Celebrity Then And Now
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Celebrity Then And Now
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Currently Known For:
Beethoven, Beethoven’s 2nd, and Step By Step
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“Beethoven, bite this guy in the wiener.” A child actor turned professor and high school teacher, Christopher Castile launched his acting career in the 1990s when he was cast as Ted Newton in Beethoven and Beethoven’s 2nd. With the films grossing over $100 million at the box office, Castile was well on his way to stardom when he found his niche in television as an actor and voice actor. Lending his voice to Zachary Sellers and Nick Mulligan in Focus on the Family’s Adventures in Odyssey and as the voice of Eugene Horowitz in Hey Arnold!, Castile’s most famous role came in 1991 when he joined Suzanne Somers and Patrick Duffy in the primetime family sitcom, Step by Step. Spending seven years playing the nerdy Mark Foster, Castile wrapped up the series in 1998 and set his sights on life outside of Hollywood. While most argued he’d done the unthinkable by giving up his stardom, the 37-year-old is rumored to be happier than ever before as a high school teacher and former college professor!
Hailing from Orange County, California, Christopher Jon Castile was born on June 15, 1980 to Donna and Jon Castile. Despite his family having very few connections in the show business industry, Castile knew he wanted to try his hand at acting and, at 10 years old, made his debut on the Fox network in a series of safety shorts called Totally for Kids that aired on Saturday mornings. The segments were incredibly popular throughout the 1990s and made Castile a recognizable face as he snagged minor roles in television series and films in the early part of the decade with his television debut coming on ABC’s popular TGIF (Thank Goodness It’s Friday) lineup in a sitcom called My Two Dads starring Paul Reiser.
In 1991, Miller-Boyett Productions offered Castile the role of Sam Roberts in their new comedy series Going Places starring Heather Locklear and Alan Ruck only to pull him from the part after three episodes. Having already appeared in episodes of The Fanelli Boys and Empty Nest, the move wasn’t terribly tragic for Castile because Miller-Boyett had another role in mind when they cast the youngster alongside his former Going Places costar, Staci Keanan, on Step By Step, which was part of ABC’s Friday night lineup. With Castile playing the part of Mark Foster and Keanan playing his on-screen sister, audiences fell in love with Castile and the rest of the cast as Suzanne Somers and Patrick Duffy played two formerly single parents who met and fell in love on their family vacations. After tying the knot, the couple navigates life with six children in a blended family of chaos under one roof!
Thankfully, Castile’s string of bad luck was over as Step By Step received widespread praise with Castile’s performance earning him serious attention from Hollywood film producers. In 1992, producer Ivan Reitman gave Castile a huge opportunity by inviting him to audition for the role of Ted Newton in his next family film, the John Hughes’ classic Beethoven, which starred Bonnie Hunt and Charles Grodin. Landing the part, Castile watched in awe as his silver screen debut grossed over $147 million at the box office and spawned a sequel, Beethoven’s 2nd, where he reprised his role as the dog-loving, nerdy Newton!
On top of the world with a successful television series and a growing film career, Castile branched out into voice acting in 1996 when he landed a voiceover gig as Eugene Horowitz on Nickelodeon’s animated series, Hey Arnold! Ironically, Castile was replaced by actor Jarrett Lennon who was originally supposed to play Mark Foster on Step By Step before Castile replaced him in the role. What a small world, right? During this time, Step By Step made the move from ABC to CBS after six seasons when, in 1998, the network canceled the series just as Castile graduated from high school. By then, Castile faced a huge decision—whether to pursue his career in Hollywood and risk becoming a washed-up child actor or pursue his other passions and earn his college degree? Ultimately, he gave up stardom and settled on earning his degree.
“Well, I couldn’t really do anything or want to do anything,” Castile said later during an interview. “You know Mark was a big part of my life and when the show ended, I ended. I felt like an empty body, like there was nothing propelling me to move forward…” Although he later joked that he dropped out of junior high school and couldn’t even get hired at McDonalds, that wasn’t the case for Castile who proved to be just as smart as Mark Foster when he finished college and earned his Master’s degree from a university in southern California. From there, he took a job teaching political science at Biola University in La Mirada, California and even completed training to receive his pilot’s license.
While many Beethoven and Step By Step fans wonder if Castile will ever return to acting, it doesn’t look promising with rumors suggesting that the 37-year-old former child star recently accepted a job teaching economics and United States history at Downey High School. Then again, anything is possible. After all, not many teachers can say they’ve worked in Hollywood and have five Young Artist Award nominations to their name!