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an actor whose diversity in his profession was filled with numerous roles on stage and screen passed away from pneumonia on May 23 at the young age of 87. John was born in Center Ridge, Arkansas. He and his family moved to Missouri where he grew up and attended college. After graduation he moved to New York to pursue his dream of becoming an actor and married Barbara Williams, an actor as well. John started out as a chorus boy and moved quickly up to appearing in "No Strings, "110 in the Shade" Take Me Along" and many other roles. John had a beautiful voice and brought to each character a defined presence. After divorcing Barara he moved to Los Angeles and became very busy in the world of television and film. He became a member of Theater West where he would meet his future wife Kendall Fewel a match made in heaven. While at Theater West he appeared in "The Price" and began directing. He directed Betty Garrett in her one woman show which was a jewel of a show. His roles in television at this time were "Winds of War" "Roots" and "Dallas" to name a few. Some of his films included the "Hoax", "Badlands" and "Joe Kidd". After marrying Kendall they moved to New York where John continued and thrived in the theater. He appeared in three Edward Albee plays Off Broadway and Edward Albee's On Broadway revival of "A Delicate Balance" featuring Rosemary Harris, George Grizzard and Elaine Stritch which won a Tony. Other Broadway roles were in "A Streetcar Named Desire" and "Festin". John was unique and touched the lives of all those who knew him. Handsome, talented, giving, honest in ever sense and such a gentle man. John is predeceased by his brother Rogers and his son Dan. He is survived by his brother Conlan, half brother, Jeff, three beautiful godchildren Kevin, Emily and Michael and his beloved Kendall. "This world was never meant for one as beautiful as you".

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Published in New York Times on Jun. 4, 2015.
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May 29, 2020
On many occasions, John pops into my thoughts. I still miss working with him. I hope he's back working with Betty Garrett and having a most enjoyable time. My best to Kendall.
Jack Kutcher
May 29, 2020
We miss you John...Remembering you today and always on this 29 May day we will be together again.....Hugs, Peter, RJ Hamster, Rebecca and Lauren
Peter Anthony Hovis
May 29, 2020| San Tan Valley, AZ | Family
Peter Hovis
May 29, 2019
We miss you John...Remembering you today and always on this 29 May day we will be together again.....Hugs, Peter, Rebecca and Lauren
Peter Anthony Hovis
August 11, 2017
I love you so much, John. I can't stop thinking about you.
May 23, 2016
Remembering you today and always with love.
January 22, 2016
Grandpa & Grandma Carter, my Dad (John's brother Rogers) and us girls Denise, Becki, Keri (me) taken in 1968
My Uncle died!!! I just learned this through I am devastated. Aunt Kendall, if you see this message-PLEASE call me. (909) 728-7783. I'm soooo soooo sorry for your loss aunt Kendall, and the world of people that knew him. I LOVE YOU UNCLE JOHN. R.I.P.
Keri Carter
January 4, 2016
Kendall... It saddens me to learn of john"s passing. He was a beautiful soul. We are sending prayers and keeping you in our hearts and thoughts. melanie Anderson Hollis and Mary Anderson family
melanie AndersonHollis
September 21, 2015
Dear Friends, Family, and Admirers of John Carter,
We will miss him greatly. He was a spectacular actor and a lovely person, a pleasure to work with. A true gentleman. My sympathies to you all. Love, Lally
Lally Ross
July 12, 2015
Those we love remain with us for love itself lives on, and cherished memories never fade because a loved one's gone. Those we love can never be more that a thought apart. For as long there is a memory, they'll live on in our hearts. - Author Unknown
Peter Hovis
July 12, 2015
Kendall and John - July 1998
Peter Hovis
July 8, 2015
Hoping you are surrounded by those who share wonderful memories of John. What a beautiful gift you were to each other. May loving memories of a life well lived bring you comfort and peace.
Our love and prayers,
Ken and Linda
July 3, 2015
Dear Kendall,
For some reason I was thinking back today on the years spent with BMI and the great people involved. Johns name came to me first. He was the most gentle man I have ever met. I am so sorry to hear he is gone. I've thought of you over time as well. The days at Dorso with you and Bridget! I am so very sorry for your loss. I'm also delighted that you and John had so many wonderful years together! All of my memories of those years are happy ones ! I'll never forget his goodness.
Carol Secretan
Carol Secretan
June 22, 2015
Dearest Kendall,
The MAN who was John was so deeply in love with life and with YOU. May the years you shared remind you of his beautiful being.
I think of him and Pernell singing, their arms entertwined, and their voices lifted to great heights of theatrical wonder and musicality of the few.
He loved you so dearly, fair Kendall and my heart aches for your loss.
Love and hugs,
June 11, 2015
Dear Kendall and Family,

Such an incredible level of talent, class and kindness in one man. John will be terribly missed and so fondly remembered.

Sending much love. Kevin
Kevin McMahon
June 11, 2015
Blessings on dear John. May his memory be a comfort to you dear Kendall, and to all your extended family. He was a treasure to so many...
Mary VanArsdel
June 10, 2015
Dearest Kendal, my heart goes out to you for all of our loss, but for yours most of all. Thinking of you and sending much love. John will be missed.
Saratoga Ballantine
June 9, 2015
John Carter, dog whisperer
Nancy Vines
June 7, 2015
I shall never forget the beautiful light that was John. His brilliant talent as an actor, his wonderful voice and above all,his great humanity. We have missed him greatly at TW and shall think of him
always as the great artist that shone always. Much love and peace to you, dear Kendall.

Laura James
June 6, 2015
I'm so sorry for your loss Kendall. It's a loss for all of us who knew and loved him. I have thought of him many times since Betty Garrett Closet Songwriter. I can't tell you how much I appreciated hearing from him when I was not well. He was a blessing to all who knew him. May he rest in peace.
Jack Kutcher
June 6, 2015
Blessings to you Kendall. We will all miss this magnificent man.
Anne Leyden
Anne Leyden
June 5, 2015
I'll miss you Uncle John. I'm so grateful for you! Love you forever.
Tracy Carter
June 5, 2015
Rest in peace, dear, sweet John. You were much loved and you will be missed, but your spirit will live in those who loved and knew you, forever.
Nancy Vines
June 5, 2015
Gone and will not be forgotten, may he R.I.P and may God provide needed comfort
June 3, 2015
Thank you for all the great performances over so many years ! RIP
John Nelson
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