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John Carpenter

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16, 1948
Catharge, NY
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16, 1948 (age 74)
Catharge, NY


American director and composer known for his horror, thriller and science fiction films. His filmography includes The Thing, Big Trouble in Little China, HalloweenEscape from New York and Starman. He has composed most of the music for his films. 

Before Fame

He made short horror films on 8mm before high school. He was enrolled at the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts, but dropped out.


His film Halloween was selected for preservation in the National Film Library in 2006 by the United States Library of Congress.

Family Life

He met actress Adrienne Barbeau on the set of his television movie Somebody's Watching Me, and the two were married on January 1, 1979. They divorced five years later. In 1990, Carpenter married Sandy King. He has one son. 

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He was greatly influenced by the works of director Alfred Hitchcock.