William Castle

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William Castle born William Schloss (April 24, 1914 – May 31, 1977) was an American exploitation film director/writer/producer, and actor. Castle got his initial start in show business working on NYC's Broadway doing construction and later he began acting. He worked as an assistant to director Orson Welles doing much of the second unit location work for Welles' noir classic The Lady from Shanghai. Castle went on to become an exploitation cinema legend for directing movies with many crazy gimmicks which were ambitiously promoted, despite being reasonably low budget.

Fun Facts

  • Castle makes a cameo in Roman Polanski's 60s horror-thriller Rosemary's Baby. He's the man outside the phonebooth who smiles at Rosemary (Mia Farrow).
  • Joe Dante's 1993 comedy film Matinee starring John Goodman is based on William Castle's exploits as a movie showman.
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