L.M. Kit Carson

Screenwriter, Actor, Director
The unique life of Lewis Minor 'Kit' Carson began in Dallas in 1941. As a young man he travelled back and forth between Dallas and New York, where he learned the craft of documentary filmmaking. This knowledge certainly ... Read more »
Born: 08/12/1941 in Irving, Texas, USA

Filmography

Writer (10)

Bullfighter 2004 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Perfume 2001 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2 1986 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Chinese Boxes 1984 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Paris, Texas 1984 (Movie)

Adaptation By (Writer (adaptation))

Breathless 1983 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Last Word 1978 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The American Dreamer 1970 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Lexington Experience 1969 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

David Holzman's Diary 1967 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Actor (6)

CQ 2002 (Movie)

(cameo appearance) (Actor)

Lisa Picard Is Famous 2001 (Movie)

David Holzman (Actor)

Hurricane Streets 1998 (Movie)

Mack (Actor)

Running on Empty 1988 (Movie)

Gus Winant (Actor)

Chinese Boxes 1984 (Movie)

Crewcut (Actor)

David Holzman's Diary 1967 (Movie)

(Actor)
Producer (5)

Bullfighter 2004 (Movie)

(Producer)

Perfume 2001 (Movie)

(Producer)

Hurricane Streets 1998 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Bottle Rocket 1996 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2 1986 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)
Director (2)

Direction Man 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

The American Dreamer 1970 (Movie)

(Director)
Music (1)

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2 1986 (Movie)

song idea("Good to Be Bad") (Song)

Biography

The unique life of Lewis Minor 'Kit' Carson began in Dallas in 1941. As a young man he travelled back and forth between Dallas and New York, where he learned the craft of documentary filmmaking. This knowledge certainly came into play when he starred in the title role of Jim McBride's first film, "David Holzman's Diaries" (1967), one of the first 'mockumentaries.' Acting was far from his only talent. In 1971 Carson directed the documentary "American Dreamer," which followed Dennis Hopper at the height of his influence. Although his counterculture bona fides were beyond reproach, Carson's career didn't gather steam until the late 1970s and early '80s when he wrote the screenplays for "The Last Word" (1979), the American remake of Godard's "Breathless" (1983), and Wim Wenders' acclaimed "Paris, Texas" (1984). His acting career revived in 1984, with a small role in the film "Chinese Boxes," which he also wrote. In 1988, Carson appeared in his most accessible role, as a radical and violent underground protestor opposite Judd Hirsch and Christine Lahti in the drama "Running on Empty." In 1986, he stepped even further afield when he co-produced and wrote "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2," the sequel to Tobe Hooper's influential horror smash. In the 1990s his focus shifted towards producing, most notably shepherding Wes Anderson's debut film "Bottle Rocket" (1996) from short to feature film. Carson continued to act, write, and produce into the mid-2000s. He died in Dallas on October 20, 2014 of complications from pneumonia.

Relationships

Karen Black Actor

Wife
Married July 4, 1975 Divorced June 28, 1983

Hunter Carson

Son
mother Karen Black

EDUCATION

New York University

New York, New York

Milestones

1996

Co-produced "Bottle Rocket," the debut feature by Wes Anderson.

1984

Wrote the screenplay for "Paris, Texas" with Sam Shepard.

1970

Co-directed first film, a feature-length documentary on Dennis Hopper, "American Dreamer"

1970

Helped found the Dallas Film Festival

1967

Feature film acting debut, "David Holzman's Diary"; also screenwriter

Began working as a journalist for <i>Esquire, Rolling Stone</i> and other magazines in the mid-1960s

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