Sunday, February 8, 2009

The Man Behind the Mask-Tony Moran

Tony Moran's biggest role was in Halloween and lasted all of several seconds. In the final minutes of the movie, when Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) lifts the mask off of Michael Myers, the face under the mask belongs to Tony Moran.
Moran is the big brother of Erin Moran (from tv's Happy Days). He has only done a handful of roles during his career. Moran reportedly was never really into the grind of rehearsals and call-backs nor the attention , that comes with an actor's life.
Moran is one of at least 5 people to wear the mask in the original Halloween, although his is the only face to be seen. An interesting side-note regarding the mask is that it is actually a mask of Captain Kirk (William Shatner). Of course, for the film, the Kirk mask had to be altered, including a fresh white paint job.
I met Tony Moran at the Motor City Comic Con a few months after I met Erin. Both were very happy to talk about the other. Tony was a bit self-effacing when he suggested holding his 8x10 for the photo, so people would know who he was.
Tony Moran and me in Novi, MI-May 2007.

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