Thomas Carter

Thomas Carter

Highest Rated: 64% Coach Carter (2005)

Lowest Rated: 15% Metro (1997)

Birthday: Jul 17, 1953

Birthplace: Austin, Texas, USA

While he may be best known for playing James "Hollywood" Hayward on the high school sports series "The White Shadow," actor Thomas Carter has become a successful producer and director of urban dramas. His career began in the mid-1970s with a string of TV roles that led to basketball braggart Hayward on "The White Shadow." But after a year on the show, Carter expanded into the role of director, helming four episodes before the series wrapped in 1981. From there, he pursued work as a television director, excelling on episodes of such popular '80s sitcoms as "Fame," the high school musical drama, and the gripping medical drama "St. Elsewhere." By decade's end, he had expanded his repertoire to include producing, and in 1993, he made his feature film directorial debut with "Swing Kids," the Nazi Germany-set tale of rebellion, which featured a young Christian Bale. The swing dancing and strong soundtrack attracted a cult following to the picture despite middling reviews. He followed this with "Metro," the Eddie Murphy crime comedy that flopped at the box office, but Carter rebounded in 2001 with "Save the Last Dance," the hip-hop infused romance starring Julia Stiles. The teen drama was a huge financial success, allowing Carter to executive produce and direct the Samuel L. Jackson vehicle "Coach Carter," which centered on a determined basketball coach's quest to do right by his players. In 2009, Carter directed the tv movie "Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story," and received a DGA award nomination.

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
20% 72% When the Game Stands Tall Director,
Executive Producer
$30.1M 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Freedom House: Street Saviors Producer - 2009
No Score Yet 85% Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story Director,
Executive Producer
- 2009
64% 85% Coach Carter Director,
Executive Producer
$67.3M 2005
No Score Yet 19% Christmas Rush Executive Producer - 2002
53% 59% Save the Last Dance Director $91M 2001
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ali: An American Hero Executive Producer - 2000
No Score Yet 80% Trapped in a Purple Haze Executive Producer - 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Five Desperate Hours Executive Producer - 1997
No Score Yet 76% Don King: Only in America Executive Producer - 1997
15% 27% Metro Director $32M 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Uninvited Producer,
Executive Producer
- 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Divas Director - 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Someone She Knows Executive Producer - 1994
56% 79% Swing Kids Director $5.4M 1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet Equal Justice Director - 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cold Steel and Neon Director - 1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet Under the Influence Director - 1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet Call to Glory Director - 1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet Miami Vice Director - 1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet College James Hayward (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet Almost Summer Dean Hampton (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet 20% The Monkey Hustle Player (Character) - 1976

TV

Credit
95% 89% Elementary Director 2019
36% 64% The Code Director 2019
72% 72% The Red Line Director 2019
34% 82% New Amsterdam Director 2019
No Score Yet 87% SEAL Team Director 2018
90% 70% Nashville Director 2014
21% No Score Yet Hack Executive Producer,
Director
2002-2004
20% No Score Yet UC: Undercover Director 2001
88% No Score Yet Michael Hayes Executive Producer,
Director
1997-1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Under One Roof Executive Producer 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Amazing Stories Director 1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents Director 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Miami Vice Director 1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hill Street Blues Donald Lilly (Guest Star) 1982
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fame Director 1982
No Score Yet No Score Yet The White Shadow James Hayward (Character),
Unknown (Guest Star),
Director
1978-1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet What's Happening!! Unknown (Guest Star) 1977
No Score Yet 93% M*A*S*H Patient McLeod (Guest Star) 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Good Times Jerry (Guest Star) 1976

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