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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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13 wins & 18 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Halloween
Halloween Writer
(1978)
Escape from L.A.
(1996)
Escape from New York
(1981)
They Live
They Live Writer
(1988)

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 2015/II Love (performer: "Night") / (writer: "Main Title", "Night")
 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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Other Works:

Sacred Bones Records releases "Lost Themes", his first album of original compositions not connected to a soundtrack.

Publicity Listings:

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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Personal Quote:

Movies are pieces of film stuck together in a certain rhythm, an absolute beat, like a musical composition. The rhythm you create affects the audience. See more »

Trivia:

Was originally supposed to direct Firestarter (1984), and even had a screenplay written by Bill Lancaster. Both were replaced when The Thing (1982), a film on which they both collaborated, did poorly at the box office. See more »

Trademark:

Uses synthesizer-based soundtracks that he composes himself (Most famous for the theme song to Halloween (1978), obviously). See more »

Nickname:

JC

Star Sign:

Capricorn

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