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John Carpenter was educated at Western Kentucky university. He began making short films in 1962. He won an academy award for Best Live-Action Short Subject in 1970, for The Resurrection of Broncho Billy (1970). Carpenter formed a band in the mid-1970s called The Coupe de Villes. Since the 1970s, he has had numerous roles in the film industry ... See full bio »
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 2013 Comix from the Underground (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Witch Doctor #0 (2013) ... ("Halloween III Theme", "Silver Shamrock Jingle")
  Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series: Season Zero (TV Series) (writer - 3 episodes, 2010 - 2013) (performer - 2 episodes, 2012 - 2013)
- Episode #1.3 (2013) ... (performer: "Halloween Theme") / (writer: "Halloween Theme")
- #2 (2012) ... (performer: "Halloween Theme") / (writer: "Halloween Theme")
- Pilot (2010) ... (writer: "Halloween Theme")
 2013 The Simpsons (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- A Test Before Trying (2013) ... (writer: "Halloween Theme")
 2012 ParaNorman (writer: "Halloween Theme" - as John H. Carpenter)
 2010 Let There Be Light: The Odyssey of Dark Star (Video documentary) (music: "Benson Arizona")
 2010 Red Nose, Black Heart (Short) (writer: "The Fog" (excerpt from the soundtrack), "Big Trouble in Little China" (excerpt from the soundtrack) - uncredited)
 2009 Monsters vs Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins from Outer Space (TV Short) (writer: "Theme from 'Halloween'")
 2009 Halloween II (writer: "Halloween Theme")
 2007 The Angry Video Game Nerd (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Halloween (2007) ... (writer: "Selections")
 2007 Planet Terror (performer: "Back To The Pod / The Crazies Come Out") / (writer: "Back To The Pod / The Crazies Come Out")
 2007 Grindhouse (performer: "Back to the Pod/The Crazies Come Out") / (writer: "Back to the Pod/The Crazies Come Out")
  My Name Is Earl (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2006) (writer - 1 episode, 2006)
- Boogeyman (2006) ... (performer: "Halloween Theme") / (writer: "Halloween Theme")
  Undercover (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2005) (writer - 1 episode, 2005)
- Die Geisterjäger (2005) ... (performer: "Theme From Halloween", "Theme From The Fog") / (writer: "Theme From Halloween", "Theme From The Fog")
 2004 The Power of Nightmares: The Rise of the Politics of Fear (TV Mini-Series documentary) (writer - 3 episodes)
- The Shadows in the Cave (2004) ... (writer: "Prince of Darkness (Main Theme)" - uncredited)
- The Phantom Victory (2004) ... (writer: "Prince of Darkness (Main Theme)", "Laurie's Theme" - uncredited)
- Baby It's Cold Outside (2004) ... (writer: "Prince of Darkness Theme" - uncredited)
 2003 The Life of David Gale (writer: "Halloween Theme" (1978))
 2002 Haider lebt - 1. April 2021 (performer: "Halloween Theme") / (writer: "Halloween Theme")
 1998 Dernier moment (Short) ("Prince Of Darkness")
 1996 Escape from L.A. ("Escape From New York - Main Title")
 1994 Bassie en Adriaan en de reis vol verrassingen (TV Mini-Series) (writer - 13 episodes)
- Een grens geval (1994) ... (writer: "Theme from Halloween")
- Een verdacht vliegtuigje (1994) ... (writer: "Theme from Halloween")
- Een knal goeie wild-west show (1994) ... (writer: "Theme from Halloween")
- Het kinderparadijs (1994) ... (writer: "Theme from Halloween")
- Een grote verrassing (1994) ... (writer: "Theme from Halloween")
 1993 Heads or Tails? (Video) (performer: "Michael Kills Judith" - uncredited)
 1988 Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers ("Halloween Theme")
 1986 Big Trouble in Little China (writer: "Big Trouble in Little China")
 1985 Huang jia shi jie (writer: "Halloween" (excerpts from the soundtrack) - uncredited)
 1974 Dark Star (music: "Benson Arizona")
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2 Biographical Movies | 3 Print Biographies | 44 Interviews | 4 Articles | 3 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »


Alternate Names:

Frank Armitage | Johnny Carpenter | James T. Chance | John T. Chance | Rip Haight | Martin Quatermass

Height:

5' 11" (1.8 m)
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[on how they created the Michael Myers mask] We didn't have enough money to make it. Production designer, Tommy Lee Wallace brought a clown mask, which was one idea. Then he brought a Star Trek Captain Kirk mask, It was a really terrible likeness of William Shatner, I mean terrible looking. We cut the eye holes a little bit bigger, spray painted it.....and that was it, it looked really creepy. See more »

Trivia:

In the movie Change of Habit (1969) Elvis Presley plays a character named John Carpenter. In 1979 Carpenter directed the TV movie Elvis (1979) starring his good friend Kurt Russell. See more »

Trademark:

His lead male characters are anti-heroes (e.g., Snake Plissken in the "Escape" films and Napoleon Wilson in Assault on Precinct 13 (1976)) whereas the bad guys in his films are usually depicted as zombie-like, mindless, and lacking a personality or emotion. Though many people die in his films, with few exceptions, he usually avoids showing gore. See more »

Nickname:

JC

Star Sign:

Capricorn

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