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Chris Carter

Chris Carter

Highest Rated: 66% The X-Files (1998)

Lowest Rated: 32% The X-Files: I Want to Believe (2008)

Birthday: Oct 13, 1956

Birthplace: Bellflower, California, USA

Writer-producer-director Chris Carter was responsible not only for one of the biggest cult television hits of all time, but for also reviving the UFO phenomenon in popular culture. Carter gained early experience with Disney Studios scripting family friendly telefilms like "The B.R.A.T. Patrol" (ABC, 1986) and producing such projects as the short-lived sitcom "A Brand New Life" (NBC, 1989-1990). When given the chance to develop a series of his own, Carter combined his love of supernatural-suspense programs from a bygone era with a deeply ingrained distrust in authority to create "The X-Files" (Fox, 1993-2002). The exploits of two ideologically-opposed F.B.I. agents investigating the paranormal, it became an overnight cultural phenomenon and made stars of leads David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson. Armed with his newfound Hollywood clout, Carter later spun-off a second series, "Millennium" (Fox, 1996-99), a doomsday-themed thriller that, while critically praised, struggled. A successful feature film adaptation of "The X Files" (1998) temporarily improved his fortunes, although further series efforts like the short-lived "Harsh Realm" (Fox, 1999; FX, 2000) and "The Lone Gunmen" (Fox, 2001) found Carter struggling to move beyond "X Files" territory. With his feature film directorial debut, Carter attempted to recapture former glory, however, the critically maligned "The X Files: I Want to Believe" (2008) proved to be yet another misfire in a string of recent disappointments. Nonetheless, Carter's work on "The X Files" forever placed him in the upper-echelon of genre purveyors in the eyes of grateful fans.

Photos

David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson and Chris Carter on the set of "The X-Files: I Want to Believe" Chris Carter on the set of "The X-Files: I Want to Believe" The X-Files, Kumail Nanjiani (L), Chris Carter (R), 01/24/2016, ©FOX The X-Files, Chris Carter, 01/24/2016, ©FOX THE X-FILES: I WANT TO BELIEVE, (aka THE X FILES 2), from left: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, director Chris Carter, 2008, TM & Copyright ©20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved. THE X-FILES: I WANT TO BELIEVE, (aka THE X FILES 2), director Chris Carter, on set, 2008, TM & Copyright ©20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved. The X-Files, Kumail Nanjiani (L), Chris Carter (R), 01/24/2016, ©FOX The Real History of Science Fiction, Chris Carter, 04/19/2014, ©BBCAMERICA Chris Carter at arrivals for Premiere of THE X-FILES: I WANT TO BELIEVE, Grauman''s Chinese Theatre, Los Angeles, CA, July 23, 2008. Photo by: Michael Germana/Everett Collection Gillian Anderson, Chris Carter, Frank Spotnitz, David Duchovny at arrivals for Premiere of THE X-FILES: I WANT TO BELIEVE, Grauman''s Chinese Theatre, Los Angeles, CA, July 23, 2008. Photo by: Michael Germana/Everett Collection Chris Carter at arrivals for Premiere of THE X-FILES: I WANT TO BELIEVE, Grauman''s Chinese Theatre, Los Angeles, CA, July 23, 2008. Photo by: Michael Germana/Everett Collection

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Millennium After the Millennium Self - 2018
32% 32% The X-Files: I Want to Believe Director,
Screenwriter,
Producer
$21.0M 2008
66% 72% The X-Files Producer,
Screenwriter
$83.9M 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cameo by Night Screenwriter,
Producer
- 1987

TV

Credit
74% 85% The X-Files Writer,
Executive Producer,
Director
1993-2002 2016 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly Guest 2016
38% 67% The Lone Gunmen Executive Producer 2001
44% No Score Yet Harsh Realm Executive Producer 1999-2000
No Score Yet 86% Millennium Executive Producer,
Writer
1996-1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Living Single Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Route 66 Unknown (Guest Star) 1961