John Howard Carpenter (born January 16, 1948) is an American film director, screenwriter, producer, film music composer and occasionally an actor. Although Carpenter has worked in numerous film genres, he is considered one of the most accomplished and influential horror and science fiction directors in Hollywood.
Carpenter was born in Carthage, New York, but grew up in Bowling Green, Kentucky. He was captivated by movies from an early age, especially by 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 attended Western Kentucky University, where his father, Howard, chaired the music department. He later transferred to the University of Southern California to attend its film program and ultimately dropped out before completing his degree requirements.
While he was at USC the student film he edited and co-wrote The Resurrection of Broncho Billy with producer John Longenecker, won the 1970 Academy Award for Live Action Short Film.
|birth date||January 16, 1948|
|birth place||Carthage, New York|