Richard Carpenter

While Karen Carpenter drew the more obvious acclaim as the angelic voice of the pop duo The Carpenters, her older brother Richard was equally integral as the group's arranger, pianist and one of its key songwriters ... Read more »
Born: 10/15/1946 in New Haven, Connecticut, USA

Filmography

Actor (21)

Petula Clark in Concert: A Sign of the Times 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The 25th Annual American Music Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Carpenters: Harmony and Heartbreak 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Burt Bacharach: This Is Now 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The Carpenters -- Music, Music, Music 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

The Carpenters at Christmas 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

The Carpenters... Space Encounters 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

The Carpenters 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

The Dorothy Hamill Winter Carnival Special 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

The Perry Como Christmas Show 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

The Bob Hope Show (11/13/73) 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Robert Young With the Young 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

The Bob Hope Show (10/05/72) 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Special London Bridge Special 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

Make Your Own Kind Of Music 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

The Fifth Dimension Traveling Show 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

Peggy Fleming at Sun Valley 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

Actor

H.M.S. Defiant 1961 (Movie)

Ponsonby (Actor)

The Password Is Courage 1961 (Movie)

Robinson (Actor)

Mystery Submarine (Movie)

Lt. Haskins (Actor)
Writer (8)

The Scarlet Pimpernel Meets Mademoiselle Guillotine 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Screenplay

The Scarlet Pimpernel and the Kidnapped King 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Screenplay

The Borrowers 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Screenplay

The Adventures of Black Beauty 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Writer

Doctor Snuggles (TV Show)

Writer

Robin Hood and the Sorcerer (TV Show)

Screenplay

Scarlet Pimpernel (TV Show)

Writer

The Return of the Borrowers (TV Show)

Screenplay
Music (7)

Dark Shadows 2012 (Movie)

("Top Of The World") (Song)

Shrek Forever After 2010 (Movie)

("Top Of The World") (Song)

The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift 2006 (Movie)

("Top of the World") (Song)

The Parent Trap 1998 (Movie)

("Top of the World") (Song)

High School High 1996 (Movie)

("Top of the World") (Song)

Let's Get Lost 1989 (Movie)

("Walkin'") (Song)

Lush Life (TV Show)

Music
Producer (1)

The Karen Carpenter Story (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Biography

While Karen Carpenter drew the more obvious acclaim as the angelic voice of the pop duo The Carpenters, her older brother Richard was equally integral as the group's arranger, pianist and one of its key songwriters, most notably on hits like "Top of the World," "Only Yesterday," "Yesterday Once More" and "Goodbye to Love," all of which he co-wrote with Jack Bettis. He began performing in instrumental groups as a teenager before forming the Carpenter Trio with his younger sister Karen on drums and vocals in the mid-1960s, which became the Carpenters at the end of the decade. Her sweet singing voice and his lush, romantic arrangements struggled to find an audience until 1970, when their simple, old-fashioned style of music struck a chord with older listeners who longed for the gentle pop of the 1950s. The Carpenters soon became a major act on both the pop and adult contemporary charts, but personal demons, most notably Karen's weight issues and Richard's dependence on Quaaludes, undermined their stratospheric rise. Karen's untimely death in 1983 brought the Carpenters to an abrupt end, but Richard remained steadfast in keeping the flame alive through numerous compilations and outtake albums. As an arranger, songwriter and archivist, Richard Carpenter enjoyed one of the most successful careers in contemporary pop music.

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