T K Carter

Actor, Comedian, Impressionist
A talented black stand-up who branched out into comedy roles, T K Carter astounded critics and audiences with his richly textured portrait of a successful businessman who descends into heroin addiction in the acclaimed ... Read more »
Born: 12/14/1956 in Monrovia, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (42)

Everybody Hates Chris 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

In Justice 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

L.A. Riot Spectacular 2006 (Movie)

Rodney King (Actor)

Domino 2005 (Movie)

Lester Kincaid (Actor)

Baadasssss! 2004 (Movie)

Bill Cosby (Actor)

My Favorite Martian 1999 (Movie)

Lenny (Actor)

NYPD Blue 1992 - 1993, 1995 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

A Different World 1992 - 1993, 1995 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Gregory Hines Show 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The Nanny 1992 - 1993, 1995 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Steve Harvey Show 1995 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Space Jam 1996 (Movie)

of Monstar Nawt (Voice)

A Cool Like That Christmas 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Voice

The Sinbad Show 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

A Rage in Harlem 1991 (Movie)

Smitty (Actor)

Piece of Cake 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Ski Patrol 1990 (Movie)

Iceman (Actor)

Good Morning, Miss Bliss 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Amazon Women on the Moon 1987 (Movie)

Host (Actor)

He's My Girl 1987 (Movie)

Reggie/Regina (Actor)

Super Sunday 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Voice

Jem 1985 (TV Show)

Voice

Runaway Train 1985 (Movie)

Dave Prince (Actor)

Turbo-Teen 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Voice

Just Our Luck 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Adams House 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

The Thing 1982 (Movie)

Nauls (Actor)

Border Pals 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Doctor Detroit 1981 (Movie)

Diavolo Washington (Actor)

Seed of Innocence 1981 (Movie)

Captain (Actor)

Southern Comfort 1981 (Movie)

Rifleman Tyrone Cribbs (Actor)

Seems Like Old Times 1980 (Movie)

Chester (Actor)

The Hollywood Knights 1980 (Movie)

Do Wopper (Actor)

Car Wash 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Corvette Summer 1978 (Movie)

Car Wash Employee (Actor)

Wilder and Wilder 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Carpool (TV Show)

Actor

Polly (TV Show)

Actor

Polly Comin' Home! (TV Show)

Actor

The Corner (TV Show)

Actor

Yesterday's Target (TV Show)

Actor
Other (1)

Rush Hour 1998 (Movie)

(for Chris Tucker) (Dialogue Coach)

Biography

A talented black stand-up who branched out into comedy roles, T K Carter astounded critics and audiences with his richly textured portrait of a successful businessman who descends into heroin addiction in the acclaimed HBO drama "The Corner" (2000). While he had demonstrated his dramatic capabilities previously in supporting roles in films (e.g., "A Rage in Harlem" 1991) and TV (i.e., "Billy: Portrait of a Street Kid" CBS 1977), the performer hadn't had a meaty lead before. Ken Tucker in Entertainment Weekly was so impressed that in his April 14, 2000 review, he wrote "Carter's performance here -- the way he conveys hopelessness, guile, and outrage just by shifting his gaze -- is as good as anything you'll see on the big or small screen. . . .

A native of Los Angeles, Carter was a strong athlete in high school, becoming a track star and at one time even considered a career as a professional baseball player. Show business, however, won out. As early as age 12, he performed comedy routines and gravitated toward the clubs as a teenager. After making his TV acting debut in an episode of the NBC series "Police Woman", Carter began a successful career as the opening act comic for such musicians and groups as Gladys Knight & the Pips, James Brown, Kool & the Gang and Patti LaBelle. Concurrently, he began to rack up numerous guest appearances and roles in sitcoms like "Good Times" and "Family Matters" and was featured in several unsold pilots. His first regular series role came as the genie Shabu beholden to a wishy-washy TV reporter in the ABC sitcom "Just Our Luck" (1983-84). Carter later joined the struggling NBC comedy "Punky Brewster" in 1985 as the tiny tot's teacher and was back in the classroom for the Disney Channel's "Good Morning, Miss Bliss" (1988). After several years, he returned to series work as the former roommate of a man who takes in two foster children in the short-lived Fox sitcom "The Sinbad Show" (1993).

Carter made the leap to the big screen in a bit part as a car wash worker in the comedy "Corvette Summer" (1978). He first drew the attention of moviegoers as the chauffeur to Chevy Chase and Goldie Hawn in "Seems Like Old Times" (1980) and as Dan Ayckroyd's assistant in "Doctor Detroit" (1982). In 1985, he provided the comic relief as the station controller in the thriller "Runaway Train", starring with Jon Voight, Eric Roberts and Rebecca DeMornay. Carter then got his first shot at a lead playing a man who dons drag in order to accompany his buddy to Hollywood in the amiable if silly comedy "He's My Girl" (1987). While the film did not exactly elevate the actor to household name status, it did provide an amusing vehicle for his talents. Still, it took "The Corner" to make people aware of his dramatic capabilities. Carter also impressed in his role as the legendary comedian Bill Cosby in "Baadasssss!" (2004), when the comic, very popular with mainstream audiences, comes to the rescue of director Melvin Van Peebles (played by the film's director and Van Peebles' son, Mario) in his effort to shoot what would become the first "blacksploitation" film, "Sweet Sweetback's Baadassss Song" (1971).

EDUCATION

Citrus Junior College

Azusa , California

Milestones

2004

Portrayed Bill Cosby in Mario Van Peebles' "Baadasssss!"

2000

Offered a tour de force performance as a heroin addict in the acclaimed HBO miniseries "The Corner"

1998

Served as dialogue coach for Chris Tucker on "Rush Hour"

1993

Had regular role as the ex-roommate of a man who takes in two foster kids on the short-lived Fox sitcom "The Sinbad Show"

1991

Appeared in "A Rage in Harlem"

1990

Reprised role in the NBC sequel "Polly Comin' Home"

1989

Appeared in "Polly", the NBC musical remake of "Pollyanna" directed by Debbie Allen

1988

Cast as Mylo Williams in The Disney Channel series "Good Morning, Miss Bliss", starring Hayley Mills

1987

Played a man who poses as a woman to accept a trip to Hollywood in the genial if pedestrian comedy "He's My Girl"

1983

Co-starred as a woker at a community center in Chicago in the unsold CBS pilot "Adams House"

1983

Played the genie Shabu on the ABC sitcom "Just Our Luck"

1982

Was cast as one of the researchers in the horror remake "The Thing"

1982

Portrayed the assistant to Dan Aykroyd's "Doctor Detroit"

1980

Played the chaffeur working for Chevy Chase and Goldie Hawn in "Seems Like Old Times"

1979

Acted in the busted NBC pilot "Car Wash"

1978

Feature film debut in bit part of a car wash employee in the comedy "Corvette Summer"

1977

Had featured role in the CBS TV-movie "Billy: Portrait of a Street Kid"

Was a high school track champion

Made acting debut on an episode of "Police Woman" in the late 1970s

Worked at Disneyland for one-year

Raised in the San Gabriel Valley

Played Mr. Fulton, a schoolteacher, on the NBC sitcom "Punky Brewster"

Played recurring role on "The Steve Harvey Show" (The WB)

Began making appearances as a stand-up comic in local clubs, eventually appearing at the Comedy Store

Provided character voices for such syndicated animated series as "Super Sunday" and "JEM"

Bonus Trivia

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Not to be confused with actor-director Thomas Carter.

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