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Also Known As: Harry Carey, Henry G. Carey Died: December 27, 2012
Born: May 16, 1921 Cause of Death: Natural Causes
Birth Place: Saugus, California, USA Profession: actor, NBC page, author, horseback rider

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The name he made for himself in Hollywood he owed largely to his father, but Harry Carey, Jr. never seemed to mind lesser billing. The son of silent film cowboy Harry Carey, he relied on the horsemanship his father had taught him to win roles for John Ford, Raoul Walsh and Howard Hawks. Graced with a slight, boyish physique, Carey was often cast as decent but doomed frontiersmen. Gunned down by Robert Mitchum in "Pursued" (1947), trampled by cattle in "Red River" (1948), and slaughtered by Comanche marauders in "The Searchers" (1948), Carey plied his trade without ego or the expectation of fame. With Ford as his mentor, he found a Dutch uncle in Ford's frequent leading man John Wayne, who brokered Carey's first shot at a co-starring credit in "3 Godfathers" (1948) - a remake of one of his father's silent films - and included him in his later vehicles "Island in the Sky" (1953), "The Undefeated" (1969), and "Cahill U.S. Marshall" (1973). With the death of Ford in 1973 and of Wayne in 1979, the aging Carey became a touchstone for Baby Boom filmmakers and he contributed nostalgic cameos to Joe Dante's "Gremlins" (1984), Robert Zemeckis' "Back to the Future Part III" (1990) and George Pan Cosmatos'...

The name he made for himself in Hollywood he owed largely to his father, but Harry Carey, Jr. never seemed to mind lesser billing. The son of silent film cowboy Harry Carey, he relied on the horsemanship his father had taught him to win roles for John Ford, Raoul Walsh and Howard Hawks. Graced with a slight, boyish physique, Carey was often cast as decent but doomed frontiersmen. Gunned down by Robert Mitchum in "Pursued" (1947), trampled by cattle in "Red River" (1948), and slaughtered by Comanche marauders in "The Searchers" (1948), Carey plied his trade without ego or the expectation of fame. With Ford as his mentor, he found a Dutch uncle in Ford's frequent leading man John Wayne, who brokered Carey's first shot at a co-starring credit in "3 Godfathers" (1948) - a remake of one of his father's silent films - and included him in his later vehicles "Island in the Sky" (1953), "The Undefeated" (1969), and "Cahill U.S. Marshall" (1973). With the death of Ford in 1973 and of Wayne in 1979, the aging Carey became a touchstone for Baby Boom filmmakers and he contributed nostalgic cameos to Joe Dante's "Gremlins" (1984), Robert Zemeckis' "Back to the Future Part III" (1990) and George Pan Cosmatos' "Tombstone" (1994). Slowing but rarely stopping, Carey retired from acting in his seventies to focus his energies a writer-producer, focusing on the careers of the Hollywood giants on whose shoulders he had enjoyed the ride of his life.

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CAST: (feature film)

2.
 Last Stand at Saber River (1997) Sanford
4.
 Sunchaser, The (1996) Cashier
5.
 Tombstone (1993) Marshall Fred White
6.
 Back To The Future (Part 3) (1990) Saloon Old Timer
7.
 Auntie Sue (1989) Jim Bob
8.
 Breaking In (1989) Shoes
9.
 Bad Jim (1989) C J Lee
10.
 Exorcist III, The (1989) Father Kanavan
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1940:
Made stage debut appearing with father Harry Carey in Lakewood summer repertory company in Skowhegan, ME
1945:
After serving in U.S. Navy (1942-45), signed long-term contract with John Ford
1946:
Made film acting debut in Western "Rolling Home"
1948:
First film with John Wayne, "Red River"; directed by Howard Hawks
1948:
First directed by John Ford in "3 Godfathers," also starring Wayne
1949:
Re-teamed with director Ford and co-star Wayne in "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon"
1950:
Learned to stand simultaneously on two galloping horses ¿ a trick called "roman riding" ¿ for romantic Western "Rio Grande"
1953:
Appeared in Hawks directed "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes," starring Jane Russell and Marilyn Monroe
1955:
Played ranch counselor Bill Burnett on Disney serial "The Adventures of Spin and Marty"
1957:
Appeared on CBS Western series "Have Gun ¿ Will Travel"
1959:
Made recurring guest appearances on "Wagon Train" (NBC, ABC)
1959:
Appeared on several episodes of NBC's "Bonanza"
1960:
Received star on Hollywood Walk of Fame
1985:
Played an aging biker in "Mask," starring Cher
1990:
Made cameo in Robert Zemeckis' "Back to the Future Part III" in a saloon scene
1993:
Cast as Marshal Fred White in "Tombstone"
1994:
Wrote about his experiences working with John Ford in <i>Company of Heroes: My Life as an Actor in the John Ford Stock Company</i>
1997:
Cast in TNT's Western drama "Last Stand at Saber River"
2002:
Featured in documentary "Dobe and a Company of Heroes"
2007:
Made executive producing and writing debut with Western "Horse Tales"
2009:
Wrote and produced documentary about his father "Trader Horn: The Journey Back"
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Education

Black Fox Military Academy: Hollywood , California - 1938

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wife:
Marilyn Fix. Married on August 12, 1944; daughter of actor Paul Fix.

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father:
Harry Carey. Actor. Born on January 16, 1878; died on September 21, 1947.
mother:
Olive Fuller Gordon. Actor.
sister:
Ellen Carey.
son:
Steven Carey.
daughter:
Melinda Carey. Born in December 1946.
son:
Thomas Carey. Born in April 1951.
daughter:
Patricia Carey. Born in February 1953.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"Company of Heroes: My Life as an Actor in the John Ford Stock Company"

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