John Carpenter Biography (1948-)

Full name, John Howard Carpenter; born January 16, 1948, in Carthage, NY (raised in Bowling Green, KY); son of Howard Ralph (a music professor) and MiltonJean (maiden name, Carter) Carpenter; married Adrienne Barbeau (an actress),January 1, 1979 (divorced November, 1988); married Sandy King (a producer),December 1, 1990; children: (first marriage) John Cody. Addresses: Agent: William Morris Agency, One William Morris Place, Beverly Hills, CA 90212.; Publicist: Guttman Associates PR, 118 S. Beverly Dr., Suite 201, Beverly Hills, CA 90212.; Contact: c/o Big Deal Productions, Inc., 5632 Van Nuys Blvd.,#376, Van Nuys, CA 91411.

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Occupation
Director, producer, actor, screenwriter, composer
Birth Details
January 16, 1948
Carthage, New York, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Film Work
  • Director, Revenge of the Colossal Beasts (short film), 1962
  • Director, Terror from Space (short film), 1963
  • (As Johnny Carpenter) Director, The Warrior and the Demon (short film), 1969
  • Director, Sorcerer from Outer Space (short film), 1969
  • Director, Gorgo versus Godzilla (short film), 1969
  • Director, Gorgon, the Space Monster (short film), 1969
  • Editor, The Resurrection of Bronco Billy (short film), Universal,1970
  • Producer, director, and music director, Dark Star, Jack H. Harris,1974
  • Director and (as John T. Chance) editor, Assault on Precinct 13 (also known as John Carpenter's Assault on Precinct 13), Turtle Releasing Company, 1976
  • Director and (uncredited) producer, Halloween (also known as John Carpenter's Halloween), Compass, 1978
  • Director, The Fog (also known as John Carpenter's The Fog),Avco Embassy, 1980
  • Director, Escape from New York (also known as John Carpenter'sEscape from New York), Avco Embassy, 1981
  • (With Debra Hill) Producer, Halloween II (also known as Halloween II: The Nightmare Isn't Over!), Universal, 1981
  • (With Hill) Producer, Halloween III: Season of the Witch (also known as Season of the Witch), Universal, 1982
  • Director, The Thing (also known as John Carpenter's The Thing), Universal, 1982
  • Director, Christine (also known as John Carpenter's Christine), Columbia, 1983
  • Executive producer, The Philadelphia Experiment, New World, 1984
  • Director, Starman (also known as John Carpenter's Starman),Columbia, 1984
  • Director, Big Trouble in Little China (also known as John Carpenter's Big Trouble in Little China), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1986
  • Executive producer, Black Moon Rising, 1986
  • (As Martin Quatermass) Director, Prince of Darkness (also known asJohn Carpenter's Prince of Darkness), Universal, 1987
  • (As Frank Armitage) Director, They Live (also known as John Carpenter's They Live and They Live!), Universal, 1988
  • Director, Memoirs of an Invisible Man (also known as Les aventures d'un homme invisible), Warner Bros., 1992
  • Director, In the Mouth of Madness (also known as John Carpenter's In the Mouth of Madness), New Line Cinema, 1995
  • Director, Village of the Damned (also known as John Carpenter'sVillage of the Damned), Universal, 1995
  • Director, Escape from L.A. (also known as John Carpenter's Escape from L.A.), Paramount, 1996
  • Director, John Carpenter's Vampires (also known as Vampiresand Vampire$), Sony Pictures, 1998
  • Director, musician, and orchestrator, Ghosts of Mars (also known as John Carpenter's Ghosts of Mars), Screen Gems, 2001
