Thursday, January 3, 2013

Harry Carey, Jr, RIP -- January 3, 2013

Harry Carey, Jr, a wonderful character actor, died last week.  His father, Harry Carey Sr, had been born in the Bronx but wanted to be a man of the west.  After acting on stage, he became a member of DW Griffith's Biograph stock company.  Later he was an early western star, who helped John Ford get his first job directing a feature, Straight Shooting.  Harry Jr performed in many of John Ford's westerns.  When television westerns became popular, he appeared in many of them.  In later years he performed small but important parts in western movies.

We lost some other great character actors late last year, including Jack Klugman and Charles Durning.  During World War II, Carey served in the Navy and Klugman and Durning were in the Army.  Charles Durning was in the first wave at Omaha Beach. 

The image is from John Ford's Three Godfathers, which starred John Wayne, Harry Carey, Jr and Pedro Armendáriz.  The image is from the wonderful site LucyWho:

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