Born Eugene Carey on July 15, 1925, in Hackensack, New Jersey, actor Philip Carey grew up on Long Island. After serving in the Marines during World War II, the 6'5" Carey studied drama in college before being spotted by a talent scout in summer stock. Offered a contract with Warner Bros., Carey entered films in 1951. His first film was the John Wayne war flick Operation Pacific (1951; with John Wayne). He had supporting roles in several high-profile films at the studio, including the Doris day vehicle Calamity Jane (1953), but Carey primarily starred in lower-budgeted westerns and film noir flicks. Throughout the 1950s, Carey acted in a number of memorable film noir titles, including I Was a Communist for the FBI (1951; with Frank Lovejoy), This Woman Is Dangerous (1952; with Joan Crawford and David Brian), Wicked as They Come (1956; with Arlene Dahl and Herbert Marshall), The Shadow on the Window (1957; with Betty Garrett), and the cult favorite Screaming Mimi (1958; with Anita Ekberg and Gypsy Rose Lee).

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Warner Bros. promotional photos from the early 1950s

In 1953, Philip Carey left Warner Bros. and signed a contract with Columbia Pictures where he was often billed as Phil Carey. At the new studio, he enjoyed starring roles in a number of westerns, including The Nebraskan (1953; with Lee Van Cleef), Massacre Canyon (1954; with Audrey Totter), and Count Three and Pray (1955; with Raymond Burr and Allison Hayes). Remaining with Columbia until about 1960, Carey made an increasing number of forays into television, making guest appearances on popular dramatic anthology television programs, as well as working on two series, Tales of the 77th Bengal Lancers (1956-1957 NBC TV series) and Philip Marlowe (1959-1960 ABC TV series). However, television work took a toll on Carey's film output, which dwindled in the 1960s. Nonetheless, he continued his long association with westerns in the TV series Laredo (1965-1967 NBC TV series; with Peter Brown and William Smith) and as a guest star on Cimarron Strip, Custer, and Daniel Boone. In films, he found roles in Dead Ringer (1964; with Bette Davis), The Time Travelers (1964; with Merry Anders), and The Seven Minutes (1971; with Yvonne De Carlo), among others.

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The Man Behind the Gun (1953)

Patrice Wymore, Philip Carey, and Randolph Scott

With Patrice Wymore and Randolph Scott in the Warner Bros. western The Man Behind the Gun

Massacre Canyon (1954)

Audrey Totter and Philip Carey

With Audrey Totter in the Columbia western Massacre Canyon

They Rode West (1954)

Philip Carey and Donna Reed

With Donna Reed in the Columbia western They Rode West

Wicked as They Come (1956)

Arlene Dahl and Philip Carey

From the Columbia drama Wicked as They Come with Arlene Dahl

Screaming Mimi (1958)

Philip Carey, Gypsy Rose Lee, and Anita Ekberg

With Gypsy Rose Lee and Anita Ekberg in the Columbia noir release Screaming Mimi

Tonka (1958)

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Carey as Captain Miles Keogh in the Walt Disney western Tonka

Black Gold (1962)

Diane McBain and Philip Carey

With Diane McBain in the Warner Bros. adventure Black Gold

FBI Code 98 (1963)

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From the Warner Bros. crime drama FBI Code 98

Dead Ringer (1964)

Karl Malden and Philip Carey

With Karl Malden in the Warner Bros. Bette Davis horror vehicle Dead Ringer

The Time Travelers (1964)

John Hoyt, Dennis Patrick, Philip Carey, and Merry Anders

From American International's The Time Travelers with John Hoyt, Dennis Patrick, and Merry Anders

Untamed World (1969 NBC TV Series)

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Carey was the host of the nature series Untamed World during its initial run on NBC

Once You Kiss a Stranger (1969)

Paul Burke, Peter Lind Hayes, and Philip Carey

With Paul Burke and Peter Lind Hayes in the Warner Bros. murder thriller Once You Kiss a Stranger

The Seven Minutes (1971)

Philip Carey, Yvonne De Carlo, and Marianne McAndrew

From the Russ Meyer 20th Century Fox drama The Seven Minutes with Yvonne De Carlo and Marianne McAndrew

Scream of the Wolf (1974)

