Original Michael Myers from ‘Halloween’, James Winburn, dead at 85

‘Halloween’ star, stuntman and original Michael Myers actor James Winburn has died. He was 85.

The performer donned the white mask and knife to play the infamous killer in the 1978 horror film and its 1981 sequel, opposite scream queen Jamie Lee Curtis.

His cause of death is currently unknown.

Winburn played Myers in John Carpenter’s famous slasher flick, including the scene where Dr. Loomis shot him six times, causing him to fall off a balcony.

He also made a career as a Hollywood stuntman, working on films such as Escape From New York, Tron, Colors, The Night Stalker, Glory, and The Couch Trip.

The Post has reached out to Curtis reps for comment.

Winburn was introduced at Monopoly Events’ For the Love of Horror fan convention last month.

The company continued to pay tribute to him Twitter Monday, writing: “We are deeply saddened by the passing of James Winburn who joined us for @ftlohorror last month.”

HALLOWEEN, Jamie Lee Curtis, 1978. © Compass International Pictures/ Courtesy: Everett Collection
Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode in 1978’s Halloween.
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“James was an absolute pleasure to work with and shared some amazing stories with everyone over the weekend,” added Monopoly Events. “Our sincere condolences go to his family, friends and fans. #REST IN PEACE.”

Monster-Mania Con, another organizer of the horror festival, also expressed his condolences to Winburn on social media, saying: “Sad to learn of the passing of James Winburn today. James was an absolute pleasure working with and we were hoping to see him again for our show in Oaks, PA, but unfortunately a health issue prevented that.”

HALLOWEEN, Jamie Lee Curtis, Tony Moran as Michael Myers, 1978. © Compass International Pictures/ Courtesy: Everett Collection
“Halloween” was directed by John Carpenter and spawned a number of sequels.
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“James has always been grateful for the ‘Halloween’ fans and really enjoyed meeting everyone,” the statement continued. “Our sincere condolences go to his family, friends and fans.”

Other actors who have played Myers in particular include Nick Castle, Tony Moran, Tommy Lee Wallace, and Will Sandin.

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