Tony Moran (actor)

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Tony Moran
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Born Anthony Moran
(1957-08-14) August 14, 1957 (age 59)
Burbank, California, United States
Occupation Actor
Producer
Years active 1978–1981, 2008–present
Relatives Erin Moran (sister)

Tony Moran (born August 14, 1957) is an American actor and producer. He is remembered for playing the unmasked Michael Myers in the 1978 horror classic Halloween. Since then he has gone on to make guest appearances in television series The Waltons and CHiPs. He is the older brother of actress Erin Moran of Happy Days fame, and actor John Moran.

Career[edit]

Halloween[edit]

Tony Moran was a struggling actor before he got the role of Michael Myers in Halloween.[1] At the time he had a job on Hollywood and Vine dressed up as Frankenstein.[2] Moran had the same agent as his sister, Erin, who played Joanie Cunningham on Happy Days. When Moran went to audition for the role of Michael Myers in 1978, he met for an interview with director John Carpenter and producer Irwin Yablans. He later got a call back and was told he had got the part.[3]

Moran was paid $250 for his appearance in Halloween and decided not to return for any of the sequels, although he was paid for his appearance at the beginning of Halloween II, which was a recap of the first film.

Halloween conventions[edit]

Moran quit acting at age thirty and then worked as a mortgage broker.

Moran appeared at two Halloween conventions in Salem at Count Orlok's Nightmare Gallery on Derby Street.[4]

Other work[edit]

Halloween was Moran's only film for 30 years. Through the late seventies and early eighties, he has made guest appearances in several television series including CHiPs, The Waltons, James at 15, and California Fever.

In 2008, Moran returned to acting with the short film The Lucky Break. In 2010, he produced and starred in the horror film Beg, which also stars his Halloween co-star P.J. Soles. In 2014 he starred in Dead Bounty.[5] In 2014 he appeared in his biopic, the documentary film Horror Icon: Inside Michael’s Mask with Tony Moran, which premiered in October 2015.[6]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1978 Halloween Michael Myers (age 23)
2008 The Lucky Break Mark Ashby Short film
2011 Emerging Past Blind Man
2011 Beg Jack Fox Also producer
2015 The Ungovernable Force Don Ruggero Corbucci
2016 American Poltergeist Doug
2017 Halloween: The Night Evil Died Michael Myers Short film
TBA Death House Miguel

Telelvision[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1978 James at 15 Tom 2 episodes
1979 The Waltons Tinker Episode: The Burden
1979 California Fever Brian Episode: The Girl from Somewhere
1981 CHiPs Anderson Episode: Dead Man's Riddle

References[edit]

  1. ^ "First Look at Horror Icon: Inside Michael’s Mask with Tony Moran". DreadCentral.com. 7 October 2010. Retrieved 27 November 2010. 
  2. ^ R.S Rhine"Michael Myers vs. Pumpkinhead". girlsandcorpsed.com. Retrieved 27 November 2010. 
  3. ^ Will Broaddus"'Halloween' villain Michael Myers at Salem gallery". salemnews.com. 23 March 2009. Retrieved 27 November 2010. 
  4. ^ William Routhier"'Halloween's original Michael Myers visits fans; actor's next project is set in Salem". wickedlocal.com. 7 October 2010. Retrieved 27 November 2010. 
  5. ^ Exclusive: Dead Bounty Lobby Cards Debut
  6. ^ Horror Icon: Inside Michael's Mask with Tony Moran

External links[edit]

Tony Moran on Internet Movie Database