Macdonald Carey

Actor, Singer
Tall, approachable American leading man and character actor who, after enjoying radio success in the late 1930s and Broadway success in "Lady in the Dark" (1941), moved to Hollywood in the 40s and made the extremely ... Read more »
Born: 03/15/1913 in Sioux City, Iowa, USA

Filmography

Actor (51)

Days of Our Lives: Night Sins 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Days of Our Lives: One Stormy Night 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The 19th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Soap Opera Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Soap Opera Digest Awards 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Murder, She Wrote 1985 - 1988 (Tv Show)

Actor

It's Alive III: Island of the Alive 1986 (Movie)

Judge Watson (Actor)

NBC's 60th Anniversary Celebration 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

American Gigolo 1980 (Movie)

Hollywood Actor (Actor)

Stranger in Our House 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

The Rebels 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

End of the World 1976 (Movie)

John Davis (Actor)

Foes 1976 (Movie)

Dr James McCarey (Actor)

Last of the Private Eyes 1962 - 1963 (TV Show)

Actor

Tammy and the Doctor 1962 (Movie)

Dr Wayne Bentley (Actor)

These Are the Damned 1961 (Movie)

Simon Wells (Actor)

Lock Up 1959 - 1960 (TV Show)

Actor

Blue Denim 1958 (Movie)

Malcolm Bartley (Actor)

John Paul Jones 1958 (Movie)

Patrick Henry (Actor)

On Trial 1956 - 1957 (TV Show)

Actor

Miracle on 34th Street 1955 - 1956 (TV Show)

Actor

Odongo 1956 (Movie)

Steve Stratton (Actor)

Fire Over Africa 1954 (Movie)

Van Logan (Actor)

Count the Hours 1953 (Movie)

Douglas Madison (Actor)

Hollywood Opening Night 1950 - 1953 (TV Show)

Actor

Let's Make It Legal 1951 (Movie)

Hugh Halsworth (Actor)

Variety Girl 1947 (Movie)

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Shadow of a Doubt 1943 (Movie)

Jack Graham (Actor)

Star Spangled Rhythm 1941 (Movie)

(Actor)

A Message From Holly (TV Show)

Actor

Condominium (TV Show)

Actor

Dream Girl (Movie)

Clark redfield (Actor)

Excuse My Dust (Movie)

Cyrus Random, Jr. (Actor)

Gidget Gets Married (TV Show)

Actor

Hazard (Movie)

J.D. Storm (Actor)

Meet Me After the Show (Movie)

Jeff Ames (Actor)

My Wife's Best Friend (Movie)

George Mason (Actor)

Mystery Submarine (Movie)

Dr. Brett Young (Actor)

Ordeal (TV Show)

Actor

Roots (TV Show)

Actor

Salute for Three (Movie)

Buzz McAllister (Actor)

South Sea Sinner (Movie)

"Jake" Davis (Actor)

Stranglehold (Movie)

Bill Morrison (Actor)

Streets of Laredo (Movie)

Lorn Reming (Actor)

Suddenly It's Spring (Movie)

Jack Lindsay (Actor)

Take a Letter, Darling (Movie)

Jonathan Caldwell (Actor)

The Rebels (TV Show)

Actor

The Top of the Hill (TV Show)

Actor

Wake Island (Movie)

Lt. Cameron (Actor)

Who Is the Black Dahlia? (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Tall, approachable American leading man and character actor who, after enjoying radio success in the late 1930s and Broadway success in "Lady in the Dark" (1941), moved to Hollywood in the 40s and made the extremely enjoyable Anthony Mann "B" film, "Dr. Broadway" (1942). Like George Brent a decade earlier, Carey provided amiable, gentlemanly support to female stars who were generally more dominant and dynamic, including Rosalind Russell, Paulette Goddard, Betty Hutton, Betty Grable, Anne Baxter, Shelley Winters and Claudette Colbert. The leathery, relaxed Carey continued into the 50s, appearing mostly in such modest Westerns as "The Great Missouri Raid" (1951), "Outlaw Territory" (1953) and "Man or Gun" (1958).

Relationships

Teresa Carey

Daughter

Edward Macdonald Carey

Son

Paul Carey

Son

Steven Carey

Son

Charles Carey

Father

Elizabeth Carey

Mother

Lisa Carey

Daughter
born c. 1949 second oldest child diagnosed as schizophrenic c. 1966 at age 17

Lynn Carey

Daughter
oldest

Elizabeth Heckscher

Wife
born c. 1917 married c. 1943 mother of Carey's six children gave up career to raise family divorced in 1969 has since remarried twice

Lois Kraines

Companion
born c. 1928 had been involved with Carey from 1973

EDUCATION

University of Iowa

Iowa City , Iowa 1935
did postgraduate work 1935-36; studied acting

Phillips Exeter Academy

Exeter , New Hampshire

University of Wisconsin

Madison , Wisconsin 1931 - 1932

Milestones

1991

Underwent surgery for a cancerous lung tumor (September 19); left cast of "Days of Our Lives" for two months but returned to the show

1982

Joined Alcoholics Anonymous after years of alcohol abuse

1977

Played Squire James on TV miniseries, "Roots"

1977

Played the leading role (at age 64) in the science fiction film, "Foes"

1956

Starred in the title role of syndicated TV series, "Doctor Christian"

1954

Returned to Broadway to appear in "Anniversary Waltz"

1952

Made TV debut on an installment of ABC's "Celanese Theatre", a dramatization of "Yellow Jack"

1941

Made film debut in "Dr. Broadway"

1940

Gained attention on Broadway for his role in the musical drama, "Lady in the Dark"

1936

Was a member of the Old Globe Shakespeare Company

1919

Made stage debut at age 6 as Simple Simon in a Mother Goose school play (date approximate)

Starred as Dr. Tom Horton on NBC's daytime drama "Days of Our Lives"

Member of the NBC Radio Stock Company in Chicago

Worked as a freelance radio actor in New York City

Served to the rank of first lieutenant, USMCR

Starred as lawyer Herbert L Maris on the syndicated TV crime drama, "Lock Up"

Bonus Trivia

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It is Macdonald Carey's supple baritone voice which watchers of "Days of Our Lives" have heard for decades intone the opening narration, "Like sands through the hourglass, so are the days of our lives."

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"Carey has been very open about his decades of alcohol abuse and his quitting on January 8, 1982. He also speaks honestly about the history of his daughter Lisa's mental illness, the progress of her treatment and how for years it "was just another excuse to get drunk". --From People, December 16, 1991.

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Carey published three volumes of poetry, including "That Further Hill" (1987).

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Recipient of the Knight of the Holy Sepulchre Papal Order (1986)

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