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Harry Carey



Western film star Harry Carey was the Eastern-born son of a Bronx judge. Carey's love and understanding of horses and horsemanship was gleaned from watching the activities of New York's mounted policemen of the 1880s. He worked briefly as an actor in stock, then studied law until a bout of pneumonia forced him to quit the job that was paying for his education. He reactivated his theatrical career in 1904 by touring the provinces in Montana, a play he wrote himself. In 1911, Carey signed with the Bronx-based Biograph film company, playing villain roles for pioneer director D. W. Griffith. Though only in his mid-30s, Carey's face had already taken on its familiar creased, weatherbeaten look; it was an ideal face for westerns, as Carey discovered when he signed with Hollywood's Fox Studios. Under the guidance of fledgling director John Ford, Carey made 26 features and two-reelers in the role of hard-riding frontiersman Cheyenne Harry. Throughout the 1920s, Carey remained an audience favorite, supplementing his acting income with occasional scripting, producing and co-directing assignments. At the dawn of the talkie era, Carey had been around so long that he was considered an old-timer, and had resigned himself to playing supporting parts. His starring career was revitalized by the 1931 jungle epic Trader Horn, in which he appeared with his wife Olive Golden. While he still accepted secondary roles in "A" features (he earned an Oscar nomination for his performance as the Vice President in Frank Capra's Mr. Smith Goes to Washington [1939]), Carey remained in demand during the 1930s as a leading player, notably in the autumnal 1936 western The Last Outlaw and the rugged 1932 serial Last of the Mohicans. In 1940, Carey made his belated Broadway debut in Heavenly Express, following this engagement with appearances in Ah, Wilderness (1944) and But Not Goodbye (1944). By the early 1940s, Carey's craggy face had taken on Mount Rushmore dimensions; his was the archetypal "American" countenance, a fact that director Alfred Hitchcock hoped to exploit. Hitchcock wanted to cast Carey against type as a Nazi ringleader in 1942's Saboteur, only to have these plans vetoed by Mrs. Carey, who insisted that her husband's fans would never accept such a radical deviation from his image. Though Carey and director John Ford never worked together in the 1930s and 1940s, Ford acknowledged his indebtedness to the veteran actor by frequently casting Harry Carey Jr. (born 1921), a personable performer in his own right, in important screen roles. When Carey Sr. died in 1948, Ford dedicated his film Three Godfathers to Harry's memory. A more personal tribute to Harry Carey Sr. was offered by his longtime friend John Wayne; in the very last shot of 1955's The Searchers, Wayne imitated a distinctive hand gesture that Harry Carey had virtually patented in his own screen work.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet China's Little Devils
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet An Unseen Enemy
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet So Dear to My Heart
  • Judge
1948
100% Red River
  • Mr. Millville
1948
17% The Sea of Grass
  • Doc Reid
1947
71% Angel and the Badman
  • Territorial Marshal Wistful McClintock
1947
81% Duel in the Sun
  • Lem Smoot
1946
No Score Yet Happy Land
  • Gramp
1943
88% Air Force
  • Sgt. Robby White
1943
No Score Yet The Spoilers
  • Al Dextry
1942
No Score Yet Among the Living
  • Dr. Ben Saunders
1941
No Score Yet Sundown
  • Dewey
1941
No Score Yet The Shepherd of the Hills
  • Daniel Howitt
1941
No Score Yet They Knew What They Wanted
  • Doctor
1940
No Score Yet Beyond Tomorrow (Beyond Christmas)
  • George Vale Melton
1940
No Score Yet My Son Is Guilty
  • Tim Kerry
1940
94% Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
  • Senate President
1939
No Score Yet Land of Liberty
  • Actor
1939
No Score Yet The Law West of Tombstone
  • Bill Barker
1938
100% You and Me
  • Mr. Morris
1938
No Score Yet Port of Missing Girls
  • Captain Josiah Storm
1938
No Score Yet Souls at Sea
  • Captain of the 'William Brown'
1937
No Score Yet Kid Galahad
  • Silver Jackson
1937
No Score Yet Ghost Town
  • Cheyenne Harry
1937
No Score Yet Aces Wild
  • Cheyenne Harry
1937
No Score Yet Valiant Is the Word for Carrie
  • Phil Yonne
1936
No Score Yet The Prisoner of Shark Island
  • Commandant of Fort Jefferson
1936
No Score Yet The Last Outlaw
  • Dean Payton
1936
100% Barbary Coast
  • Slocum
1935
No Score Yet Wagon Trail
  • Sheriff Hartley
1935
No Score Yet The Last of the Clintons
  • Trigger Carson
1935
No Score Yet Rustler's Paradise
  • Cheyenne Kincaid
1935
No Score Yet Powdersmoke Range
  • Tucson Smith
1935
No Score Yet Man of the Forest
  • Jim Gayner
1933
No Score Yet Buffalo Stampede
  • Clark Sprague
1933
No Score Yet The Devil Horse
  • Bob Norton
1932
No Score Yet Law and Order
  • Ed Brant
1932
No Score Yet The Last of the Mohicans
  • Actor
1932
No Score Yet Without Honors
  • Pete Marlan
1932
No Score Yet Vanishing Legion
  • Happy Hardigan
1931
100% Trader Horn
  • Aloysius 'Trader' Horn
1931
No Score Yet Cavalier of the West
  • Actor
1930
No Score Yet The Trail of '98
  • Jack
1928
No Score Yet Prairie Pirate
  • Brian Delaney
1925
No Score Yet Beyond the Border
  • Actor
1925
83% The Great Moment
  • Prof. John C. Warren
1921
No Score Yet Blind Husbands
  • Actor
1919
No Score Yet Bucking Broadway
  • Cheyenne Harry
1917
No Score Yet Straight Shooting
  • Cheyenne Harry
1917
No Score Yet The Three Godfathers
  • Actor
1916
No Score Yet Judith of Bethulia
  • A Traitor
1914
No Score Yet The Musketeers of Pig Alley
  • Actor
1912
No Score Yet Roaring Rails
  • Actor

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