Thomas Carter

Director, Actor
While he may be best known for playing James "Hollywood" Hayward on the high school sports series "The White Shadow", actor Thomas Carter has become a successful producer and director of urban dramas. His career began ... Read more »
Born: 07/17/1953 in Austin, Texas, USA

Filmography

Director (21)

When The Game Stands Tall 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Harry's Law 2011 (Tv Show)

Director

Damages 2007 (Tv Show)

Director

Coach Carter 2005 (Movie)

(Director)

Bret Maverick 1980 - 1989, 1997 - 1998, 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Director

Hill Street Blues 1980 - 1989, 1997 - 1998, 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Director

Remington Steele 1980 - 1989, 1997 - 1998, 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Director

St. Elsewhere 1982 - 1989, 1997 - 1998, 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Director

UC: Undercover 1982 - 1989, 1997 - 1998, 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Director

Save the Last Dance 2001 (Movie)

(Director)

Michael Hayes 1982 - 1989, 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Director

Metro 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

Divas 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Director

Swing Kids 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

Alfred Hitchcock Presents 1983 - 1989 (Tv Show)

Director

Miami Vice 1983 - 1989 (Tv Show)

Director

A Year in the Life 1983 - 1984, 1986 - 1987 (Tv Show)

Director

Heart of the City 1983 - 1984, 1986 - 1987 (Tv Show)

Director

Under the Influence 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Director

Trauma Center 1983 - 1984 (Tv Show)

Director
Producer (12)

When The Game Stands Tall 2014 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Coach Carter 2005 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Hack 2002 - 2004 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Uninvited 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Ali: An American Hero (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Christmas Rush (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Don King: Only in America (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Equal Justice (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Five Desperate Hours (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Someone She Knows (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Trapped in a Purple Haze (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Under One Roof (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Actor (8)

M*A*S*H 1972 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Whose Life Is It Anyway? 1981 (Movie)

Orderly John (Actor)

Almost Summer 1978 (Movie)

Dean Hampton (Actor)

Szysznyk 1976 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

The Monkey Hustle 1975 (Movie)

Player (Actor)

The White Shadow (TV Show)

Actor
Production Management (1)

Charlie Rose 1991 - 2014 (TV Show)

Line Producer

Biography

While he may be best known for playing James "Hollywood" Hayward on the high school sports series "The White Shadow", actor Thomas Carter has become a successful producer and director of urban dramas. His career began in the mid-1970s with a string of TV roles that led to basketball braggart Hayward on "The White Shadow". But after a year on the show, Carter expanded into the role of director, helming four episodes before the series wrapped in 1981. From there, he pursued work as a television director, excelling on episodes of such popular '80s sitcoms as "Fame", the high school musical drama, and the gripping medical drama "St. Elsewhere". By decade's end, he had expanded his repertoire to include producing, and in 1993, he made his feature film directorial debut with "Swing Kids", the Nazi Germany-set tale of rebellion, which featured a young Christian Bale. The swing dancing and strong soundtrack attracted a cult following to the picture despite middling reviews. He followed this with "Metro", the Eddie Murphy crime comedy that flopped at the box office, but Carter rebounded in 2001 with "Save the Last Dance", the hip-hop infused romance starring Julia Stiles. The teen drama was a huge financial success, allowing Carter to executive produce and direct the Samuel L. Jackson vehicle "Coach Carter", which centered on a determined basketball coach's quest to do right by his players. In 2009, Carter directed the tv movie "Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story", and received a DGA award nomination.

EDUCATION

Southwest State University

Milestones

1993

Feature film directorial debut, "Swing Kids"

Served as executive producer of the ABC drama "Equal Justice"

While appearing on "The White Shadow", began directing career with episodes of the series

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