Timothy Carey

  1. Allen Garfield, The Conversation, 1974.   Carey simply walked off the set… Typical of the most eccentric, improvisational, “difficult” and most genuinely frightening of post-WWII Hollywood character players. Starting as a corpse in a Clark Gable Western, he sprayed beer over Brando in The Wild One, stole Paths of Glory from the boss (Kirk Douglas) and wrote-produced-directed himself as The World’s Greatest Sinner, 1962.  In  some 82 screen roles over 35 years (including  both the ’56 and ’91 East of Eden),  Carey worked with everyone from John Cassavetes and Stanley Kubrick to Debbie Reynolds and Elvis. Jack Nicholson is a fan,  Director Quentin Tarantino placed him atop the list of his influences in the Reservoir Dogs credits…, and Tim Burton would have just adored him.
  2. Stephen Tobolwsky, The Grifters, 1989.   Carey missed a biggie. Jim Thompson’s novel, scripted by Donald E Westlake, directed by Stephen Frears, produced by Martin Scorsese. How better could it get.
  3. Lawrence Tierney, Reservoir Dogs,  1991.


 Birth year: 1929Death year: 1994Other name: Casting Calls:  3