Christopher Castile


Christopher Castile
Christopher Castile
Born Christopher Castile
June 15, 1980 (1980-06-15) (age 31)
Orange County, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1990–1998

Christopher Jon Castile (born June 15, 1980) is an American actor from Orange County, California. He is best known for his roles as Ted Newton in the movies Beethoven and Beethoven's 2nd, playing the voice of Zachary Sellers and Nick Mulligan in Focus on the Family's Adventures in Odyssey, as well as playing Mark Foster on the sitcom Step by Step. He also voiced Eugene Horowitz in Hey Arnold!.

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Career

One of Castile's earliest television appearances was in a long-circulated segment of Totally For Kids, kid safety interstitials that aired on the Fox network's Saturday morning lineup in the early 1990s. The segment had him playing a young boy who was being followed by a group of kids (the main characters of the "safety patrol") because he had his named printed on his shirt, as a way to address the dangers of name display for strangers (or possible abductors) to see. The Totally For Kids segments also featured John Walsh.

Shortly after, Castile auditioned and became a part of the revamped cast of the Miller-Boyett sitcom Going Places in January 1991. He played the recurring role of Sam Roberts, the awkward son of talk show host Dick Roberts (Steve Vinovich). The show never improved in the ratings with the new cast members, in a show that was already starring such talents as Alan Ruck and Heather Locklear, and was cancelled by ABC at the end of its first season. However, Castile and his fellow Going Places cast member Staci Keanan were approached by Miller-Boyett about a new family sitcom that was in development for the fall; both were hired to play biological brother and sister on Step By Step. Keanan, however, was the first to be chosen for Step by Step; the role of Mark Foster, which eventually went to Castile, was at first played by Jarrett Lennon in the unaired pilot. The producers decided to recast the part after this pilot was shot, and then brought in Castile, who brought the same gawkiness to the role that he had used for his character on Going Places. He and Keanan played brother and sister Mark and Dana, on the Foster family side, for the entire run of Step by Step until the show's end in 1998.

Meanwhile, in 1992 and 1993, he played Ted Newton in the successful Beethoven 1 & Beethoven 2. In 1996, while continuing on Step by Step, Castile added the vocal role of Eugene Horowitz, another geeky character, on Hey Arnold!. In a bit of irony, Castile left Hey Arnold! after only a few episodes, and was replaced as the voice of Eugene by Jarrett Lennon, whom he had replaced five years earlier on Step by Step.

Filmography

Film
Year Film Role Other notes
1992 Beethoven Ted Newton
1993 Beethoven's 2nd Ted Newton
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1990 My Two Dads Episode: To Thine Own Elf Be True
Hurricane Sam Neil Gianelli TV-Movie
The Fanelli Boys Timmy Episode: Tarnished Angel
1990, 1992 Empty Nest Barry
Larry
Episode: Barbara the Mom
Episode: Final Analysis
1991 Going Places Sam Roberts 3 episodes
The Family Man Lowell Episode: Trading Places
1991–1998 Step by Step Mark Foster 146 episodes
1994 ABC Sneak Peek with Step by Step Mark Foster TV-Movie
1995 Are You Afraid of the Dark? Jason Episode: The Tale of Prisoner's Past
1996–1998 Hey Arnold! Eugene Horowitz Voice Role
8 episodes

Awards and nominations

Young Artist Award

  • 1993: Nominated, "Best Young Actor Starring in a Television Series" - Step by Step
  • 1993: Nominated, "Best Young Actor Starring in a Motion Picture" - Beethoven
  • 1994: Nominated, "Outstanding Youth Ensemble in a Television Series" - Step by Step (shared w/cast)
  • 1995: Nominated, "Best Performance by a Youth Ensemble in a Motion Picture" - Beethoven's 2nd (shared w/cast)
  • 1996: Nominated, "Best Performance by a Young Actor in a TV Comedy Series" - Step by Step

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