Actor-director Peter Masterson dead at 84
Texas native took 'Best Little Whorehouse' to Broadway
By Diane Cowen
December 19, 2018
Texas native Carlos Bee "Peter" Masterson, an actor, writer, producer and director, died Dec. 18 at his home in Kinderhook, N.Y., after a fall. The 84-year-old had been diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease in 2004.
Masterson, a relative of Houston philanthropists Carroll and Harris Masterson III, was born at St. Joseph's Hospital in Houston and was raised in Angleton, where his father, Carlos Bee Masterson, was the district attorney. He is a graduate of Rice University, where he studied history.
A private funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Jan. 6 at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home in Valatie, N.Y., and the Masterson family is making plans for a public memorial service later in New York City. Donations may be made in his name to The Actor's Studio.
Masterson is survived by his wife of 58 years, Carlin Glynn Masterson, their three children, Peter Carlos Bee Masterson, Alexandra Masterson and Mary Stuart Masterson, and six grandchildren.
His acting credits included "That Championship Season," "The Poison Tree," "The Great White Hope," and "The Trial of Lee Harvey Oswald" Broadway plays as well as a starring role as Walter Eberhart in "The Stepford Wives" and a supporting role in "The Exorcist" movies.
He was best known for co-writing and co-directing "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" Broadway musical, for which he was nominated for two Tony Awards, and for directing "The Trip to Bountiful" film, adapted from his cousin Horton Foote's play. That movie earned actress Geraldine Page a Best Actress Academy Award.
MASTERSON, Peter (Carlos Bee Masterson Jr.)
Born: 6/1/1934, Houston, Texas, U.S.A.
Died: 12/18/2018, Kinderhook, New York, U.S.A.
Peter Materson’s westerns – actor, director:
Death Valley Days (TV) – 1966 (Jimmy)
Blood Red – 1989 [director]