Veteran Hollywood actor Dick Miller has died aged 90.

The prolific character actor, who appeared in over 100 films during the course of his career, was best known for his roles in Gremlins and The Terminator.

A family spokesperson confirmed the news to The Hollywood Reporter, saying Miller died of natural causes on Wednesday (January 30) in Toluca Lake, a neighbourhood of Los Angeles.

"His sense of humour and the unique way he looked at the world won him many lifelong friends and worldwide fans," Miller's family said in a statement.

Miller's career spanned over six decades, beginning in the 1950s with legendary director and producer Roger Corman.

He starred as Walter Paisley in the cult classic A Bucket of Blood in 1959. Notable films include The Little Shop of Horrors, The Terror, The Wild Angels, The Dirty Dozen, A Time for Killing and The Terminator and Gremlins in 1984.

Miller is survived by his wife Lainie, daughter Barbara and granddaughter Autumn.

Tributes have been paid to the actor on Twitter, including from director Joe Dante, who worked alongside Miller throughout his career.