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Craig Huxley
Craig Huxley
Credits
Roles Merle Brocken
Boy at Door
Biographical Information
Birth Name Craig Hundley
Birthdate November 22, 1954
Birthplace Hollywood, California, United States

Craig Huxley played two characters on Bewitched, most notably young warlock Merle Brocken in the second season episode, "A Strange Little Visitor" (1965). He was credited as Craig Hundley.

Biography[]

Craig Huxley is an Emmy-winning and Grammy-nominated musician and soundtrack producer who has been involved in a wide range of entertainment-related projects. He was born on November 22, 1954, in Hollywood, California, as Craig Hundley.

He began his career as a child actor on television. His best-known roles were on Star Trek: The Original Series (1966) as Captain James T. Kirk's nephew, Peter Kirk, on Operation - Annihilate! (1967) and as Tommy Starnes on And the Children Shall Lead (1968). At the age of ten, he guest starred on two episodes of Bewitched (1964) (more notably on "A Strange Little Visitor" [1965] as a mischievous young warlock being looked after temporarily by Samantha Stephens). He went on to lead The Craig Hundley Trio, while simultaneously making a name for himself as a concert pianist, performing Bartok's 3rd, Beethoven's 4th, Tchaikovsky's 1st, and his own adaptation of Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" with major symphonies and on network prime-time broadcasts. He composed dozens of his own songs and unique multimedia pieces. He also appeared in an episode of The Brady Bunch (1969) and The Streets of San Francisco (1972) as a musician. His appearance on Kung Fu (1972) began a long friendship with David Carradine.

Huxley won the Showcase 68 prime time competition show (akin to America's Got Talent [2006]), tying with Sly and the Family Stone. He headlined Madison Square Garden with Deep Purple, performing jazz and Beethoven to a psychedelic light show. As a musical phenomenon he appeared around the world as the guest star with Bill Cosby, Tony Bennett, Johnny Mathis, and Jerry Lewis. He guest-starred and was musical director for Pat Boone, Debby Boone, and Trini López. He played piano on Frank Sinatra's hit song "New York, New York", and on the soundtracks for such movies as Dead Poets Society (1989), Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), Night Shift (1982), Total Recall (1990), White Nights (1985), and Purple Rain (1984).

At the age of eighteen, Huxley took a two-year hiatus, during which time he studied progressive, multi-dimensional philosophy, with a number of important futurists within this field. The shift in perspective gained through these teachings subsequently led to a desire and passion for musical innovation. This resulted in the creation and patenting of several new instruments. The most recognizable of these is the Blaster Beam, featured in Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) as the "V'ger sound", and also featured on the score, composed by Jerry Goldsmith. The instrument with its dark and ominous tones has been used in many other fantasy and science fiction movies over the years. Huxley also created much of the special music for the first four Star Trek movies.

Featured in Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) with his keyboards, modular synthesizer, and Blaster Beam, Huxley's composition of "Genesis Project" for Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982) and Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984) holds the world record for music score to the first entirely CGI film scene. The music was released on Huxley's album of the same name, but never appeared on any Star Trek soundtrack until the 2010 release of an expanded version of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982). After this, he began performing most of the synthesizers on a variety of Stevie Wonder albums, and later with Earth Wind & Fire. This era culminated with a half-year project in which Huxley performed most of the keyboard, synth and sound design work on Michael Jackson's "Thriller". His patented Blaster Beam is featured on "Billie Jean", "Beat It", and "Earth Song". Further notable projects within this time period are the composition and production of the music for the twenty-year and still running Captain EO exhibit at Disneyland, and producer of the hit soundtrack for Arthur C. Clarke's film, 2010: The Year We Make Contact (1984).

In 1984, Huxley founded Enterprise Interactive, a multi-media conglomerate that provided services in audio, video, DVD, interactive and live productions. Enterprise in 2004 was named the #2 mixing studio in the world for hits by Billboard, hosting well-known, distinctive, and varied artists. including Beyoncé, Slash, Snoop Dogg, Streisand, Stephen Sondheim, Kelly Clarkson, Linda Perry, Quincy Jones, Maurice Jarre, Sir George Martin, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Usher, Mariah Carey, Ozzy Osbourne, Placido Domingo, Christina Aguilera, Pink, Dr. Dre, and Sir Paul McCartney.

Huxley continued to produce and create within his own studio, for ten years composing music for Knots Landing (1979) with co-composer Jerrold Immel, and later (for many years) episodes and the title theme song for Walker, Texas Ranger (1993), as well as producing the soundtrack to China Beach (1988) for all four years. Full Sound Services of editorial, Foley, ADR, and sound design for the first five seasons of the Imagine Entertainment television series 24 (2001) was provided by Huxley's Enterprise Studios. He created ambient musical soundscapes for San Francisco Ballet's production of Shakespeare's "The Tempest". He ventured into Broadway, first producing the soundtrack for "Shogun: The Musical" and later creating the synthesizer orchestrations for the Larry Gelbart-Cy Coleman Broadway musical "City of Angels".

SlingShotEntertainment in 1997, producing and releasing the first DVD in history (outside of Japan). He has led SlingShot in multiple firsts. Huxley made the first IMAX film on DVD; the first 3D film on DVD, the first 8 languages on a DVD, the first interactive movie DVD, the first IMAX Multipack and the first wildlife four-packs and exploration four-packs on Blu-ray. He created the comedy hit CD and DVD of perfect-pitch-pooches named Top Dog. To date, he has recorded three albums.

Huxley is the producer of eight films on endangered species and extreme expeditions, released on Blu-ray in 2010. Extreme expedition was first explored in his GoPlanet series with Explorers: From the Titanic to the Moon (2006) (starring Buzz Aldrin and James Cameron). Huxley produced portions of the score to Baraka (1992). In 2013, he had produced over forty videos delving into the musical, acting and comedic talents of his daughter, Fiona Huxley.

August 6, 2021

Bewitched Credits[]

External Link[]

Source[]

  • Craig Huxley on the Internet Movie Database. Retrieved on August 6, 2021, edited.
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