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Also Known As: William Schloss Died: May 31, 1977
Born: April 24, 1914 Cause of Death: heart attack
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: director, producer, actor, dialogue director

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Eccentric director of low-budget horror films, with a flair for self-promotion. William 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 a 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).

Eccentric director of low-budget horror films, with a flair for self-promotion. William 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 a 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).

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Shanks (1974) Director
2.
  The Spirit Is Willing (1967) Director
3.
  The Busy Body (1967) Director
4.
  Let's Kill Uncle (1966) Director
5.
  I Saw What You Did (1965) Director
6.
  Strait-Jacket (1964) Director
7.
  The Night Walker (1964) Director
8.
  13 Frightened Girls (1963) Director
9.
  The Old Dark House (1963) Director
10.
  Zotz! (1962) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Day of the Locust, The (1975) Director
2.
 Shampoo (1975) Producer Sid Roth
3.
 Shanks (1974) Grocer
4.
 Sex Symbol, The (1974) Jack P Harper
5.
 Rosemary's Baby (1968) Man at telephone booth
6.
 Homicidal (1961) Narrator
7.
 Mr. Sardonicus (1961) Narrator
8.
 The Lady in Question (1940) Angry juror #2
9.
 He Stayed for Breakfast (1940) Policeman
10.
 When Love Is Young (1937) Reporter
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1929:
Broadway acting debut at age 15
1937:
Film acting debut
1955:
Formed own production company
1975:
Played a producer in the film, "Shampoo" and a director in "The Day of the Locust"
1972:
Produced TV series, "Circle of Fear"
:
Wrote and directed radio series, "Lights Out" and "The Romance of Helen Trent"
1943:
Film directing debut with the short, "Mr. Smug"
1939:
Brought to Hollywood by Harry Cohn; worked for Columbia (1943-1963)
1943:
Directed first feature film, "The Chance of a Lifetime"
1932:
Directed Bela Lugosi in a Broadway production of "Dracula"
1948:
First film as producer (co-associate with Richard Wilson), Orson Welles' "The Lady from Shanghai"
1968:
Produced "Rosemary's Baby" and "The Riot"
1932:
Worked as director and actor on Broadway and in summer stock
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daughter:
Terry Castle. Producer.

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