JOHN CARPENTER Biography - Theater, Opera and Movie personalities


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Name: John Howard Carpenter                                                         
Born: 16 January 1948 Carthage, New York, U.S.A.                                   
John Howard Carpenter (born January 16, 1948) is an American film director,         
screenwriter, producer, film score composer and occasional actor. Carpenter has     
worked in numerous film genres, and is considered one of the most accomplished     
and influential horror and science fiction directors in Hollywood.                 
Carpenter was born in Carthage, New York, the son of Milton Jean (née Carter)     
and Howard Ralph Carpenter, a music professor. He and his family moved to           
Bowling Green, Kentucky in 1953. He was captivated by movies from an early         
age, particularly the westerns of Howard Hawks and John Ford, as well as 1950s     
low budget horror and science fiction films, such as Forbidden Planet and The       
Thing from Another World and began filming horror shorts on 8 mm film even         
before entering high school. He briefly attended Western Kentucky University       
where his father chaired the music department, but transferred to the University   
of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts in 1968. Though he dropped out   
before finishing his degree, his student project, The Resurrection of Broncho       
Billy, won the 1970 Academy Award for Live Action Short Film. The film was         
produced by John Longenecker.