  • Director and executive producer, Vampires: Los Muertos (also knownas John Carpenter's Vampires: Los Muertos and John Carpenter Presents Vampires: Los Muertos), Sony Pictures Entertainment, 2002
  • Film Appearances
  • No Place to Land, 1958
  • (Uncredited) Voice of Paul, Annie's boyfriend, Halloween (also known as John Carpenter's Halloween), Compass, 1978
  • (Uncredited) Bennett, church janitor, The Fog (also known as John Carpenter's The Fog), Avco Embassy, 1980
  • (Uncredited) Voice of Secret Service #2 and helicopter pilot, Escape from New York (also known as John Carpenter's Escape from New York), Avco Embassy, 1981
  • (Uncredited) Norwegian in video footage, The Thing (also known asJohn Carpenter's The Thing), 1982
  • (Uncredited) Man in helicopter, Starman (also known as John Carpenter's Starman), 1984
  • (With the Coupe de Villes) The Boy Who Could Fly, 1986
  • (Uncredited) Worker in Chinatown, Big Trouble in Little China (also known as John Carpenter's Big Trouble in Little China), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1986
  • (As Rip Haight) Helicopter pilot, Memoirs of an Invisible Man (also known as Les aventures d'un homme invisible), Warner Bros., 1992
  • Trench Coat Man, The Silence of the Hams (also known as Il silenzio dei prosciutti), 1994
  • (As Rip Haight) Man at phone booth, Village of the Damned (also known as John Carpenter's Village of the Damned), Universal, 1995
  • Himself, After Sunset: The Life & Times of the Drive-In Theater, 1995
  • Himself, 100 Years of Horror: Witchcraft and Demons, 1996
  • Himself, 100 Years of Horror: Sorcerers, 1996
  • Himself, 100 Years of Horror: Maniacs, 1996
  • Himself, Unmasking the Horror, 1998
  • Himself, "Halloween" Unmasked 2000, Anchor Bay Entertainment, 1999
  • Himself, Scoring Ghosts of Mars, Columbia TriStar Home Video, 2001
  • Himself, Red Desert Nights: Making "Ghosts of Mars," Columbia TriStar Home Video, 2001
  • Himself, Tales from the Mist: Inside "The Fog," Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists Home Entertainment, 2002
  • (In archive footage) Himself, Scoring Resident Evil, Columbia TriStar Home Video, 2002
  • Television Work
  • Movies
  • Director, Someone's Watching Me! (also known as High Rise),NBC, 1978
  • Director, Elvis, ABC, 1979
  • Executive producer, El diablo, 1990
  • Executive producer and segment director, "The Gas Station," and "Hair," John Carpenter Presents Body Bags (also known as Body Bags), Showtime, 1993
  • Television Appearances
  • Movies
  • Coroner, "The Morgue," John Carpenter Presents Body Bags (also known as Body Bags), Showtime, 1993
  • Miniseries
  • Himself, A-Z of Horror (also known as Clive Barker's A-Z of Horror), 1997
  • Specials
  • Fear in the Dark, 1991
  • Himself, Masters of Illusion: The Wizards of Special Effects, 1994
  • Himself, The Reality Trip, 1997
  • Masters of Fantasy: John Carpenter, Sci-Fi Channel, 1998
  • Himself, Faces of Evil, TNT, 2000
  • The American Nightmare, Independent Film Channel, 2000
  • Himself, Guns for Hire: The Making of "The Magnificent Seven," Channel 4, 2000
  • Himself, Mario Bava: Maestro of the Macabre, 2000
  • Himself, Dario Argento: An Eye for Horror, Independent Film Channel, 2000
  • Himself, AFI's 100 Years, 100 Thrills: America's Most Heart-Pounding Movies, CBS, 2001
  • (Uncredited) Himself, Hidden Values: The Movies of the Fifties, TCM, 2001
  • Himself, Scream: The E! True Hollywood Story, E! Entertainment Television, 2001
  • Interviewee, Masters of Horror, 2002
  • Episodic
  • Appeared in episodes of Firstworks and The Directors, Encore.
