Birthdate: December 25, 2001
Birthplace: Chandler, Arizona
Casey Likes is a fast-rising young actor with a specialty in musicals, starring in his fourth feature film, Dark Harvest (2022), with Emyri Crutchfield and Dustin Ceithamer. Before he made an impact as a striking high school musical performer, Likes had made appearances as a child in Dan Rush’s Everything Must Go (2010), with Will Ferrell and Rebecca Hall and based on Raymond Carver’s story, “Why Don’t You Dance”; and then in Douglas Myers’ western spoof, Cowboys Vs. Vampires (2010, originally titled Dead West) with Jason Wade and Angelica Celaya.
Likes had a small role in a family-oriented edition of the Krampus series, Krampus: Origins (2018), with Maria Olsen, Anna Harr, and Amelia Haberman. In 2020 and 2021, Likes was writer-editor-producer-director of two short films, I Got You and Thespians, respectively. Likes followed these projects by landing the lead role in the horror feature, Dark Harvest, directed by David Slade. Likes portrayed KISS lead singer Gene Simmons in the Neil Bogart biopic, Spinning Gold (2022), with Jeremy Jordan, Michelle Monaghan, Jason Isaacs, and Lyndsy Fonseca.
Born in Chandler, Arizona, Casey Likes was raised by actor-mother Stephanie Likes. Following his mother’s path as a musical on Broadway (where she appeared there and in the national touring production of Les Miserables), he portrayed Jean Valjean in the same musical, but for the production at his school, Chandler High School, in 2019. A statewide award that he won for his performance landed him in the national Jimmy Awards musical competition (for best U.S. high school productions) in New York, where he was scouted to star in a new musical version of Cameron Crowe’s Almost Famous at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego.
Born Performer: Casey Likes had performed before audiences since he was three years old.
Young Award Winner: Likes is the winner of Best Lead Male in Arizona State University’s Gammage High School Musical Theatre Awards for best high school productions in Arizona, and is also the winner of the best film in the 2016 Arizona Student Film Festival for his high school short, Seriously, as well as fourth place in the same festival’s 2019 competition for his short, How to Romance.