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Chris Carter

Chris Carter

Chris Carter (1956) is an American screenwriter and producer, best known as the creator of The X-Files, in which he also guest-starred a couple of times as FBI Agent.

He was born in Bellflower, California to William and Catherine Carter. In college, he majored in journalism graduating from California State University in 1979.

A big break in his career came in 1985, when Jeffrey Katzenberg, then chairman of Walt Disney Studios, read a screenplay he wrote and signed him to development with Walt Disney Pictures. While working with Katzenberg, Carter wrote and produced several television movies including pilots of Cameo By Night and The Nanny, an unsold pilot unrelated to the Fran Drescher sitcom. He co-produced the second season of the comedy series Rags to Riches. and in 1989 was creator and executive producer of a comedy series called Brand New Life for Disney's Sunday night lineup.

Ten Thirteen Productions

Upon the creation and production of The X-Files in 1993, Chris Carter started a production company called Ten Thirteen Productions. It is named in honor of Carter's own birthday, which is October 13. Between 1993 and 2002 they produced 202 episodes of The X-Files, 67 episodes of Millennium, 9 episodes of Harsh Realm, 13 episodes of The Lone Gunmen and the feature film The X-Files: Fight the Future. During this time the Ten Thirteen offices were located in Century City, Los Angeles, California, with Frank Spotnitz serving as President, Mary Astadourian serving as Vice President and Jana Fain serving as Office Manager. Upon the completion of the final episode of The X-Files in 2002 the office closed and Ten Thirteen is currently defunct or inactive, with no output whatsoever in over three years. Spotnitz has gone on to start his own production company, Big Light Productions, with Fain joining him as director of development. It is unknown if Ten Thirteen would be reactivated to produce any of Carter's future projects, such as the oft-rumored cinematic followup to The X-Files, though it is likely considering the fact that the period of inactivity of Carter's production company coincides with Carter's own professional inactivity.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2005.

Chris Carter Facts

OccupationProducer, Screenwriter
BirthdayOctober 13, 1956 (61)
SignLibra
BirthplaceBellflower, California, USA
Height5' 10½" (1m79)  How tall is Chris Carter compared to you?

Selected Filmography

Coach Carter
Oh Captain, My Captain
Attraction
A Haunting at Hobb's Grove
Noche de Suenos
Refuge
All Screwed Up
Bells 'N' Smells
Red Sands
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