Edward Macdonald Carey (March 15, 1913 – March 21, 1994) was an American actor, best known for his role as the patriarch Dr. Tom Horton onNBC's soap opera Days of our Lives. For almost three decades, he was the show's central cast member.
Early life and career
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 first made his career starring in various B-movies of the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. He was known in many Hollywood circles as "King of the Bs", sharing the throne with his "queen", Lucille Ball.
World War II and after
A successful radio actor and stage performer whose credits included the hit Broadway show Lady in the Dark and the 1942 film Wake Island. Carey also appeared in Take a Letter, Darling (1942) and Alfred Hitchcock's Shadow of a Doubt (1943), filmed in Santa Rosa, California. In 1943, he joined the United States Marine Corps and stayed on active duty until 1947.
In 1947, Carey returned to Paramount in Suddenly, It's Spring. He continued with Paramount into the 1950s; by this time he had slipped into more noticeable character roles and transitioned to westerns for a time, such as Copper Canyon (1950), The Great Missouri Raid (1951), Outlaw Territory(1953) and Man or Gun (1958). In 1955 he appeared as Fred Gaily in The 20th Century-Fox Hour remake of the 1947 film classic, Miracle on 34th Street, starring opposite Teresa Wright and Thomas Mitchell. Carey played patriot Patrick Henry in John Paul Jones (1959). He appeared in Blue Denim (1959), The Damned (known as These Are the Damned in the US) (1963), Tammy and the Doctor (1963), and End of the World (1977).
In 1956, Carey took over the role of the kindly small-town physician Dr. Christian, a character created in the late 1930s by the Danish-American actorJean Hersholt, who had performed the part on radio and in films and had co-written a Dr. Christian novel. Carey portrayed Dr. Christian on syndicated television for one season. Carey also held the starring role of crusading Herb Maris in the 1950s syndicated series Lock-Up. A total of seventy-eight episodes (then considered to be only two full seasons) were made 1959–61, but apparently Carey did not appear in all of them.
In 1957, Carey appeared on NBC's The Ford Show, Starring Tennessee Ernie Ford.
On February 7, 1958, Carey appeared in the episode "License to Kill" of CBS's Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater as Tom Baker, a wounded sheriff facing the arrival of unruly cattle drovers. The mayor, played by Jacques Aubuchon, hires Lane Baker, portrayed by John Ericson, as the town marshal to assist the sheriff but against the sheriff's wishes. Lane turns out to be the sheriff's younger brother. The two differ on law enforcement but are eventually reconciled from a long-term family split. Stacy Harris plays Doc Currie, who set Tom Baker's broken arm.
Carey also appeared on CBS's Appointment with Adventure and in "The Incident of the Golden Calf" episode of CBS's Rawhide. He appeared in "The Bill Tawnee Story" of NBC's Wagon Train with Ward Bond. He guest starred in the 1964-1965 sitcom The Bing Crosby Show on ABC. He appeared too as Mr. Edwards in the 1963 episode "Pay the Two Dollars" of the NBC education drama series, Mr. Novak, starring James Franciscus.
In 1961, Carey played a starving artist in "The Devil's Ticket", an episode of Boris Karloff's anthology series Thriller. In the first season of The Outer Limits, Carey starred in the episode titled "The Special One".
Days of our Lives
For the remainder of his career, he played Tom Horton on Days of our Lives, from 1965 until his death from lung cancer in Beverly Hills, California in 1994. During this time, Carey suffered from a drinking problem, and eventually joined Alcoholics Anonymous in 1982. 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 passing, 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 ofDays 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."
Macdonald 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 6536Hollywood Boulevard.
He was married to Elizabeth Heckscher from 1943 until their divorce in 1969. They had six children. Later, he dated Lois Kraines. The couple remained together from 1973 until Carey's death.
Carey's six children are: Lynn, Theresa, Lisa, Steven, Edward Macdonald Jr., and Paul. Theresa is the mother of Survivor: Panama Exile Island winner Aras Baskauskas. Lynn Carey was a 1970sPenthouse Pet and singer of rock, blues and jazz music, providing lyrics and vocals for Russ Meyer's legendary cult classic film Beyond the Valley of the Dolls and The Seven Minutes as well as acting roles in other films and TV shows. She has fronted the bands Mama Lion and C.K. Strong in the 1970s, releasing albums and performing in world tours. He has a godson, Maurice Heckscher. He 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.