Tony Moran (actor)

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Tony Moran
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Moran at the San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2009
Born
Anthony Moran

(1957-08-14) August 14, 1957 (age 63)
OccupationActor
Producer
Years active19781981, 2008present
Relatives Erin Moran (sister)

Anthony Moran (born August 14, 1957) is an American actor and producer. He is known 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 elder brother of fellow actors Erin Moran (of Happy Days fame) and John Moran; Tony's twin sister is Kelly L. Moran.

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Career

Halloween

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 has since stated that he originally did not want to do the movie, only changing his mind when he got confirmation that Donald Pleasence would be in it. 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 did not 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

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

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]

In 2017, Moran reprised the role of Michael Myers in a Halloween fan film, Halloween: The Night Evil Died, becoming only the fourth actor to play Michael Myers more than once.

Filmography

Film

YearTitleRoleNotes
1978 Halloween Michael Myers (age 21)
1981 Halloween II Michael Myers (age 21)Archive footage
2008The Lucky BreakMark AshbyShort film
2011Emerging PastBlind Man
2011 Beg Jack FoxAlso producer
2015The Ungovernable ForceDon Ruggero Corbucci
2016American PoltergeistDoug
(Cancelled)Halloween: The Night Evil DiedMichael MyersShort film (Cancelled)
2018 Death House Miguel
2020’’The Trees Have Eyes’’Bossk

Television

YearTitleRoleNotes
1978 James at 15 Tom2 episodes
1979 The Waltons TinkerEpisode: The Burden
1979 California Fever BrianEpisode: The Girl from Somewhere
1981 CHiPs AndersonEpisode: Dead Man's Riddle

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