  • WRITINGS
  • Film Writings
  • (With Jim Rokos) Screenplay and score composer, The Resurrection of Bronco Billy (short film), Universal, 1970
  • (With Dan O'Bannon) Screenplay and score composer, Dark Star, JackH. Harris, 1974
  • Screenplay and score composer, Assault on Precinct 13 (also knownas John Carpenter's Assault on Precinct 13), Turtle Releasing Company,1976
  • (With David Zelag Goodman) Screenplay, The Eyes of Laura Mars, Columbia, 1978
  • (With Debra Hill) Screenplay and score composer, Halloween (also known as John Carpenter's Halloween), Compass, 1978
  • (With Hill) Screenplay and score composer, The Fog (also known asJohn Carpenter's The Fog), Avco Embassy, 1980
  • (With Nick Castle) Screenplay and (with Alan Howarth) score composer, Escape from New York (also known as John Carpenter's Escape from New York), Avco Embassy, 1981
  • (With Hill) Screenplay and (with Howarth) score composer, Halloween II (also known as Halloween II: The Nightmare Isn't Over!), Universal, 1981
  • (With Howarth) Composer, Halloween III: Season of the Witch (alsoknown as Season of the Witch), Universal, 1982
  • (With Howarth) Composer, Christine (also known as John Carpenter's Christine), Columbia, 1983
  • (With Howarth) Composer, Big Trouble in Little China, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1986
  • (With Desmond Nakano and William Gray) Screenplay, Black Moon Rising, New World, 1986
  • (As Martin Quatermass) Screenplay and (with Howarth) score composer, Prince of Darkness (also known as John Carpenter's Prince of Darkness), Universal, 1987
  • (As Frank Armitage) Screenplay and score composer, They Live (alsoknown as John Carpenter's They Live and They Live!), Universal, 1988
  • (With Howarth) Composer, Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers(also known as Halloween 5), Galaxy International, 1989
  • (With Jim Lang) Composer, In the Mouth of Madness (also known as John Carpenter's In the Mouth of Madness, New Line Cinema, 1995
  • (With Dave Davies) Composer, Village of the Damned (also known asJohn Carpenter's Village of the Damned), Universal, 1995
  • Screenplay and (with Shirley Walker) score composer, Escape from L.A. (also known as John Carpenter's Escape from L.A.), Paramount, 1996
  • Theme composer, "Halloween," Halloween: H2O (also known as Halloween H2O: Twenty Years Later), Miramax, 1998
  • Composer, John Carpenter's Vampires (also known as Vampiresand Vampire$), Sony Pictures, 1998
  • Screenplay, Meltdown, 1999
  • Composer, "Halloween" Unmasked 2000, Anchor Bay Entertainment, 1999
  • Screenplay, Ghosts of Mars (also known as John Carpenter's Ghost of Mars), Screen Gems, 2001
  • (With Hill) Screenplay, Halloween: Resurrection 2002, Dimension Films, 2002
  • Television Movies
  • (With William A. Schwartz) Zuma Beach, NBC, 1978
  • Someone's Watching Me! (also known as High Rise), NBC, 1978
  • (With Greg Strangis) Better Late Than Never, NBC, 1979
  • El Diablo, 1990
  • Blood River, 1991
  • John Carpenter Presents Body Bags (also known as Body Bags), Showtime, 1993
  • Silent Predators, TBS, 1999
  • Scores
  • (With Jim Lang), John Carpenter Presents Body Bags (also known asBody Bags), Showtime, 1993
  • Video Game Scores
  • Sentinel Returns, 1998

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Books
    • Cumbow, Robert C., Order in the Universe: The Films of John Carpenter, Scarecrow, 2000
    • International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers, Volume 2: Directors, St. James Press, 1996
    • Muir, John Kenneth, The Films of John Carpenter, McFarland & Company, 2000
    Periodicals
    • Entertainment Weekly, November/December, 1997, pp. 98-103
    • Film Comment, September/October, 1996, pp. 50-54; January, 1999, p. 26
    • Hollywood Reporter, October 26, 1998, p. 13

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