The Biography of Michael Myers
GEORGE P. WILBUR is a veteran stuntman whose horror stardom came with playing the role of MICHAEL MYERS in Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers and Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers. His career spans almost 40 years and is not limited to the Halloween franchise but also includes roles in such memorable films as: The Silence of the Lambs, A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Dream Child, Poltergeist, The Beastmaster, Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan, The Notebook, Spiderman, Blazing Saddles,Tim Burton’s Mars Attacks, The Running Man, Total Recall, Escape from New York, and Planet of the Apes to name a few.
George grew up in a small town in Connecticut. His path to fame took him in many directions with influences from several legendary Hollywood actors.
After graduating high school, George joined the Navy. Upon completion of his 4-year tour of duty, he moved to Tucson, AZ to become a wrangler at a dude ranch, after a little persuasion from an old Navy buddy. This was a far cry from the glitz and glamour of Hollywood; however, it was in Arizona where the 1966 John Wayne movie El Dorado was being filmed. This was his first taste of stardom, playing a cowboy extra and a stand-in for the famous John Wayne. After mingling and spurring conversation with various members of the stunt team, George decided to pursue a career in the movie business as a stuntman…what other job could beat hanging out with the most famous cowboy alive?
Off he went to Los Angeles to follow his dream. He heard about a small stunt school in Santa Monica run by Paul Stader, and immediately enrolled. George honed in on his stunt skills and began knocking on doors to look for work. While walking the lot at Paramount Studios, in a routine attempt to talk to anyone in the industry who wouldn’t blow him off, George met Peter Graves. George impetuously introduced himself and sold himself as the only stunt double for Mr. Graves. The TV series Mission Impossible marked the beginning of George’s career.
In 1972, George became a member of the Stuntmen’s Association and through the Association met Fred Lerner. It was Fred Lerner, Halloween 4’s stunt coordinator, who orchestrated an interview for George with the producers of Halloween. The producers were looking for a larger, taller, and more daunting Michael Myers, and George fit the bill. Although George had never seen any of the previous Halloweens, despite the fact his good friend Dick Warlock played the villainous character in Halloween 2, George was willing to take all the beatings they were planning to give the new Michael Myers. No one else could fight, fall, get shot, be put on fire, and be thrown from tall buildings quite like George! The producer Moustapha Akkad instantly liked George’s style.
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