Julius Carry

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Julius Carry
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Born Julius J. Carry III
(1952-03-12)March 12, 1952
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died August 19, 2008(2008-08-19) (aged 56)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1979–2008
Spouse(s) Naomi Carry[1]
Parents Helen Carry[1]

Julius J. Carry III (March 12, 1952 – August 19, 2008) was an American actor. He is perhaps best known for playing the character Sho'Nuff in the cult film The Last Dragon. He made his acting debut in the 1979 movie Disco Godfather starring Rudy Ray Moore. He also acted in the films World Gone Wild and The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh. Carry appeared primarily in numerous television roles, including Dr. Abraham Butterfield on Doctor, Doctor and the bounty hunter Lord Bowler in the The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.. He also appeared on shows such as Murphy Brown, Family Matters, A Different World, Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place, and Boy Meets World.

Early life and education[edit]

Carry grew up in the Lake Meadows neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. He attended Hales Franciscan High School,[2] where, at age 15, he joined the Spartan Players, an acting group.[3] He discovered a love of acting with the group, performing in plays such as Hamlet and West Side Story.[2] After touring the country with the Spartan Players, Carry joined the Chicago Actors Repertory Company, performing with them for four years. Afterwards, Carry stayed in Chicago, "basically getting into no good", he told writer Marc Shapiro.[3] He attended Quincy College, but only for one year.[2] His family encouraged him to move to California and live with uncle in Los Angeles to "get back on [his] feet."[3]

Once in Los Angeles, Carry entered Loyola Marymount University, where he received a bachelors degree in film and TV production.[3] He stayed at the university, and completed a master's degree in communication arts.[4]


In the TV series The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. with Bruce Campbell which aired in 1993 & 1994, Julius played the part of Brisco's one-time rival and fellow bounty hunter Lord Bowler (a.k.a. James Lonefeather) who then became Brisco's best friend and sidekick.

He also portrayed the main villain Sho'nuff in the cult classic film The Last Dragon.[5]

His final appearance as an actor was in the season one episode "Eating The Young" on the CBS series The Unit in 2006.

Personal life[edit]

Carry's family included, Ronald, his brother, and Helen, his mother, who is a minister with the Christ Universal Temple in Chicago.[1] He married twice, and his second wife is Naomi Carry.[2] He died on August 19, 2008 of pancreatic cancer.[6]


  1. ^ a b c BET Staff (2008-08-22). "Actor Julius "Sho'Nuff" Carry III Dies". BET.com. Black Entertainment Television. 
  2. ^ a b c d Jensen, Trevor (2008-08-21). "Julius J. Carry III: 1952 - 2008: TV, film career lasted almost three decades; Chicago native's credits include 'Last Dragon,' TV shows like 'White Shadow,' 'Murphy Brown'". Chicago Tribune (Chicago Tribune). p. 2C.9. 
  3. ^ a b c d Shapiro, Marc (July 1994). "Bounty Hunter". Starlog: 27–30. 
  4. ^ Thomas, Steve (1995-09-23). "Carry wallows in 'Misery'". Indianapolis Recorder 100 (38): B1. 
  5. ^ "Prolific movie and TV actor". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2012-05-15. 
  6. ^ Character actor Julius Carry dies at 56, Variety 8/20/2008.

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