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Born: July 10, 1926 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Bennington, Vermont, USA Profession: actor, singer, composer, dancer, novelist, magician

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A gangling song-and-dance man with extensive TV and stage credits, Carpenter also made his brief mark in a handful of MGM musicals which embodied the small-town vision of the USA so prevalent in the 1950s. Thin as a rail and standing 6'3", Carpenter possessed a handsomely boyish face and loads of eager-beaver energy to match, all honed during a childhood spent as a performer. He was singing and dancing at age four and, by the time he was nine, was performing as a child magician in traveling carnivals. Carpenter served briefly with the Navy Seabees in WWII and made it to Broadway in his late teens in "Bright Boy" (1944). After making his feature debut in the sincere, low-budget, independently made film about a light-skinned African-American family passing for white, "Lost Boundaries" (1949), he was signed by MGM.

A gangling song-and-dance man with extensive TV and stage credits, Carpenter also made his brief mark in a handful of MGM musicals which embodied the small-town vision of the USA so prevalent in the 1950s. Thin as a rail and standing 6'3", Carpenter possessed a handsomely boyish face and loads of eager-beaver energy to match, all honed during a childhood spent as a performer. He was singing and dancing at age four and, by the time he was nine, was performing as a child magician in traveling carnivals. Carpenter served briefly with the Navy Seabees in WWII and made it to Broadway in his late teens in "Bright Boy" (1944). After making his feature debut in the sincere, low-budget, independently made film about a light-skinned African-American family passing for white, "Lost Boundaries" (1949), he was signed by MGM.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Prowler, The (1981)
2.
 Simon (1980)
3.
 Some of My Best Friends Are. . . (1971) Miss Untouchable
4.
 Up Periscope (1959) Phil Carney
5.
 Take the High Ground! (1953) Merton Tolliver
6.
 Sky Full of Moon (1952) Harley ["Tumbleweed"] Williams
7.
 Fearless Fagan (1952) Pvt. Floyd Hilston of Company J
8.
 The Whistle at Eaton Falls (1951) Eddie Talbot
9.
 Vengeance Valley (1951) Hewie
10.
 Father of the Bride (1950) Usher/Young man with Coke
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Milestones close milestones

1930:
Started singing and dancing professionally at age four
1935:
Toured with carnival during the summer at age nine, working as a magician
1943:
Joined the Navy during WWII, serving with the Seabees in the South Pacific (Date approximate)
1944:
Broadway debut, "Bright Boy"
1949:
made feature film debut in "Lost Boundaries"
1950:
Put under contract at MGM
1952:
Played first leading roles in features in "Sky Full of Moon" and "Fearless Fagan"
1953:
Left MGM; last film there, "Take the High Ground"
1959:
Returned to films after a six-year absence with a supporting role in "Up Periscope"
1960:
Played the recurring role of Jerry Franklin on the CBS comedy, "Pete and Gladys", starring Harry Morgan and Cara Williams in the title roles
1965:
Starred alongside Edgar Buchanan in a two-part comedy pilot for CBS, broadcast as part of "Vacation Playhouse", "Luke and the Tenderfoot"
:
Played Cornelius Hackle in the stage musical comedy "Hello, Dolly!", first with Ginger Rogers and Betty Grable in the title role, later with Carol Channing on tour and with Mary Martin in productions staged in Japan, Vietnam and Korea
1971:
Returned to films again to play a role in "Some of My Best Friends Are"
:
Returned to films again to play supporting roles in "Simon" and "The Prowler"
1994:
Returned to Broadway to take over the role of Everett Baker, the leading lady's father, in the longrunning musical comedy revamp of the Gershwins' 1930 "Girl Crazy", "Crazy for You"
1999:
Was featured in the stage musical "Legacy", produced in San Jose, California
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Bibliography close complete biography

"The Peabody Experience"
"Only Her Hairdresser Knew"
"Dead-Head"
"Games Murderers Play"
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