Chris Carter biography
Date of birth: October 13, 1957
Born in Bellflower, California, Carter worked for 13 years as writer and
senior editor for "Surfing" magazine before he found himself in the right
place at the right time.
Suddenly the world was gaga for extraterrestrial,
end of century, is-there-anybody-out-there stuff, in short, the stuff
that's Carter's stock in trade.
"There are simply a lot of people in Hollywood who create value in their
positions by being destroyers," he says about his current position in the
industry. "That is, they become a part of a project be threatening it -- by
being the guy who acts like he's going to be the voice of reason, or the
voice of power, or the voice of veto, and who ends up draining the
originality and creativity out of the process of making a movie or a TV
There are too many of those people out here.
"That, if anything, is what's made me, in some people's minds, 'a control
freak.' I'm known as a difficult person, because I'm always pushing to make
it good, and the truth is [the studio is] always pushing to make it cheap.
I prefer to think of it as just wanting to keep the destroyers at bay."
Chris Carter Filmography