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Also Known As: Macdonald Carey Died: March 21, 1994
Born: March 15, 1913 Cause of Death: cancer
Birth Place: Sioux City, Iowa, USA Profession: actor, singer

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Tall, approachable American leading man and character actor who, after enjoying radio success in the late 1930s and Broadway success in "Lady in the Dark" (1941), moved to Hollywood in the 40s and made the extremely enjoyable Anthony Mann "B" film, "Dr. Broadway" (1942). Like George Brent a decade earlier, Carey provided amiable, gentlemanly support to female stars who were generally more dominant and dynamic, including Rosalind Russell, Paulette Goddard, Betty Hutton, Betty Grable, Anne Baxter, Shelley Winters and Claudette Colbert. The leathery, relaxed Carey continued into the 50s, appearing mostly in such modest Westerns as "The Great Missouri Raid" (1951), "Outlaw Territory" (1953) and "Man or Gun" (1958).Apart from John Farrow's "Wake Island" (1942), Joseph Losey's "The Lawless" (1950) and "The Damned" (1962) and Howard Hawks's "El Dorado" (1967), Carey appeared in largely routine film fare, but Alfred Hitchcock's superb "Shadow of a Doubt" (1943), with its portrait of a small-town American family, would prove prophetic for Carey's work from the 1950s on. Keeping busy in TV as his film career waned, the durable actor showed himself to be ideal for the small screen, embodying sensible family men...

Tall, approachable American leading man and character actor who, after enjoying radio success in the late 1930s and Broadway success in "Lady in the Dark" (1941), moved to Hollywood in the 40s and made the extremely enjoyable Anthony Mann "B" film, "Dr. Broadway" (1942). Like George Brent a decade earlier, Carey provided amiable, gentlemanly support to female stars who were generally more dominant and dynamic, including Rosalind Russell, Paulette Goddard, Betty Hutton, Betty Grable, Anne Baxter, Shelley Winters and Claudette Colbert. The leathery, relaxed Carey continued into the 50s, appearing mostly in such modest Westerns as "The Great Missouri Raid" (1951), "Outlaw Territory" (1953) and "Man or Gun" (1958).

Apart from John Farrow's "Wake Island" (1942), Joseph Losey's "The Lawless" (1950) and "The Damned" (1962) and Howard Hawks's "El Dorado" (1967), Carey appeared in largely routine film fare, but Alfred Hitchcock's superb "Shadow of a Doubt" (1943), with its portrait of a small-town American family, would prove prophetic for Carey's work from the 1950s on. Keeping busy in TV as his film career waned, the durable actor showed himself to be ideal for the small screen, embodying sensible family men (typically doctors and lawyers), most memorably as Dr. Tom Horton, a centerpiece of the long-running daytime drama, "Days of Our Lives", from 1965 until immediately before his death in 1994.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Message From Holly, A (1992) Judge Caufield
2.
 It's Alive III: Island of the Alive (1987) Judge Watson
3.
 American Gigolo (1980) Hollywood Actor
4.
 Stranger In Our House (1978) Professor Jarvis
5.
 End of the World (1977) John Davis
6.
 Foes (1977) Dr James Mccarey
7.
 Who Is the Black Dahlia? (1975) Captain Jack Donahoe
8.
 Ordeal (1973) Eliot Frost
9.
 Gidget Gets Married (1972) Russ Lawrence
10.
 These Are the Damned (1965) Simon Wells
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Milestones close milestones

1919:
Made stage debut at age 6 as Simple Simon in a Mother Goose school play (date approximate)
1936:
Was a member of the Old Globe Shakespeare Company
:
Member of the NBC Radio Stock Company in Chicago
:
Worked as a freelance radio actor in New York City
1941:
Gained attention on Broadway for his role in the musical drama, "Lady in the Dark"
1942:
Made film debut in "Dr. Broadway"
:
Served to the rank of first lieutenant, USMCR
1952:
Made TV debut on an installment of ABC's "Celanese Theatre", a dramatization of "Yellow Jack"
1954:
Returned to Broadway to appear in "Anniversary Waltz"
1956:
Starred in the title role of syndicated TV series, "Doctor Christian"
:
Starred as lawyer Herbert L Maris on the syndicated TV crime drama, "Lock Up"
:
Starred as Dr. Tom Horton on NBC's daytime drama "Days of Our Lives"
1977:
Played the leading role (at age 64) in the science fiction film, "Foes"
1977:
Played Squire James on TV miniseries, "Roots"
1982:
Joined Alcoholics Anonymous after years of alcohol abuse
1991:
Underwent surgery for a cancerous lung tumor (September 19); left cast of "Days of Our Lives" for two months but returned to the show
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Education

Phillips Exeter Academy: Exeter , New Hampshire -
University of Wisconsin: - 1931 - 1932
University of Iowa: Iowa City , Iowa - 1935

Notes

It is Macdonald Carey's supple baritone voice which watchers of "Days of Our Lives" have heard for decades intone the opening narration, "Like sands through the hourglass, so are the days of our lives."

"Carey has been very open about his decades of alcohol abuse and his quitting on January 8, 1982. He also speaks honestly about the history of his daughter Lisa's mental illness, the progress of her treatment and how for years it "was just another excuse to get drunk". --From People, December 16, 1991.

Carey published three volumes of poetry, including "That Further Hill" (1987).

Recipient of the Knight of the Holy Sepulchre Papal Order (1986)

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wife:
Elizabeth Heckscher. Actor, later real estate agent. Born c. 1917; married c. 1943; mother of Carey's six children; gave up career to raise family; divorced in 1969; has since remarried twice.
companion:
Lois Kraines. Born c. 1928; had been involved with Carey from 1973.

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father:
Charles S Carey. Business manager, banker.
mother:
Elizabeth Carey. Violin teacher.
daughter:
Lynn Carey. Oldest.
daughter:
Lisa Carey. Born c. 1949; second oldest child; diagnosed as schizophrenic c. 1966 at age 17.
son:
Steven Carey.
daughter:
Teresa Carey.
son:
Edward Macdonald Carey.
son:
Paul Carey.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"The Days of My Life"

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