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Nick Castle
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Castle in 2015
Nicholas Charles Castle

(1947-09-21) September 21, 1947 (age 71)
Los Angeles, California, United States
Occupation Film director, screenwriter, actor

Nicholas Charles Castle (born September 21, 1947) is an American screenwriter, film director and actor known for his role as Michael Myers in Halloween, directed by John Carpenter. [1] [2] Castle also co-wrote Escape from New York with Carpenter. [3]

Early life

Castle was born in Kingsport, Tennessee, the son of Millie and Charles Edward Castle, 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.


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 for the films Escape from New York and Hook. He was the writer and director of the film Tap. Castle played Michael Myers in the 1978 horror film Halloween, directed by former USC classmate John Carpenter, and was 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 wrote August Rush, a musical-drama directed by Kirsten Sheridan and starring Freddie Highmore, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Robin Williams, and Keri Russell, which was released in 2007. He also stars as himself in the 2010 documentary Halloween: The Inside Story by Filipino filmmaker Nick Noble. [4]

In 2018, Castle reprised his role as Michael Myers in the direct sequel, Halloween. [5] [6] While stunt performer James Jude Courtney was involved in every scene featuring Myers, including those of Nick Castle, who was only involved for a minimal amount of filming, which Castle described to the journalists on set as a cameo appearance, [7] Castle reprises his role in one scene with Jamie Lee Curtis and did all of Michael Myers' breathing sounds in post-production. [5] [6] Courtney referred to collaborating with Castle as an "honor", while Castle described it as a "passing of the torch". [8]

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.



Year Film Director Writer Notes
1970 The Resurrection of Broncho Billy Story Also cinematographer, short
1979 Skatetown, U.S.A. Yes
1980 Pray TV Yes
1981 Escape from New York Yes
1982 Tag: The Assassination Game Yes Yes
1984 The Last Starfighter Yes
1986 The Boy Who Could Fly Yes Yes
1989 Tap Yes Yes
1991 Hook Story
1993 Dennis the Menace Yes
1995 Major Payne Yes
1996 Mr. Wrong Yes
2001 Delivering Milo Yes
2004 The Seat Filler Yes
2006 Connors' War Yes Direct-to-video
2007 August Rush Yes


Year Film Role Notes
1974 Dark Star Beach Ball Alien Also camera assistant
1978 Halloween (1978) The Shape (Michael Myers)
1981 Escape from New York Pianist
1986 The Boy Who Could Fly The Coupe De Villes
2018 Halloween (2018) The Shape (Michael Myers) Cameo


Year Title Director Writer Producer Notes
1987 Amazing Stories Yes TV Series, episode: "The 21-Inch Sun"
1988 Mama's Family Concept TV Series, concept for episode "Mama's Girls"
1990 Shangri-La Plaza Yes Yes Executive Also composer, TV Movie
2001 Twas the Night Yes TV Movie


  1. ^ JimmyO (October 25, 2013). "Where In The Horror Are The Now? Nick Castle!".
  2. ^ "Nick Castle". The New York Times. Archived from the original on May 8, 2008.
  3. ^ Canby, Vincent (1981-07-10). "'Escape From New York'". The New York Times.
  4. ^ Barton, Steve (September 7, 2012). "Go Inside The House at the End of the Street and Find a New Featurette". Dread Central.
  5. ^ a b Keene, Allison (December 20, 2017). "The 'Halloween' Reboot Will Bring Back the Original Michael Myers Actor". Collider.
  6. ^ a b Miska, Brad (2017-12-20). "Original Shape Actor Playing Michael Myers in 'Halloween' 2018! [Exclusive]". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved 20 December 2017.
  7. ^ Artz, Matt. "[Interview] Nick Castle Talks Reprising Michael Myers in 'Halloween' 2018". HalloweenDailyNews. Archived from the original on 22 February 2018. Retrieved 21 February 2018.
  8. ^ Evanson, Landon (September 24, 2018). "BIG GAME JAMES: A 'HALLOWEEN' INTERVIEW WITH JAMES JUDE COURTNEY". Horror Geek Life. Retrieved November 1, 2018.

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