Randall Carver attended Missouri Military Academy for three years, from 1961 to 1964. He graduated in 1964 as a cadet officer, second lieutenant. During his MMA years, Randall served as vice president of the senior class and was active in the Fusileers, rifle team, band, chorus, Glee Club and Dramateers, and lettered in football and track. A familiar face to television and movie audiences, Randall’s acting career has spanned more than 50 years. For his accomplishments, he is inducted into the 2022 MMA Hall of Fame for Arts and Sciences.
After graduation from MMA, Randall earned his undergraduate degree in 1968 from West Texas State University. Two months later, he landed his first feature role, a small part in the Academy Award-winning film for Best Picture of 1969, Midnight Cowboy. Five months later, Randall entered the U.S. Army serving as a tank platoon leader in Korea on the demilitarized zone for one year and one day.
Honorably discharged as a first lieutenant, Randall headed stateside and enrolled at UCLA, where he pursued a Master of Fine Arts degree. He parlayed that success into his first starring role in the Worldwide Pictures faith-based film, Time to Run. More acting opportunities came his way, including a recurring TV role as Jeffrey DeVito in Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman. In 1978, Randall starred with the original cast of Taxi, where he played John Burns, a small-town, somewhat naïve cab driver. His versatility was on display in numerous TV roles, including Emergency!; The Love Boat; The Six Million Dollar Man; Murder, She Wrote; The Six O’Clock Follies; Malcolm in the Middle; Norm; Grace Under Fire; Wings; Room 222; The Waltons; and The Young and the Restless. That first starring role in Time to Run led to a career in films with roles in More Than a Carpenter; The One Way Out; Man on The Moon; Doctor Doolittle; Detour to Terror; Murphy’s Law; and another Academy Award-winning Best Picture, There Will Be Blood.
Born in Fort Worth, Texas, and adopted by Virginia and Russell Carver of Canadian, Texas, Randall now makes his home in California’s San Fernando Valley with his wife, game show writer and author Shelley Herman. He is an elder at The First Christian Church, where he serves on the church council and works as a liaison between church staff and the community. A proud graduate of the Skip Barber Racing School and a retired realtor, Randall conducts private acting and coaching sessions between his auditions. It is our honor to recognize his accomplishments with his induction into the MMA Hall of Fame.