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Also Known As: Henry Dewitt Carey Ii, Harry Carey Sr., Harry D. Carey, Harry Carey Sr., H. D. Carey Died: September 21, 1947
Born: January 16, 1878 Cause of Death: coronary thrombosis
Birth Place: Bronx, New York, USA Profession: actor, screenwriter, writer, rancher

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To moviegoers during the era of silent films, Harry Carey was the quintessential cowboy, despite having been born no closer to the frontier than the Bronx. A judge's son, Carey was pointed toward a career in law when a bout of pneumonia sent him westward to recuperate. Channeling his experiences among Montana ranch hands into a hit play, Carey parlayed his success onstage into a career in motion pictures, making his debut for D. W. Griffith in 1909. Following Griffith to Hollywood, Carey became the star of dozens of Western two-reelers in which he etched his rough-hewn characters with a leathery verisimilitude he had seen firsthand. By 1917, Carey was a bona fide movie star, earning $1,250 a week to play white-hatted Cheyenne Henry in several films for John Ford. Though his career sagged as he aged beyond the range of the average leading man, Carey enjoyed a comeback as the indefatigable "Trader Horn" (1931), a box office hit for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. While continuing to play heroes in B-Westerns, Carey enjoyed a sidebar career as a reliable character player in such contemporary urban fare as Michael Curtiz' "Kid Galahad" (1937) and Frank Capra's "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" (1939), which netted him...

To moviegoers during the era of silent films, Harry Carey was the quintessential cowboy, despite having been born no closer to the frontier than the Bronx. A judge's son, Carey was pointed toward a career in law when a bout of pneumonia sent him westward to recuperate. Channeling his experiences among Montana ranch hands into a hit play, Carey parlayed his success onstage into a career in motion pictures, making his debut for D. W. Griffith in 1909. Following Griffith to Hollywood, Carey became the star of dozens of Western two-reelers in which he etched his rough-hewn characters with a leathery verisimilitude he had seen firsthand. By 1917, Carey was a bona fide movie star, earning $1,250 a week to play white-hatted Cheyenne Henry in several films for John Ford. Though his career sagged as he aged beyond the range of the average leading man, Carey enjoyed a comeback as the indefatigable "Trader Horn" (1931), a box office hit for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. While continuing to play heroes in B-Westerns, Carey enjoyed a sidebar career as a reliable character player in such contemporary urban fare as Michael Curtiz' "Kid Galahad" (1937) and Frank Capra's "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" (1939), which netted him an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Towards the end of his life he partnered for several above-average prairie dramas with rising star John Wayne, who eulogized Carey at the time of his 1947 death as the greatest Western actor of all time.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Love's Lariat (1916) Director
2.
  The Master Cracksman (1914) Director
3.

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 So Dear to My Heart (1949) Head judge
2.
 Red River (1948) Melville
3.
 Duel in the Sun (1947) Lem Smoot
4.
 The Sea of Grass (1947) Doc Reid
5.
 Angel and the Badman (1947) Wistful McClintock
6.
 China's Little Devils (1945) Doc Temple
7.
 The Great Moment (1944) Professor John C. Warren
8.
 Happy Land (1943) Edward "Gramp" Marsh
9.
 Air Force (1943) Crew chief [Robbie White]
10.
 The Spoilers (1942) [Al] Dextry
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Made stage debut in stock with the Yorkville Theatre (New York City)
1904:
Wrote a stage melodrama, "Montana", in which he toured (dates approximate)
1908:
Joined D W Griffith at Biograph studios in New York; appeared in three Westerns shot on Staten Island
1909:
Began film acting career in earnest with film, "Bill Sharkley's Last Game"
1911:
Went to Hollywood
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Starred in several dozen Westerns directed by John Ford; produced a couple of them, supplied stories for many of them; often played character of 'Cheyenne Harry'
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With advent of talkies, made personal stage appearances in the late 1920s
1936:
One-shot reunion with director John Ford; played supporting role in Ford's "The Prisoner of Shark Island"
1939:
Received Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actor for his role as the vice president in Frank Capra's "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington"
1940:
Broadway debut, "Heavenly Express"
1941:
Played a leading role in a stage revival of Eugene O'Neill's comedy drama, "Ah, Wilderness!"
1944:
Acted onstage in "But Not Goodbye"
1948:
Release of last films, "So Dear to My Heart" and "Red River"
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Education

New York University: New York , New York -
School of Law, New York University: New York , New York -

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wife:
Olive Fuller Golden. Actor. Born in 1895; died in 1988.

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father:
Henry DeWitt Carey. Special Sessions judge. Later operated a horse-car line.
son:
Harry Carey Jr. Actor. Born on May 16, 1921; survived him.
daughter:
Ellen Carey. Survived him.

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