Western actor will be missed

Harry Carey Jr. passed away on Dec. 27, 2012. I first met Harry back in the 1990s at the various western film festivals that I attended. I published the book, “John Wayne – An American Legend,” and contacted Harry to do a tribute. He did and had some nice comments on the movies he worked on with the Duke. He was living in Durango, Colo., and I visited this area many times as I was involved with the Durango Film Festival, which he was also involved. I spent time at his home looking at his vast collection of movie memorabilia.

Harry’s wife Marilyn was the daughter of the great character actor Paul Fix who many remember from his many appearances in John Wayne films and as Micah, the sheriff on “The Rifleman” TV series. I would occasionally find an original movie poster with her dad on it and send it to her. A gracious thank-you note was always received from them.

Harry’s book “Company of Heroes” was a great book and captured the work he did both with Wayne and the great John Ford. I had Harry sign my copy at the Knoxville Film Festival in 1996. He had just come from Phoenix, where he had given the eulogy for his good friend, Ben Johnson. In fact, this festival was to have been a reunion of Harry Carey, Ben Johnson and John Agar for the movie, “She Wore a Yellow Ribbon.”

Over the years we would see each other at the various festivals and he was always gracious to me and his many fans. Harry will be missed.

Roger M. Crowley