Thursday, November 23, 2017

Who Are Those Guys? ~ Harry Carey Jr.

Henry George "Dobe" Carey Jr. was born on May 16, 1921. He was known to the theater going public as Harry Carey Jr. Over his long career he appeared in more than 90 films, including several John Ford Westerns, as well as numerous television series.

Carey was born in Santa Clarita, California, the son of actor Harry Carey [1878–1947] and actress Olive Carey [1896–1988]. His maternal grandfather was vaudeville entertainer George Fuller Golden. As a boy, he was nicknamed "Dobe", short for adobe, because of the color of his hair. His family ranch was later turned into a historic park by the Los Angeles County and was named Tesoro Adobe Park.

He served in the United States Navy during World War II as a medical corpsman, but was later assigned to do work in motion pictures for the War Department headed by director John Ford who made films for the U.S. Military. Both of his parents had appeared in Ford's films as well.

He married Marilyn Fix, daughter of actor Paul Fix, in 1944. The couple went on to have four children.

Carey began acting in the John Ford Stock Company with his father. Carey collaborated frequently with director John Ford, who was a close friend. He appeared in such notable Ford films as “3 Godfathers” (1948), “She Wore a Yellow Ribbon” (1949), “The Searchers” (1956), and “Cheyenne Autumn” (1964). He became a respected character actor and appeared in many TV western series such as ‘Gunsmoke’, ‘Have Gun – Will Travel’ and the Disney Mickey Mouse Club TV series “The Adventures of Spin & Marty”.

His career in Euro-westerns began with a cameo appearance as the father of Trinity and Bambino in “Trinity is STILL My Name” in 1971. He went on to appear in three other Euro-westerns. He              finished a fine career with his characterization of  Marshal Fred White in 1994’s “Tombstone”.

CAREY Jr., Harry (aka Harry Carey) (Henry George Carey) [5/16/1921, Saugus, California, U.S.A. – 12/27/2012, Santa Barbara, California, U.S.A.] – producer writer, singer, film, TV actor, son of producer, director, writer, actor Harry Carey (Henry DeWitt Carey II) [1878-1947], writer, actress Olive Carey (Olive Fuller Golden) [1896-1988], nephew of actress Ruth Fuller Golden [1901-1931], married to producer Marilyn Carey (Marilyn Frances Fix) [1925-2017] (1944-2012) father of poet Steven Harry Carey [1946-1989], actress Melinda F. Carey Menoni [1947-    ], Franciscan brother Thomas Carey [1951-    ], Patricia Carey [1953-    ] inducted into the Western Performers of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in 2003.
Trinity is STILL My Name – 1971 (Trinity’ father)
Man of the East – 1972 (Holy Joe/John)
Challenge to White Fang – 1974 (John Tarwater)
Take a Hard Ride – 1975 (Dumper)

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