Chunky Huse

February 27, 1940 - August 15, 2020
Chunky Huse

Walter Charles Huse 80, of Wilmington, North Carolina passed away Saturday, August 15, 2020 at his home with his wife Nini at his side.

Chunky Huse was born in Shepperton, England at the beginning of World War Two. By the age of 17 he had a successful rock band called The Missing Links and had started on his family of five with his first wife Queenie. He had also started what became a legendary career in the film industry, following in his father’s footsteps. Over time he created Grip House in the UK and when he became a citizen of the US he created Gypsy Grips. Along the way he helped create and develop film equipment that is still used.

He is survived by his widow Cornelia (Nini) Rogan, Edith (Queenie)Huse, his second wife Gay Huse and all of his children. Derek Huse, Lindsey Huse, Kevin Huse, Malcolm Huse and Zinnia Holmes.
Malcolm and Kevin have followed in Chunky’s footsteps in his beloved film industry. He is also survived by 24 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren.

There is also another huge worldwide family of friends and coworkers who survive him and his appreciation of the hard, useful, artful work that he loved so very much. We mourn him deeply. He is irreplaceable. He is incredibly loved.

Chunky requested that he be cremated, and the cremation took place at 10:20 AM on Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at Wilmington Funeral & Cremation.

In lieu of flowers please donate to Cape Fear Literacy Council, 1012 S 17th St, Wilmington, NC 28401.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation 1535 S. 41st Street Wilmington, NC 28403. 910.791.9099.


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  • August 19, 2020
    Will Purcell says:
    I am privileged to have spent many years on and off set with Chunkey. He was a brilliant light that people were just naturally drawn to. To me he was a friend a father and a coworker. He helped guide me through many highs and lows in my life. I love you Nini for keeping Chunkey in our lives after retirement. When he would visit a set it was like The Rolling Stones just arrived. I had the privilege of sharing stories with the newbies on set when they would ask. Who is that guy? That guy is a industry legend. I love you Chunk you’ll be missed but never forgotten OI !!!

  • August 23, 2021
    Gregory Wilson says:
    So sorry to hear of Chunky's passing. He once lived across the street from us in Halifax, VT. He was a great neighbor. My kids loved him. So filled with stories. He will be missed

  • July 14, 2021
    Sarah Costello says:
    I first met Chunky on a film in Winston Salem. Actually I met his lurchers first as they slunk around my office scoping it out. As a fellow ex-pat Brit we celebrated him getting his American citizenship. Much love Chunky and Nini. Xx. Sarah

  • April 23, 2021
    Melanie Muroff says:
    Sending heartfelt condolences to you, Nini, your families...and to the international film family he brought so much talent, passion, and life to. Much love to you, NiNi, across the miles.

  • August 23, 2020
    Marilou Vetter says:
    Chunky was one in a million, one of a kind...a bright light on any film set, with the best "stories" of his long career. I loved visiting with him and Nini on my rare trips to Wilmington since I left, hanging out with the dogs, great conversations, in their beautiful home and haven near the water. He was loved by everyone who knew him, and he will sorely be missed by all.