Harry Carey, Jr. Biography - American Actor
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16 May 1921, Saugus, California, USA. Date of Death: 27 December 2012, Santa Barbara, California, USA. known as Harry Carey, Jr., was an American actor. He appeared in over 90 films including several John Ford Westerns, as well as numerous television series.
A respected character actor like his father, Carey appeared in several Westerns. He made four films with director Howard Hawks. The first was Red River, which featured both Carey and his father in separate scenes, followed by Monkey Business, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, and Rio Bravo. Carey is credited in Rio Bravo but his scenes were cut, prompting Carey to speculate that Hawks either didn't like his outfit or cut the scene because he called Hawks "Howard" instead of "Mr. Hawks."
Carey made eleven films with actor John Wayne, starting with Red River and ending with Cahill U.S. Marshal.
Carey collaborated frequently with director John Ford, a close friend, and became a regular in what was commonly called the John Ford Stock Company. He appeared in such notable Ford films as 3 Godfathers (1948), She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949), Wagon Master (1950), Rio Grande (1950), The Long Gray Line (1955); Mister Roberts (1955), The Searchers (1956), Two Rode Together (1961), and Cheyenne Autumn (1964). Carey wrote a book about his experiences working with Ford titled "Company of Heroes: My Life as an Actor in the John Ford Stock Company", published in 1994.
Between 1955 and 1957, Carey appeared as ranch counselor Bill Burnett in the serial Spin and Marty, seen on Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse Club. In the 1960s, Carey appeared on such shows as Have Gun - Will Travel, The Legend of Jesse James, Wagon Train, Gray Ghost, Whispering Smith, Tombstone Territory, The Rounders, Bonanza, and Gunsmoke.
A DVD version of The Adventures of Spin & Marty was released in December 2005 as part of the Walt Disney Treasures series. Carey was interviewed by Leonard Maltin on the 50th anniversary of the series' debut as a DVD bonus feature.
In 1985, Carey played an aging biker "Red" in the movie Mask.
In 1990, Carey appeared in the film Back to the Future Part III in a saloon scene set in 1885. In 1993, he made a cameo in the film Tombstone as Marshal Fred White.
Carey appeared in Tales from the Set, a series of video interviews in which he discussed various individuals with whom he worked. The series debuted in France at the Epona Festival, an event devoted to horses, in October 2007. In 2001, Carey's life and career was documented in a feature length documentary, Dobe And A Company Of Heroes. In 2009, Carey and his partner Clyde Lucas completed Trader Horn: The Journey Back, a remembrance of the 1931 adventure film featuring the elder Carey. The younger Carey accompanied his father to Africa for the filming, the first motion picture filmed in Africa by a major studio.
Carey attempted to produce a feature film called Comanche Stallion, a project which John Ford considered making in the early 1960s, based on the 1958 book by Tom Millstead.
Mini Boigraphy part 1
Harry Carey Jr.. was born on May 16, 1921, at the ranch of his parents, actors Olive Carey and Harry Carey. His father gave him the nickname "Dobe" shortly after his birth because the baby's red hair reminded him of the adobe soil at the ranch. Dobe went to school in the Newhall Public Schools, and then went to the Black Foxe Military Institute in Hollywood.
The young Dobe's dream was to become a classical singer like the opera singer/movie star Lawrence Tibbett, and he moved to New York City to study voice. In 1939 Dobe got his first paying job as a performer at the New York World's Fair, as a horse-rider in the show "Railroads on Parade." He become a page at the National Broadcasting Co. in 1941, but with the declaration of war he joined the Navy. In his three years as a sailor he served as a medical corpsman before being transferred to director John Ford's photographic unit, which was part of the Navy but also worked for the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), the predecessor of the CIA. Ford had been the director on many Dobe's father's silent westerns and was close to his parents. Dobe protested against the transfer, but it was made nonetheless.
Dobe married Marilyn Fix, the daughter of the actor Paul Fix, in 1944 while he was on leave from in the Navy. They have remained married for over 60 years, and have four children and three grandchildren (so far).
After being discharged from the Navy at the end of the war, Carey followed his father into acting in 1946 by accepting a role in Rolling Home (1946), and then following it up with a featured role in Raoul Walsh's Pursued (1947). Carey's long association with John Wayne began in Howard Hawks's classic western Red River (1948), and his long-time acting association with Ford began with his role as "The Abilene Kid" in 3 Godfathers (1948), a movie that was dedicated to his father, who had passed away in 1947. Ford had been the director of the original version of this movie in 1919, which had starred Carey's father. John Wayne was Carey's co-star, and the pair acted together in nine more movies.
Carey became a member in good standing of John Ford's stock company of actors. He appeared in the Ford/Wayne films She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949), Rio Grande (1950) and The Searchers (1956), and with Ford but without Wayne in Wagon Master (1950) and The Long Gray Line (1955). Carey also appeared in Mister Roberts (1955) (which was begun by Ford but completed by Mervyn LeRoy after a couple of weeks of filming). He worked with Ford again in Two Rode Together (1961), and in Cheyenne Autumn (1964) without Wayne. Other movies filmed in which he worked with Wayne, but not Ford, were Island in the Sky (1953), Rio Bravo (1959), The Undefeated (1969), Big Jake (1971) and Cahill U.S. Marshal (1973). In total, Harry Carey Jr. appeared in nearly 100 movies and almost 100 television programs.
Carey has also made two film documentaries, John Ford's America (1989) (TV) and Legends of the West (1992), and wrote the book "Company of Heroes: My Life As An Actor In the John Ford Stock Company." Carey appeared with his father, Harry Carey Sr. in just one film, Red River (1948), although the two Careys did not have any scenes together. Dobe was cast in two movies with his mother, Olive Carey: The Searchers (1956) and Two Rode Together (1961).
In 1987 Dobe was awarded a Golden Boot by the Motion Picture & Television Fund Foundation, and in 2003 he won a Silver Spur Award from Reel Cowboys. He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, awarded for his television activities, located at 6363 Hollywood Blvd.
Mini biography part 2
During World War II, Carey enlisted in the U.S. Navy, and he served in the Pacific Theater first as a Navy medical corpsman. However, he was transferred back to the United States (against his wishes) to serve under his father's good friend, the director John Ford, in making movies for the Navy (training films)and the O.S.S. (propaganda films).
After World War II ended, Carey tried to make a career in singing, but he was not successful at this. Hence, he moved into acting, and after a couple of small acting parts, he was given a chance to work in a motion picture with his father, the John Wayne film Red River (1948). (However, the father and the son did not have any scenes with one another). After the death of Harry Carey, Sr., in 1946, Mr. Ford gave the younger Carey a leading role in the movie that Ford dedicated to the memory of Harry Carey, Sr., in 1948, 3 Godfathers (1948).
As a full-fledged member of the noted John Ford Stock Company, Carey, Jr., appeared in many of Mr. Ford's epic Westerns during the following two decades. Carey also starred in a series-within-a-series on TV, "The Adventures of Spin and Marty" (1955), which was shown as a part of "The Mickey Mouse Club" (1955). Very boyish looks characterized Carey's early years, but he matured into a strong and familiar character actor over the following four decades, and he acted in scores of films and TV programs in his long career. Carey, Jr., is married to Marilyn Fix Carey, the daughter of the actor Paul Fix.