Terry Carter's acting career started in 1952 with a leading role in Edward Chodorov's Decision, at the Greenwich Mews Theatre in Greenwich Village. He would star in several Broadway plays like Mrs. Patterson, Finian's Rainbow and the tile role in Richard Adler's Kwamina. In 1955, Terry joined the cast of The Story of Ruby Valentine, radio's first all-black soap opera series, for the National Negro Network, in which he played the role of a doctor suffering from amnesia.

In 1957, Terry played the title role in "Bob Thomas of the Philadelphia Inquirer", part of The Big Story series which focused on the outstanding achievements of journalists. A non-smoker, Terry had to learn to smoke in order to play key scenes in the teleplay which was broadcasted live. In 1959, Terry appeared in the Hollywood motion picture, Parrish and featured as "Gabriel" in The Green Pastures. In 1965, Terry was a guest star as a G.I. in the episode "The Long Wait" of Combat!. Terry was the only Black actor ever to have appeared on that series in its entire run.

In 1965, Terry was hired by WBZ-TV Eyewitness News in Boston on a three-year contract, and became the world's first Black TV anchor newscaster.

While summering in Rome in 1967, Terry was introduced to director Tinto Brass, who asked him to star in his movie, Nerosubianco. His first role on arriving in Hollywood in 1968 was as a detective named "Jaffie", in the Universal Studios made-for-TV movie Company of Killers.

In 1970, Terry was offered the unique opportunity to choose a role in one of three different new television series. Though he had no special preference in story lines, he had heard that the series named McCloud would star the actor Dennis Weaver, whose work Terry admired. Terry went on to star as "Sgt. Joe Broadhurst", Weaver's sidekick on McCloud from 1970 until 1977.

When McCloud ended, creator Glen Larson and producer Leslie Stevens approached Terry for the part of "Lt. Boomer" on a new sci-fi made-for-TV movie called Battlestar Galactica: Saga of a Star World. Terry broke his ankle in a roller skating accident and the part was re-cast. Later Terry was casted for antoher part, that of "Colonel Tigh", the right hand of "Commander Adama". The show was cancelled afer one season but Terry made a reprise, now as "President Tigh", in 1999 in the Battlestar Galactica: The Second Coming trailer, Richard Hatch' attempt to revive the series.

Though Terry spends most of his time producing and directing nowadays, he also still acts. In 1998, he starred the Swedish international thriller movie and TV miniseries Hamilton, in which he played "Texas Slim", head of the CIA.

What now follows is a résumé of Terry Carter's work as an actor:

 

 

Battlestar Galactica: The Second Coming (1999) - trailer
Hamilton (1998)
Battlestar Galactica: Saga of a Star World (1978)
Abby (1974)
Benji (1974)
Foxy Brown (1974)
Brother on the Run (1973)
Nerosubianco (1969)
Parrish (1961)

 

 

