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Lewis Minor "Kit" Carson (August 12, 1941 – October 20, 2014), was an American actor, screenwriter, director and film producer.[1][2]

L. M. Kit Carson
Lewis Minor Carson

(1941-08-12)August 12, 1941
DiedOctober 20, 2014(2014-10-20) (aged 73)
OccupationActor, screenwriter, film producer
Years active1967–2014
Karen Black (m. 1975–1983)
; 1 child
Cynthia Hargrave (m. 1990–2014)
RelativesHunter 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 co-writing, with Sam Shepard, the 1984 screenplay for Paris, Texas, which featured his son Hunter Carson in his film debut.[3] Carson penned the screenplay for the 1986 horror film satire The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2.[4]

Personal life and deathEdit

L.M. Kit Carson had a son, actor Hunter Carson, with his former wife, Karen Black. He was married to Black 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.[5][6]




  • Miami Vice - Season 5 Episode 13 The Cell Within - Actor


  1. ^ Carson, L. M. Kit. "Kit Carson's Africa Diary". D Magazine. Retrieved November 1, 2012.
  2. ^ Ondrusek, Lynn (May 27, 2011). "Q&A with director L.M. Kit Carson". Penn Live. Retrieved November 1, 2012.
  3. ^ Wilonsky, Robert (June 14, 2011). "Four Decades After L.M. Kit Carson Birthed Dallas's Modern Film Scene, His Diary Returns". Dallas Observer. Retrieved November 1, 2012.
  4. ^ Adams, Sam (August 19, 2011). "Interview: L.M. Kit Carson". The A.V. Club. Retrieved November 1, 2012.
  5. ^ Wilonsky, Robert (October 21, 2014). "Filmmaker, actor and USA Film Festival founder L.M. Kit Carson, 'one of the greats', is dead at 73". The Dallas Morning News. Archived from the original on October 23, 2014.
  6. ^ Saperstein, Pat (October 21, 2014). "L.M. Kit Carson, Co-Writer of 'Paris, Texas,' Dies at 73". Variety.
  7. ^ The American Dreamer, retrieved 2018-08-30

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