A native of Brooklyn's Brighton Beach, Carter began his professional career in the Broadway production of Call Me Mister. Also on Broadway, Carter starred in Mr. Wonderful and Guys and Dolls. His regional theatre credits include productions of The Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Born Yesterday, Guys and Dolls, A Thousand Clowns, Critics Choice, The Odd Couple, A Hatful of Rain, Little Me, and Top Banana on Broadway in which he replaced Phil Silvers as star. He starred as Fagin in the national tour of the musical Oliver! and starred in the musical Sugar at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, as well as a touring company of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.
Carter's career in television began with appearances on Texaco Star Theater, before hosting Cavalcade of Stars, which led to his own program, The Jack Carter Show. In addition, he has often appeared on television in dramatic roles and received Emmy Award nominations for two Dr. Kildare series episodes and for his performance in the ABC Movie-of-the-Week The Girl Who Couldn't Lose. In addition, he appeared on Medical Center, Police Story, Magnum, P.I., The Fall Guy, Fame, Fantasy Island, Tales from the Crypt, Amazing Stories, and Roseanne, among numerous others. He also appeared on many classic television variety programs including 50 Ed Sullivan shows.
His feature film credits include co-starring roles in The Extraordinary Seaman, The Horizontal Lieutenant, Viva Las Vegas, The Amazing Dobermans, Alligator, History of the World: Part I, Hustle and Arena. He also co-starred in the ABC Movie-of-the-Week, The Sex Symbol.
As a director, Carter helmed a number of episodes of Here's Lucy, starring Lucille Ball, as well as other comedy shows. He has also directed straight plays including A Thousand Clowns, Silver Anniversary and Mouth-Trap.
Regarded as one of the top night club entertainers in the world, Carter has headlined in London, New York, Atlantic City, Lake Tahoe, Reno, and Las Vegas.
Jack Carter Facts
|Birth Name||Jack Chakrin|
|Birthday||June 24, 1923 (94)|
|Birthplace||New York, New York, USA|