Peter Masterson

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Peter Masterson
Born(1934-06-01)June 1, 1934
Houston, Texas, U.S.
DiedDecember 18, 2018(2018-12-18) (aged 84)
OccupationFilm director, film producer, writer, actor
Carlin Glynn (m. 1960)
Children3, including Mary Stuart Masterson

Carlos Bee Masterson Jr. (June 1, 1934 – December 18, 2018) was an American actor, director, producer, and writer.

Life and career[edit]

Masterson often worked with his cousin, writer Horton Foote. Acting from the mid-1960s to the mid-1980s, including 1975's The Stepford Wives as Walter Eberhart, since then he concentrated mostly on directing and producing. Actress Mary Stuart Masterson is his daughter; she appeared with her father in The Stepford Wives, playing one of his daughters. His other acting credits include roles in Ambush Bay (1966), In the Heat of the Night (1967), Counterpoint (1968), Von Richthofen and Brown (1971), Tomorrow (1972), The Exorcist (1973), Man on a Swing (1974), and Gardens of Stone (1987).[1][2]

Masterson co-wrote (with Larry L. King) the books for the hit musical The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1978)[3] and its short-lived sequel The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public (1994).[4] In 1980, he produced the ABC television movie, "City in Fear" based on an idea by screenwriter William Goldman—an idea that became the well-reviewed 1979 novel "Panic on Page One" by Linda Stewart, and the television script by Albert Ruben. The cast was led by Robert Vaughn and David Janssen in the final role before his death that year. In 1985 he directed The Trip to Bountiful, for which Geraldine Page won the Academy Award for Best Actress. The film also featured his wife, Carlin Glynn who had previously won a Tony Award for her role in 'Whorehouse.' His directing credits additionally include Full Moon in Blue Water (1988), Night Game (1989), Blood Red (1989), Convicts (1991), Arctic Blue (1993), The Only Thrill (1997), Lost Junction (2003), and Whiskey School (2005).[2]

Masterson died on December 18, 2018, after suffering a fall at his home. He was 84. He had received a diagnosis of Parkinson's disease 14 years earlier.[1][2]

Select filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1966 Ambush Bay Sgt. William Maccone
1967 In the Heat of the Night Fryer
1967 Counterpoint Sgt. Calloway
1971 Von Richthofen and Brown Major Oswald Boelke
1972 Tomorrow Lawyer Douglas
1973 The Exorcist Dr. Barringer - Clinic Director
1974 Man on a Swing Willie Younger
1975 The Stepford Wives Walter Eberhart
1986 Witchfire
1987 Gardens of Stone Col. Feld


  1. ^ a b Dansby, Andrew (December 20, 2018). "Writer, actor, director Peter Masterson dies". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 2018-12-20.
  2. ^ a b c Sandomir, Richard (December 21, 2018). "Peter Masterson, 84, a 'Best Little Whorehouse' Creator, Is Dead". Archived from the original on 2018-12-22. Retrieved December 22, 2018.
  3. ^ "'The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas' Broadway", accessed November 7, 2015
  4. ^ "'The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public' Broadway" Archived 2015-09-14 at the Wayback Machine, accessed November 7, 2015

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