) says:

    I hope the family knows how beloved he became. Truly saddened.


  3. HauntedHill says:

    Gotta pop in Manos in tribute today…


  4. Kenneth Morgan says:

    My condolences for your loss.


  5. Ray Dunakin says:

    Very sad news. I’ve always enjoyed his performance in Manos. My condolences to his family.


  6. John Hanna says:

    3 days short of Manos’ 50th anniversary. Damn. :(


  7. AlbuquerqueTurkey says:

    A truly memorable presence in a truly awful movie, and by all accounts a good man and father, which is a high accolade for anyone. RIP.


  8. Atorgo says:


    “I wish those hands would just push him over.”


  9. Ro-man says:

    Agreed… an awful movie which has brought a whole lot of joy to millions around the world. And no finer performance than that of The Master. He was without a doubt beloved.

    Prayers going out for his family and friends.

    Rest in Peace, indeed.


  10. EAG46 says:

    Condolences to the Neyman family. Tom’s performance as the Master was a highlight of the movie. I hope the newfound fame the movie brought him made him happy.


  11. Bookworm says:

    Definitely sad news. Condolences to Jackey and the whole family.


  12. Murdock Hauser says:

    R.I.P. Mr. Neyman. You’ve raised an awesome daughter in Jackey and you will be with us always.


  13. jjk says:

    RIP. At least he outlived Torgo ( John Reynolds) by 50 years.


  14. Gobi says:

    As far as I know, he never had any doubts about how bad the movie was, so it’s nice to know that he lived long enough for it to become a fan favorite. Say what you want about Manos, but no one can deny that it’s unforgettable, no matter how hard you try to forget it.


  15. Dan says:

    Tuesday will be the 50th anniversary of this unforgettable movie’s release. I think a lot of us will be watching it on that day. Tom himself was apparently a MST3K fan even before Joel and the bots riffed ‘Manos’.

    One of our own number, in more than one way, is gone.


  16. Kenotic says:

    Jackey, if you read through these things I am very worry for your loss. The stories (and pictures) you share about your relationship with him are simply wonderful. The picture of you and him (in full “Master” garb) actually made me shed a tear when I saw it — the two of you bonding again over this bizarre film is such a wonderful story.

    Thank you for sharing your father with us.


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  18. Gary Bowden says:

    Very sad to hear this..My thoughts and prayers go out to Jackie and the rest of the family..


  19. Jesse says:

    RIP Mr. Neyman.


  20. Not many could understand the almost symbiotic relationship between Manos and Mst3k. The Manos family was like our family. We just lost a big part of that. So sorry to hear Jackey. Your dad will always be “The Master” in our hearts.


  21. Lee says:

    We all worshiped you, master.


  22. Droppo says:

    Watching Manos now in tribute.


  23. Goshzilla says:

    No, NoT dEaD aS yOu KnOw It. hE iS wItH uS aLwAyS.

    Glad that Tom and Jackey got to spend time together on Manos Returns. You were enjoyed, Master Neyman.


  24. Cam says:

    He leaves behind a strange and beautiful legacy.

    Never to be forgotten.


  25. Saria says:

    No madam, not dead the way you know it. He is with us always.


  26. BIG61AL says:

    It is through this web site that has helped me to further understand that the persons in the film riffed upon are filled with real people and not just characters written by the film makers or faceless names in the credits. They all deserve our gratitude and accolades. When they past from this Earth their families mourn the loss of their loved ones and I too share in that loss. Thank you Tom Neyman, you will be missed.


  27. dafs says:

    Did this news temporarily crash the site?


  28. Ang says:

    I first saw this episode in ’93 and it’s been giving me joy ever since. You can’t think of MST without thinking about Manos and Mitchell. I’m from Texas and I’m both proud and ashamed of Manos – ha!


  29. MSTie says:

    So sorry for your loss, Jackey, if you’re reading this, and for your whole family. The Master touched the lives of so many and will not be forgotten.


  30. Mibbitmaker says:

    I’d like to think that, somewhere, Mr. Neyman is letting John Reynolds know that Manos is now appreciated by many, and that Torgo is something of a pop culture icon.

    Incidentally, Manos was released the day after my sister was born.


  31. Cap'n Dave says:

    Very sad news.


  32. Bigshemp says:

    “The Master would not approve.” RIP Ton Neyman


  33. Barry the Nomad says:

    Manos just screened in Chicago this past Friday, with Jackey Raye Neyman Jones in attendance! Now I really wish I would have gone.

    The Master will be missed.


  34. Cornjob says:

    No, he is not dead the way you know it. He is with us always.

    Our condolences, and our salute.


  35. MSTie says:

    I’d like to think that, somewhere, Mr. Neyman is letting John Reynolds know that Manos is now appreciated by many, and that Torgo is something of a pop culture icon.

    A very cool sentiment. I can hear Mr. Neyman now: “John, you would not BELIEVE how many fans we have!”


  36. Basil says:

    I was indeed saddened by the news. I truly hope Mr. Neyman knew how much we actually came to love that awful little film.


  37. Sam Mosquera says:

    The Master is always with us.


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  39. Gummo says:

    I just want to add my condolences and gratitude to all that’s already been expressed here.

    And to let people know that Tom & Jackie do a wonderful commentary on the blu-ray of Manos, well worth your time; their affection for this odd little movie they were involved with so long ago, and its improbable legion of fans, is evidence throughout.


  40. GizmonicTemp says:

    Wow. Such a good dude who “got it”. You know what I mean? He didn’t try to be too much and knew exactly what he was to all of us. That truly made him, The Master. Thanks for sharing so much of your life with us, Tom.

    Psalm 30:5


  41. new cornjob says:

    MSTie: A very cool sentiment.I can hear Mr. Neyman now:“John, you would not BELIEVE how many fans we have!”

    not to mention what the look on -harold’s- lugubriously “angel-faced” puss (hey, give ‘im an extra ten-fifteen-twenty years and he woulda ended up in scrocese’s flicks as an extra gangster!) was when he heard the news that his B.S. lil’ bet of a movie ended up in hi-def!

    dear jackie, lol ever since i’ve “tuned into” the stories behind the “mstied movies”, manos was always the first and best “home movie” ever broadcast. “master” tom – lol, no matter what other movie… he really commanded the camera! beyond the norm of your average “community-theater” movie… (and i’ve seen my share of those!)

    we all bow humbly in some kind of prayer for him, and you and all others he knows so personally… we are all just acolytes! now… strike up the new-orleans-style jazz funeral for this cat!! :) put on some good tunes, laugh and celebrate… after this week, we all -need- it!! :)


  42. Terry the Sensitive Knight says:

    “You have failed us… and you must DIE!!!”

    RIP The Master ;_;


  43. radioman970 says:

    Perhaps the #1 MST3K icon. he’ll be missed. Manos is about 3 episodes away for me and I’ll watch it in his honor.


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