Matthew Carnahan
Birth Date:
February 6, 1961
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Writer of Trinity


American writer, producer and director Matthew Carnahan is known as the creator of the Emmy Award-winning series “Trinity” (1998-1999) and the Courteney Cox vehicle “Dirt” (2007-2008). He also directed and wrote the independent film “Black Circle Boys” (1997) and the documentary “Rudyland” (2001), penned the TV series “Thieves” (2001) and was a consulting producer on the series “Fastlane” (2002-2003), among others. In addition, Carnahan has written novels and directed several stage plays.

Carnahan and his actress-girlfriend Helen Hunt have a four-year-old daughter named Måkena lei Gordon Carnahan. The couple has been romantically involved since 2001. The avid surfer is also the father of Emmett.


Childhood and Family:

Matthew McNair Carnahan, nickname MC, was born on February 6, 1961. He was educated at New York University and the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre.

Dating actress Helen Hunt since 2001, MC welcomed a daughter, Måkena lei Gordon Carnahan, on May 13, 2004. He also has a son named Emmett.

MC is a great fan of surfing.



Matthew Carnahan broke into the cinematic industry in 1997 with “Black Circle Boys,” an independent drama/horror which he directed and wrote. It starred Scott Bairstow, Eric Mabius, Tara Subkoff and Chad Lindberg. His big break arrived when he co-created the television series “Trinity,” which starred Bobby Cannavale and Dennis Boutsikaris. Although it lasted only a season (1998-1999), the drama was considered a great show and won an Emmy for Outstanding Main Title Theme Music.

Carnahan also served as supervising producer.

After serving as consulting producer for the short-lived series “The Fugitive” (2000-2001), starring Tim Daly as Dr. Richard Kimble and Mykelti Williamson as Lt. Philip Gerard, Carnahan returned to the director's chair for the documentary “Rudyland” (2001), which was narrated by Susan Sarandon, penned the six-minute film “The Adventures of Rug Raymond” (2001), and co-executive produced and wrote the John Stamos/Melissa George romance series “Thieves” (2001). In 2003, he wrote and executive produced “The Edge,” a made-for-TV film aired on Fox.

Carnahan revisited series TV with the WB's action/thriller “Fastlane” (2002-2003), where he served as consulting producer in addition to writing two episodes. The show received a 2003 Teen Choice nomination for Choice TV - Drama/Action Adventure and an Emmy for Outstanding Stunt Coordination.

After taking some time off, Carnahan resumed his television career when he created a series for Courteney Cox, Ian Hart and Josh Stewart called “Dirt.” Debuted in January 2007, the drama lasted 20 episodes until early 2008. Carnahan also directed three episodes of the series and served as executive producer of the episodes “Blogan” and “Ita Missa Est” (both 2007).

Apart from his screen career, Carnahan has directed several stage productions, including “Velvet Elvis” “Snap,” “The Elephant Trainer's Apprentice” and “Dogamerica.” He has also wrote the novels “Copping Free” (2006) and “The Happiest Place On Earth.”


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