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Hunter Carson (born December 26, 1975) is an American actor, screenwriter, producer and director. Carson is the son of actress Karen Black and film director L. M. Kit Carson. In 1986, he was nominated for a Young Artist Award for Best Starring Performance by a Young Actor - Motion Picture for his performance in Paris, Texas (1984).

Hunter Carson
Born (1975-12-26) December 26, 1975 (age 43)
EducationWesleyan University
OccupationActor, screenwriter, film producer
Years active1983–present
Parent(s)Karen Black
L. M. Kit Carson
RelativesGail Brown (aunt)


Early lifeEdit

Carson was born in Los Angeles, California, the son of actress Karen Black and actor, producer, screenwriter and director L. M. Kit Carson.[1] He is the stepson of Stephen Eckelberry and halfbrother of Celine Eckelberry, Stephen's and Karen’s adopted daughter. He made his first national appearance in October 1976, at the age of nine months, when his mother hosted Saturday Night Live. During her opening monologue, Black held Hunter in her arms the entire time. He is a graduate of Wesleyan University.


Carson's first acting role was in the 1984 film Paris, Texas, portraying the character of Hunter Henderson. The film Paris, Texas was adapted for the screen by his father, L. M. Kit Carson. Hunter Carson received strong reviews for his performance in the film.[2] He then starred in the 1986 remake of Invaders from Mars, where he co-starred with his mother Karen Black,[3] and appeared in the 1988 comedy drama Mr. North, which also featured his Paris, Texas co-star Harry Dean Stanton. He played Bud Bundy in an unaired early pilot of Married... with Children, and appeared as Peter McMichaels in the 2001 fashion drama film Perfume. He played a "crazy killer boyfriend" in the 2010 horror film She's Crushed. He co-directed with Alejandro Itkin the 2013 feature film Single in South Beach, a romantic drama starring Kevin Sorbo.[4] He also directed the short With It (2004), about a failed hitman, which Andrew Dansby says echoes the style of his Paris, Texas director Wim Wenders.[5]


  1. ^ "Hunter Carson globetrotter at 2", United Press International in Altus Times-Democrat, March 3, 1978.
  2. ^ Jim Calio, Gail Buchalter, "A 9-Year-Old Handful Named Hunter Carson Scores a Stunning Acting Debut in Paris, Texas", People, March 25, 1985.
  3. ^ Bruce Cook, "Mother, Son Work Happily Together In Invaders From Mars", Los Angeles Daily News, reprinted in The Vindicator, June 17, 1986.
  4. ^ Sandwell, Ian (November 5, 2012). "Arrow Entertainment acquires Single in South Beach". Screen International.
  5. ^ Dansby, Andrew (December 10, 2004). "Life on a well-traveled road; Love it or hate it, 'Paris, Texas' still is talked about". Houston Chronicle. p. STAR 1.

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