More John Carpenter Bios & Profiles
Biography #2John Carpenter as a child, was fascinated by movies, especially Westerns, and began a life-long relationship with cinema.
In 1970, as a film student at USC, he won an Academy Award for his short film The Resurrection of Bronco Billy, and went on to direct a series of low-budget, highly commercial and critically-acclaimed films. Among them were Dark Star, Assault on Precinct 13, and the classic Halloween, which earned over $75 million dollars from a budget of $300,000 and continues to be revered by and to scare audiences of all ages around the world. It literally launched the era of big box office thriller movies.
He followed the success of Halloween with such genre hits as The Fog, They Live, Prince of Darkness and Christine. He has also garnered acclaim as an action director from such hits as Escape From New York, Escape From L.A.. The Thing and Big Trouble in Little China. His John Carpenter's Vampires, appropriately, became the biggest Halloween box office record holder.
Other credits include Memoirs of an Invisible Man, In the Mouth of Madness, Village of the Damned and Starman, which earned star Jeff Bridges an Oscar nomination.
For television, Carpenter has directed the biopic Elvis and Someone's Watching Me, and he directed and hosted the Showtime horror anthology John Carpenter Presents Body Bags.
Carpenter has written the screenplays for The Eyes of Laura Mars, Halloween II, The Philadelphia Experiment and the TV Western El Diablo, for which he won the CableAce Award for Best Screenplay.
Bio courtesy Screen Gems (05-Jan-2003)