Michelle Williams, Tyra Banks and 7 Other Stars You Didn't Know Had Roles in 'Halloween'

Here's a look back at all the famous stars who've appeared in the Halloween franchise

01 of 09

Paul Rudd as Tommy Doyle in 'Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers'


Though it doesn't look like he's aged a day, Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers was just Paul Rudd's second feature film (Clueless was released two months prior). Rudd played an older version of Tommy Doyle, the child Laurie Strode babysat on that famous night in 1978.

Not only did Tommy survive the sixth installment, but he also beat Michael Myers with a lead pipe until he believed the killer was dead.

Since Halloween, the Wet Hot American Summer actor has eschewed horror in favor of comedy, starring in Anchorman, I Love You, Man and This Is 40. He also appears in the Marvel Comic Universe as Ant-Man.

02 of 09

Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Jimmy Howell in 'Halloween H20: 20 Years Later'

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Though only 17 at the time of the film's release, Joseph Gordon-Levitt was no stranger to the industry when he appeared in 1998's Halloween H20: 20 Years Later. The (500) Days of Summer star had been a professional actor for 10 years — starring in 3rd Rock from the Sun —before making his cameo appearance as Jimmy Howell in the franchise's seventh installment.

Jimmy was Marion Whittington's (formerly Nurse Chambers) hockey-playing next-door neighbor. After Whittington's house was broken into, Jimmy investigated, not finding anything except some stolen alcohol. Unfortunately, Gordon-Levitt never made a return appearance: Jimmy was found dead, impaled by an ice skate.

Since H20, Gordon-Levitt has been nominated for two Golden Globes and directed and starred on the Apple TV+ series Mr. Corman in 2021.

03 of 09

Busta Rhymes as Freddie Harris in 'Halloween: Resurrection'

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Busta Rhymes appeared in the eighth installment of the franchise Halloween: Resurrection. The rapper played Freddie Harris, an entrepreneur and founder of Dangertainment, who created a reality show set in Myer's old home. Of course, the real Myers arrived and wreaked havoc.

Though Freddie was stabbed by Myers, he ultimately survived and electrocuted the villain.

04 of 09

Josh Hartnett as John Tate in 'Halloween H20: 20 Years Later'

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Josh Hartnett made his film debut in 1998's Halloween H20: 20 Years Later. Hartnett played John Tate, the son of Laurie (who was using the alias Keri Tate). Keri was protective of John and wouldn't let him attend a school trip to Yosemite, unintentionally putting him in the path of Myers on Halloween night.

Although Myers stabbed John, both he and his girlfriend Molly survived the evening. Who played Molly? (Hint: It wasn't Scarlett Johansson.) It was …

05 of 09

Michelle Williams as Molly Cartwell in 'Halloween H20: 20 Years Later'


Michelle Williams had a few films to her name before she appeared in the seventh installment of the horror franchise. Williams played Molly Cartwell, whose romantic plans with John (Hartnett) were interrupted by Myers. Though there were a few close calls, Molly ultimately survived the night, becoming one of the few female protagonists to do so.

Since then, Williams has gone on to have an illustrious career. She has been nominated for four Oscars (Brokeback Mountain, Blue Valentine, My Week with Marilyn and Manchester by the Sea) and won an Emmy Award in 2019 for Fosse/Verdon.

06 of 09

Tyra Banks as Nora Winston in 'Halloween: Resurrection'

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One year before she became the host of America's Next Top Model, Tyra Banks appeared in 2002's Halloween: Resurrection. Banks played Nora Winston, Freddie's (Busta Rhymes) assistant on a Myers reality TV show gone wrong. Though Nora was in on Freddie's plan to dress up as the villain, she was not aware the real Myers would show up, and she was murdered.

07 of 09

Sean Patrick Thomas as Rudy Grimes in 'Halloween: Resurrection'

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Shortly after starring in 2001's Save the Last Dance, Sean Patrick Thomas portrayed Rudy Grimes in Halloween: Resurrection. Rudy was an aspiring chef and one of the college students chosen to participate in Freddie's reality show about Myers. Rudy theorized that Myers turned to murder due to his diet.

Thomas has not appeared in any Halloween film since: Rudy was killed by Myers during a brief knife fight in the kitchen. Two months after playing Rudy, Thomas appeared in 2002's Barbershop.

08 of 09

Dana Carvey as Barry McNichol in 'Halloween II'

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Dana Carvey's first film with someone named Mike Myers was not Wayne's World but Halloween II. In 1981, Carvey made his feature film debut, playing an assistant to Haddonfield TV reporter Debra Lane (Catherine Bergstrom). In the original screenplay, Carvey had a few scenes and some dialogue, but in the final cut, he was reduced to a non-speaking role. Carvey survived Myers, though it seems his boss did not.

After his cameo appearance in the franchise, Carvey went on to star on SNL for six seasons. Well, isn't that special.

09 of 09

Danielle Harris as Jamie Lloyd in 'Halloween IV: The Return of Michael Myers'

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Though some may know her as the voice of Debbie Thornberry on The Wild Thornberrys, Danielle Harris got her start as a child actor in Halloween IV: The Return of Michael Myers. Harris celebrated her 11th birthday on set of the 1988 slasher. Playing Laurie's daughter and Myer's niece, Jamie Lloyd, Harris had a substantial role in both Halloween IV and V: The Revenge of Michael Myers. Harris did not reprise the role of Jamie in the sixth installment Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (J.C. Brandy starred instead), and the character of Jamie was killed off.

Harris returned to the Halloween franchise in the 2007 reboot, playing Annie Brackett. The original Annie (Nancy Kyes) was murdered in Halloween II.

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