Writer-producer-director Chris Carter was responsible not only for one of the biggest cult television hits of all time, but for also reviving the UFO phenomenon in popular culture. Carter gained early...
Executive produced the short-lived FOX sci-fi drama "Harsh Realm"
Formed the production company Ten Thirteen Productions
Received big break when Jeffrey Katzenberg, then chairman of Walt Disney Studio, read a screenplay he wrote and signed him to development with Walt Disney Pictures
Co-scripted (with David Duchovny) the "Colony" episode of FOX's "The X-Files"
Co-created the FOX series "Lone Gunmen," a spin off of the popular long running "The X-Files"
Television directing debut, the two-part "Duane Barry" episode of FOX's "The X-Files"; also scripted
TV writing debut, the ABC TV-movie "The B.R.A.T. Patrol"
Co-wrote and co-produced the "The X-Files" feature film
Took a leave of absence from Walt Disney Studios
Executive story editor for the NBC crime drama, "Midnight Caller"; also wrote several episodes
Began creating and developing television projects for the FOX network
Worked as a freelance journalist while traveling extensively abroad
Scripted two episodes of the NBC musical sitcom, "Rags to Riches"; also co-produced the second season
Created and executive produced (also scripted) the FOX series "Millennium"
Wrote for Surfing magazine
Created (also produced and wrote) the FOX supernatural series "The X-Files"; earned Emmy nominations for Directing (1998), Producing (1995, 1996, 1997, 1998) and Writing (1995, 1997, 1998) for a Drama Series
Feature directing debut, "The X-Files: I Want to Believe" the second feature based on the popular series
Executive produced (also wrote) the ABC TV-movie "Meet the Munceys"
TV producing debut (also wrote), the NBC adventure pilot "Cameo by Night"
Creator and executive producer of NBC's "Brand New Life" starring Barbara Eden and Don Murray
Returned to working at Walt Disney Studios
Writer-producer-director Chris Carter was responsible not only for one of the biggest cult television hits of all time, but for also reviving the UFO phenomenon in popular culture. Carter gained early experience with Disney Studios scripting family friendly telefilms like "The B.R.A.T. Patrol" (ABC, 1986) and producing such projects as the short-lived sitcom "A Brand New Life" (NBC, 1989-1990). When given the chance to develop a series of his own, Carter combined his love of supernatural-suspense programs from a bygone era with a deeply ingrained distrust in authority to create "The X-Files" (Fox, 1993-2002). The exploits of two ideologically-opposed F.B.I. agents investigating the paranormal, it became an overnight cultural phenomenon and made stars of leads David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson. Armed with his newfound Hollywood clout, Carter later spun-off a second series, "Millennium" (Fox, 1996-99), a doomsday-themed thriller that, while critically praised, struggled. A successful feature film adaptation of "The X Files" (1998) temporarily improved his fortunes, although further series efforts like the short-lived "Harsh Realm" (Fox, 1999; FX, 2000) and "The Lone Gunmen" (Fox, 2001) found Carter struggling to move beyond "X Files" territory. With his feature film directorial debut, Carter attempted to recapture former glory, however, the critically maligned "The X Files: I Want to Believe" (2008) proved to be yet another misfire in a string of recent disappointments. Nonetheless, Carter's work on "The X Files" forever placed him in the upper-echelon of genre purveyors in the eyes of grateful fans.
Died in 1995
Born in 1961; a Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at MIT
Married in 1987
California State University, Long Beach
"Since the show started, people have sought me out. I was warned about nutcases but these are regular folks. A banker will tell about his experience with aliens. Pilots and flight attendants come up to me and claim to have seen UFOs. One friend told me, 'You don't know how accurate you are.' He broke down, telling me about his visitations. I've known this person for two years. I have no reason not to believe him." - Carter quoted in Entertainment Weekly, March 10, 1995
"I have a pet theory that everyone wants to have an experience where they're driving through the desert at night and they see something and can't explain what it is. It's almost like wanting a religious experience; the witnessing of a miracle." - Carter quoted in Cinescape, November 1994
"Mulder and Scully represent equal and competing parts of my nature. I guess I'm a natural skeptic, so I have much of the Scully character in me. Yet I'm still willing to take leaps of faith, to go out on a limb. I love writing for both of those characters - both their voices are very clear in my head - and I want to show the two sides of the issue; the doubter and the believer." - Carter quoted in Cinescape, November 1994