THEN AND NOW: The cast of the original 'Halloween,' 43 years later

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  • The first "Halloween" film was released in 1978, introducing dreaded serial killer Michael Myers.

  • Some of the cast, like Jamie Lee Curtis, reprised their roles in the new sequel, "Halloween Kills."

  • Others - like Nancy Kyes, who played babysitter Annie Brackett - have left the industry.

Forty-three years ago, a masked Michael Myers escaped from his psychiatric ward and stalked the town of Haddonfield in the 1978 classic "Halloween."

"Halloween" and "Halloween Kills"
Michael Myers in "Halloween Kills," the latest film in the franchise. Compass International Productions/Universal

John Carpenter's slasher quickly helped define the horror genre — all on a shoestring budget estimated at $300,000.

After making nearly $50 million worldwide, the franchise continued, with 11 more films, including the 2018 film "Halloween" which served as a direct sequel to the original film released 40 years prior and ignored the storylines of all the other films in the franchise.

The latest film of the franchise, titled "Halloween Kills," picks up where the 2018 sequel left off, with a mob trying to hunt down Michael once and for all.

Some of the original movie's actors continued on with the franchise, while others moved on with their careers.

From television shows to ministry, take a look at where the stars of the original "Halloween" are today.

Jamie Lee Curtis played high school student and main character, Laurie Strode.

Jamie Lee Curtis holds a knife in a scene from the film 'Halloween', 1978.
Jamie Lee Curtis in the 1978 "Halloween." Compass International Pictures/Getty Images

Curtis has since become a huge name in Hollywood. The actress has also established a notable writing career.

A woman (actress Jamie Lee Curtis) with short gray hair, wearing a yellow evening gown, stands in front of a black microphone.

Curtis went on to star in many films, including "Freaky Friday," "A Fish Called Wanda," and the award-winning "True Lies."

More recently, she reprised her role as Laurie Strode in "Halloween" (2018) and "Halloween Kills."

Curtis has also written books, and her 1998 novel "Today I Feel Silly and Other Moods That Make My Day" made it to the New York Times bestseller list.

Donald Pleasence played Michael Myers' psychiatrist, Dr. Sam Loomis.

Dr. Loomis in Halloween
Donald Pleasence in 1978. Universal

Pleasence died in 1995 after amassing more than 200 film credits, writing a children's book, and receiving four Tony Award nominations.

Donald Pleasence in 1993.
Donald Pleasence in 1993. Alain BENAINOUS/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images

In 1994, Queen Elizabeth II appointed Pleasence Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for his services to the acting profession.

Pleasence died a year later.

Nancy Kyes played babysitter Annie Brackett.

Lynda, Annie, and Laurie in Halloween (1978)
Nancy Kyes in 1978. Compass International Productions

After appearing on a few more TV and movie projects after "Halloween," Kyes left acting in 1992. She is currently a professor in California.

Nancy Kyes
Nancy Kyes in a 2018 Instagram video recorded by a fan. (Instagram/@pinksparkle710) Instagram

Nancy Kyes later acted in "The Fog," "Halloween III: Season of the Witch," and the 1985 revival of "The Twilight Zone." She was also married to Tommy Lee Wallace, director of "Halloween III," although the two have since divorced.

As of October 2021, Kyes is working as a sculptor and an adjunct professor at Cal Poly Pomona's College of Theatre and New Dance.

P.J. Soles played high school student Lynda Van der Klok.

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P.J. Soles in 1978's "Halloween." Compass International Pictures

Soles is still active in television and film, with roles in movies like "Private Benjamin" and "The Devil's Rejects."

P.J. Soles in 2019
P.J. Soles in 2019. Michael Tullberg/Getty Images

Sole had a cameo in the 2018 "Halloween" film as a school teacher.

The same year that the original "Halloween" movie was released, Soles married actor Dennis Quaid. The two were divorced five years later.

John Michael Graham played Lynda's boyfriend Bob.

John Michael Graham in Halloween
Bob with Lynda. Compass Internation Productions

Thirty years after "Halloween," he made an appearance in a TV documentary about the making of the film titled "Halloween: The Inside Story."

Graham was also a background dancer in the musical "Grease" the same year "Halloween" was released.

Child actress Kyle Richards played a timid Lindsey Wallace, who Annie babysat.

Kyle Richards as Lindsey in Halloween (1978)
Kyle Richards. Compass International Productions

Richards has continued acting, and is known for starring in "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills."

