Distinguished Alumnus of the Day: Thomas Carter

Thomas Carter

Eddie Murphy and Thomas Carter on the set of Metro

Thomas Carter graduated from Texas State University in 1974 with a bachelor of fine arts in musical theater.

Born and raised in Austin,  he is a five-time Emmy-winning director, actor and producer.

Carter’s career began with acting, including a role on the 1970s television series The White Shadow. Shifting from acting to directing and producing, Carter today is best known for his films, including Save the Last Dance with Julie Stiles, Swing Kids with Christian Bale, Metro with Eddie Murphy, and Coach Carter, starring Samuel L. Jackson.

Coach Carter is based on the story of high school basketball coach Ken Carter, who challenged his team to excel in school or face punishment and be benched. Coach Carter earned Thomas Carter a Black Movie Award and an NAACP Image Award nomination. It also was presented with the award of excellence by the Heartland Film Festival.

Carter also has been involved with a number of television series, including Miami Vice, Brotherhood and Equal Justice. He earned two directing Emmys for Equal Justice, on which he also was the executive producer and co-creator. The show received a People’s Choice Award for favorite new drama series.

He was presented the Distinguished Alumnus Award at Texas State in 1992.

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