Edward Macdonald Carey
March 15, 1913
Sioux City, Iowa, U.S.
|Died||March 21, 1994 (aged 81)|
|Burial place||Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City, California, U.S.|
|Alma mater||University of Iowa|
(m. 1943; div. 1969)
|Partner(s)||Lois Kraines (1973–1994) (his death)|
|Children||6, including Lynn Carey|
|Relatives||Aras Baskauskas (grandson)|
|Awards||Best Lead Actor in a Drama Series|
1974 Days of Our Lives
1975 Days of Our Lives
Edward Macdonald Carey (March 15, 1913 – March 21, 1994) was an American actor, best known for his role as the patriarch Dr. Tom Horton on NBC's soap opera Days of Our Lives. For almost three decades, he was the show's central cast member.
He first made his career starring in various B-movies of the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s (with a few A-picture exceptions like Hitchcock's Shadow of a Doubt). He was known in many Hollywood circles as "King of the Bs", sharing the throne with his "queen", Lucille Ball.
Born in Sioux City, Iowa, Carey graduated from the University of Iowa in Iowa City with a bachelor's degree in 1935, after attending the University of Wisconsin–Madison for a year where he was a member of Alpha Delta Phi. He became involved with the drama school at the University of Iowa and decided to become an actor.
Radio and Broadway
Carey toured with the Globe Players. He began to work steadily on radio, including playing Dick Grosvenor on the soap opera Stella Dallas and Ridgeway Tearle in John's Other Wife, both in the early 1940s. He was also in Lights Out.
Carey was on Broadway in Lady in the Dark (1941) opposite Gertrude Lawrence, Danny Kaye and Victor Mature. His performance led to him receiving a contract offer from Paramount. He later recalled, "1941 was probably the greatest year of my life. I got my first big hit with Lady in the Dark, I got married and I signed with Paramount Pictures. I only wish I could remember it all better." The reason was his alcoholism.
Paramount and World War II service
Carey made his film debut in Star Spangled Rhythm (1942). Paramount gave him the third lead in Take a Letter, Darling (1942), directed by Mitchell Leisen. He followed it with Dr. Broadway (1942), which was his first starring role. He had a leading part in Wake Island (1942), directed by John Farrow, a big hit.
Carey's career received a boost when borrowed by Alfred Hitchcock at Universal to play the romantic lead in Shadow of a Doubt (1943) with Joseph Cotten and Teresa Wright. However the momentum was halted when he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He had two months before he left, which enabled him to star in a musical for Paramount, Salute for Three (1943). Carey received his commission in early 1944 and attended fighter director school at Camp Murphy in Orlando, Florida. After school he served with Air Warning Squadron 3 with stints on Espiritu Santo, Bougainville and Mindanao.
In 1947 Carey returned to Paramount. They put him back into leading roles: Suddenly, It's Spring (1947), directed by Leisen, co-starring Paulette Goddard; Hazard (1948), again with Goddard; and Dream Girl (1948), supporting Betty Hutton, directed by Leisen.
Carey played Cesare Borgia in Bride of Vengeance (1948) alongside Goddard, directed by Leisen, but it was a flop. More popular was a Western, Streets of Laredo (1949), but William Holden was the hero; Carey was the villain.
Universal and Fox
Back at Paramount he was in a low budget Western, The Lawless (1950) directed by Joseph Losey. Back at Paramount he was a villain to Ray Milland in Copper Canyon (1950), directed by John Farrow. At Paramount he was in Jesse James in The Great Missouri Raid (1951) and Mystery Submarine (1950) at Universal.
He continued to appear in films like My Wife's Best Friend (1952), at Fox with Anne Baxter; Count the Hours (1953), with Teresa Wright at RKO; Hannah Lee (1953), a Western with John Ireland; It's Everybody's Business (1953), and Málaga (1954) with Maureen O'Hara.
Carey's work was increasingly on the small screen: The Quiet Gun, Stage 7, Science Fiction Theatre, Hour of Stars, Celebrity Playhouse, and The 20th Century Fox Hour. For the latter he appeared as Fred Gaily in a remake of the 1947 film classic, Miracle on 34th Street, starring Teresa Wright and Thomas Mitchell. He was also in General Electric Theater, Screen Directors Playhouse, The Alcoa Hour, and Climax!. Carey managed a single, starring turn as a young professor traveling cross-country in the fifth season of Alfred Hitchcock Presents ("Coyote Moon") as well.
In 1956 Carey took over the role of the kindly small-town physician Dr. Christian, a character created in the late 1930s by actor Jean Hersholt on radio and in films. Carey portrayed Dr. Christian on syndicated television for one season.
Carey guested on The Kaiser Aluminium Hour, The Joseph Cotten Show, Jane Wyman Presents the Fireside Theatre, Zane Grey Theatre, Wagon Train, Studio One in Hollywood, Playhouse 90, The Frank Sinatra Show, Suspicion, Target, Pursuit, Schlitz Playhouse, The Dupont Show of the Month, and Rawhide.
Carey was in the Western film Man or Gun (1958), for Republic. and The Redeemer (1959). He played patriot Patrick Henry in John Paul Jones (1959), directed by John Farrow who had worked with Carey at Paramount. He appeared in Blue Denim (1959).
Carey supported Sandra Dee in Tammy and the Doctor (1963). He guest starred in the 1964–1965 sitcom The Bing Crosby Show on ABC. He appeared as Mr. Edwards in the 1963 episode "Pay the Two Dollars" of the NBC education drama series, Mr. Novak, starring James Franciscus. He could also be seen on Burke's Law, Branded, Kraft Suspense Theatre, Run for Your Life, Ben Casey, Lassie, and Bewitched.
