Harry Carey Jr.

Born Henry George Carey Jr.
May 16, 1921
Saugus, Santa Clarita,
California, U.S.
Died December 27, 2012 (aged 91)
Santa Barbara, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor

Henry George “Dobe” Carey Jr. (May 16, 1921 – December 27, 2012), known as Harry Carey Jr., was an American actor. He appeared in more than 90 films, including several John Ford Westerns, as well as numerous television series.

Carey was born in the Saugus neighborhood of Santa Clarita, California, the son of actor Harry Carey (1878–1947) and actress Olive Carey (1896–1988). As a child, he learned to speak Navajo. His maternal grandfather was vaudeville entertainer George Fuller Golden. As a boy, he was nicknamed “Dobe”, short for adobe, because of the color of his hair. He grew up on his parents’ ranch in Santa Clarita; they had horses and cattle. His family ranch was later turned into a historic park by the Los Angeles County and was named Tesoro Adobe Park.

He served with the United States Navy during World War II. He was a United States Navy medical corpsman, but was later assigned to do work in motion pictures. For this assignment, he worked with John Ford on films for the U.S. Military. Both of his parents had appearances in Ford’s films as well. After the war, however, he attempted a singing career to avoid acting, but was unsuccessful.

He married Marilyn Fix, daughter of actor Paul Fix, in 1944. The couple went on to have four children.

Carey began acting in the John Ford Stock Company with his father. Carey collaborated frequently with director John Ford, who was a close friend. He appeared in such notable Ford films as 3 Godfathers (1948), She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949), The Searchers (1956), and Cheyenne Autumn (1964). He became a respected character actor like his father. Carey appeared in many Westerns. He made four films with director Howard Hawks. The first was Red River, which featured both Carey and his father in separate scenes, followed by Monkey Business, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, and Rio Bravo. Carey is credited in Rio Bravo, but his scenes were cut. Carey speculated that Hawks either did not like Carey’s outfit or cut the scene because Carey addressed Hawks as “Howard” instead of “Mr. Hawks”.

Carey also collaborated with John Wayne with whom he made nine films. He got to work with Wayne first in Red River and last in Cahill U.S. Marshal. He also starred in nine films alongside Ben Johnson including Rio Grande and Cherry 2000. Between 1955 and 1957, Carey appeared as ranch counselor Bill Burnett in the serial Spin and Marty, seen on Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse Club.[6] A DVD version of The Adventures of Spin & Marty was released in December 2005 as part of the Walt Disney Treasures series. Carey was interviewed by Leonard Maltin on the 50th anniversary of the series’ debut as a DVD bonus feature. In the 1960s, Carey appeared on such western series as Have Gun – Will Travel and The Legend of Jesse James.

Carey wrote an autobiography of his life titled Company of Heroes: My Life as an Actor in the John Ford Stock Company, which was published in 1996.


Carey died of natural causes in a hospice on Thursday, December 27, 2012, in Santa Barbara at the age of 91. His ashes are interred at Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery. Survivors include his wife, the former actress Marilyn Frances Fix Carey; a son, Thomas; two daughters, Melinda and Patricia; and three grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son Steven Carey, who died in 1989. At the time of his death, he was reported to be the last living member of the John Ford Stock Company, though in reality John Wayne’s son Patrick Wayne survived him.

Selected filmography

Desperate Trails (1921) as Young Baby (uncredited)
Rolling Home (1946) as Dobey
Pursued (1947) as Prentice
Red River (1948) as Dan Latimer
Moonrise (1948) as Jimmy Biff
Blood on the Moon (1948) as Cowboy (uncredited)
3 Godfathers (1948) as William Kearney (“The Albilene Kid”)
She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949) as 2nd Lt. Ross Pernell
Wagon Master (1950) as Sandy Owens
Copper Canyon (1950) as Lt. Ord
Rio Grande (1950) as Trooper Daniel ‘Sandy’ Boone
Warpath (1951) as Capt. Gregson
Cattle Drive (1951) as Train Passenger (uncredited)
The Wild Blue Yonder (1951) as Sgt. Shaker Schuker
Monkey Business (1952) as Reporter (uncredited)
Niagara (1953) as Taxi Driver (uncredited)
San Antone (1953) as Dobe Frakus
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) as Winslow – Olympic Team (uncredited)
Sweethearts on Parade (1953) as Jim Riley, aka James Whitcomb Riley
Island in the Sky (1953) as Ralph Hunt
Beneath the 12-Mile Reef (1953) as Griff Rhys
Silver Lode (1954) as Johnson
The Outcast (1954) as Bert
The Long Gray Line (1955) as Dwight Eisenhower
House of Bamboo (1955) as John (uncredited)
Mister Roberts (1955) as Stefanowski
Spin and Marty: The Movie (1955) as Bill Burnett
The Searchers (1956) as Brad Jorgenson
The Great Locomotive Chase (1956) as William Bensinger
Gun the Man Down (1956) as Deputy Lee
7th Cavalry (1956) as Cpl. Morrison
The River’s Edge (1957) as Chet
Kiss Them for Me (1957) as Lt. Chuck Roundtree (uncredited)
From Hell to Texas (1958) as Trueblood
Escort West (1958) as Trooper Travis
Rio Bravo (1959) as Harold (scenes deleted)
Noose for a Gunman (1960) as Jim Ferguson
The Great Impostor (1961) as Dr. Joseph Mornay
Two Rode Together (1961) as Ortho Clegg
A Public Affair (1962) as Bill Martin
The Raiders (1963) as Jellicoe
Cheyenne Autumn (1964) as Trooper Smith (uncredited)
Taggart (1964) as Lt. Hudson (uncredited)
Shenandoah (1965) as Jenkins (rebel soldier)
The Rare Breed (1966) as Mabry
Billy the Kid Versus Dracula (1966) as Ben Dooley
Cyborg 2087 (1966) as Jay C
Alvarez Kelly (1966) as Corporal Peterson
The Way West (1967) as Mr. McBee
The Ballad of Josie (1967) as Mooney
The Devil’s Brigade (1968) as Capt Rose
Bandolero! (1968) as Cort Hayjack
Death of a Gunfighter (1969) as Rev. Rork
The Undefeated (1969) as Solomon Webster
One More Time (1970) (uncredited)
The Moonshine War (1970) as Arley Stamper
Dirty Dingus Magee (1970) as Charles Stuart
One More Train to Rob (1971) as Red
Big Jake (1971) as Pop Dawson
Trinity Is Still My Name (1971) as Father
Something Big (1971) as Joe Pickins
Man of the East (1972) as Holy Joe
Run, Cougar, Run (1972) as Hank
Cahill U.S. Marshal (1973) as Hank
White Fang (1973) as John Tarwater
Take a Hard Ride (1975) as Dumper
Nickelodeon (1976) as Dobie
The Long Riders (1980) as George Arthur
Endangered Species (1982) as Dr. Emmer
The Shadow Riders (1982) as Pa Travern
Gremlins (1984) as Mr. Anderson
Mask (1985) as Red
UFOria (1985) as George Martin
Crossroads (1986) as Bartender
The Whales of August (1987) as Joshua Brackett
Cherry 2000 (1987) as Snappy Tom
Once Upon a Texas Train (1988, TV movie) as Herald Finch
Illegally Yours (1988) as Wally Finnegan
Breaking In (1989) as Shoes, Poker Player
Bad Jim (1990) as J.C. Lee
Back to the Future, Part III (1990) as Zeke, Saloon Old-Timer #2
The Exorcist III (1990) as Father Kanavan
Tombstone (1993) as Marshal Fred White
Wyatt Earp: Return to Tombstone (1994) as Digger Phelps
Sunchaser (1996) as Cashier
Last Stand at Saber River (1997, TV movie) as James Sanford


