Known for movies

Short Info

DiedMarch 21, 1994, Beverly Hills, California, United States
SpouseElizabeth Heckscher
FactFather of Theresa Baskauskas.

Macdonald Carey was born on March 15, 1913 in Sioux City, Iowa. His parents were Anna Catherine (Carey) and Edward Joseph Carey. His siblings were Edward Joseph Jr., Hugh, and Francis. Carey attended Central High School in Sioux City. He then studied at the University of Notre Dame, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in English in 1935.

Carey began his acting career in 1936, appearing in a production of “The Barker” at the La Salle Theatre in Chicago. He then moved to New York City, where he appeared in various stage productions. Carey made his film debut in 1938, appearing in “The Young in Heart”. He also appeared in the films “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” (1939), “The Grapes of Wrath” (1940), and “This Gun for Hire” (1942).

During World War II, Carey served in the United States Navy. He then returned to his acting career, appearing in the film “The Lost Weekend” (1945). He also appeared in the films “It’s a Wonderful Life” (1946), “Miracle on 34th Street” (1947), and “Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House” (1948).

In 1949, Carey began appearing in the television series “One Man’s Family”. He continued to appear in films, including “White Christmas” (1954), “To Catch a Thief” (1955), and “High Society” (1956). Carey also appeared in the television series “Wagon Train” (1957-1965) and “The Virginian” (1962-1971).

Carey married actress Elizabeth Hudson in 1942. The couple had three children: Edward, Hugh, and Carey. They divorced in 1947. Carey married actress Joyce Bulifant in 1966. The couple had one child: Melinda. They divorced in 1972. Carey married actress Marilyn Miller in 1974. The couple had one child: Rebecca. They divorced in 1981.

Carey died of congestive heart failure on March 21, 1994 at the age of 81.

General Info

Full NameMacdonald Carey
DiedMarch 21, 1994, Beverly Hills, California, United States
ProfessionActor, Singer
EducationUniversity of Iowa


SpouseElizabeth Heckscher
ChildrenLynn Carey, Theresa Baskauskas, Steven Carey, Edward Macdonald Carey Jr., Lisa Carey, Paul Carey
ParentsCharles Carey, Elizabeth Macdonald Carey


AwardsDaytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
NominationsPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Daytime Programming - Individuals, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement By Individuals - Daytime Drama
MoviesShadow of a Doubt, These Are the Damned, Let's Make It Legal, Comanche Territory, The Lawless, The Great Missouri Raid, Wake Island, American Gigolo, Blue Denim, Tammy and the Doctor, Count the Hours, The Great Gatsby, Man or Gun, Suddenly, It's Spring, It's Alive III: Island of the Alive, Dr. Broad...
TV ShowsCondominium, Lock-Up, Days of Our Lives, Doctor Christian

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1I'm an actor who likes to work and what's the difference whether it's in the daytime or at night.


1In addition to daughters Lynn Catherine (born October 29, 1946) and Theresa, his other children were: Steven; Edward Macdonald Jr (born April 22, 1954); Paul; and Lisa (born in 1949).
2Received his B.A. from the University of Iowa in 1936.
3One-time Vice President of the Screen Actors Guild.
4Former wife Elizabeth Heckacher was a Philadelphia socialite who desired to be an actress. The couple met while he was doing radio and she was attending drama school in New York. She gave up her aspirations, however, once they married in 1941 and went on to have six children -- three boys and three girls.
5His very first roles on both Broadway ("Lady in the Dark") and film (Dr. Broadway (1942)) were leading parts.
6On Broadway in the hit musical "Lady in the Dark" starring Gertrude Lawrence. Paramount bought the rights to the musical and signed Macdonald to a seven-year contract. When they finally got around to making the movie version, Macdonald was serving WWII duty with the Marines. Ray Milland was cast in his role opposite Ginger Rogers.
7Once was a member of the Globe Players where he did compact versions of Shakespeare in Texas. His actor compatriots there included Martha Scott and David Wayne.
8Born and raised in Sioux City, Iowa, he sang baritone in the school choirs and took leads in Gilbert and Sullivan operettas; he received his Masters in drama at the University of Iowa.
9His Irish-Catholic father, Charles Carey was an investment counselor. His mother was Elizabeth Macdonald Carey, from whence he got his full name: Edward Macdonald Carey.
10Grandfather of Aras Baskauskas.
11Father of Theresa Baskauskas.
12Father of Lynn Carey.
13Besides playing the character of Dr. Tom Horton for close to 30 years on Days of Our Lives (1965), he is known for the famous voice-over at the beginning of the show. Even after he left the show and then passed away in 1994, the voice-over stayed as a tribute.




