Skip to comments.Harry Carey Jr., Western character actor known for ‘3 Godfathers,’ ‘Wagon Master,’ dies at 91
Posted on 12/28/2012 6:14:46 PM PST by DFG
Harry Carey Jr., a character actor who starred in such Westerns as 3 Godfathers and Wagon Master, has died. He was 91.
His daughter, Melinda Carey, said he died Thursday of natural causes surrounded by family at a hospice facility in Santa Barbara, Calif.
He went out as gracefully as he came in, she said Friday.
Careys career spanned more than 50 years and included such John Ford classics as She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, The Searchers and The Long Gray Line. Later in life, he appeared in the movies Gremlins and Back to the Future Part III.
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“3 Godfathers” was one of the most formative films of my youth. I have not seen it for 40 years, yet remember almost every scene in it.
Dang. Just saw him in 3 Godfathers on the TV a few days ago. Really liked his father, too. Both fine actors.
He was known for a lot more than those two movies, a significant character in “Red River” for example, another movie with him in it(small part)was “Only Angels have wings”. He played a lot of bit parts in westerns, a good actor who never quite made super star status but worked steadily none the less.
Just saw Red River the other day. Rest in peace, Harry Carey.
“Really liked his father too. Both fine actors.”
Yes, back when actors and actresses had class, not ass and didn’t act like one.
Notice how many actors from the 40’s/50’s served in WW2.
Durning, Klugman, Carey, Jr. Try to find more than a handful today who served in Iraq or Afghanistan.
Wife and I went to a “Spin n’ Marty” retrospective at the Gene Autry Museum here in LA a few years ago. Harry mentioned during intros that he’d lately, “Been in a little film called ‘Tombstone’”, and the entire audience broke out in applause.
Fine actor. Great guy.
Correction on Post 4. Harey Jr. didn’t play in “Only Angels have wings”. That was Sr. Another fine actor. They both played in Red River however.
***3 Godfathers was one of the most formative films of my youth. I have not seen it for 40 years, yet remember almost every scene in it.****
It is often on TCM. You know there are SEVEN versions?
Broncho Billy and the Baby (1915) (Short)
The Three Godfathers (1916)
Marked Men (1919) (Staring Harry Carey Sr)
Hell’s Heroes (1929)
Three Godfathers (1936)
3 Godfathers (1948)
The Godchild (1974) (TV Movie) This one stunk to high heaven!
And I thought he was famous for singing “Take Me Out To The Ballpark”.
Sorry to hear this news as I am a big fan of his. RIP Harry.
A good western character actor, following in the footsteps of his generally more famous father. He made a lot of appearances on “Have Gun Will Travel” through its run. Usually think of him always playing a boyish-faced rancher, but he could be a pretty effective villain at times too.
Really one of the last character actors fully associated with the western genre, both on film and tv... that group of prolific actors in the vein of Ben Johnson, Jack Elam, Leo Gordon, etc.
bttt - RIP
Who thought he was dead?
Character actors never get as much credit as they deserve. Sometimes you don’t learn or remember their names, but there they are, in movie after movie, year after year and you always recognize them on sight. I’ll miss Mr. Carey.
Prayers up... RIP
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