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William Castle

William Castle (April 24, 1914 - May 31, 1977) born William Schloss, was an American film director, producer, and actor.

Born in New York City to a Jewish family, he spent most of his teenage years working on Broadway in a number of jobs ranging from set building to acting. This put him in a good stead to become a director, and he left for Hollywood at the age of 23, going on to direct his first film 6 years later.

Castle was famous for directing films with many gimmicks, which were ambitiously promoted, despite being reasonably low budget B-movies. Recently, two of his films have been remade, House on Haunted Hill in 1999, and Thirteen Ghosts in 2001 (the latter retitled Thir13en Ghosts, apparently in imitation of the suspense film Se7en).

He also produced, and had a brief non-speaking role in, Roman Polanski's film Rosemary's Baby (1968). According to the documentary featured on the film's DVD release, Castle had wanted to direct the film as well, but the studio insisted on hiring another director due to the reputation Castle had gained through his previous work.

After a long career William Castle died in Los Angeles, California, after suffering a heart attack. He is interred in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California.

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Rosemary's Baby

$5.95 | 134 minutes

(1968) - Producer

Roman Polanski's stylish occult thriller ROSEMARY'S BABY is possibly the director's most famous film and was a big box-office success at the time of its 1968 release. This was Polanski's first American feature film, following his frightening&hellip…

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