Chris Carter Biography

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Born: October 13, 1957

Chris Carter

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 show.

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."

Filmography

The X Files (1998) [Writer (story)/Producer]
"Millennium" (1996) TV Series [Executive producer/Creator]
"The X Files (1993) TV Series [Director/ Executive producer/Creator)]
Millennium (1989) [Executive producer]
"Rags to Riches" (1987) TV Series [Composer/Producer]
The B.R.A.T. Patrol (1986) (TV) [Writer]

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