L. M. Kit Carson
|L. M. Kit Carson|
|Born||Lewis Minor Carson
August 12, 1941
Irving, Texas, U.S.
|Died||October 20, 2014
Dallas, Texas, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, screenwriter, film producer|
|Spouse(s)||Karen Black (m. 1975–83); 1 child
Cynthia Hargrave (m. 1990–2014)
|Relatives||Hunter Carson (son)|
Carson first gained the notice of the film world when he starred in Jim McBride's mockumentary David Holzman's Diary in 1967 as the title character, a man so obsessed with filmmaking that he allows his obsession to take over his life and ruin his relationships. The two would team up again in 1983, sharing screenplay credits for the remake of Jean-Luc Godard's Breathless, which starred Richard Gere, Valérie Kaprisky and, in a bit part, brother David Lee Carson as Mister Maurice. His break-out accomplishment was the screenplay for Paris, Texas in 1984, based on Sam Shepard's play of the same name, and featuring son Hunter Carson in his film debut. Carson penned the screenplay for the 1986 horror film satire The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2.
Personal life and death
L.M. Kit Carson had a son, actor Hunter Carson, with his former wife, Karen Black whom he was married to from 1975 until 1983. L. M. Kit Carson died in his sleep of pneumonia on October 20, 2014 in his native Dallas, Texas, aged 73.
- David Holzman's Diary (1967) - actor
- Breathless (1983) - writer
- Paris, Texas (1984) - writer
- The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986) - writer
- Running on Empty (1988) - actor
- Hurricane Streets (1997) - actor
- CQ (2001) - actor
- Perfume (2001) - writer, producer
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