Days of Our Lives
Carey started playing Tom Horton on Days of Our Lives in 1965. He says he took the show "because I couldn't get a movie at the time". He ended up playing it until his death from lung cancer in Beverly Hills, California, in 1994, six days after his 81st birthday.
A longtime pipe smoker, he was seen in many films and early episodes of Days of Our Lives with it. He was ordered by his doctor to quit in September 1991 after having to take a leave of absence from Days in order to remove a cancerous tumor from one of his lungs. He returned to the show in November of that year.
He is most recognized today as the voice who recites the epigraph each day before the program begins: "Like sands through the hourglass, so are the Days of Our Lives." From 1966 to 1994 he would also intone, "This is Macdonald Carey, and these are the Days of Our Lives." (After Carey's death, the producers, out of respect for Carey's family, decided not to use the second part of the opening tagline.) At each intermission, his voice also says "We will return for the second half of Days of Our Lives in just a moment". Since the Horton family is still regarded as the core of Days of our Lives, his memory has been allowed to remain imprinted on the show by leaving the voice-overs intact. He also served as voice-over for the very first PBS ident, in which he said "This is PBS ... the Public Broadcasting Service."
Carey continued to act in other productions during his run on Days. He had roles in Gidget Gets Married (1972), The Magician, Ordeal (1973), Owen Marshall, Counsellor at Law, Who Is the Black Dahlia? (1975), McMillan & Wife, Police Story, Switch, The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries, Fantasy Island and Buck Rogers in the 25th Century.
Carey was in the TV movie The Girl, the Gold Watch & Everything (1980) and the films Access Code (1984) and It's Alive III: Island of the Alive (1987). He guest starred on Finder of Lost Loves, and Murder, She Wrote. His last non-Days role was in A Message from Holly (1992).
Carey did the onstage introduction for the "Stars of the Days Of Our Lives" and musical artist/director Ricky Dee at the Greek Theatre (1992)
Carey wrote several books of poetry, and a 1991 autobiography, The Days of My Life. For his contribution to television, Carey has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, at 6536 Hollywood Boulevard.
Carey was married to Elizabeth Heckscher from 1943 until their divorce in 1969. They had six children: Lynn, Lisa, Stevens, Theresa, Edward Macdonald Jr., and Paul. Later, he dated Lois Kraines. The couple remained together from 1973 until Carey's death. His grandchildren include Ellie Diamond and Vytas and Aras Baskauskas. He has a godson, Maurice Heckscher.
Carey was a Roman Catholic, and a member of the Good Shepherd Parish and the Catholic Motion Picture Guild in Beverly Hills, California. He is buried at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, California, alongside a space already set aside for his daughter Lisa.
- Star Spangled Rhythm (1942) – Louie the Lug in Skit
- Take a Letter, Darling (1942) – Jonathan Caldwell
- Dr. Broadway (1942) – Dr. Timothy Kane aka Dr. Broadway
- Wake Island (1942) – Lt. Bruce Cameron
- Shadow of a Doubt (1943) – Detective Jack Graham
- Salute for Three (1943) – Buzz McAllister
- Suddenly, It's Spring (1947) – Jack Lindsay
- Variety Girl (1947) – Himself
- Hazard (1948) – J.D. Storm
- Dream Girl (1948) – Clark Redfield
- Bride of Vengeance (1949) – Cesare Borgia
- Streets of Laredo (1949) – Lorn Reming
- The Great Gatsby (1949) – Nicholas 'Nick' Carraway
- Song of Surrender (1949) – Bruce Eldridge
- Comanche Territory (1950) – James Bowie
- The Lawless (1950) – Larry Wilder
- South Sea Sinner (1950) – William Jacob 'Jake' Davis
- Copper Canyon (1950) – Deputy Lane Travis
- Mystery Submarine (1950) – Dr. Brett Young
- The Great Missouri Raid (1951) – Jesse James
- Excuse My Dust (1951) – Cyrus Random, Jr.
- Meet Me After the Show (1951) – Jeff Ames
- Let's Make It Legal (1951) – Hugh Halsworth
- Cave of Outlaws (1951) – Pete Carver
- Count the Hours (1953) – Doug Madison
- Hannah Lee: An American Primitive (1953) – Bus Crow
- Fire Over Africa (1954) – Van Logan
- Stranger at My Door (1956) – Hollis Jarret
- Odongo (1956) – Steve Stratton
- Man or Gun (1958) – 'Maybe' Smith / Scott Yancey
- The Redeemer (1959) – Jesus Christ (voice)
- John Paul Jones (1959) – Patrick Henry
- Blue Denim (1959) – Major Malcolm Bartley, Ret.
- The Devil's Agent (1962) – Mr. Smith
- The Damned (1962) – Simon Wells
- Stranglehold (1963) – Bill Morrison
- Tammy and the Doctor (1963) – Dr. Wayne Bentley
- Foes (1977) – McCarey
- Roots (1977, TV Mini-Series) – Squire James
- End of the World (1977) – John Davis
- Stranger in Our House (1978, TV Movie) – Professor Jarvis
- The Rebels (1979, TV Movie) – Dr. Church
- Condominium (1980, TV Movie) – Dr. Arthur Castor
- American Gigolo (1980) – Lawyer
- Access Code (1984) – Senator Williams
- It's Alive III: Island of the Alive (1987) – Judge Watson
|1952||Stars over Hollywood||Under a Lucky Star|
|1952||Stars in the Air||Suddenly, It's Spring|
|1953||Stars over Hollywood||I Found Glenda Roberts|
|1953||Cavalcade of America||Bless This House|
|1953||Cavalcade of America||Dangerous Mission|
|1953||Stars over Hollywood||A Bunch of Keys|
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- Soap Opera Digest Awards
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