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  • BIRTH 15/01/1878
  • DEATH 21/09/1947
  • Country United States
  • MOVIES 27
  • SCRIPT 1

Harry Carey

Henry DeWitt Carey II (January 16, 1878 - September 21, 1947) was an American actor and one of silent film's earliest superstars, usually cast as a Western hero. One of his best known performances is as the president of the United States Senate in the drama film Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

He was the father of Harry Carey Jr., who was also a prominent actor. 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' 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."

Harry Carey

Movies (27)

So Dear to My Heart
So Dear to My Heart
Head Judge at County Fair
Red River
Red River
Mr. Melville
Air Force
Air Force
Crew Chief
The Secret Man
The Secret Man
Cheyenne Harry
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
President of the Senate
You and Me
You and Me
Mr. Morris
Barbary Coast
Barbary Coast
Jed Slocum
Angel and the Badman
Angel and the Badman
Marshal Wistful McClintock
King of Alcatraz
King of Alcatraz
Captain Glennan
Sundown
Sundown
Dewey
The Outlaw and the Lady
The Outlaw and the Lady
Cheyenne Harry
The Railroad Monopoly
The Railroad Monopoly
Tom Larnigan
Annapolis Salute
Annapolis Salute
Chief Martin
The Shepherd of the Hills
The Shepherd of the Hills
Daniel Howitt
Souls at Sea
Souls at Sea
Captain of the William Brown
The Sea of Grass
The Sea of Grass
Doc J. Reid
Friends
Friends
Bob Kyne - the Prospector
The Night Rider
The Night Rider
John Brown / Jim Blake
Bad Company
Bad Company
McBaine
Valiant Is the Word for Carrie
Valiant Is the Word for Carrie
Phil Yonne
The Prisoner of Shark Island
The Prisoner of Shark Island
Commandant
Duel in the Sun
Duel in the Sun
Lem Smoot
The Unwelcome Guest
The Unwelcome Guest
The Sheriff
The Musketeers of Pig Alley
The Musketeers of Pig Alley
Snapper's Sidekick
The Spoilers
The Spoilers
Dextry
The Great Moment
The Great Moment
Professor John C. Warren
Wild Mustang
Wild Mustang
Joe 'Wild Mustang' Norton

Script

The Outlaw and the Lady
The Outlaw and the Lady