Quarry in trailer for Count Yorga, Vampire (1970)
|Born||Robert Walter Quarry
November 3, 1925
Santa Rosa, California, U.S.
|Died||February 20, 2009
Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Occupation||Film, television actor|
Life and career
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. Price reportedly 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 duo 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, combined with 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.
Quarry made several guest appearances on TV shows, including two in 1965 on Perry Mason. He appeared on an episode of The Rockford Files. He played disfigured gunrunner Commander Corliss in the Buck Rogers in the 25th Century episode "Return of the Fighting 69th". He played in two episodes of The Lone Ranger.
In 1980 he was in a in an accident, in which he was struck by a drunk driver. It resulted in serious facial injuries. He was also mugged in Hollywood shortly thereafter. In 1987, Quarry returned to film with Cyclone directed by Fred Olen Ray. Quarry would be cast in over 20 of Ray's films in the remainder of his career.
Quarry died on February 20, 2009 at the Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital in Woodland Hills, California, aged 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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- Notes on the film scene The Christian Science Monitor (1908-Current file) [Boston, Mass], August 6, 1971, p. 15.
- Robert Quarry at the Internet Movie Database
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