Hotel Caesar (2007) - 12 episodes
Hamilton (2001) - Telefilm / 4 part Miniseries
One West Waikiki - ep. "'Til Death Do Us Part" (8/4/1994)
The Return of Sam McCloud (11/12/1989) - Telefilm
The Highwayman - ep. "Send in the Clones" (4/8/1988)
227 - ep. "The Roomate" (2/6/1988)
Mr. Belvedere - ep. "Marsha's Job" (11/20/1987)
Downtown - "Tracks of my Tears" (12/13/1986)
The Fall Guy - ep. "Rockabye Baby" (2/13/1985)
Falcon Crest - ep. "Lord of the Valley" (11/2/1984)
The Fall Guy - ep. "Scavenger Hunt" (5/5/1982)
The Jeffersons - ep. "I Spy" (1/17/1982)
Mission Galactica: The Cylon Attack (1979) - Telefilm
Battlestar Galactica - ep. “The Hand of God” (4/29/1979)
Battlestar Galactica - ep. “Take the Celestra” (4/1/1979)
Battlestar Galactica - ep. “Experiment in Terra” (3/18/1979)
Battlestar Galactica - ep. “Baltar’s Escape” (3/11/1979)
Battlestar Galactica - ep. “Greetings From Earth” (2/25/1979) - 2hr. special
Battlestar Galactica - ep. “Murder on the Rising Star” (2/18/1979)
Battlestar Galactica - ep. “The Man With Nine Lives” (1/28/1979)
Battlestar Galactica - ep. “War of the Gods Pt. 2” (1/21/1979)
Battlestar Galactica - ep. “War of the Gods Pt. 1” (1/14/1979)
Battlestar Galactica - ep. “Fire in Space” (12/17/1978)
Battlestar Galactica - ep. “The Living Legend Pt. 2” (12/3/1978)
Battlestar Galactica - ep. “The Living Legend Pt. 1” (11/26/1978)
Battlestar Galactica - ep. "The Young Lords" (11/19/1978)
Battlestar Galactica - ep. "The Magnificent Warriors" (12/11/1978)
Battlestar Galactica - ep. "Gun on Ice Planet Zero Pt. 2" (10/29/1978)
Battlestar Galactica - ep. "Gun on Ice Planet Zero Pt. 1" (10/22/1978)
Battlestar Galactica - ep. "The Long Patrol" (10/15/1978)
Battlestar Galactica - ep. "The Lost Warrior" (10/8/1978)
Battlestar Galactica - ep. "Lost Planet of the Gods Pt. 2" (10/1/1978)
Battlestar Galactica - ep. "Lost Planet of the Gods Pt. 1" (09/24/1978)
Battlestar Galactica - ep. "Saga of a Star World" (09/17/1978) - 3hr. premiere
The Six Million Dollar Man: Solid Gold Kidnapping (1973) - Telefilm
Search - ep. "The Mattson Papers" (2/28/1973)
Two on a Bench (1971) - Telefilm
McCloud - ep. "McCloud Meets Dracula" (4/16/1977)
McCloud - ep. "London Bridges" (3/6/1977)
McCloud - ep. "The Moscow Connection" (1/23/1977)
McCloud - ep. "The Great Taxi Cab Stampede" (1/16/1977)
McCloud - ep. "It Was the Fight Before Christmas" (12/26/1976)
McCloud - ep. "Bonnie and McCloud" (10/24/1976)
McCloud - ep. "Night of the Shark" (3/23/1976)
McCloud - ep. "The Day New York Turned Blue" (2/22/1976)
McCloud - ep. "Our Man in the Harem" (1/11/1976)
McCloud - ep. "Three Guns for New York" (11/23/1975)
McCloud - ep. "Fire!" (11/16/1975)
McCloud - ep. "Showdown at Times Square" (10/19/1975)
McCloud - ep. "Park Avenue Pirates" (9/21/1975)
McCloud - ep. "Return to the Alamo" (3/30/1975)
McCloud - ep. "Sharks!" (2/23/1975)
McCloud - ep. "Lady on the Run" (1/26/1975)
McCloud - ep. "The Man with the Golden Hat" (1/12/1975)
McCloud - ep. "The Concrete Jungle Caper" (11/24/1974)
McCloud - ep. "The 42nd Street Cavalry" (11/17/1974)
McCloud - ep. "Shivaree on Delancy Street" (11/3/1974)
McCloud - ep. "The Gang That Stole Manhattan" (10/13/1974)
McCloud - ep. "The Barefoot Girls of Bleecker Street" (9/22/1974)
McCloud - ep. "This Must Be the Alamo" (3/24/1974)
McCloud - ep. "The Colorado Cattle Caper" (2/24/1974)
McCloud - ep. "Cowboy in Paradise" (1/20/1974)
McCloud - ep. "The Solid Gold Swingers" (12/2/1973)
McCloud - ep. "Butch Cassidy Rides Again" (10/14/1973)
McCloud - ep. "The Million Dollar Roundup" (2/4/1973)
McCloud - ep. "Showdown at the End of the World" (1/7/1973)
McCloud - ep. "The Park Avenue Rustlers" (12/24/1972)
McCloud - ep. "The Barefoot Stewardess Caper" (12/3/1972)
McCloud - ep. "The New Mexican Connection" (10/1/1972)
McCloud - ep. "Give My Regrets to Broadway" (2/23/1972)
McCloud - ep. "Fifth Man in a String Quartet" (2/2/1972)
McCloud - ep. "A Little Plot at Tranquil Valley" (1/12/1972)
McCloud - ep. "The Disposal Man" (12/29/1971)
McCloud - ep. "Somebody's Out to Get Jennie" (11/24/1971)
McCloud - ep. "Top of the World, Ma!" (11/3/1971)
McCloud - ep. "Encounter with Aries" (9/21/1971)
McCloud - ep. "Our Man in Paris" (10/21/1970)
McCloud - ep. "Walk in the Dark" (10/14/1970)
McCloud - ep. "The Stage Is All the World" (10/7/1970)
McCloud - ep. "The Concrete Corral" (9/30/1970)
McCloud - ep. "Horse Stealing on Fifth Avenue" (9/23/1970)
McCloud - ep. "Who Says You Can't Make Friends in New York City?" (9/16/1970)
McCloud - ep. "Who Killed Miss U.S.A.?" (2/17/1970) - TeleFilm / 2hr. premiere
Company of Killers (1970) - Telefilm
The Most Deadly Game - ep. "Breakdown" (10/31/1970)
Julia - ep. "I’ll Be Yours" (3/10/1970)
Mannix - ep. "Medal for a Hero" (1/3/1970)
Julia - ep. "So's Your Old Uncle" (12/9/1969)
Bracken's World - ep. "It's the Power Structure, Baby" (12/5/1969)
The Bold Ones: The New Doctors - ep. "A Small Step for Man" (11/23/1969)
That Girl - ep. "The Defiant One" (2/27/1969)
Julia - ep. "The Champ is No Chump" (11/12/1968)
The Defenders - ep. "The Bum's Rush" (5/6/1965)
Combat! - ep. "The Long Wait" (3/9/1965)
Dr. Kildare - ep. "The Middle of Ernie Mann" (5/30/1964)
Breaking Point - ep. "Never Trouble Trouble, Till Trouble Troubles You" (3/30/1964)
Naked City - ep. "C3H5(NO3)3" (5/10/1961)
Demons in the Streets (12/?/1960) - Dramatic Special
Play of the Week - ep. "Two by Saroyan" (11/7/1960)
First Person - "Night River" (6/22/1960)
Playhouse 90 - ep. "The Hiding Place" (3/22/1960)
Play of the Week - ep. "Climate of Eden" (2/29/1960)
Playhouse 90 - ep. "John Brown's Raid" (1/14/1960)
Playhouse 90 - ep. "The Time of Your Life" (10/9/1958)
Kraft Television Theatre - ep. ? (1958 ?)
Hallmark Hall of Fame - ep. "The Green Pastures" (10/17/1957)
The Big Story - ep. "Bob Thomas of the Philadelphia Inquirer" (1957)
The Phil Silvers Show - ep. (1956-1959)

