Harry Carey Jr. was a screen star in scores of Westerns, and a valued member of the stock company of actors used by director John Ford. He also appeared with The Duke in almost a dozen motion pictures. During World War II, he worked with Ford on documentaries for the Navy as an enlisted man.
HARRY CAREY JR. SHE WORE A YELLOW RIBBON (1949)
Harry Carey Jr. was the son of a Oscar-nominated character actor (Harry Carey Sr. had a steady career that transcended from the Silent Era to Hollywood’s Golden Age). Carey Jr. established a long career of his own. He co-starred in notable Ford films, such as 3 Godfathers, Wagon Master, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, Rio Grande, The Searchers, Mister Roberts, Two Rode Together, and Cheyenne Autumn. Other movies include the Howard Hawks classics: Red River, Monkey Business, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, and Rio Bravo. His final picture with John Wayne was Cahill US Marshal in 1973.
In the 1960s, Harry Carey Jr. transitioned seemlessly to television Westerns, with guest-starring roles in Have Gun Will Travel, The Legend of Jesse James, Wagon Train, Gray Ghost, Whispering Smith, Tombstone Territory, Bonanza, The Rounders, and Gunsmoke.
Carey Jr. appeared in Back to the Future Part III in the saloon scene set in 1885. In 1993, he made a cameo in Tombstone as Marshal Fred White.
His memoir, Company of Heroes: My Life as an Actor in the John Ford Stock Company, was published in 1994. In the years before his death, Carey Jr. attempted to produce a feature film called Comanche Stallion, a project which John Ford considered producing in the early 1960s. In 2003, he was inducted into the Western Performers Hall of Fame at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.
The venerable Harry Carry Jr. was 91.
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