Student in public schools, Savannah, Miami, Florida, Long Beach, New York.
Kanter helped Tennessee Williams turn the play by Williams into the film version of The Rose Tattoo. Kanter was also the creator and executive producer of the television series Julia. Kanter was famous for saying, "Radio is theater of the mind.
television is theater of the mindless."
Kanter started his career peddling jokes to Eddie Cantor for his radio program
Kanter recalls, "I"d listen to his show and say, "I can write jokes as funny as that," so I walked from my rooming house to his show, and told the guard, "Mr. Kanter is here to see Mr.
Cantor, figuring he"d see me because of our names, although his real name was Iskowitch. I was seventeen years old and had the nerve of a burglar." Although Kanter was not hired by Cantor, one of his writers, Hugh Wedlock, Junior., paid Kanter $10 per week to write jokes.
Wedlock would then resell Kanter"s jokes to Cantor.
Kanter stated, "So I became a ghostwriter to a ghostwriter."
Kanter died at his home in Encino, California on November 6, 2011, aged 92.
Board directors Friends of University Southern California Libraries With Army of the United States, 1941-1945. Member Writers Guild American-West (citation, Valentine Davies award, Paddy Chayevsky Laurel award), Academy Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (board governors), Writers Guild Foundation, American Federation of television and Radio Artists, Directors Guild American, Producers Guild American (citation), Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters (citation), Publicists Guild American (citation). Clubs: Friars, Masquers, Guardians.
Married Doris Prouder, September 5, 1941. Children: Lisa Kanter Shafer, Donna, Abigail Kanter Jaye.