 

 

Broadway

Kwamina (10/23/1961 - 11/18/1961) - title role
The Hostage (9/20/1960 - 1/7/1961) - featured role
Finian's Rainbow (5/18/1955 - 5/29/1955) - featured role
Mrs. Patterson (12/1/1954 - 2/26/1955) - male lead

Off-Broadway

Of Mice and Men (1955)
The Zoo Story (1955)
Monday's Heroes (1953)
Decision (1952)

Regional Theatre

Sortilegio (1975)
Raisin in the Sun (1961)
The Time of Your Life (1955)

 

 

21st Precinct (1955)
The Story of Ruby Valentine (1955)

 

 

Parrish (1961) - work songs
Kwamina (1961) - singer

 

 

WBZ-TV Eyewitness News, Group W, Boston, Massachusetts (1965-1968): Anchor, “News at Noon” and “Weekend Evening News”, public affairs panelist, host, interviewer, writer, news and feature segments, theatre and movie critic, general assignment reporter, community relations investigator.

 

Interviews by Terry Carter include the following:

Alvin Ailey, choreographer
Muhammad Ali, world heavy-weight champion prizefighter
Isaac Asimov, author
Marion Barry, Washington D.C. Mayor
Edward Brooke, Massachusetts Senator
Robert Coles, author
Katherine Dunham, choreographer
Michael Dukakis, Massachusetts Governor
Reverend Louis Farrakhan
Leonard Feather, music critic
Alex Haley, author
Herbie Hancock, composer-pianist
Reverend Jesse Jackson
Maynard Jackson, Atlanta Mayor
Edward Kennedy, Massachusetts Senator
Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.
Jonathan Kozol, author
Mark Lane, attorney-author
Daniel Patrick Moynihan, New York Senator
Dr. Alvin Poussaint, psychologist-author
Tom Wolfe, novelist
Harold Washington, Chicago Mayor
Mary Tyler Moore, actor
Yousef Karsh, photographer

 

 

The Making of "Black Mayors" (1986) - host / narrator
The Cross-Wits (10/11/1976): Game-Show - himself

 

 

Russia - A Prayer for Beslan (8/24/2005) - narrator