The Shining miniseries aired on ABC in 1997 over the course of three nights. Why the need for the small screen adaptation? Stephen King repeatedly made his disappointment well-known regarding Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 big screen version of the horror master's 1977 best seller of the same name. The story goes that King desired to make the miniseries because he wanted the opportunity to write and produce an adaptation that he felt was truer to his novel. Here’s a look at The Shining TV series cast.
King had major issues with Kubrick’s casting of Jack Nicholson as Jack Torrance and Shelley Duvall as his wife Wendy. The horror author said of the film’s antagonist, “Jack Torrance in the movie, seems crazy from the jump. Jack Nicholson, I’d seen all his biker pictures in the ’50s and ’60s and I thought, he’s just channeling ‘The Wild Angels‘ here.”
King's criticism of Duvall was even harsher. “Shelley Duvall as Wendy is really one of the most misogynistic characters ever put on film, she’s basically just there to scream and be stupid and that’s not the woman that I wrote about.”
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Jack takes his wife and son with him to stay for the winter at the secluded Overlook Hotel. It doesn't take long for the hotel to work its evil spell on Jack and twist his mind.
Lorraine Massey (Woman in Room 217)Cynthia Garris
Lorraine took her life in Room 217 prior to the events of the TV series. Her rotting corpse is seen by Jack as he races past the hotel room.
Wendy is Jack's wife and Danny's mother. Despite her own issues, she is able to fight off Jack once he goes insane.
Danny is the son of Wendy and Jack. He has psychic abilities and detects the evil nature of the Overlook Hotel.
Horace DerwentJohn Derbin
Horace was a rich businessman who at one point owned the Overlook Hotel.
Delbert GradyStanley Anderson
Delbert Grady was the former caretaker at the Overlook who killed his family and himself. His ghost appears to Jack and tells him that he must do the same to Wendy and Danny because they are against him.
Dick is the head chef at the Overlook Hotel. He shares Danny's "shining" ability and tells the young boy that he can communicate with him telepathically if he ever needs help.
Stuart UllmanElliott Gould
Stuart is the general manager of the Overlook, he interviews Jack for the winter caretaker position at the hotel.
Al ShockleyJan Van Sickle
Al is one of the owners of the Overlook Hotel. His character only appears in the 1997 miniseries and the book.
Doctor Daniel EdwardsMichael O'Neill
Doctor Edwards is the pediatrician who examines Danny after Jack assaults him.
Gage Creed, the orchestra conductorStephen King
Gage Creed is the hotel's band leader and marks a cameo appearance by Stephen King.
Pete WatsonPat Hingle
Pete was a maintenance man at the Overlook Hotel.
Tony/Adult DannyWil Horneff
Tony is Danny as a high school graduate, ten years after the events at the Overlook. His full name is Daniel Anthony Torrance.