August 12, 1975 |
Shaker Heights, Ohio, U.S.
||television writer, composer, musician, singer
Carter L. Bays (born August 12, 1975) is an award-winning American television writer and television producer. Along with writing partner Craig Thomas, he is best known as creator, writer, and executive producer of the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother. He has 70 episodes of the show under his belt from 2005-2011, and has been nominated for seven primetime Emmy Awards, including Best Original Song for "Nothing Suits Me Like A Suit."
In 2012, How I Met Your Mother won Best Comedy at the People's Choice Awards. The duo are also members of a band called The Solids. Bays plays guitar and is the lead singer of the band, which performed the theme songs for both Oliver Beene and How I Met Your Mother.
Prior to the creation of How I Met Your Mother, Bays and Thomas wrote for a number of television shows including Late Night with David Letterman, Oliver Beene and Quintuplets. They also wrote part two of the American Dad! episode "Stan of Arabia". In 2013 they created the TV series The Goodwin Games.
Bays lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Denise Cox, and their two young daughters. Bays graduated from Wesleyan University in 1997.