Kyle Richards shining a flashlight
Kyle Richards in "Halloween Kills." Universal

After "Halloween," Richards appeared on "Little House On the Prairie," "ER" and in children's horror film, "The Watcher in the Woods."

More recently, Richards has starred on the "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" since 2010. She also reprised her role as Lindsey in 2021's "Halloween Kills."

Charles Cyphers played Sheriff Leigh Brackett, the father of Annie.

Sheriff Brackett in Halloween (1978)
Sheriff Brackett in "Halloween." Compass International Productions

Cyphers is back as Sheriff Brackett in "Halloween Kills" after stints on TV shows like "ER" and "Seinfeld."

Charles Cyphers in Halloween Kills
Charles Cyphers in "Halloween Kills." Universal

Cyphers reunited with his "Halloween" costars Curtis and Kyes in John Carpenter's 1980 film "The Fog."

Nick Castle played Michael Myers as "The Shape."

Michael Myers in Halloween (1978)
Michael Myers. Compass International Productions

Castle has since switched to writing and directing films, penning the 2007 movie "August Rush" and co-writing "Escape from New York."

Nick Castle "Halloween" 2018 premiere
Nick Castle. Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images

Castle is back as "The Shape" in both "Halloween" (2018) and "Halloween Kills."

He's also expected to make an appearance in "Halloween Ends," which is slated for a 2022 release.

Tony Moran played Michael Myers without the mask.

Michael Myers without mask in Halloween 1978
Michael Myers without a mask in "Halloween" (1978). Compass International Productions

Moran was under the radar for a while after the release of 1978's "Halloween," eventually appearing at conventions to support the movie.

Tony Moran in 2018
Tony Moran in 2018. Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images

Moran starred in and produced his own horror movie, "Beg," in 2011.

More recently, according to IMDb, he's set to appear in other upcoming horror films, including "Clown Motel 2," "Smile," and "Dawn of 5 Evils." He also appeared uncredited as Michael Myers in archival footage in "Halloween Kills."

Brian Andrews played Tommy Doyle, the curious 8-year-old who Laurie was babysitting.

Tommy in Halloween (1978)
Tommy. Compass International Productions

Andrews' last credited acting role was in the 2015 film "Sky Harbor."

Brian Andrews in 2014
Brian Andrews in 2014. Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images

He also appeared in movie and TV projects like "Three O'Clock High" and "The Bronx Zoo."

Anthony Michael Hall appeared as an older version of Andrews' character Tommy in "Halloween Kills."

Nancy Stephens played Marion Chambers, who was a nurse and colleague of Dr. Sam Loomis.

Nurse in Halloween 1978
Nurse Marion Chambers in "Halloween" (1978). Compass International Productions

Stephens had brief appearances in TV shows "All in the Family" and "Cheers."

Nancy Stephens at Halloween Kills premiere
Nancy Stephens at "Halloween Kills" premiere. VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images

She is also back as Nurse Chambers in "Halloween Kills."

Sandy Johnson played Michael's sister, Judith Margaret Myers.

Judith Meyers in Halloween 1978
Judith Myers. Compass International Productions

"Halloween" (2018) used archival footage of Johnson as Judith from the 1978 movie, but she hasn't been back to the franchise since.

Sandy Johnson in 2018
Sandy Johnson in 2018. Hollywood To You/Star Max/GC Images/Getty Images

Johnson's last credited acting role was in the 1979 comedy "Gas Pump Girls." After a long hiatus, she's set to appear in three horror projects currently in development, according to her IMDb page — "Creeps at the Gym," "Executioner!," and "Barry the Hatchett."

David Kyle Foster played Judith's boyfriend.

Judith's boyfriend in Halloween 1978
Judith's boyfriend. Compass International Productions

Foster retired from acting, entered a seminary, and founded a non-profit Christian ministry called Mastering Life Ministries.

According to the ministry website, Foster lives in Nashville and has produced several documentaries.

Arthur Malet played the graveyard keeper.

Arthur Malet in Halloween 1978
Graveyard caretaker with Dr Loomis. Compass International Productions

Malet died in 2013. One of his final roles was in Alfonso Cuaron's 1995 film "A Little Princess."

Arthur Malet in 1980
Arthur Malet in 1980. ABC Photo Archives/Disney General Entertainment Content/Getty Images

He also had roles in iconic TV series like "Days of Our Lives" and "MacGyver" and memorably played Tootles in the 1991 Robin Williams film "Hook," in addition to voice-acting in animated movies including 1997's "Anastasia" and 1998's "The Secret of NIMH 2: Timmy to the Rescue."

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