Harry Carey Jr. Dies, Natural Causes In ‘Hospice’

By: | 12/30/2012 08:38 PM ET
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Harry Carey Jr. died of natural causes on Thursday December 27, at a hospice facility in Santa Barbara, California surrounded by his family.

He is best known for acting in Westerns such as “3 Godfathers” and “Wagon Master,” and has appeared in more than 90 films and numerous television series. He was the son of actors Harry Carey and Olive Carey.

His daughter, Melinda Carey, said he died Thursday of natural causes surrounded by family at a hospice facility in Santa Barbara, Calif.

“He went out as gracefully as he came in,” his daughter Melinda Carey stated on Friday.

“My journey has been that of a character actor,” the former star wrote in his memoir. “I’ve worked with the great and the not-so-great. But mostly I’ve worked with men and women who loved their profession, and who like me, had kids to raise and houses to pay for.”

IMDb reports During World War II, Carey enlisted in the U.S. Navy, and he served in the Pacific Theater first as a Navy medical corpsman. However, he was transferred back to the United States (against his wishes) to serve under his father’s good friend, the director John Ford, in making movies for the Navy (training films)and the O.S.S. (propaganda films).

He is survived by his wife, Marilyn Fix; two daughters Melinda and Lily; son Tom; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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