The Lone Ranger – “Return of Dice Dawn” – Dice Dawson, Alias, Jay Thomasson (1955)
Have Gun – Will Travel – “The Road to Wickenburg” – Sheriff Jack (1958) Goodfellow
Have Gun – Will Travel – “The Man Who Wouldn’t Talk” – Bud Sorenson (1958)
The Grey Ghost – “The Picnic” – Caldwell (1958)
Mackenzie’s Raiders – “Uprising” – Ed Gary (1959)
Gunsmoke – “Horse Deal” – Deesha (1959)
Have Gun – Will Travel – “The Posse” – Sheriff (1959)
Bonanza – “Vendetta” – Zack Morgan (1959)
Wagon Train – “Chuck Wooster, Wagon Master” – Willkins (1959)
Rawhide – “Incident of the Shambling Man” – Tanner (1959)
The Rifleman – “The Deserter” – Lt. Paul Rolfe (1960)
Bonanza – “The Mission” – Corporal Burton (1960)
Have Gun – Will Travel – “The Sanctuary” – Jonas Quincy (1960)
Have Gun – Will Travel – “The Legacy” – Banker Burton (1960)
Have Gun – Will Travel – “The Marshal’s Boy” – Frank Gulley (1960)
Have Gun – Will Travel – “The Misguided Father” – Sheriff Stander (1960)
The Rifleman – “The Journey Back” – Lt. Vaughn (1961)
Laramie – “The Debt” – Harry Markle (1961)
Gunsmoke – “Bad Sheriff” – Bill Turloe (1961)
Whispering Smith – “Safety Valve” – Sgt. Curt Stringer (1961)
Have Gun – Will Travel – “The Revenger” – Sheriff Conlon (1961)
Have Gun – Will Travel – “The Tax Gatherer” – Jess Turner (1961)
Perry Mason – “The Case of the Roving River” – District Ranger Frank Deane (1961)
Wagon Train – “The George B. Hanrahhan Story” – Tim Hogan (1962)
Laramie – “Time of the Traitor” – Hobey (1962)
Gunsmoke – “Abe Blocker” – Jake (1962)
Laramie – “Lost Allegiance” – Whitey Banister (1962)
Checkmate – “The Bold and the Tough” – Phil Cassidy (1962)
Lawman – episode – Cort – Mitch Evers (1962)
Have Gun – Will Travel – “Jonah and the Trout” – Jonah Quincy (1962)
Laramie – “The Barefoot Kid” – Dan Emery (1962)
Gunsmoke – “Quint Asper Comes Home” – Grant (1962)
Alcoa Premiere – “Flashing Spikes” – Man in the Dugout (1962)
Have Gun – Will Travel – “Taylor’s Woman” – Thad Taylor (1962)
Rawhide – “The Deserters’ Patrol” – Walsh (1962)
Ripcord – Carl Devlin – Para Nurse (1962)
Ripcord – Cheyenne Bronson – A Free Falling Star (1963)
Have Gun – Will Travel – “Face of a Shadow” – Earl Tibner (1963)
Wagon Train – “The Martin Gatsby Story” – Jeb Colton (1963)
Have Gun – Will Travel “Sweet Lady of the Moon” – Ben Murdock (1963)
Gunsmoke -” The Quest for Asa Janin” – Sheriff Hank Colridge (1963)