Philip Carey and Peter Graves

With Peter Graves in the made-for-TV horror flick Scream of the Wolf, originally aired by ABC

One Life to Live (1968-present ABC Daytime Drama)

Robert S. Woods, Philip Carey, and Clint Ritchie

Early 1980s shot of Carey with TV sons Robert S. Woods and Clint Ritchie on the ABC soaper One Life to Live

later years

Carey's film output came to a halt in the 1970s, although he stayed busy with television work on such series as The Blue Knight and Kolchak: The Night Stalker. His final film was the low-budget horror flick Monster (1979; with Anthony Eisley and John Carradine). Also in 1979, Carey signed on for the long-running role of Asa Buchanan on the ABC-TV daytime drama One Life to Live, where he stayed for nearly three decades. He underwent treatment for lung cancer in January 2006 and left his role as Asa Buchanan on the ABC daytime series One Life to Live in April 2007, at the end of his contract. Sadly, Philip Carey passed away from lung cancer on February 6, 2009, at the age of 83. He is survived by his second wife and five children.

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Monster (1979) with James Mitchum, John Carradine, and Anthony Eisley
Fighting Mad (1976) with Peter Fonda, Noble Willingham, and Scott Glenn
Crackle of Death (1976) with Darren McGavin, Simon Oakland, David Doyle, Madlyn Rhue, and William Smith
Scream of the Wolf (1974) with Peter Graves, Clint Walker, Jo Ann Pflug, and Don Megowan
Shadow of Fear (1973) with Claude Akins, Anjanette Comer, Jason Evers, and Tom Selleck
The Seven Minutes (1971) with Jay C. Flippen, Edy Williams, Yvonne De Carlo, Lyle Bettger, Ron Randell, Charles Drake, John Carradine, Tom Selleck, Alexander D'Arcy, David Brian, and Berry Kroeger; directed by Russ Meyers
The Rebel Rousers (1970) with Cameron Mitchell, Bruce Dern, Diane Ladd, Jack Nicholson, and Harry Dean Stanton
Once You Kiss a Stranger (1969) with Paul Burke, Carol Lynley, Martha Hyer, Peter Lind Hayes, Stephen McNally, Whit Bissell, Elaine Devry, and Ann Doran
Three Guns for Texas (1968) with Neville Brand, Peter Brown, William Smith, Martin Milner, Albert Salmi, Michael Conrad, and Dub Taylor
The Great Sioux Massacre (1965) with Joseph Cotten, Darren McGavin, Julie Sommars, Nancy Kovack, Michael Pate, Stacy Harris, and Iron Eyes Cody
Town Tamer (1965) with Dana Andrews, Terry Moore, Pat O'Brien, Lon Chaney Jr., Bruce Cabot, Lyle Bettger, Richard Arlen, Sonny Tufts, Coleen Gray, DeForest Kelley, Jeanne Cagney, and Don 'Red' Barry
The Time Travelers (1964) with Preston Foster, Merry Anders, John Hoyt, Dennis Patrick, Joan Woodbury, and Berry Kroeger
Dead Ringer (1964) with Bette Davis, Karl Malden, Peter Lawford, Jean Hagen, George Macready, and Estelle Winwood
FBI Code 98 (1963) with Jack Kelly, Ray Danton, Andrew Duggan, William Reynolds, Peggy McCay, Merry Anders, and Jack Cassidy
