Chris Carter

Producer, Screenwriter, Director
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 ... Read more »
Born: 10/13/1956 in Bellflower, California, USA

Filmography

Producer (12)

Millennium 1994 - 1999, 2013 - 2016 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Fencewalker 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Flying Lessons 2012 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The X-Files: I Want to Believe 2008 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Lone Gunmen 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Harsh Realm 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Inside the X-Files 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The X-Files 1998 (Movie)

(Producer)

Brand New Life 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Brand New Life: The Honeymooners 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Cameo by Night 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Producer

Meet the Munceys (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Writer (10)

Fencewalker 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The After 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Creator

The X-Files: I Want to Believe 2008 (Movie)

(Characters as Source Material)

The X-Files: I Want to Believe 2008 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Inside the X-Files 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Creator

The X-Files 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The X-Files 1998 (Movie)

(From Story)

The X-Files 1998 (Movie)

(Characters as Source Material)

The X-Files Movie Special 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Creator

The B.R.A.T. Patrol 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Writer
Actor (6)

The Real History of Science Fiction 2014 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

FOX's 25th Anniversary Special 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Inside the X-Files 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Masters of Fantasy: Harlan Ellison 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

TV Guide Looks at Science Fiction 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

More Secrets of the X-Files 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor
Director (5)

The X-Files 1994 - 1998, 2013 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Director

The X-Files 1993 - 2002, 2013 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Director

Thrift Hunters 1994 - 1999, 2013 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Director

Fencewalker 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

The X-Files: I Want to Believe 2008 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

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.

Relationships

William Carter

Father
Died in 1995

Catherine Carter

Mother

Craig Carter

Brother
Born in 1961 a Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at MIT

Dori Pierson

Wife
Married in 1987

EDUCATION

California State University, Long Beach

Long Beach , California 1979

Milestones

2008

Feature directing debut, "The X-Files: I Want to Believe" the second feature based on the popular series

2001

Co-created the FOX series "Lone Gunmen," a spin off of the popular long running "The X-Files"

1999

Executive produced the short-lived FOX sci-fi drama "Harsh Realm"

1998

Co-wrote and co-produced the "The X-Files" feature film

1996

Created and executive produced (also scripted) the FOX series "Millennium"

1995

Co-scripted (with David Duchovny) the "Colony" episode of FOX's "The X-Files"

1994

Television directing debut, the two-part "Duane Barry" episode of FOX's "The X-Files"; also scripted

1993

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

1993

Formed the production company Ten Thirteen Productions

1992

Began creating and developing television projects for the FOX network

1991

Executive story editor for the NBC crime drama, "Midnight Caller"; also wrote several episodes

1989

Creator and executive producer of NBC's "Brand New Life" starring Barbara Eden and Don Murray

1989

Returned to working at Walt Disney Studios

1988

Executive produced (also wrote) the ABC TV-movie "Meet the Munceys"

1987

Scripted two episodes of the NBC musical sitcom, "Rags to Riches"; also co-produced the second season

1987

Took a leave of absence from Walt Disney Studios

1987

TV producing debut (also wrote), the NBC adventure pilot "Cameo by Night"

1986

TV writing debut, the ABC TV-movie "The B.R.A.T. Patrol"

1985

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

1979

Wrote for Surfing magazine

Worked as a freelance journalist while traveling extensively abroad

Bonus Trivia

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"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

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"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

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"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

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