A three-time winner of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Emmy Award, Carter got his start playing bit parts on series such as M*A*S*H, Lou Grant and Hill Street Blues and as a regular on The White Shadow from 1978 to 1980.
When the 80s hit, Carter took a leap behind the camera and feverishly began directing numerous television series.
Some of his work in this field includes Hill Street Blues, Fame, Remington Steele, St. Elsewhere, Amazing Stories and Alfred Hitchcock Presents.
In 1988 Carter received the Emmy Award for Outstanding Television Movie for producing Don King: Only in America. The telefilm also garnered him a George Foster Peabody Award. He later won two more Emmys, both for Best Director, for episodes of Equal Justice.
Carter has also been the recipient of the prestigious Director's Guild of America Award.
In 1993 Carter directed his first feature film, Swing Kids. Returning to television for a few years, Carter wouldn't venture back to feature work until 1997 when he directed the action/suspense film Metro starring Eddie Murphy.
He continues to venture between the two mediums, directing for TV series such as Hack and UC: Undercover, the small screen movie Partners in Crime and back to feature film with Coach Carter (2005) starring Samuel L. Jackson.