The Fog
John Carpenter
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Nancy Kyes
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Jamie Lee Curtis
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Charles Cyphers
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George C. Scott
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Stephen King

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Darwin Joston

Knowledge Identifier: +Darwin_Joston


Darwin Joston

American actor known professionally as Darwin Joston add

Category: Movies & TV

Born in 1937.

Countries: United States (87%), New York (7%), (7%)

Main connections: The Fog, John Carpenter, Nancy Kyes




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Darwin Joston was born in 1937 add something


He later studied drama at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and graduated from there in 1960 add something


Joston began his career as a New York stage actor, and he appeared in many popular television shows during the 1960s, early 1970s, and mid-1980s, but he is best known for his performances in independent films that later achieved cult status, particularly "Assault on Precinct 13" add something


Of the two films that were released theatrically, the first was the 1971 western-themed, grindhouse exploitation film, "Cain's Cutthroats"; in it, he played Billy-Joe, a psychopathic, mother-obsessed, sexually-warped Confederate soldier add something


The second film was the low-budget 1975 horror movie, "Rattlers," in which he played a soldier who is killed by a horde of rattlesnakes add something


Joston is known for his iconic portrayal of Napoleon Wilson, the sardonic, shotgun-toting, anti-hero in "Assault on Precinct 13", John Carpenter's 1976, Howard Hawks-inspired, action film add something


He played Paul, the beleaguered pencil-factory clerk, in David Lynch's classic 1977 cult film, "Eraserhead" add something


Joston worked on the transportation crews of two 1978 movies, "The Buddy Holly Story" and "Ruby and Oswald" add something


Charles Cyphers - After appearing in "Halloween" in 1978, Cyphers worked with Carpenter two years later, playing Dan O'Bannon in "The Fog", a 1980 horror film which starred Tom Atkins, Cyphers's fellow "Halloween" cast member Jamie Lee Curtis, his "Assault on Precinct 13" co-star Darwin Joston, and Nancy Kyes, who worked with Cyphers in both "Assault on Precinct 13" and "Halloween"


He worked with Carpenter again in the 1980 horror film, "The Fog", playing the coroner, Dr. Phibes add something


In the 1980s, Joston's acting career became more sporadic, and he made a gradual transition from acting to working full time as a teamster on film and television transportation crews add something


Nancy Kyes - In 1980, Kyes played the role of Sandy Fadel in Carpenter's hit horror film "The Fog", in which she appeared with her "Halloween" co-star Jamie Lee Curtis, her "Assault on Precinct 13" co-star Darwin Joston, and Charles Cyphers, who appeared with Kyes in both "Halloween" and "Assault on Precinct 13"


Shortly afterward, Eric Red, a young film-maker and a fan of Joston's performance in "Assault on Precinct 13", cast Joston in the lead role of the world-weary hitman in Red's 1981 short film, "Gunmen's Blues" add something


In 1982, when Carpenter was scheduled to direct the film adaptation of Stephen King's novel "Firestarter", Joston was considered for the role of John Rainbird, the Native-American assassin; but after Universal Pictures executives fired Carpenter from the project and replaced him with Mark L. Lester, the role of Rainbird was given to George C. Scott add something


He performed as a voice actor in Showtime's short-lived, 1985 animated series "Washingtoon" add something


After 1986, he worked primarily in transportation until his retirement in 1994 add something


From 1986 until 1994, he worked as a driver, driver captain, or transportation captain on various television productions and on films such as "Down and Out in Beverly Hills" , "La Bamba" , Lynch's 1990 film "Wild at Heart", and "The American President" add something


His final television role was in a 1986 episode of the comedy series "ALF" add something

Darwin Joston died in 1998 add something


Several years later, on June 1, 1998, he died of leukemia at Forsyth Medical Center add something


His funeral was held on June 4, 1998 at the Oaklawn Baptist Church in Winston-Salem,_North_Carolina; the services were conducted by his brother, Talmadge, and by Rev. Paul Riggs add something


Q & A session with John Carpenter and Austin Stoker at American Cinematheque's 2002 John Carpenter retrospective, included in the 2003 "Assault on Precinct 13" special edition R1 DVD. add something