Harry Carey

Actor, Screenwriter, Writer
To moviegoers during the era of silent films, Harry Carey was the quintessential cowboy, despite having been born no closer to the frontier than the Bronx. A judge's son, Carey was pointed toward a career in law when a ... Read more »
Born: 01/16/1878 in Bronx, New York, USA


Actor (58)

Red River 1948 (Movie)

Melville (Actor)

Angel and the Badman 1947 (Movie)

Marshal Wistful McClintock (Actor)

Duel in the Sun 1947 (Movie)


Sea of Grass 1947 (Movie)

Doc Reid (Actor)

The Great Moment 1943 (Movie)

Professor John C. Warren (Actor)

The Spoilers 1941 (Movie)


The Shepherd of the Hills 1940 (Movie)


Mr. Smith Goes to Washington 1939 (Movie)

President of the Senate (Actor)

King of Alcatraz 1937 (Movie)


Kid Galahad 1936 (Movie)

Silver Jackson (Actor)

Souls at Sea 1936 (Movie)


Barbary Coast 1935 (Movie)

Slocum (Actor)

The Last Outlaw 1935 (Movie)


Valiant Is the Word For Carrie 1935 (Movie)

Phil Yonne (Actor)

Border Devils 1931 (Movie)


Slide, Kelly, Slide 1926 (Movie)


The Almost Good Man 1916 (Movie)


Judith of Bethulia 1912 (Movie)

Traitor (Actor)

The Informer 1911 (Movie)


Air Force (Movie)

Sgt. R. L. White (Actor)

Annapolis Salute (Movie)

Chief Martin (Actor)

Blind Husbands (Movie)


Cavalier of the West (Movie)


Code of the Streets (Movie)

Lt. Lewis (Actor)

Crashing Thru (Movie)

Blake (Actor)

Desert Driven (Movie)

Bob Grant (Actor)

Desperate Trails (Movie)

Bart Carson (Actor)

Gateway (Movie)

Commissioner Nelson (Actor)

Good Men and True (Movie)


Hell Bent (Movie)

Cheyenne Harry (Actor)

If Only Jim (Movie)

Jim Golden (Actor)

Man from Red Gulch (Movie)


Man of the Forest (Movie)

Jim Gaynor (Actor)

Marked Men (Movie)

Cheyenne Harry (Actor)

Parachute Battalion (Movie)

Bill Richards (Actor)

Riders of Vengeance (Movie)

Cheyenne Harry (Actor)

Roaring Rails (Movie)

Big Bill Benson (Actor)

Secret Man (Movie)

Cheyenne Hany (Actor)

Sky Giant (Movie)

Col. Stockton (Actor)

So Dear to My Heart (Movie)

Judge at County Fair (Actor)

Soft Shoes (Movie)

Pat Halahan (Actor)

Street of Missing Men (Movie)

Putnam (Actor)

Sutter's Gold (Movie)

Kit Carson (Actor)

Texas Trail (Movie)

Peter Grainger (Actor)

The Accusing Finger (Movie)

Senator Nash (Actor)

The Devil Horse (Movie)


The Last of the Clintons (Movie)

Trigger Carson (Actor)

The Law West of Tombstone (Movie)

Bill Barker (Actor)

The Outcasts of Poker Flat (Movie)

Jack Oakhurst (Actor)

The Prisoner of Shark Island (Movie)

Commandant of Fort Jefferson "Shark Island" (Actor)

The Thundering Herd (Movie)

Clark Sprague (Actor)

The Trail of '98 (Movie)

Jack Locosto (Actor)

The Wallop (Movie)

John Wesley Pringle (Actor)

The Wanderer (Movie)


They Knew What They Wanted (Movie)

Doctor (Actor)

Trader Horn (Movie)

Trader Horn (Actor)

Without Honors (Movie)


You and Me (Movie)

Mr. Morris (Actor)
Writer (1)

Hell Bent (Movie)



To moviegoers during the era of silent films, Harry Carey was the quintessential cowboy, despite having been born no closer to the frontier than the Bronx. A judge's son, Carey was pointed toward a career in law when a bout of pneumonia sent him westward to recuperate. Channeling his experiences among Montana ranch hands into a hit play, Carey parlayed his success onstage into a career in motion pictures, making his debut for D. W. Griffith in 1909. Following Griffith to Hollywood, Carey became the star of dozens of Western two-reelers in which he etched his rough-hewn characters with a leathery verisimilitude he had seen firsthand. By 1917, Carey was a bona fide movie star, earning $1,250 a week to play white-hatted Cheyenne Henry in several films for John Ford. Though his career sagged as he aged beyond the range of the average leading man, Carey enjoyed a comeback as the indefatigable "Trader Horn" (1931), a box office hit for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. While continuing to play heroes in B-Westerns, Carey enjoyed a sidebar career as a reliable character player in such contemporary urban fare as Michael Curtiz' "Kid Galahad" (1937) and Frank Capra's "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" (1939), which netted him an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Towards the end of his life he partnered for several above-average prairie dramas with rising star John Wayne, who eulogized Carey at the time of his 1947 death as the greatest Western actor of all time.


Harry Carey Jr. Actor

Born May 16, 1921; mother, Olive Carey Died Dec. 27, 2012

Henry Carey

later operated a horse-car line

Ellen Carey

survived him

Harry Carey

born on May 16, 1921 survived him

Olive Golden

born in 1895 died in 1988


School of Law, New York University

New York , New York
dropped out

New York University

New York , New York
played tackle on football team



Release of last films, "So Dear to My Heart" and "Red River"


Acted onstage in "But Not Goodbye"


Played a leading role in a stage revival of Eugene O'Neill's comedy drama, "Ah, Wilderness!"


Broadway debut, "Heavenly Express"


Received Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actor for his role as the vice president in Frank Capra's "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington"


One-shot reunion with director John Ford; played supporting role in Ford's "The Prisoner of Shark Island"


Went to Hollywood


Began film acting career in earnest with film, "Bill Sharkley's Last Game"


Joined D W Griffith at Biograph studios in New York; appeared in three Westerns shot on Staten Island


Wrote a stage melodrama, "Montana", in which he toured (dates approximate)

With advent of talkies, made personal stage appearances in the late 1920s

Made stage debut in stock with the Yorkville Theatre (New York City)

Starred in several dozen Westerns directed by John Ford; produced a couple of them, supplied stories for many of them; often played character of 'Cheyenne Harry'


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