|Born||Timothy Agoglia Carey
March 11, 1929
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
|Died||May 11, 1994
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Doris Carey (6 children)|
Timothy Agoglia Carey (March 11, 1929 – May 11, 1994) was an American film and television character actor. He was born in Brooklyn, New York. Carey was best known for portraying manic or violent characters who are driven to extremes.
One of his most recognized early roles was in the Stanley Kubrick film The Killing (1956), in which he portrayed a gunman hired to shoot a racehorse as a diversion from a racetrack robbery-in-progress. Because of the impression Carey made in this small part, Kubrick cast him in the World War I drama Paths of Glory (1957), as one of three soldiers accused of cowardice. During the filming of Paths of Glory, Carey was reportedly disruptive and tried to draw more attention to his character during the filming. Due to this behavior, a scene in which Carey and the other actors were served a duck dinner as a final meal before execution required 57 takes to complete. Carey then faked his own kidnapping to reap personal publicity, which prompted Kubrick and producer James B. Harris to fire him. As a result of this incident, the film does not depict the three condemned soldiers during the battle scene, and a double was used during a scene in which a priest hears Carey's character's confession. The scene was filmed with the double's back to the camera.
The 1957 film Bayou (retitled Poor White Trash) featured one of Carey's few leading roles, as a Cajun shopkeeper named Ulysses.
Carey wrote, produced, directed, and starred in the 1962 feature The World's Greatest Sinner, which was scored by Frank Zappa. Although it did not have wide commercial release, the film achieved cult status through repeated screenings at the "midnight movies" in Los Angeles in the 1960s. This movie established Carey as an important figure in independent film. He had roles in East of Eden, The Wild One, One-Eyed Jacks, The Boy and the Pirates, Beach Blanket Bingo. and in the John Cassavetes-directed films Minnie and Moskowitz and The Killing of a Chinese Bookie. He played a minor role as the Angel of Death in the comedy film D.C. Cab, and appeared in the Monkees vehicle Head. His final appearance was in the 1986 movie Echo Park. Carey also did a select amount of acting on TV from the 1950s through the 1980s.
Carey's face (from the movie The Killing) is positioned behind George Harrison on the cover of the Beatles album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Although Carey's image is not seen on the commercially released version of the cover, it can be seen on outtake photos from the Sgt. Pepper session.
According to director Quentin Tarantino, Carey auditioned for his film Reservoir Dogs, for the role of Joe Cabot. Although Carey did not get the role, the screenplay of the film was dedicated to him, among others.
- Across the Wide Missouri (1951)
- The Wild One (1953, uncredited)
- Crime Wave (1954)
- Alaska Seas (1954)
- East of Eden (1955, uncredited)
- Finger Man (1955)
- The Killing (1956)
- Paths of Glory (1957)
- Unwed Mother (1958)
- Bayou (a.k.a. Poor White Trash) (1957)
- The Second Time Around (1961)
- One-Eyed Jacks (1961)
- Convicts 4 (1962)
- The World's Greatest Sinner (1962)
- Rio Conchos (1964)
- Beach Blanket Bingo (1965)
- Waterhole No. 3 (1967)
- Head (1968)
- Get to Know Your Rabbit (1972)
- The Outfit (1973)
- The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976)
- Speedtrap (1977)
- Fast-Walking (1982)
- D.C. Cab (1983)
- Echo Park (1986)
- Timothy Carey at the Internet Movie Database
- Psychotronic Video Magazine 1990 interview with Timothy Carey
- Cashiers du Cinemart profile
- "The Brooklyn Cajun: Timothy Carey in Poor White Trash," by Jim Knipfel, at The Chiseler