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John Howard Carpenter

January 16, 1948 (1948-01-16) (age 73)
Nationality American
Other names Frank Armitage
John T. Chance
Rip Haight
Martin Quatermass
The Horror Master
The Master of Horror
Alma mater Western Kentucky University
University of Southern California (dropped out)
  • Film director
  • screenwriter
  • producer
  • editor
  • composer
  • musician
Years active 1969–present
Known for
  • Assault on Precinct 13
  • Halloween
  • The Fog
  • Escape from New York
  • The Thing
  • Big Trouble in Little China
  • They Live
Home town Bowling Green, Kentucky, U.S.
Adrienne Barbeau (m. 1979–1984)

Sandy King (m. 1990)
Children 1
Musical career
Labels Sacred Bones Records
Associated acts

John Howard Carpenter (born January 16, 1948) is an American filmmaker, screenwriter, musician, and composer. Although Carpenter has worked with various film genres, he is associated most commonly with horror, action and science fiction films of the 1970s and 1980s. He is known for horror and science fiction movies including Halloween, The Thing and Escape from New York. Carpenter is also notable for having composed or co-composed most of his films' music.

Early life

Carpenter was born in Carthage, New York. He and his family relocated to Bowling Green, Kentucky during 1953. He was interested in films from an early age, particularly the westerns of Howard Hawks and John Ford, as well as 1950s low-budget horror films, such as The Thing from Another World and high budget science fiction like Forbidden Planet and began filming horror short films with 8 mm film even before starting high school.

He attended Western Kentucky University, where his father chaired the music department, then transferred to the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts during 1968, but quit to make his first feature film.

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