William Castle

Director, Producer, Actor
Eccentric director of routine low-budget horror films, with a flair for self-promotion. Castle's standout efforts include the B thriller, "When Strangers Marry" (1944), with Robert Mitchum in his first important role ... Read more »
Born: 04/24/1914 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Director (29)

Shanks 1973 (Movie)

(Director)

The Busy Body 1967 (Movie)

(Director)

The Spirit Is Willing 1966 (Movie)

(Director)

Let's Kill Uncle 1965 (Movie)

(Director)

The Night Walker 1965 (Movie)

(Director)

I Saw What You Did 1964 (Movie)

(Director)

Strait-Jacket 1964 (Movie)

(Director)

The Old Dark House 1962 (Movie)

(Director)

Homicidal 1961 (Movie)

(Director)

Zotz 1961 (Movie)

(Director)

13 Ghosts 1960 (Movie)

(Director)

Mr. Sardonicus 1960 (Movie)

(Director)

House on Haunted Hill 1958 (Movie)

(Director)

Macabre 1958 (Movie)

(Director)

The Tingler 1958 (Movie)

(Director)

The Americano 1954 (Movie)

(Director)

The Iron Glove 1954 (Movie)

(Director)

Battle of Rogue River 1953 (Movie)

(Director)

Charge of the Lancers 1953 (Movie)

(Director)

Hollywood Story (Movie)

(Director)

It's a Small World (Movie)

(Director)

Mysterious Intruder (Movie)

(Director)

Texas, Brooklyn and Heaven (Movie)

(Director)

The Crime Doctor's Gamble (Movie)

(Director)

The Fat Man (Movie)

(Director)

The Law Rides Again (Movie)

(Director)

The Mark of the Whistler (Movie)

(Director)

The Whistler (Movie)

(Director)

Voice of the Whistler (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (21)

Bug 1975 (Movie)

(Producer)

Ghost Story 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Shanks 1973 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Riot 1968 (Movie)

(Producer)

Rosemary's Baby 1968 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Busy Body 1967 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Spirit Is Willing 1966 (Movie)

(Producer)

Let's Kill Uncle 1965 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Night Walker 1965 (Movie)

(Producer)

I Saw What You Did 1964 (Movie)

(Producer)

Strait-Jacket 1964 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Old Dark House 1962 (Movie)

(Producer)

Homicidal 1961 (Movie)

(Producer)

Zotz 1961 (Movie)

(Producer)

13 Ghosts 1960 (Movie)

(Producer)

Mr. Sardonicus 1960 (Movie)

(Producer)

House on Haunted Hill 1958 (Movie)

(Producer)

Macabre 1958 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Tingler 1958 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Lady From Shanghai 1948 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)

Macabre (Movie)

(Producer)
Actor (8)

Shampoo 1975 (Movie)

Producer Sid Roth (Actor)

The Day of the Locust 1974 (Movie)

Director (Actor)

Shanks 1973 (Movie)

Grocer (Actor)

Rosemary's Baby 1968 (Movie)

Man Outside Phone Booth (Actor)

Homicidal 1961 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

He Stayed for Breakfast (Movie)

Policeman (Actor)

The Lady in Question (Movie)

Juror (Actor)

The Sex Symbol (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (2)

It's a Small World (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Voice of the Whistler (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Biography

Eccentric director of routine low-budget horror films, with a flair for self-promotion. Castle's standout efforts include the B thriller, "When Strangers Marry" (1944), with Robert Mitchum in his first important role and the camp gem, "House on Haunted Hill" (1958). Like latter day P.T Barnum, upon whom he modeled himself, Castle lured audiences to his chillers by appearing in their trailers and psyching the audience up to be scared. Most of his films included outrageous gimmicks such as an insurance policy against death by fright for "Macabre" (1957), skeletons that whistled over the audience in a process called "Emergo" during critical scenes in "House on Haunted Hill" and his most audacious stunt, "Percepto" which literally shocked the audience by wiring selected seats in the theater with electricity and administering mild jolts during moments in "The Tingler" (1959). Castle is also noted as the producer of the psychological thriller, "Rosemary's Baby" (1968).

Relationships

Terry Castle

Daughter

Milestones

1975

Played a producer in the film, "Shampoo" and a director in "The Day of the Locust"

1972

Produced TV series, "Circle of Fear"

1968

Produced "Rosemary's Baby" and "The Riot"

1955

Formed own production company

1948

First film as producer (co-associate with Richard Wilson), Orson Welles' "The Lady from Shanghai"

1942

Film directing debut with the short, "Mr. Smug"

1942

Directed first feature film, "The Chance of a Lifetime"

1939

Brought to Hollywood by Harry Cohn; worked for Columbia (1943-1963)

1937

Film acting debut

1932

Directed Bela Lugosi in a Broadway production of "Dracula"

1932

Worked as director and actor on Broadway and in summer stock

1929

Broadway acting debut at age 15

Wrote and directed radio series, "Lights Out" and "The Romance of Helen Trent"

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