Carter, T. K. 1956-

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Carter, T. K. 1956-


Full name, Thomas Kent Carter; born December 14, 1956, in New York, NY (some sources say Monrovia, CA); married Janet. Education: Attended Citrus Junior College. Avocational Interests: Softball and cooking.


Actor, comedian, and dialogue coach. Appeared as a stand-up comic and impressionist, performing as the opening act for such entertainers as James Brown, Natalie Cole, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Kool and the Gang, Patti La Belle, Melba Moore, Billy Ocean, and Luther Vandross; tour headliner, performing at Caesar's Palace in Atlantic City, NJ, and Universal Ampitheatre in Los Angeles, CA; appeared in a television commercial for Diet Pepsi, 2005; previously worked at Disneyland.

Awards, Honors:

Image Award nomination, outstanding actor in a television movie, miniseries or dramatic special, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Black Reel Award, network/cable—best actor, 2001, both for The Corner.


Film Appearances:

Bubba Cosell, Youngblood, 1978.

Car wash employee, Corvette Summer (also known as The Hot One), 1978.

Captain, Seed of Innocence (also known as Teen Mothers), 1980.

Chester, Seems Like Old Times (also known as Neil Simon's "Seems Like Old Times"), Columbia, 1980.

Do Wopper, The Hollywood Knights, Columbia, 1980.

Dee Jay, Underground Aces, 1981.

Rifleman Tyrone Cribbs, Southern Comfort, 1981.

Nauls, The Thing (also known as John Carpenter's "The Thing"), 1982.

Diavolo Washington, Dr. Detroit (also known as Doctor Detroit), Universal, 1982.

Dave Prince, Runaway Train, Cannon, 1985.

Host, "Silly Pate," Amazon Women on the Moon (also known as Cheeseburger Film Sandwich), Universal, 1987.

Reggie/Regina, He's My Girl, Triumph, 1990.

Iceman, Ski Patrol, 1990.

Smitty, A Rage in Harlem, Miramax, 1991.

Voice of Monstar Nawt, Space Jam, Warner Bros., 1996.

Carter, Yesterday's Target, Republic Entertainment, 1996.

Lenny, My Favorite Martian (also known as My Favourite Martian), Buena Vista, 1999.

Bill Cosby, How to Get the Man's Foot Outta Your Ass (also known as Baadasssss!, Badass, and Getting' the Man's Foot Outta Your Baadasssss!), Sony Pictures Classics, 2003.

Rodney, The L.A. Riot Spectacular, Visionbox Pictures, 2005.

Lester Kincaid, Domino, New Line Cinema, 2005.

Film Work:

Dialogue coach for Mr. Tucker, Rush Hour, 1998.

Television Appearances; Series:

Shabu, Just Our Luck (also known as Just My Luck), ABC, 1983-84.

Voice of Alex, Turbo-Teen, 1984.

Super Sunday (animated), syndicated, 1985.

Mike Fulton, Punky Brewster, NBC, 1985-86.

Voice of Anthony Julian, JEM (animated; also known as Jem!, Jem: The Movie, and Jem and the Holograms), syndicated, 1986.

Milo Williams, Good Morning, Miss Bliss (also known as Saved by the Bell: The Junior High Years), Disney Channel, 1988-89.

Clarence Hall, The Sinbad Show (also known as Sinbad), Fox, 1993.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Gary McCullough, The Corner, HBO, 2000.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Justin, Billy: Portrait of a Street Kid (also known as Ghetto Child), CBS, 1977.

Otis Vaughn, Carpool, CBS, 1983.

George Dodds, "Polly," The Magical World of Disney, NBC, 1989.

George Dodds, Polly Comin' Home! (also known as Polly—One More Time!), NBC, 1990.

Sledgehammer O'Possum, What's Going on Back There?, 1995.

Carter, Yesterday's Target, 1996.

Sledgehammer O'Possum, Out and About, 1997.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Jason, Wilder and Wilder, CBS, 1978.

Floyd, Car Wash, NBC, 1979.

Officer Lucas Jordan and narrator, Border Pals, ABC, 1981.

Ronnie, Adams House, CBS, 1983.

Lionel, Piece of Cake, CBS, 1990.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Voice of Dead Boy, A Cool Like That Christmas (animated), Fox, 1993.

Voice, Yuletide in the 'hood, 1993.

Presenter, The 8th Annual Soul Train Music Awards, syndicated, 1994.

The 33rd NAACP Image Awards, Fox, 2002.

Shark, Oyster number three, and Sea, Jamal the Funny Frog: Beach, Nickelodeon, 2002.

Dentist Lloyd, Jamal the Funny Frog: Dentist, Nickelodeon, 2002.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

(Professional debut) Police Woman, 1974.

Head, "Wheels," Good Times, 1977.

Head, "J. J. and the Boss Daughter," Good Times, 1978.

Jodie Foster, "The Festival," The Waltons, CBS, 1978.

"The Homecoming: Part 2," The Jeffersons, 1978.

Mojo, "Crib Job," Quincy M.E. (also known as Quincy), 1978.

Gary, "A Date to Remember," 227, 1989.

Ty, "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Urkel," Family Matters, 1992.

Darneel Gaines, "Cabin in the Sky," A Different World, NBC, 1993.

Host, Soul Train, syndicated, 1993.

Clarence Hull, "Can We Talk?," The Sinbad Show (also known as Sinbad), 1994.

T-Bone, "High Top Reunion," The Steve Harvey Show, The WB, 1996.

T-Bone, "When the Funk Bites the Dust," The Steve Harvey Show, The WB, 1997.

T-Bone, "When the Funk Hits the Rib Tips," The Steve Harvey Show, The WB, 1997.

T. K. Smooth, "Rhythm and Dues," Moesha, UPN, 1997.

Roger Baron, "To Volunteer Is Human," The Gregory Hines Show, CBS, 1998.

T-Bone, "White Man Can Funk," The Steve Harvey Show, 1998.

Ty, "Homie-Work," The Nanny, CBS, 1998.

Ajay Foreman, "What's Up, Chuck?" NYPD Blue, ABC, 1999.

"Shapiro Rocks, Cintron Gives Us a Latin Beat and Zola Introduces a South African Beat," In the Mix (also known as In the Cutz), Urban America, 2006.

Frank Benner, "The Public Burning," In Justice, ABC, 2006.

Stage Appearances:

Appeared in The Odd Couple, Los Angeles; Sisters, Los Angeles.


Film Songs:

Dr. Detroit, Universal, 1982.

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