Chris Carter was born on October 13, 1956, in Bellflower, California, United States. He is a first-born in a family of William Carter, a construction worker, and Catherine Carter (maiden name Mulder), a homemaker. Chris’s younger brother, Craig, is a professor of the Materials Science and Engineering department at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
The two sons were raised in strict discipline. Once Carter was punished for coming home late by being forced to eat his dinner outside, on a manhole cover in the middle of the street.
Young Carter was interested in surfing and baseball.