Timothy Carey

  • Born: March 11, 1929 in Brooklyn, NY
  • Died: May 11, 1994 in Los Angeles, CA
  • Notable Works:
    • The Killing (1956)
    • Paths of Glory (1957)
    • The World’s Greatest Sinner (1962)
  • Personal Favorite: The Killing (1956)

He was a strange one… but as strange and disturbing as his on-screen roles were, he may have been stranger off-screen. The kind of guy that spawns cult followers and urban legends. He showed up in major films like The Wild One and East of Eden, but only in uncredited roles. His real first break was in Stanley Kubrick’s The Killing, where he played a gunman hired to take out a racehorse. The impact he made with that small role convinced Kubrick to use him in his next film Paths of Glory. Carey terrorized that set by constantly upstaging, forcing fifty-seven takes on one scene. After faking his own kidnapping for publicity, he was fired from the film. His unfinished scenes were either shot with a double or omitted from the film completely. In 1962 he wrote, directed, produced, and starred in The World’s Greatest Sinner, a film scored by Frank Zappa and narrated by Paul Frees. This movie never saw an official release, but was aired on TCM fifty years later. Carey was most successful in the 60s and 70s, landing guest television roles in westerns and cop/detective dramas. He read for a part in Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs, which would have been his last film. He did not get the part but was among those that Tarantino dedicated the script to. One final strange story about this strange man… Carey’s face is right behind George Harrison on the cover of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. It can’t be seen on the official release, but it is visible in the outtake photos.

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