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Chris Carter

Chris Carter


10/13/1956, Bellflower California USA

Birth Name

Christopher C. Carter


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Chris Carter was born in Bellflower, California on October 13, 1956. Is is a producer and best known as the creator the "The X Files." He went to California State University, and majored in journalism. He graduated in 1979. His parents are William and Catherine Carter. After creating…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • He hopes to make another X Files movie and Duchovney and Anderson are on bored, but he first wants a settlement offer from FOX which he has sued over a contract disagreement.

    • In 1985, Chris got a break when Jeffrey Katzenberg read a screenplay he wrote and signed him to development with Walt Disney Pictures.

    • His parents names are William and Catherine Carter.

    • For "The X-Files," he chose the character name Mulder because it's his mom's maiden name. He chose the name Scully after famed baseball announcer Vin Scully.

    • His nickname is "Carver."

    • Ten Thirteen offices is located in Century City, Los Angeles, California, with Frank Spotnitz serving as President, Mary Astadourian serving as Vice President and Jana Fain serving as Office Manager.

    • Upon the completion of the final episode of The X-Files in 2002, Chris Carter's company, Ten Thirteen Productions is currently closed.

    • Chris Carter wrote the episodes "Pilot" and "Three Men and a Smoking Diaper" for the show The Lone Gunman. The show was based on The Lone Gunman from The X Files.

    • He made a crossover episode of The X-files when Lance Henriksen guest starred as Frank Black on the episode titled Millennium. The first Crossover show was in the second season of Millennium when Charles Nelson Rielly starred as his X-Files character (author Jose Chung) on Millennium.

    • Has considered titling his eventual and as-yet-unwritten autobiography "Fridays At Nine," the timeslot for the shows he's created, due to their mix of successes and failures.

    • He co-produced the second season of the comedy series Rags to Riches.

    • Ten Thirteen Productions produced 201 episodes of The X-Files, 67 episodes of Millennium, 9 episodes of Harsh Realm, 13 episodes of The Lone Gunmen and the feature film The X-Files: Fight the Future from 1993 to 2002.

    • He is 5' 10½" (1.79 m) in height.

    • Chris' company 'Ten Thirteen Productions' produced between 1993 and 2002, 201 episodes of The X-Files, 67 episodes of Millennium 9 episodes of Harsh Realm, 13 episodes of The Lone Gunmen and the feature film The X-Files: Fight the Future.

    • Chris started a production company called 'Ten Thirteen Productions'. It is named in honor of his own birthday, which is October 13.

    • Chris's brother Craig is a Full Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at MIT.

    • He is the godfather of Gillian Anderson and Clyde Klotz's daughter Piper Maru.

    • Writer for 'Surfing' Magazine until he created "The X-Files."

  • Quotes

    • Reporter: At the heart of The X Files movie's story, we see Mulder saving Scully again. Was that something you gave thought to?
      Chris: We thought it would work best this way. It felt like the natural choice. People are asking about the fact that it's once again the damsel in distress being rescued by the man. But Scully rescues Mulder in the room where the bomb was about to go off, so that he could rescue her later. So there's an equality there. Certainly, Scully is a strong character and she took action in that building. I've always written Scully strong and I don't see the fact that she was infected by this virus makes her the victim, per se.

    • (About The X Files)
      Chris: The mythology has become so complex now that there are things that I'll have to go back and make sure I'm right about. There is so much stuff that it's hard to remember everything. There are fans who can now sometimes trip me up! There is complexity, but we always attempt to -- and I think we've been successful at this -- recontextualize everything as we go forward. But there is no X-Files bible. That would be limiting. Everything leads from everything else. Writing the movie made me think through the mythology, how it worked, and if the movie was true to what we had done through 117 episodes. We had to use the mythology in such a way that it gave us new storytelling opportunities without squelching new storytelling opportunities.

    • (About The X Files movie)
      Reporter: Do you think there are more films on the horizon?
      Chris: If this movie is successful, then we'll get to do more movies and we'll get the chance to continue on the big screen as a series after the show ends.

