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Sammy Terry Creator Bob Carter Dead At 83

Bob Carter with painting of Sammy Terry
Bob Carter as Sammy Terry in 2003 working on an hour long special for WTTV 4
Bob Carter as Sammy Terry
Bob Carter with painting of Sammy Terry

A legend of central Indiana late night TV has passed away.

Bob Carter, better known as Sammy Terry, died overnight Sunday at the age of 83.

 Carter was the host of late night horror movies on WTTV Channel 4 in the 1960s and '70s.

The last episode of his show, "Nightmare Theater," aired in 1989.

The beginning of each episode of "Nightmare Theater" would start by Carter climbing out of a coffin with a trademark fiendish chuckle and wearing a blood-red cape and skullcap, and green makeup on his face. His sidekick was a toy spider named George. The name Sammy Terry was a play on the word cemetery.

Carter was among the early television pioneers at independent stations around the country producing and starring in local programs.

Before arriving in Indianapolis and inventing Sammy Terry, he worked as a weatherman in Peoria, Ill., and hosted a teen dance television show in Fort Wayne.

He had a master's degree in television production from Syracuse University. Carter also owned and operated an Indianapolis music store. Carter is survived by his wife of 59 years, Phyllis, and his four children, including a son, Mark, who has appeared as Sammy Terry in recent years and if you go to the Sammy Terry Website at  http://www.sammyterrynightmares.com/    you can see a special message from Mark. A public viewing of Carter is planned for Friday  July 5th from 4 to 8 pm at the Singleton Mortuary on Madison Avenue in Indianapolis. A private burial is planned for Saturday.

 

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