OG ‘Halloween’ Stars: Where Are They Now?

It’s been more than 40 years since Halloween originally hit theaters, but the story lives on through its sequels, cast and audience horror movie buffs.

After multiple TV roles, Jamie Lee Curtis made her big-screen debut in 1978’s Halloween as Laurie Strode, a high school babysitter who is being harassed by Michael Myers after he escapes from Warren County’s Smith’s Grove Sanitarium 15 years after killing his sister.

“[I loathe to be] scared. Loathe with a capital ‘L.’ And yet it is how I have made my entire career, which was born really from the 1978 Halloween movie,” Curtis told The Wall Street Journal in October 2021 while promoting the 12th Halloween flick. “And it’s ironic that I’m ‘that’ girl, because the truth is I’m terrified.”

She continued: “Even when I was a toddler, I was always looking over my shoulder. I’m always looking like I’m in trouble or someone’s angry at me or something is coming at me.”

During an interview with Vogue that same month, Curtis noted that “Halloween was never meant to become a franchise until it became one.”

The Freaky Friday actress explained, “Here I am, 43 years later, still playing Laurie Strode. To have that movie receive that reaction 40 years after the original was an indescribable experience. What I love about it is that we made it just like the first film. The original was made so fast for so little money by a small group of people, and [director of 2018’s Halloween] David [Gorden Green] similarly lightened the load so we could make these fast and furiously. Nobody got paid upfront, including yours truly. It’s not because we knew we’d make a lot of money on the backend— those numbers were certainly unexpected. And traditionally horror films don’t get great reviews; so given my history with this character, it felt pretty amazing.”

Several Halloween stars have popped up in the franchise since the original film, but Kyle Richards made headlines when she was called in to reprise her role as Lindsey in 2021’s Halloween Kills.

“I’m just so happy to be back on the big screen, again, doing what I love most, my first love, which is acting. I’m just grateful,” the Bravo star exclusively told Us Weekly in October 2021. “I had no idea it was going to be such a big deal and that, you know, it would have fans still passionate about it after all of these years. Just like when I signed on to do the Housewives, I thought I was doing a job for two months and I didn’t know if it was going to be a flop or a hit. And here we are [the] No. 1 show on Bravo all these years later. So, you know, you just never know.”

While it’s unclear whether Richards will be called on for more Halloween installments, there are already plans for Halloween Ends.

“In the ’78 film, you see that moment with her [Lindsey] and Tommy upstairs in the hallway after their confrontation with Michel Myers, and Laurie is pleading with them to get out of the house and go get help, and she’s their protector,” director and cowriter Green told Entertainment Weekly in October 2021. “So it was cool to be able to take that character full circle to a sequence we have on the playground where she has a very similar, protective moment with kids on a playground. It was fun to be able to see her role reversal, her maturity as a character. I’m not sure we’ve seen the last of Kyle Richards in our franchise.”

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Scroll through for an update on the cast:

Jamie Lee Curtis

The actress has appeared as Laurie in Halloween’s sequels Halloween II (1981), Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998), Halloween: Resurrection (2002), Halloween (2018) and Halloween Kills (2021). She is also expected to appear in 2022’s Halloween Ends. Her lengthy career includes seven Golden Globe nominations and two wins (in 1990 for Anything But Love and 1995 for True Lies). Curtis has been married to Christopher Guest since 1984. They share two kids: Ruby and Annie. While promoting Halloween Kills in October 2021, the proud mother opened up about Ruby coming out as transgender one year prior. “’Helping others Is something everyone should do. I don’t think it’s only our household thing. It should be a human thing,’” Curtis wrote, quoting her daughter, via Instagram at the time. “Ruby I am proud to be your mother. Today more than ever.” Shutterstock (2)

Kyle Richards

After working as a child actress throughout the ‘70s and ‘80s, Richards filmed several TV guest spots in the ‘90s and early 2000s before turning her attention to reality TV. She is the longest-running OG cast member on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, which premiered on Bravo in 2010. She reprised her role as Lindsey in 2021’s Halloween Kills. Richards, who shares daughter Farrah with her first husband, Guraish Aldjufrie, married Mauricio Umansky in 1996. The couple went on to welcome three daughters: Alexia, Sophia and Portia. Us confirmed in July 2023 that Richards and Umansky separated after 27 years of marriage. Matt Baron/Shutterstock; YouTube

Donald Pleasence

Known for his role as Dr. Loomis, Pleasence died in 1995 at the age of 75 following a heart valve replacement surgery. Shutterstock (2)

Nancy Kyes

The actress, known for her role as Annie Brackett, retired from the business in the 90s after appearing in The Fog, Halloween II and Halloween III. The professional sculptor works as a professor at the University of California.   Shutterstock (2)

Nancy Stephens

Stephens’ Marion appeared in the 1978 movie, Halloween II, Halloween H20: 20 Years Later and Halloween Kills and has several TV guest starring roles on her resume. She shares three children with husband Rick Rosenthal, whom she married in 1981, including cinematographer Noah Rosenthal. Shutterstock (2)

P.J Soles

The Carrie star, who made a cameo in 2018’s Halloween after starring as Lynda in the 1978 film, has appeared in several horror flicks over the years. The Private Benjamin actress, who is a mother of two, split from third husband Skip Holm in 1998. Shutterstock (2)

Charles Cyphers

The actor, who played Sheriff Leigh Brackett, reunited with Curtis in 1980’s The Fog, Halloween II and Halloween Kills, his first role since 2007. Andrews other credits include Seinfeld, ER, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and JAG. Youtube (2)

Brian Andrews

After working as a child actor in the ‘80s — and starring as Tommy in Halloween — Andrews appeared 2014’s The Day of the Living Dead and 2015’s Sky Harbor. He is a staple at Halloween fan conventions. YouTube

Nick Castle

Billed as “The Shape” (a.k.a. Mike Myers), he worked on 2018’s Halloween, 2021’s Halloween Kills and 2022’s Halloween Ends. He works as a writer and director. Shutterstock (2)

Tony Moran

Moran, the original Mike Myers unmasked in Halloween, had several guest spots after the movie premiered. He returned to the horror genre through 2010’s Beg alongside Soles. He also appeared in the 2014 documentary Horror Icon: Inside Michael’s Mask with Tony Moran. Courtesy Tony Moran/Instagram

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