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Clifford A. Carpenter

(1915-03-02)March 2, 1915
Died January 9, 2014(2014-01-09) (aged 98)
Occupation Actor
Years active 1937–2014

Clifford A. Carpenter (March 2, 1915 – January 9, 2014) was an American actor who appeared in radio, television and films.


In 1937, Carpenter began his professional career on the radio serial Terry and the Pirates. The show was adapted from the comic strip of the same name. He provided the voice for the main character Terry Lee. He played Curtis Bassett in the radio serial drama Prairie Folks.

Carpenter debuted on Broadway in Eve of St. Mark in 1942. He also played in Inherit the Wind, Sunrise at Campobello and The Andersonville Trial.

After the start of World War II, Carpenter enlisted in the United States Army. He later became blacklisted due to his support for Philip Loeb, who had been included in Red Channels.

Carpenter worked sporadically between the 1950s and 1970s, making appearances in television series such as The Patty Duke Show, The Defenders, Hawk, Coronet Blue and Great Performances. In later life, he had a small role in Synecdoche, New York, directed by Charlie Kaufman and starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, and made recurring appearances on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, playing a 22-year-old man who aged prematurely as a consequence of watching Sean Hannity nightly on Fox News. He provided the voice of Odin Andersson in the video games Alan Wake (2010) and Alan Wake's American Nightmare (2012).

Personal life

Carpenter lived with actress and screenwriter Jean Rouverol, another former blacklisted artist, for several years. He died in New Milford, Connecticut in 2014, aged 98, from natural causes.



Year Title Role Notes
1937 Blazing Barriers N/A
2008 Synecdoche, New York Old Man


Year Title Role Notes
1964 The Patty Duke Show Defense Attorney / Mr. Roger 2 episodes
1964, 1965 The Defenders Mr. Joyce / Senator
1966 As the World Turns Ted Rogers 1 episodes
1966 Hawk Stage Manager Episode: "How Close Can You Get?"
1967 Coronet Blue Ticket Clerk Episode: "Where You from and What You Done?"
1972 Great Performances Peck Johnson Episode: "The Rimers of Eldritch"
2009–2010 The Daily Show Dash Worthington / Ramin / Reagraham Lincool 3 episodes

Video games

Year Title Role
2010 Alan Wake Odin Anderson
2012 Alan Wake's American Nightmare
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