Harry Carey Overview:

Legendary character actor, Harry Carey, was born Henry DeWitt Carey II on Jan 16, 1878 in The Bronx, NY. Carey died at the age of 69 on Sep 21, 1947 in Brentwood, CA and was laid to rest in Woodlawn Cemetery in Bronx, NY.

MINI BIO:

Light-haired hero of masses of silent westerns, many of them directed by the young John Ford, in which Carey was often the bad guy reformed by the love of the heroine. Left films in 1928 to train his voice for the coming of sound, and, on his return in 1931, continued as tough men of action, with sympathetic character roles as the years wore on. Died from a coronary thrombosis. His son Harry Carey Jr. (1921-2012) was the Hollywood character actor. Oscar-nominated for Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Film Stars).

HONORS and AWARDS:

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Although Carey was nominated for one Oscar, he never won a competitive Academy Award.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1939Best Supporting ActorMr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)President of the SenateNominated
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Carey was inducted into the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum .

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Harry Carey Quotes:

Aloysius 'Trader' Horn: Aye, you needn't think there isn't beauty to be found in Africa - beauty and terror.


[after questioning Quirt about the cattle stampede near Casa Verdes, Marshal McClintock calls to his horse]
Territorial Marshal Wistful McClintock: C'mere, Jughead, you dollar-and-a-half brush-jumper!
[he mounts]
Territorial Marshal Wistful McClintock: Well, I guess I missed you again, Quirt. But I'm patient. That's what hangs all you fellas in the end - I'm patient.


Lem Smoot: There's a funny glow in the sky tonight, ain't there? I remember once hearing one of them injun legends about how their ancestors lit bonfires in the sky when the chief's son was dying.


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Harry Carey Facts
Inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in 1976.

Both Harry and his son Harry Carey Jr. were honored with stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the Golden Boot Award from the Motion Picture & Television Fund Foundation.

After many years of struggle, Carey had finally paid off the mortgages and improvements to his 2,200-acre ranch in the San Fernando Valley and was preparing to sell it to director William Beaudine, when the ranch was wiped out by the St. Francis dam collapse of March 12, 1928.

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