‘Thank You For All the Joy’: Hollywood Remembers Legendary Casting Director Mike Fenton

Colleagues of legendary casting director Mike Fenton remembered the industry veteran as a tireless champion of actors who had a keen eye for talent, a great sense of humor and a full life outside of work with a wide circle of friends.Fenton, who died Dec.

30 at the age of 85, had nearly 300 casting credits to his name and helped launch the careers of such stars as Harrison Ford, Richard Dreyfuss, Drew Barrymore and Robert Downey Jr.

He won the Casting Society of America’s Artios Award in 1996 for Best Casting for TV Nighttime Special for “Mr.

Willowby’s Christmas Tree” and again in 2000 Best Casting for TV Miniseries for “Arabian Nights”Graham Yost, screenwriter and showrunner known for “Broken Arrow,” “Speed” and FX’s “Justified,” became friendly with Fenton through a running club dubbed Flying Squirrels that the casting pro founded in the 1980s.

Yost met his wife, Connie, through the group.

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