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OTRC: Harry Carey Jr., Western character actor, dies at 91

Harry Carey Jr., a character actor known for his roles in Western films like "3 Godfathers" and "Wagon Master," died at the age of 91 on Thursday, December 27, The Associated Press reports.

The actor's daughter, Melinda Carey, said her father died of natural causes. She told the wire service on Friday, December 28, "He went out as gracefully as he came in."

Carey Jr. was surrounded by his family at a hospice facility in Santa Barbara, California, at the time of his death.

The actor's career included roles in Western films such as "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon," ''The Searchers" and "The Long Gray Line." He can be seen in the photo above as the one of the far right holding a book in a scene with John Wayne from "3 Godfathers" in 1948.

Later in life, he had parts in "Gremlins," "Tombstone" and "Back to the Future Part III." His last role was in the 1997 television movie "Last Stand at Saber River."

Carey Jr. wrote a memoir titled "Company of Heroes: My Life as an Actor in the John Ford Stock Company," which was published in 1994.

"My journey has been that of a character actor," he wrote in his memoir, according to the wire service. "I've worked with the great and the not-so-great. But mostly I've worked with men and women who loved their profession, and who like me, had kids to raise and houses to pay for."

His father, Harry Carey Sr., was a silent-film Western star. His mother was actress Olive Carey. During World War II, he served in the Navy and worked with director John Ford on films for the Navy. He is survived by his wife, a son, two daughters, three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

(Pictured [from right to left]: John Wayne, Pedro Armendariz and Harry Carey, Jr. in the 1948 film "3 Godfathers." / Carey Jr. in a 1940s publicity photo released by SCVHistory.com in character from the film, "She Wore A Yellow Ribbon.")

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