There are many actors and actresses that you don’t remember their names, but when you see them, you remember them almost instantly. Leading roles are usually cast with folks who are household names, but when you need someone in the cast to play a memorable but not featured role, or a character that is not exactly your standard individual, producers and directors call upon those individuals known as character actors and actresses.
In a lot of Western movies, the man they would call upon was Harry Carey, Jr. Harry was the son of the late Harry Carey Sr., who was a star in the days of the silent Westerns. Young Carey worked frequently with famed Hollywood director John Ford in many of his legendary westerns, including two of Ford’s three movies known as the Calvary Trilogy, “She Wore a Yellow Ribbon,” and “Rio Grande.” (He did not appear in the first one, “Fort Apache.”) and with the legendary actor, John Wayne.
When television came along, Carey transitioned into that realm, appearing in several series in in the 1950′s. He is best known from that time period on television for playing Bill Burnett in the series within a series, “The Adventures of Spin and Marty” which aired during the original “Mickey Mouse Club.” In the sixties he appeared many times in different roles in shows like “Laramie,” “Have Gun Will Travel,” “Wagon Train,” and “Bonanza,” just to name a few. It is impossible to list all of his appearances in movies and television as his list of credits is quite lengthy. To see his complete filmography, you can visit his IMDB.com page by clicking the link.