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Harry Carey

Born in New York City to a Judge of Special Sessions who was also president of a sewing machine company. Grew up on City Island, New York. Attended Hamilton Military Academy and turned down an appointment to West Point to attend New York University, where his law school classmates included future New York City mayor James J. Walker. After a boating accident which led to pneumonia, Carey wrote a play while recuperating and toured the country in it for three years, earning a great deal of money, all of which evaporated after his next play was a failure. In 1911, his friend Henry B. Walthall introduced him to director D.W. Griffith, for whom Carey was to make many films. Carey married twice, the second time to actress Olive Fuller Golden (aka Olive Carey, who introduced him to future director John Ford. Carey influenced Universal Studios head Carl Laemmle to use Ford as a director, and a partnership was born that lasted until a rift in the friendship in 1921. During this time, Carey grew into one of the most popular Western stars of the early motion picture, occasionally writing and directing films as well. In the '30s he moved slowly into character roles and was nominated for an Oscar for one of them, the President of the Senate in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939). He worked once more with Ford, in The Prisoner of Shark Island (1936), and appeared once with his son, Harry Carey Jr., in Howard Hawks's Red River (1948). He died after a protracted bout with emphysema and cancer. Ford dedicated his remake of 3 Godfathers (1948) "To Harry Carey--Bright Star Of The Early Western Sky."

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Jan 16, 1878 In The Bronx, New York, U.S.
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie An Unseen Enemy 1912-09-09
Latest Project:
Movie Directed by John Ford 1971-10-06
Known For
Poster of Wild Mustang
Poster of The Night Rider
Poster of Roaring Rails
Poster of Black and White
Movie Directed by John Ford Himself (archived footage) 1971-10-06
Movie So Dear to My Heart Head Judge at County Fair 1948-11-29
Movie Angel and the Badman Marshal Wistful McClintock 1947-02-15
Movie The Sea of Grass Doc J. Reid 1947-04-25
Movie Bacall to Arms Rochester Soundalike (voice) 1946-08-03
Movie Duel in the Sun Lem Smoot 1946-12-31
Movie China's Little Devils Doc Temple 1945-05-27
Movie The Great Moment Professor John C. Warren 1944-09-06
Movie Air Force Crew Chief 1943-03-20
Movie Happy Land Edward "Gramp" Marsh 1943-11-10
Movie The Spoilers Al Dextry 1942-06-11
Movie The Shepherd of the Hills Daniel Howitt 1941-07-18
Movie Parachute Battalion Bill Richards 1941-09-12
Movie Sundown Dewey 1941-10-31
Movie Among the Living Doctor Ben Saunders 1941-12-12
Movie Beyond Tomorrow George Vale Melton 1940-05-10
Movie They Knew What They Wanted The Doctor 1940-10-19
Movie Burn 'Em Up O'Connor P.G. Delano 1939-01-13
Movie Code of the Streets Detective Lieutenant John Lewis 1939-04-13
Movie Street of Missing Men Charles Putnam 1939-04-24
Movie My Son is Guilty Police Officer Tim Kerry 1939-12-28
Movie Mr. Smith Goes to Washington President of the Senate 1939-10-19
Movie You and Me Jerome Morris 1938-06-01
Movie Port of Missing Girls Captain Josiah Storm 1938-02-24
Movie Sky Giant Col. Cornelius Stockton 1938-07-22
Movie Gateway Commissioner Nelson 1938-08-05
Movie The Law West of Tombstone William 'Bill' Barker 1938-11-18
Movie King of Alcatraz Captain Glennan 1938-09-30
