Harry “Dobe” Carey Jr., son of one of the legends of Hollywood silent days, was a member of what became known as the John Ford Stock Players. It was as close as Hollywood ever got to a repertory company of the Ingmar Bergman school, and its standout member was John Wayne.
Still, Dobe Carey appeared in dozens of films, not all of them westerns, though seven of his nine films for Ford were frontier epics. “Rio Grande,” “The Searchers” and “She Wore a Yellow Ribbon” are probably the best known.
It isn’t surprising Carey acted in so many Ford films, for it was his father, Harry Carey Sr., who “put Ford in the directing business” by arranging to have Ford, a prop man and stand-in, direct a Wild West show on the Universal studio lot.
In the 1990s, he had roles in the such films as “Back to the Future Part II” and “ Tombstone,” and in 1994 his book “Company of Heroes: My Life as an Actor in the John Ford Stock Company” was published.
Carey, who was believed to be the last surviving member of director John Ford's legendary western stock company, died Dec. 27 2012 in Santa Barbara. He was 91.