    • Reporter: Do you have a notion in mind for how it all ends for The X-Files?
      Chris: I have a rough end of how it all ends. I'm not telling anyone, though. That way no one can get rid of me.

    • Reporter: Was the scene where Mulder is relieving himself by the Independence Day movie poster intentional?
      Chris: I didn't think that would get quite the laugh it did, to be honest. I sent Dean [Devlin] and Roland [Emmerich] a note saying, 'This was not intentional.' It was set dressing. The way it ended up getting shot, though, it gets a laugh. The reaction is coincidental.

    • Chris: I just want nothing more than to scare the pants off people. That's all I set out to do anyway... It's a ride. And the steeper the roller-coaster, the better.

    • Chris: I'm a worrier, so the next logical step is paranoia.

    • Chris: You know, Vin Scully was always the voice of God. When I was growing up my mom would fall asleep with Vin Scully in her ear on the pillow.

    • Chris: When the surf is really good, it's hard for me to concentrate on work.

    • Chris: "The X-Files" was a hard sell because people didn't know what it was. The network didn't understand what it was that they were buying and at the beginning, they wanted us to have closure. They wanted us to put the cuffs on the bad guy at the end of each episode.

    • Chris: The day I swan around in expensive suits is the day I hope someone puts a bullet in my head.

  • X-Files Creator

    The Lone Gunmen - Writer/Executive Producer Millennium - Creator/Writer/Executive Producer The X-Files - Creator/Writer/Director/Executive Producer The X-Files: Fight the Future - Co-writer/Producer The X-Files: I Want to Believe - Cowriter/Producer/Director Christopher Carl Carter (born October 13, 1956) is an American screenwriter, film director and producer, best known as the creator of The X-Files.

    He was born in Bellflower, California to William and Catherine Carter. In college, he majored in journalism, graduating from California State University Long Beach in 1979. His brother, W. Craig Carter, is a Lord Foundation Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at MIT.

    Carter began writing for Surfing magazine out of college. For the next five years, he traveled around the world both as a freelance writer and as the magazine's associate editor.

    A big break in his career came in 1985, when Jeffrey Katzenberg, then chairman of Walt Disney Studio Entertainment, read a screenplay he wrote and signed him to development with Walt Disney Pictures. While working with Katzenberg, Carter wrote and produced several television movies including pilots of Cameo By Night and The Nanny, an unsold pilot unrelated to the Fran Drescher sitcom. He co-produced the second season of the comedy series Rags to Riches. and in 1989 was creator and executive producer of a comedy series called Brand New Life for Disney's Sunday night lineup.moreless
  • Too good for TV

    It happens I read criticism about that man, that are bad, which is at each taste, yet compared to other "TV writers". When you see the quality of what he runned, I barely understand how it's possible to compare what he did with shows like Buffy, or Roswell, or Mutant X, which, on the contrary of show like the X-Files and MillenniuM (one of the best quality i've seen on TV), cruelly lack visual qualities, and spirituality. I agree, these are teen shows, it's only the comparison that makes me, well, laugh. To me it's really not the same level, and not only in age bracket. I think, like the reviewers above, that he's a "One of the all-time greats", because he pushed what he did to the extreme possibility, in terms of quality, and also because he's a visionary. He can feel the world around, and smoothly radiates his unspoken magic and poetry through intelligent and well-licked stories and scripts. Maybe because he doesn't leave an inch to hazard; everything is thought, and, like a ghostly octopuss, he's here and there at the same time. There's the hard work. There's the genius. And this magic that comes from out there. What he did is different from what was before, and is still from what has been ever since. There has been tries to reproduce, or imitate, or be inspired by his work... But inspiration is something you cannot command, it's a gift, and the idea, as original as it can look in the beginning, or whether it's the same than something that was thought before, is nothing without the eye of the creator, and only one with the gift can make it shine colorful. I hope for the day I could read novels he wrote, and meet with the depth of an unshared work.moreless