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John Howard Carpenter was born in Carthage, New York, to mother Milton Jean (Carter) and father Howard Ralph Carpenter. His family moved to Bowling Green, Kentucky, where his father, a professor, was head of the music department at Western Kentucky University. He attended Western Kentucky University and then USC film school in Los Angeles. He began... See full bio »
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 2015/II Love (writer: "Main Title")
 2012 ParaNorman (writer: "Halloween Theme" - as John H. Carpenter)
 2009 Halloween II (writer: "Halloween Theme")
 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")
 2003 The Life of David Gale (writer: "Halloween Theme" (1978))
 2002 Haider lebt - 1. April 2021 (performer: "Halloween Theme") / (writer: "Halloween Theme")
 1996 Escape from L.A. ("Escape From New York - Main Title")
 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)
 1978 Halloween (writer: "Halloween Theme Main Title")
 1974 Dark Star (music: "Benson Arizona")
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Sacred Bones Records releases "Lost Themes", his first album of original compositions not connected to a soundtrack.

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2 Biographical Movies | 4 Print Biographies | 44 Interviews | 6 Articles | 3 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »


Alternate Names:

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

Height:

5' 11" (1.8 m)
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I don't deny that commercial success means a lot to me, the best reviews you can get are at the box office. See more »

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Biography in the following: John Wakeman, editor. World Film Directors, Volume Two, 1945- 1985. pp. 184-189. New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 1988. See more »

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Films often take place in single confined locations See more »

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JC

Star Sign:

Capricorn

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