Besides playing the character of Dr. Tom Horton for close to 30 years on the show, he is known for the famous voice over at the beginning of "Days of Our Lives." Even when he left the show and passed away in 1994, the voice over stayed as a tribute.
Born and raised in Sioux City, Iowa, he sang baritone in the school choirs and took leads in Gilbert and Sullivan operettas; he received his Masters in drama at the University of Iowa.
Father of Lynn Carey.
Father of Theresa Baskauskas.
Former wife Elizabeth Heckacher was a Philadelphia socialite who desired to be an actress. The couple met while he was doing radio and she was attending drama school in New York. She gave up her aspirations, however, once they married in 1941 and went on to have six children -- three boys and three girls.
Grandfather of Aras Baskauskas.
His Irish-Catholic father, Charles Carey was an investment counselor. His mother was Elizabeth Macdonald Carey, from whence he got his full name: Edward Macdonald Carey.
His very first roles on both Broadway ("Lady in the Dark") and film (Dr. Broadway (1942)) were leading parts.
In addition to daughters Lynn Catherine (born October 29, 1946) and Theresa, his other children were: Steven; Edward Macdonald Jr (born April 22, 1954); Paul; and Lisa (born in 1949).
On Broadway in the hit musical "Lady in the Dark" starring Gertrude Lawrence. Paramount bought the rights to the musical and signed Macdonald to a seven-year contract. When they finally got around to making the movie version, Macdonald was serving WWII duty with the Marines. Ray Milland was cast in his role opposite Ginger Rogers.
Once was a member of the Globe Players where he did compact versions of Shakespeare in Texas. His actor compatriots there included Martha Scott and David Wayne.
One-time Vice President of the Screen Actors Guild.
Received his B.A. from the University of Iowa in 1936.