Nick Castle

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Nick Castle
Born Nicholas Charles Castle, Jr.
(1947-09-21) September 21, 1947 (age 70)
Los Angeles, California, United States
Occupation Film director, screenwriter, actor

Nicholas Charles "Nick" Castle, Jr. (born September 21, 1947) is an American screenwriter, film director and actor best known for his role as Michael Myers in Halloween, directed by his friend John Carpenter.[1] Castle also co-wrote Escape from New York with Carpenter.[2]

Early life[edit]

Castle was born Nicholas Charles Castle, Jr. in Los Angeles, California, the son of Millie and Nicholas Charles Castle, Sr. who was an actor and top choreographer for motion pictures, television, and the stage, and was nominated for an Emmy. As a child, Nick Castle often appeared as an extra or in bit roles in his father's films. He studied film at USC, where he served as cinematographer for the Academy Award-winning live action short film The Resurrection of Broncho Billy.

Career[edit]

Castle's film credits include Dark Star where he played the beach ball alien, Major Payne, Dennis the Menace, The Last Starfighter, and Connors' War as a director. He wrote the screenplays Escape from New York and Hook. He was the writer and director of the film Tap.

He played Michael Myers in the 1978 horror classic Halloween, directed by former USC classmate John Carpenter, being paid $25 a day. Castle's subsequent collaborations with Carpenter included his name being used as one of the main characters' names in The Fog, co-writing the script of Escape From New York, and performing the title song of Big Trouble in Little China as part of the band The Coup De Villes, alongside Carpenter and another friend, Tommy Lee Wallace.

Castle's most recent project is the screenplay for August Rush, a musical-drama directed by Kirsten Sheridan and starring Freddie Highmore, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Robin Williams, and Keri Russell, released in 2007. He also stars as himself in the 2010 documentary Halloween: The Inside Story by Filipino filmmaker Nick Noble.[3]

Castle won a Saturn Award for Best Writing for The Boy Who Could Fly, a Silver Raven (for Delivering Milo), a Grand Prize (for The Last Starfighter), a Bronze Gryphon, and a Gold Medal of the Regional Council.

Filmography[edit]

Director[edit]

Year Title Notes
1982 Tag: The Assassination Game
1984 The Last Starfighter
1986 The Boy Who Could Fly
1987 Amazing Stories Episode: "The 21-Inch Sun"
1989 Tap
1990 Shangri-La Plaza Television pilot
1993 Dennis the Menace
1995 Major Payne
1996 Mr. Wrong
2001 Delivering Milo Television film
'Twas the Night Television film
2005 The Seat Filler
2006 Connors' War Direct-to-video film

Writer[edit]

Year Title Notes
1970 The Resurrection of Broncho Billy Short film
1979 Skatetown, U.S.A.
1980 Pray TV
1981 Escape from New York
1982 Tag: The Assassination Game
1986 The Boy Who Could Fly
1989 Tap
1990 Shangri-La Plaza Television pilot
1991 Hook
2007 August Rush

Actor[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1974 Dark Star Alien Uncredited
1978 Halloween The Shape (Michael Myers)
1981 Escape from New York Pianist Uncredited
1986 The Boy Who Could Fly The Coupe De Villes

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