Biography of Nick Castle
Nick Castle (born September 21, 1947) is an American screenwriter, film director and actor best known for his role as Michael Myers in Halloween. Castle also co-wrote Escape from New York with his friend, John Carpenter.
Castle was born Nicholas Charles Castle, Jr. in Kingsport, Tennessee 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.
Castle's film credits include Major Payne, Dennis the Menace, The Last Starfighter, and Connors' War as a director, Escape from New York and Hook as a screenwriter, and Tap as both.
He played Michael Myers in the 1978 horror classic Halloween, directed by former USC classmate John Carpenter, being paid $25 a day.
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.
Castle won an 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.