John Carter was an American film editor.
He served in the U.S. Army as a staff sergeant trained at the New York Institute of Photography and took an apprenticeship with the Signal Corps Pictorial Center.
Carter was hired by CBS in 1956 and became the first African-American editor for network television in New York. He gained experience in CBS’ documentary unit before creating his own production company, John Carter Associates, in 1968.
In 1970, Carter was an editor on King: A Filmed Record…Montgomery To Memphis, an Oscar-nominated documentary about Martin Luther King Jr. that in 1999 was entered into the National Film Registry.
Carter worked on films such as Paper Lion (with Alan Alda), The Heartbreak Kid (with Charles Grodin), Lean on Me (with Morgan Freeman), Boomerang (with Eddie Murphy), Set It Off (with Queen Latifah), Barbershop (with Ice Cube), and Madea’s Family Reunion (with Tyler Perry).
Carter died August 13, 2018, in White Plains, New York. He was 95.