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The Best Characters In The The Shining TV Show  

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List Rules Vote up the most memorable character from the 1997 tv series adaptation of The Shining

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.”

Here are The Shining TV show characters. See which famous actors King felt would be better suited for the lead roles, then make your voice heard. Vote up which of The Shining TV cast is your favorite.

 

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Jack Torrance is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Characters In The The Shining TV Show
Steven Weber

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.  

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Lorraine Massey (Woman in Room... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Characters In The The Shining TV Show
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. 

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Wendy Torrance is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Characters In The The Shining TV Show
Rebecca DeMornay

Wendy is Jack's wife and Danny's mother. Despite her own issues, she is able to fight off Jack once he goes insane.

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Danny Torrance is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Characters In The The Shining TV Show
Courtland Mead

Danny is the son of Wendy and Jack. He has psychic abilities and detects the evil nature of the Overlook Hotel. 

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Horace Derwent is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Characters In The The Shining TV Show
Horace Derwent John Derbin

Horace was a rich businessman who at one point owned the Overlook Hotel. 

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Stuart Ullman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Characters In The The Shining TV Show
Stuart Ullman Elliott Gould

Stuart is the general manager of the Overlook, he interviews Jack for the winter caretaker position at the hotel. 

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Pete Watson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Characters In The The Shining TV Show
Pete Watson Pat Hingle

Pete was a maintenance man at the Overlook Hotel. 

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Tony/Adult Danny is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Characters In The The Shining TV Show
Tony/Adult Danny Wil Horneff

Tony is Danny as a high school graduate, ten years after the events at the Overlook. His full name is Daniel Anthony Torrance. 

 

 

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Gage Creed, the orchestra cond... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Characters In The The Shining TV Show
Gage Creed, the orchestra conductor Stephen King

Gage Creed is the hotel's band leader and marks a cameo appearance by Stephen King. 

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Delbert Grady is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Characters In The The Shining TV Show
Delbert Grady Stanley 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. 

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Doctor Daniel Edwards is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Characters In The The Shining TV Show
Doctor Daniel Edwards Michael O'Neill

Doctor Edwards is the pediatrician who examines Danny after Jack assaults him. 

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Dick Hallorann is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Characters In The The Shining TV Show
Melvin Van Peebles

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. 

 

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Al Shockley is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Characters In The The Shining TV Show
Al Shockley Jan Van Sickle

Al is one of the owners of the Overlook Hotel. His character only appears in the 1997 miniseries and the book.