Saturday, December 29, 2012

Harry Carey Jr. RIP (May 16, 1921 – December 27, 2012)

One of the  last of the surviving members of the  "John Ford Stock Company" has died. Harry Carey Jr was one of the youngest of the Stock Company that made many movies with John Wayne and the "Old Master" John Ford.  They may be gone but they will live on in the screen images they created. A few years ago I purchased,  online through Carey's website, his biography  "Company of Heroes My life as an actor in the John Ford Stock Company." .  He personally autographed it for me. Some of his great movies with Ford:

 3 Godfathers (1948), She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949), Wagon Master (1950), Rio Grande (1950), The Long Gray Line (1955); Mister Roberts (1955), The Searchers (1956), Two Rode Together (1961), and Cheyenne Autumn (1964). He also made "Red River" with John Wayne in 1948. Up until the last few years you could always spot him in bit parts in Westerns made into the 1990's

Harry Carey Jr.. was born on May 16, 1921, at the ranch of his parents, actors Olive Carey and Harry Carey. His father gave him the nickname "Dobe" shortly after his birth because the baby's red hair reminded him of the adobe soil at the ranch. Dobe went to school in the Newhall Public Schools, and then went to the Black Foxe Military Institute in Hollywood.....

So long, Dobe!


Leonard Maltin has a wonderful post on"Remembering  Harry Carey Jr."