Movie Kid Galahad Silver Jackson 1937-05-29
Movie Racing Lady Tom Martin 1937-01-12
Movie Born Reckless Dad Martin 1937-06-25
Movie Border Cafe Tex Stevens 1937-06-04
Movie Annapolis Salute Chief Martin 1937-09-10
Movie Souls at Sea Captain of the William Brown 1937-09-03
Movie Danger Patrol Sam Street 1937-11-18
Movie Sutter's Gold Kit Carson 1936-03-01
Movie The Prisoner of Shark Island Commandant 1936-02-12
Movie Little Miss Nobody John Russell 1936-06-05
Movie Ghost Town Cheyenne Harry Morgan 1936-02-15
Movie Valiant Is the Word for Carrie Phil Yonne 1936-10-06
Movie The Last Outlaw Dean Payton 1936-06-19
Movie Aces Wild Cheyenne Harry Morgan 1936-12-21
Movie The Accusing Finger Sen. Nash 1936-11-17
Movie Wagon Trail Sheriff Clay Hartley 1935-04-08
Movie Powdersmoke Range Tucson Smith 1935-09-27
Movie Wild Mustang Joe 'Wild Mustang' Norton 1935-10-21
Movie Barbary Coast Jed Slocum 1935-10-13
Movie Last of the Clintons Trigger Carson 1935-11-12
Movie The Thundering Herd Clark Sprague 1933-03-01
Movie Sunset Pass John Hesbitt 1933-05-26
Movie Man of the Forest Jim Gayner 1933-08-24
Movie Law and Order Ed Brandt 1932-03-01
Movie Without Honors Pete Marlan 1932-01-02
Movie Border Devils Jim Gray 1932-04-03
Movie The Last of the Mohicans Hawkeye 1932-05-17
Movie The Devil Horse Bob Norton / Roberts 1932-11-01
Movie The Night Rider John Brown / Jim Blake 1932-08-22
Movie The Vanishing Legion 'Happy' Cardigan 1931-06-01
Movie Trader Horn Aloysius "Trader" Horn 1931-05-23
Movie Cavalier of the West Captain John Allister 1931-11-15
Movie Bad Company McBaine 1931-11-08
Movie The Trail of '98 Jack Locasto 1928-03-20
Movie A Little Journey 1927-01-01
Movie Slide, Kelly, Slide Tom Munson 1927-03-12
Movie Beyond the Border Bob Smith 1925-05-30
Movie The Prairie Pirate Brian 'The Yellow Seal' Delaney 1925-10-10
Movie The Night Hawk 'The Hawk' 1924-02-17
Movie Roaring Rails Big Bill Benson 1924-09-20
Movie The Kickback White Horse Harry 1922-06-30
Movie West Is West Dick Rainboldt 1920-11-21
Movie A Fight For Love Cheyenne Harry 1919-03-24
Movie Bare Fists Cheyenne Harry 1919-05-05
Movie Roped Cheyenne Harry 1919-01-03
Movie A Gun Fightin' Gentleman 1919-11-29
Movie Riders of Vengeance Cheyenne Harry 1919-06-09
Movie Wild Women Cheyenne Harry 1918-02-25
Movie The Phantom Riders Cheyenne Harry 1918-01-28
Movie Thieves' Gold Cheyenne Harry 1918-03-18
Movie The Scarlet Drop Harry Ridge 1918-04-22
Movie Three Mounted Men Cheyenne Harry 1918-10-06
Movie A Woman's Fool Lin McLean 1918-08-17
Movie Hell Bent Cheyenne Harry 1918-07-05
Movie The Soul Herder Cheyenne Harry 1917-08-07
Movie Straight Shooting Cheyenne Harry 1917-08-27
Movie Cheyenne's Pal Cheyenne Harry 1917-08-13
Movie The Secret Man Cheyenne Harry 1917-09-30
Movie Bucking Broadway Cheyenne Harry 1917-12-24
Movie A Marked Man Cheyenne Harry 1917-10-29
Movie The Three Godfathers Bob Sangster 1916-06-18
Movie McVeagh of the South Seas Cyril Bruce McVeagh 1914-11-02
Movie Black and White 1913-08-27
Movie Broken Ways The Sheriff 1913-03-08
Movie The Strong Man's Burden Bob - the Younger Brother 1913-09-05
Movie Friends Bob Kyne - the Prospector 1912-09-22
Movie An Unseen Enemy The Safe Cracker 1912-09-09
Movie So Near, Yet So Far A Thief 1912-09-29
Movie The Informer The Confederate Corporal 1912-11-21
Movie The Burglar’s Dilemma Older Crook 1912-12-16
Movie The Painted Lady At Ice Cream Festival 1912-11-24
Movie The Musketeers of Pig Alley Snapper's Sidekick 1912-10-31
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