Black Gold (1962) with Diane McBain, James Best, Fay Spain, Claude Akins, Dub Taylor, and Iron Eyes Cody
The Trunk (1960) with Julia Arnall and Dermot Walsh
Tonka (1958) with Sal Mineo, Jerome Courtland, Rafael Campos, Herbert Rudley, Gregg Martell, and Slim Pickens
Screaming Mimi (1958) with Anita Ekberg, Gypsy Rose Lee, and Harry Townes
Return to Warbow (1958) with Catherine McLeod, Andrew Duggan, and Jay Silverheels
The Shadow on the Window (1957) with Betty Garrett, John Drew Barrymore, and Jerry Mathers
Port Afrique (1956) with Pier Angeli, Anthony Newley, Christopher Lee, and Dennis Price
Wicked as They Come (1956) with Arlene Dahl and Herbert Marshall
Three Stripes in the Sun (1955) with Aldo Ray, Dick York, and Chuck Connors
Count Three and Pray (1955) with Van Heflin, Joanne Woodward, Raymond Burr, Allison Hayes, Myron Healey, and Nancy Kulp
Mister Roberts (1955) with Henry Fonda, James Cagney, William Powell, Jack Lemmonm, Betsy Palmer, Ward Bond, Nick Adams, Ken Curtis, Patrick Wayne, Frank Aletter, and Tige Andrews
The Long Gray Line (1955) with Tyrone Power, Maureen O'Hara, Donald Crisp, Ward Bond, Betsy Palmer, Patrick Wayne, Sean McClory, Peter Graves, and Milburn Stone
Pushover (1954) with Fred MacMurray, Kim Novak, Dorothy Malone, and E.G. Marshall
The Outlaw Stallion (1954) with Dorothy Patrick, Billy Gray, and Morris Ankrum
Massacre Canyon (1954) with Audrey Totter, Douglas Kennedy, Jeff Donnell, Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams, and Mel Welles
They Rode West (1954) with Robert Francis, Donna Reed, May Wynn, Onslow Stevens, Peggy Converse, Roy Roberts, and Jack Kelly
Wyoming Renegades (1954) with Gene Evans, Martha Hyer, Douglas Kennedy, Roy Roberts, Don Beddoe, Aaron Spelling, and Mel Welles
The Nebraskan (1953) with Wallace Ford, Lee Van Cleef, Regis Toomey, Jay Silverheels, and Dennis Weaver
Calamity Jane (1953) with Doris Day and Howard Keel
Gun Fury (1953) with Rock Hudson, Donna Reed, Leo Gordon, Lee Marvin, and Neville Brand
The Man Behind the Gun (1953) with Randolph Scott, Patrice Wymore, Dick Wesson, Roy Roberts, Morris Ankrum, and Alan Hale Jr.
Springfield Rifle (1952) with Gary Cooper, Phyllis Thaxter, David Brian, Paul Kelly, Lon Chaney Jr., Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams, Alan Hale Jr., and Martin Milner
Cattle Town (1952) with Dennis Morgan, Amanda Blake, Rita Moreno, Paul Picerni, George O'Hanlon, Sheb Wooley, and Merv Griffin
This Woman Is Dangerous (1952) with Joan Crawford, Dennis Morgan, and David Brian
The Tanks Are Coming (1951) with Steve Cochran, Paul Picerni, George O'Hanlon, and John McIntire
Inside the Walls of Folsom Prison (1951) with Steve Cochran, David Brian, Ted de Corsia, Paul Picerni, and William Campbell
I Was a Communist for the FBI (1951) with Frank Lovejoy, Dorothy Hart, and Paul Picerni
Operation Pacific (1951) with John Wayne, Patricia Neal, Ward Bond, Paul Picerni, William Campbell, and Martin Milner

