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Julius Carry
Carry at the San Diego Comic-Con International, July 2006
Julius John Carry III

(1952-03-12)March 12, 1952
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
DiedAugust 19, 2008(2008-08-19) (aged 56)
Los Angeles, California
Years active1973–2006
SpouseNaomi Carry[1]
ParentHelen Carry[1]

Julius John Carry III (March 12, 1952 – August 19, 2008) was an American actor. He made his acting debut in the 1979 film Disco Godfather starring Rudy Ray Moore. He played Sho'Nuff in the martial arts film The Last Dragon. 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 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. Carry 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 Los Angeles to live with his uncle and "get back on [his] feet."[3] Once in Los Angeles, Carry entered Loyola Marymount University, where he received a bachelor's 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 and 1994, Carry 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. Carry also portrayed the main villain Sho'nuff in the film The Last Dragon.[5] Carry's final appearance as an actor was in the season one episode "Eating The Young" on the CBS series The Unit in 2006. He had also guest starred on three episodes of the ABC/Disney sitcom Boy Meets World, once as a college professor and later as Sgt. Alvin Moore, father of series regular Angela Moore (Trina McGee). As a result of Carry's death, the character of Sgt. Moore is revealed to have died as well (off-screen) in the years between Boy Meets World and the second season of its sequel series Girl Meets World, which aired on Disney Channel.

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; his second wife was Naomi Carry.[2]

Carry died from pancreatic cancer at his home in Studio City, Los Angeles, on August 19, 2008, at the age of 56.[6][7]



Year Title Role Notes
2006 The 12th Man Sonny TV movie
2002 The New Guy Coach
2000 Schimmel Doctor TV movie
1989 Perry Mason: The Case of the All-Star Assassin Temple Brown TV movie
1989 Jake Spanner, Private Eye Lenny TV movie
1988 Police Story: Monster Manor Aaron TV movie
1988 Why on Earth? Julius J Carry Bill TV movie
1988 Moving Coach Wilcox
1987 World Gone Wild Nitro
1985 The Man with One Red Shoe CIA Agent
1985 The Last Dragon Sho'nuff / The Shogun of Harlem
1984 Goldie and the Bears Walker Johnson TV movie
1979 The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh Malik Jamal Truth
1979 Disco Godfather Bucky


Year Title Role Notes
2006 The Unit Colonel George 1 episode
2003 Half & Half Earl 1 episode
2003 Columbo Policeman Episode: "Columbo Likes the Nightlife"
2002 The Hughleys Marcos 1 episode
2002 Do Over Principal Glen Rudd 4 episodes
2001 Nikki Frank Schisler 1 episode
2001 Men, Women & Dogs Stan 1 episode
2001 Diagnosis Murder Roger Calender 1 episode
2001–04 JAG Maj. Gen. Paul Spinoza / Alton Foreland 2 episodes
2001–02 The District Reverend Garvey 4 episodes
2000 Strong Medicine Art Lewis 1 episode
1999 Spin City Nick Mitchell 1 episode
1999 Moesha Mr. Filmore 1 episode
1999 Grown Ups Mr. Richmond 1 episode
1998 Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place Bill 13 episodes
1997 Caroline in the City Reggie 1 episode
1997–2000 Boy Meets World Sergeant Moore / Professor Michaels 3 episodes
1997–98 Cosby Robert / Bradshaw 2 episodes
1995 Misery Loves Company Perry 8 episodes
1995–96 Maybe This Time Brock 2 episodes
1994 Grace Under Fire Ted Larkin 1 episode
1994 Empty Nest Bo 1 episode
1994 Earth 2 Les Firestein 1 episode
1993 Tales from the Crypt Detective Connors 1 episode
1993 Murder, She Wrote Sergeant Bill Davis 1 episode
1993 Dinosaurs Mudbelly 1 episode
1993 Cutters Troy King 5 episodes
1993–94 The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. Lord Bowler 27 episodes
1992 Family Matters Oscar 1 episode
1992–96 Murphy Brown Mitchell Baldwin 5 episodes
1991 A Different World Larry Beaujolais 1 episode
1989–91 Doctor Doctor Dr. Abe Butterfield 40 episodes
1988 Tanner '88 Secret Serviceman 1 episode
1988–89 It's a Living Reggie St. Thomas 2 episodes
1988–89 Duet Luke 2 episodes
1987 Moonlighting Inmate 1 episode
1987 Fame Billy Waters 1 episode
1986–89 227 Dale Evans / Franklin 'Rocketman' Garvard 3 episodes
1986–87 The New Leave It to Beaver Don St. Don / Don St. John 2 episodes
1985 Misfits of Science Odor Williams 1 episode
1985 The Jeffersons Bobby 1 episode
1985 The A-Team Mussaf 1 episode
1985 E/R Bill Ford 1 episode
1983 Newhart Celtic 1 episode
1983 Bay City Blues Willie Henderson 2 episodes
1983 Alice Customer #3 1 episode
1982 Hill Street Blues Cab Customer 1 episode
1982 Benson Zeke Webster, an ex-con 1 episode
1980 The White Shadow Basketball Player 1 episode


  1. ^ a b c BET Staff (August 22, 2008). "Actor Julius "Sho'Nuff" Carry III Dies". BET.com. Black Entertainment Television.
  2. ^ a b c d Jensen, Trevor (August 21, 2008). "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. p. 2C.9.
  3. ^ a b c d Shapiro, Marc (July 1994). "Bounty Hunter". Starlog: 27–30.
  4. ^ Thomas, Steve (September 23, 1995). "Carry wallows in 'Misery'". Indianapolis Recorder. 100 (38): B1.
  5. ^ "Prolific movie and TV actor". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 15, 2012.
  6. ^ "Character actor Julius Carry dies at 56". Variety. August 20, 2008.
  7. ^ "Julius J. Carry III: 1952 - 2008". Chicago Tribune. August 21, 2008.

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