graduated from UCLA in 1956 with a bachelors degree in cinema. He
attended the University of Southern California Law School, however, he
left before receiving his degree to work for M.C.A. (Music Corporation
of America) as an agent trainee. He functioned as an agent with M.C.A.
through 1961. Thereupon he left to work as an agent for Ashley-Famous
agency until 1963. Paramount Pictures Corporation then hired him
as a casting director, which is the job he held until 1965, when he joined
T. & L. shows, becoming Associate Producer on the I Spy television
series. In 1968 he joined Qualis Productions as V.P. of talent and
Business Affairs. In 1971 he joined Fred Roos in forming Roos/Fenton
Casting. In 1973, when Mr. Roos became producer for Francis Ford
Coppola, Mike brought Jane Feinberg in the formed Fenton-Feinberg Casting.
In 1987, Ms. Feinberg retired and the company is known today as Mike Fenton
Mike Fenton and company have been responsible for the casting of many outstanding and Academy Award winning pictures. Their original and imaginative casting was notably seen in such pictures as Godfather II, Young Frankenstein, Chinatown, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Marathon Man, Norma Rae, Breaking Away, The Indiana Jones Trilogy, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Poltergeist, The Back to the Future Trilogy, Honeymoon in Vegas, Chaplin, Congo, Dante's Peak, plus numerous TV Movies of the Week and miniseries such as East of Eden, Billionaire Boys Club, and Mrs. Santa Claus.
Mr. Fenton is President Emeritus of the Casting Society of America, a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and the Airplane Owners and Pilots Association.