Mike Fenton, casting director of ‘ET’ and ‘Back to the Future’, dies at 85


He founded the Casting Society of America and was a henchman for Steven Spielberg.

Mike Fenton, a legendary American casting director with a 40-year career behind him, has passed away at the age of 85. Fenton, in addition to co-founding such a relevant body as the Casting Society of America in the early 1980s, worked on several undisputed classics of American cinema, and on numerous occasions alongside Steven Spielberg on board titles such as ET The Extraterrestrial or In Search of the lost ark.

Spielberg has been among the first to react to the news and published an emotional statement praising Fenton’s professionalism and warmth. “Working with Mike Fenton was like working in a candy store,” said the filmmaker. “His fervent support for the actors was what made his legend, and after each signing was done, no actor’s smile could compare to Mike’s. Not only did he support them, but he also undertook crusades for them ”.

“And he was a great actor himself, as he showed when he read the dialogue off-camera to create energy for the person who was going to read that part. Mike loved his job, and the people around him adored him. I will miss him very much, ” concluded Spielberg. Fenton began his career at Paramount Pictures in the mid-1960s, to later act as producer and then casting director, a position in which he achieved the great milestones of his career.

In this way, Fenton’s trajectory is made up of films like The Godfather. Part II, Shampoo, Young Frankenstein, Justice for All, Amityville Horror, Blade Runner, Back to the Future, Short Circuit, or Total Challenge, in addition to the titles where he collaborated with Spielberg. The last movie he worked on was Sharknado 2: The Return, in 2014.


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