Macdonald Carey

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Macdonald Carey (1969)

Macdonald Carey (born March 15, 1913 in Sioux City , Iowa , † March 21, 1994 in Beverly Hills , California ) was an American film, television and stage actor.

life and career

After graduating from the University of Iowa in Iowa City in 1935, Macdonald Carey began his show career on radio in Chicago as a singer and speaker. He has taken on roles in prominent radio play series such as the crime series Mr. First Nighter and the soap opera Stella Dallas . Carey's breakthrough came in 1941 when he appeared in the world premiere of the popular musical Lady in the Dark on Broadway . In addition to Gertrude Lawrence and Danny Kaye , he played one of the lovers of the main character Liza Elliott, whom she ultimately chooses. After that success, Carey got inHollywood signed to Paramount Pictures , where he quickly starred in bigger roles in films like Darling, Dictation, and Wake Island . He was to become a star and in 1943 also took on a leading role as a detective in Alfred Hitchcock's thriller In the Shadow of Doubt alongside Teresa Wright and Joseph Cotten .

After serving in the United States Marine Corps in World War II , Carey returned to the film business after four years in 1947. Although he was allowed to play Nick Carraway in the 1949 film version of The Great Gatsby with Alan Ladd , he only got leading roles in second-rate films. After appearing in numerous westerns and adventure films, he was known in Hollywood circles as the "B-Movie King" (with Lucille Ball as his "Queen"). In the emerging television he took on other leading roles in series such as Dr. Christian (1956–1957) and Lawyer for Justice (1959–1961). While Carey's film appearances became sparse from the 1960s, his portrayal of the family patriach Dr. Tom Horton in Zeit der Sehnsucht - one of the most successful US soap operas - well known in the USA. He played this central character from Zeit der Sehnsucht from 1965 until shortly before his death in 1994. His epigraph "Like sands through the hourglass, so are the days of our lives" is still closed before the beginning of each episode of the ongoing series Listen.

Macdonald Carey, who won three Oscars at the 1962 and 1965 Academy Awards , died of lung cancer in 1994 at the age of 81. In his autobiography The Days of My Life (1991) the actor wrote, among other things, about his longstanding alcohol problems. He was married to Elizabeth Heckscher from 1943 to 1969, the marriage with six children was divorced. He then had a long-term partnership with Lois Kraines until his death. He was buried in the Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City.


Macdonald Carey has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his television work . At the Daytime Emmy Awards , he was honored twice - in 1975 and 1976 - for Best Actor in a Daily Drama Series for Zeit der Sehnsucht . At the Soap Opera Digest Award , he was awarded a total of three times for his appearances in Zeit der Sehnsucht .

Filmography (selection)


  • Gregor Hauser: Muzzle flashes: The 50 best B-Westerns of the 50s and their stars . Verlag Reinhard Marheinecke 2015, ISBN 978-3-932053-85-6 . Pp. 218-221.

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Macdonal Carey at the New York Times
  2. ^ Macdonal Carey at the New York Times
  3. Macdonald Carey Awards in the Internet Movie Database

Web links

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