Oscar Actors: Carey, Harry

Born Henry DeWitt Carey II on January 16, 1978 in the Bronx, New York; died in 1947.

Harry Carey tried his hand at various occupations, including the writing of melodramas, before entering films with Biograph in 1909. He appeared in many early D.W. Griffith productions and by 1917 had emerged as a star of Westerns and action pictures under John Ford and other directors.

Carey worked closely with John Ford on 26 productions, often as a character called Cheyenne Harry, occasionally collaborating with h8im on stories, scripts, producing and directing.

In the 1930s, following an impressive performance in “Trader Horn”(1931), Carey began a second phase of his career as a character actor, a phase that continued until his death in 1947 of a coronary thrombosis. The following year John Ford dedicated the film “The Three Godfathers” to the memory of Harry Carey”bright star of the early Western sky.”

Carey's second wife, Olive (18951988), also appeared in films using the professional names Olive Fuller Golden and Olive Carey. Their son is actor Harry Carey, Jr.

Oscar Alert

In his long, distinguished screen career, Harry Carey received just one Oscar nomination, in the supporting league, for Capra's political comedy, “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” (1939).

He competed for the Supporting Actor Oscar with Thomas Mitchell who won for John Ford's Western “Stagecoach,” Brian Aherne in the Warner biopic “Juarez,” Brian Donlevy in the comedy “Beau Geste,” and Claude Rains, also for Capra's Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.” Carey and Rains (who had never won an Oscar) might have split the votes since they were nominated for the same picture.