Carleton Carpenter

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Carleton Carpenter
BornCarleton Upham Carpenter, Jr.
July 10, 1926
Bennington, Vermont

Carleton Carpenter (b. 1926) is an American film, actor, magician, author and songwriter.

Biography

Before signing with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, he was a magician and an actor on Broadway, beginning with David Merrick's first production Bright Boy in 1944, followed by co-starring appearances in Three to Make Ready with Ray Bolger, John Murray Anderson's Almanac and Hotel Paradiso with Bert Lahr and Angela Lansbury.

He wrote material for Debbie Reynolds, Kaye Ballard, Marlene Dietrich and Hermione Gingold, and also scripts for films and television. He guest-starred on numerous radio and TV shows. Along with Eva Marie Saint, he was one of the featured players on the very early television program Campus Hoopla, which was produced by NBC, via WNBT in New York City, and which aired from 1946-47.

Carpenter composed such songs as "Christmas Eve," which was recorded by Billy Eckstine, "Cabin in the Woods" and "Ev'ry Other Day", which he recorded for MGM Records. In 1943 he authored the words and melody of a song titled "Can We Forget." His other popular-song compositions include "I Wouldn't Mind", "Ev'ry Other Day", "Cabin In the Woods", "A Little Love" and "Come Away".

Carpenter is remembered in the 1970s and 1980s as a best-selling mystery novelist. One of his books, Deadhead, was turned into a Broadway musical production. Other books included Games Murderers Play, Cat Got Your Tongue? Only Her Hairdresser Knew, Sleight of Deadly Hand, The Peabody Experience and Stumped.

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