One Life to Live, 1968-present ABC daytime drama. Carey portrayed Asa Buchanan from 1979 to 2007
Bright Promise, 1969-1972 NBC daytime drama. Carey portrayed Bob Corcoran during the final season. Also in the cast were Dana Andrews, Coleen Gray, and Anthony Eisley
Untamed World, 1969-1975 NBC and later syndicated TV series. Carey served as host duing the show's initial run on NBC
Laredo, 1965-1967 NBC TV series. Carey portrayed Capt. Edward Parmalee. Also in the cast were William Smith, Peter Brown, Neville Brand, and Claude Akins
Philip Marlowe, 1959-1960 ABC TV series. Carey portrayed the title character
Tales of the 77th Bengal Lancers, 1956-1957 NBC TV series. Carey portrayed Lieutenant Michael Rhodes

Little House on the Prairie, episode The Halloween Dream, originally aired October 29, 1979
The Betty White Show, episode Joyce's Wedding, originally aired December 12, 1977
The Bionic Woman, episode The Vega Influence, originally aired December 1, 1976
The Blue Knight, episode A Slight Case of Murder, originally aired September 29, 1976
Police Story, episode The Execution, originally aired February 18, 1975
McCloud, episode The Man with the Golden Hat, originally aired January 12, 1975
Kolchak: The Night Stalker, episode Firefall, originally aired November 8, 1974
Police Woman, episode Anatomy of Two Rapes, originally aired October 11, 1974
Banacek, episode Rocket to Oblivion, originally aired February 12, 1974
Wide World Mystery, episode Hard Day at Blue Nose, originally aired February 12, 1974
Room 222, episode I've Got the Hammer, If You've Got the Thumb, originally aired September 14, 1973
Wide World Mystery, episode Shadow of Fear, originally aired January 1, 1973
McMillan & Wife, episode Night of the Wizard, originally aired September 24, 1972
Gunsmoke, episode Trafton, originally aired October 25, 1971
All in the Family, episode Judging Books by Covers, originally aired February 9, 1971
Ironside, episode Goodbye to Yesterday, originally aired September 25, 1969
Ironside, episode Barbara Who, originally aired February 29, 1968
Cimarron Strip, episode Knife in the Darkness, originally aired January 25, 1968
Felony Squad, episode No Sad Songs for Charlie, originally aired December 14, 1967
Custer, episode Massacre, originally aired October 4, 1967
Daniel Boone, episode The Necklace, originally aired March 9, 1967
The Virginian, episode We've Lost a Train, originally aired April 21, 1965
Kraft Suspense Theatre, episode My Enemy, This Town, originally aired February 6, 1964
The Virginian, episode Siege, originally aired December 18, 1963
G.E. True, episode Nitro, originally aired April 28, 1963
The Lucy Show, episode Lucy and the Runaway Butterfly, originally aired April 22, 1963
77 Sunset Strip, episode Flight 307, originally aired March 29, 1963
The Doctors and the Nurses, episode The Thunder of Ernie Bass, originally aired March 7, 1963
77 Sunset Strip, episode The Night Was Six Years Long, originally aired February 8, 1963
The Gallant Men, episode The Leathernecks, originally aired February 2, 1963
Cheyenne, episode Johnny Brassbuttons, originally aired December 3, 1962
77 Sunset Strip, episode Flight from Escondido, originally aired May 18, 1962
77 Sunset Strip, episode Violence for Your Furs, originally aired March 30, 1962
Bronco, episode Until Kingdom Come, originally aired March 26, 1962
Cheyenne, episode One Way Ticket, originally aired February 12, 1962
Lawman, episode Change of Venue, originally aired February 11, 1962
Insight, episode The Face of Tyranny, originally aired January 29, 1962
The Roaring 20's, episode Kitty Goes West, originally aired October 14, 1961
Tales of Wells Fargo, episode The Dodger, originally aired October 7, 1961
The Asphalt Jungle, episode The Professor, originally aired May 28, 1961
The Rifleman, episode Death Trap, originally aired May 9, 1961
Stagecoach West, episode The Root of Evil, originally aired February 28, 1961
Thriller, episode Man in the Cage, originally aired January 17, 1961
Zane Grey Theater, episode One Must Die, originally aired January 12, 1961
Michael Shayne, episode Shoot the Works, originally aired November 11, 1960
Lux Playhouse, episode A Deadly Guest, originally aired January 9, 1959
Lux Video Theatre, episode Edge of Doubt, originally aired June 20, 1957
The Ford Television Theatre, episode Torn, originally aired May 29, 1957
The Ford Television Theatre, episode Duffy's Man, originally aired December 19, 1956
The Ford Television Theatre, episode Panic, originally aired June 14, 1956
Celebrity Playhouse, episode I'll Make the Arrest, originally aired May 22, 1956
Celebrity Playhouse, episode Known But to God, originally aired December 6, 1955
The Ford Television Theatre, episode Twelve to Eternity, originally aired October 27, 1955
Four Star Playhouse, episode Eddie's Place, originally aired March 10, 1955
The Ford Television Theatre, episode Second Sight, originally aired March 10, 1955
The Ford Television Theatre, episode The Stars Don't Shine, originally aired January 20, 1955
The Ford Television Theatre, episode The Unlocked Door, originally aired June 3, 1954
The Ford Television Theatre, episode Gun Job, originally aired December 17, 1953
Schlitz Playhouse, episode Two Lives Have I, originally aired August 28, 1953
The Ford Television Theatre, episode The Trestle, originally aired June 11, 1953
The Ford Television Theatre, episode Madame 44, originally aired March 5, 1953

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