In 1978, John Carpenter’s Halloween became an instant classic among horror fans and hasn’t faltered since. It truly stands on its own as one of cinema’s horror movies’ national treasures. We all know the characters that helped mold the story. What are they up to today in 2014? This article tips a hat at the cast from one of our favorite films of all time.
Jaimie Lee Curtis made her acting debut in Halloween. She then followed up with such films as The Fog, Halloween 2, Prom Night and an uncredited voice role in Halloween 3: Season of the Witch in the early 80s. With all these gems under her belt, she has been dubbed one of the genre’s greatest scream queens. A nickname most properly well deserved. She also appeared in several blockbuster movies such as True Lies, A Fish Called Wanda and Trading Places; while later returning as Laurie Strode for Halloween H20 and Halloween: Resurrection. On her website, Curtis tells her young readers that she “moonlights as an actor, photographer, and closet organizer.” She has since written a number of children’s books and has been the Activia spokesperson since 2007.
Veteran actor Donald Pleasance who played Michael Myers’ psychologist Dr. Sam Loomis, appeared in 4 more Halloween films as well as Carpenter’s Escape From New York. He passed away in 1995 at the age of 75. His last on screen appearance was Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers in which respectively the film is dedicated in his honer. RIP Sam Loomis.
Nancy Loomis AKA Nancy Kyes, co- starred as Laurie’s wise cracking best friend Annie Brackett. After Halloween she moved onto roles in Carpenter’s The Fog, a brief appearance in Halloween 2, Halloween 3 and an episode of The Twilight Zone (Little Boy Lost). She was married to Tommy lee Wallace who directed Halloween 3: Season of the Witch but has since divorced. She is now retired and works as a sculptor in Los Angeles.
John Carpenter wrote the role of Lynda van der Klok specifically for P.J. Soles, after seeing her performance in Brian De Palma’s Carrie. Afterwards she went to star in Rock and Roll High School with the epic band The Ramones, Stripes and Private Benjamin. Later, playing a victim in Rob Zombie’s The Devil’s Rejects (2005). Still very active , PJ loves to do conventions and embraces her fans and the love for Halloween franchise. Totally!
Brian Andrews AKA Tommy Doyle briefly reprised his role in the sequel, and appeared in the films- The Great Santini, Three O’Clock High, and The Long Days Of Summer. He’s also shown up in a few tv movie and series’ such as Kung Fu, Baretta, Quincy and The Bronx Zoo. Andrews frequently post on OHMB.net (the official message board for the Halloween franchise) and resides in San Fernando Valley, California.
Kyle Richards played little Lindsay Wallace. Richards has had a pretty boastful career since her little stint in Halloween. She along with Andrews reprised her role in Halloween 2, and you may also recognize her as Ellie in The Watcher in the Woods. Kyle went on to appear in quite a few made for tv movies and shows, such as Days of Our Lives, Seventh Heaven, and Fantasy Island. She also played Nurse Dori in the hit show ER. Currantly her and her sister Kim Richards star in the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills on Bravo and can be seen in this years Hunger Games parody- The Hungover Games.
Nick Castle who not only played Michael Myers, but molded him into the icon he is today, has had a very successful career. He wrote the screen play for Carpenter’s Escape To New York and Escape To L.A.. Castle also has the screenplay for Hook under his belt. He has directed such movies as Major Payne, Dennis The Menace, and The Last Starfighter. His most recent project was the screenplay for August Rush (2007), who starred Robin Williams and Keri Russell.
There you have it. Some of this information you may have known if you’re an avid Halloween nut or it may be to new to some of you. Either way, 101 more days till Halloween. That seems like an eternity to me. So I hope this helps fill the void in some of you.