Timothy Carey (Portrait)
Timothy Agoglia Carey
March 11, 1929
|Died||May 11, 1994 (aged 65)|
Los Angeles, California, United States
|Occupation||Actor, film director|
|Height||6 ft 4 in (193 cm)|
|Spouse(s)||Doris Carey; 6 children|
Timothy Agoglia Carey (March 11, 1929 – May 11, 1994) was an American film and television character actor. Carey was best known for portraying manic or violent characters who are driven to extremes.
He made his screen debut with a minor role in Billy Wilder's 1951 movie The Big Carnival (alternately titled Ace in the Hole). One of Carey's most recognized early roles was in the 1956 Stanley Kubrick film The Killing, in which he portrayed a gunman hired to shoot a racehorse as a diversion from a racetrack robbery. Kubrick then cast him in his next film, 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. Due to this behavior, a scene in which Carey and the other actors were served a duck dinner as a final meal before execution took 57 takes to complete. Carey then faked his own kidnapping to generate personal publicity, which prompted Kubrick and producer James B. Harris to fire him. As a result, 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 (later retitled Poor White Trash) featured one of Carey's few leading roles, as a demented Cajun shopkeeper named Ulysses. Carey had roles in East of Eden, The Wild One, One-Eyed Jacks, The Boy and the Pirates, Bikini Beach, Beach Blanket Bingo and in the John Cassavetes-directed films Minnie and Moskowitz and The Killing of a Chinese Bookie.
Francis Ford Coppola was eager to cast Carey as Luca Brasi in The Godfather, but Carey turned down the part so he could film a television pilot called Tweet’s Ladies of Pasadena, which was never sold or broadcast.
Carey’s proposed television show, Tweet’s Ladies of Pasadena, starred Carey as a character named Tweet Twig, who had the power to resurrect dead animals and lived among a menagerie of talking beasts.
He played a minor role as the Angel of Death in the comedy film D.C. Cab, and appeared in the Monkees self-parody musical comedy Head. His final appearance was in the 1986 movie Echo Park. Carey also did a select amount of acting on television from the 1950s through the 1980s.
According to director Quentin Tarantino, Carey auditioned for the role of Joe Cabot in Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs. Although Carey did not get the role, the screenplay was dedicated to him, among others.
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.
The World's Greatest Sinner
Carey wrote, produced, directed, and starred in the 1962 feature The World's Greatest Sinner, whose music soundtrack was scored by a young, pre-Mothers of Invention 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. During a 1963 appearance on The Steve Allen Show during which he generated musical sounds on bicycles, Zappa talked about scoring the soundtrack for The World's Greatest Sinner, which he called "the world's worst movie."
The movie was featured as a midnight show at the TCM Festival in Hollywood in April 2018. His son Romeo Carey introduced the film.
Carey and his wife Doris had six children: Romeo, Mario, Velencia, Silvana, Dagmar and Germain.
- Ace in the Hole (a.k.a. The Big Carnival) (1951)
- Across the Wide Missouri (1951) - Baptiste DuNord (uncredited)
- Hellgate (1952) - Wyand (uncredited)
- Bloodhounds of Broadway (1952) - Crockett Pace (uncredited)
- White Witch Doctor (1953) - Jarrett
- Crime Wave (1953) - Johnny Haslett (uncredited)
- The Wild One (1953) - Chino's Boy #1 (uncredited)
- Alaska Seas (1954) - Wycoff
- East of Eden (1955) - Joe (uncredited)
- Finger Man (1955) - Lou Terpe
- Francis in the Navy (1955) - Auctioneer's Helper (uncredited)
- I'll Cry Tomorrow (1955) - Derelict (uncredited)
- The Killing (1956) - Nikki Arcane
- Francis in the Haunted House (1956) - Hugo
- The Last Wagon (1956) - Cole Harper (uncredited)
- Flight to Hong Kong (1956) - Lagarto
- Rumble on the Docks (1956) - Frank Mangus
- Bayou (a.k.a. Poor White Trash) (1957) - Ulysses
- House of Numbers (1957) - Frenchy - Arnie's Cell Mate (uncredited)
- Paths of Glory (1957) - Private Maurice Ferol
- Unwed Mother (1958) - Doctor
- Revolt in the Big House (1958) - Ed 'Bugsy' Kyle
- The Gunfight at Dodge City (1959) - Forbes, Regan's Deputy (uncredited)
- The Boy and the Pirates (1960) - Morgan
- One-Eyed Jacks (1961) - Howard Tetley
- The Second Time Around (1961) - Bonner
- The World's Greatest Sinner (1962) - Clarence Hilliard
- Mermaids of Tiburon (1962) - Milo Sangster
- Convicts 4 (1962) - Nick
- Shock Treatment (1964) - Hulking Patient (uncredited)
- Bikini Beach (1964) - South Dakota Slim
- Rio Conchos (1964) - Chico (uncredited)
- Beach Blanket Bingo (1965) - South Dakota Slim
- Duel at Diablo (1966) - Deputy Clem (uncredited)
- A Time for Killing (1967) - Billy Cat
- Waterhole No. 3 (1967) - Hilb
- Head (1968) - Lord High 'n Low
- Change of Habit (1969) - Ajax Market Manager (uncredited)
- Tweet's Ladies of Pasadena (1970) - Tweet Twig
- What's the Matter with Helen? (1971) - The Tramp
- Minnie and Moskowitz (1971) - Morgan Morgan
- Get to Know Your Rabbit (1972) - Policeman (uncredited)
- The Outfit (1973) - Jake Menner
- Peeper (1976) - Sid
- The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976) - Flo
- Chesty Anderson, USN (1976) - Vincent
- Speedtrap (1977) - Loomis
- Hard Knocks (1979)
- Fast-Walking (1982) - Bullet
- D.C. Cab (1983) - Angel Of Death
- Echo Park (1985) - Vinnie
- "Timothy Carey, 65, A Character Actor". The New York Times. May 17, 1994.
- Interview with Producer James B. Harris on the Criterion Collection home video release of Paths Of Glory'"
- "Quentin Tarantino". YouTube.
- "'The Sgt Pepper Album Cover Shoot Dissected'". Retrieved July 30, 2015.
- Zappa appearance on Steve Allen Show, 1963
- "THE WONDERFUL HORRIBLE LIFE OF TIMOTHY CAREY". Uno Mas Magazine. Retrieved 13 September 2017.
- "Timothy Carey, 65, A Character Actor," obituary, The New York Times, May 17,1994