Robert Quarry in trailer for "Count Yorga, Vampire" (1970)
|Born||Robert Walter Quarry
3 November 1925
Santa Rosa, California, U.S.
|Died||20 February 2009
Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Occupation||Film, television actor|
Life and career
In November 1943, Quarry joined the Army, where he formed a theatrical troupe. After the war he acted again, first for RKO and then for MGM. It was at this time that he befriended Katharine Hepburn.
His films include Count Yorga, Vampire (1970), its sequel The Return of Count Yorga (1971), and Dr. Phibes Rises Again (1972), in which he played alchemist Dr. Biederbeck pitted against Vincent Price's Phibes in a race to find the mythical elixir of eternal life. Although it is well known that Price did not care for his co-star— once, when Quarry was singing in his dressing room during the making of Dr Phibes Rises Again, he said to Price, "You didn't know I could sing did you?" and Price replied: "Well I knew you couldn't act"— the two were later also paired in Madhouse (1974).
American International Pictures had plans for Quarry to succeed Price, signing him to a long term contract, but the decline in the company's fortunes, and old style horror films falling out of fashion, meant that it never happened. Quarry did make further horror film appearances, as the hippy guru vampire Khorda in 1973's The Deathmaster and as a gangster in the 1974 zombie movie Sugar Hill. A third Count Yorga film was often rumored to be in the works, but never materialised.
Quarry made several memorable guest appearances on TV shows, including two 1965 guest appearances on Perry Mason: defendant Danny Talbert in "The Case of the Deadly Debt," and Coach Casey Banks in "The Case of the 12th Wildcat." Another notable appearance was The Rockford Files episode, "Requiem For a Funny Box", as Lee Russo. He also played disfigured gunrunner Commander Corliss in the Buck Rogers in the 25th Century episode "Return of the Fighting 69th". He also played in two episodes of the Lone Ranger, "Texas Draw" and "Broken Match."
Quarry's career was further set back in 1980 by a road accident that resulted in serious facial injuries (in which he was hit by a drunk driver). He was also mugged in Hollywood shortly thereafter.
Quarry died at the Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital in Woodland Hills, California at the age of 83.
- Soldier of Fortune (1955)
- A Kiss Before Dying (1956)
- Crime of Passion (1957)
- Winning (1969)
- Count Yorga, Vampire (1970)
- WUSA (1970)
- The Return of Count Yorga (1971)
- Dr. Phibes Rises Again (1972)
- The Deathmaster (1973)
- Madhouse (1974)
- Sugar Hill (1974)
- Cyclone (1987)
- Beverly Hills Vamp (1988)
- Haunting Fear (1991)
- Teenage Exorcist (1991)
- Mind Twister (1994)
- The Prophet (1999)
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- Vampire Legend Dies
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