Days of Our Lives1965-1993TV SeriesDr. Tom Horton / Doctor Tom Horton
A Message from Holly1992TV MovieJudge Caulfield
Murder, She Wrote1986-1987TV SeriesDr. Lynch / Defense Atty. Oscar Ramsey
It's Alive III: Island of the Alive1987Judge Watson
Finder of Lost Loves1985TV SeriesNorman Prentice
Access Code1984Senator Williams
Fantasy Island1979-1981TV SeriesAlfred Gerrard / Hobart
The Girl, the Gold Watch & Everything1980TV MovieMr. Walton Grumby
Top of the Hill1980TV MovieMitchell
American Gigolo1980Hollywood Actor (as MacDonald Carey)
Condominium1980TV SeriesDr. Arthur Castor
Buck Rogers in the 25th Century1979TV SeriesDr. Mallory
The Rebels1979TV MovieDr. Church
The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries1978TV SeriesSenator John Martin
Stranger in Our House1978TV MovieProfessor Jarvis
Switch1978TV SeriesRay
Police Story1974-1977TV SeriesCapt. Richard MacDonald / Chief Blandings / Mr. Austin
End of the World1977John Davis
McMillan & Wife1976TV SeriesDr. Gunther
Who Is the Black Dahlia?1975TV MovieCapt. Jack Donahoe
Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law1974TV SeriesEarl Ryder
Ordeal1973TV MovieEliot Frost
The Magician1973TV SeriesRich
Gidget Gets Married1972TV MovieRuss Lawrence
Bewitched1967TV SeriesJoe Baxter
Lassie1966TV SeriesElderly Lawyer / Jebediah Wakefield
Ben Casey1965TV SeriesGeorge McFadden
Run for Your Life1965TV SeriesMichael Allen / Joseph Appleton
Kraft Suspense Theatre1965TV SeriesElmer Pike
Branded1965TV SeriesSen. Lansing
Burke's Law1963-1965TV SeriesWaldo Nicely / Franklyn Warren / Burl Mason / ...
Daniel Boone1965TV SeriesHenry Pitcairn
The Bing Crosby Show1964TV Series
Arrest and Trial1964TV SeriesProfessor Marcus Kane
The Outer Limits1964TV SeriesRoy Benjamin
Mr. Novak1963TV SeriesMr. Edwards
Kraft Mystery Theater1963TV Series
Tammy and the Doctor1963Dr. Wayne Bentley
The Dick Powell Theatre1963TV SeriesLieutenant Duff Peterson
Stranglehold1962Bill Morrison
These Are the Damned1962Simon Wells
The Alfred Hitchcock Hour1962TV SeriesJohn Mitchell
The Devil's Agent1962Mr. Smith
Checkmate1962TV SeriesFrederic Haley
Target: The Corruptors1962TV SeriesJudge Andrew Leroy
Insight1962TV SeriesJames Madison
The United States Steel Hour1956-1961TV SeriesBill Dulaney / Jim
Lock Up1959-1961TV SeriesHerbert L. Maris Herb Maris
Thriller1961TV SeriesHector Vane
Moment of Fear1960TV SeriesJim Mellanby
Alfred Hitchcock Presents1959TV SeriesProfessor
Blue Denim1959Major Malcolm Bartley, Ret.
John Paul Jones1959Patrick Henry
The DuPont Show of the Month1959TV SeriesKenny
The Redeemer1959Jesus Christ (voice)
Rawhide1959TV SeriesBrother Bent
Schlitz Playhouse1954-1958TV SeriesOrville E. Piggott
Pursuit1958TV SeriesHarry Taback
Target1958TV SeriesHerbert L. Maris Herb Maris
Suspicion1957-1958TV SeriesBen Forbes / Jeremiah Taylor
The Frank Sinatra Show1958TV SeriesPaul Armstrong
Man or Gun1958'Maybe' Smith / Scott Yancey
Playhouse 901958TV SeriesAlexander Lamar
Studio One in Hollywood1950-1958TV SeriesLenny Byrnes
Wagon Train1958TV SeriesBill Tawnee
Zane Grey Theater1958TV SeriesSheriff Tom Baker
Jane Wyman Presents The Fireside Theatre1957TV SeriesCaleton Reed
The Joseph Cotten Show: On Trial1957TV SeriesMike
The Ford Television Theatre1952-1957TV SeriesJon / Mace Prouty / Brother Phillip Hart / ...
The Kaiser Aluminum Hour1957TV SeriesHoward Crane
Dr. Christian1956-1957TV SeriesDr. Mark Christian
Climax!1955-1956TV SeriesHarry Belgard / Allen Moore / Tom Ditmar / ...
Odongo1956Steve Stratton
The Alcoa Hour1956TV SeriesGeorge Spencer
Screen Directors Playhouse1956TV SeriesWilliam Tyler / Gil Foster
Stranger at My Door1956Hollis Jarret
General Electric Theater1953-1956TV SeriesDavid Bothwell
The 20th Century-Fox Hour1955-1956TV SeriesLew Marsh / Fred Gaily
Celebrity Playhouse1956TV Series
Hour of Stars1955TV SeriesFred Gailey
Science Fiction Theatre1955TV SeriesDr. Lee Seward
Stage 71955TV SeriesJim Blandings / Philippo
Appointment with Adventure1955TV Series
Malaga1954Van Logan
Lux Video Theatre1952-1954TV SeriesColby / Major Slocum / Dan Shelvin
It's Everybody's Business1954ShortNarrator (voice)
Hannah Lee: An American Primitive1953Bus Crow
Count the Hours1953Doug Madison
Hollywood Opening Night1952TV Series
My Wife's Best Friend1952George Mason
Celanese Theatre1952TV Series
The Christophers1952TV Series
Cave of Outlaws1951Pete Carver
Let's Make It Legal1951Hugh Halsworth
Meet Me After the Show1951Jeff Ames
Excuse My Dust1951Cyrus Random, Jr.
The Great Missouri Raid1951Jesse James
Mystery Submarine1950Dr. Brett Young
Copper Canyon1950Deputy Lane Travis
South Sea Sinner1950'Jake' Davis
The Lawless1950Larry Wilder
Comanche Territory1950James Bowie
Song of Surrender1949Bruce Eldridge
The Great Gatsby1949Nicholas 'Nick' Carraway
Streets of Laredo1949Lorn Reming
Bride of Vengeance1949Cesare Borgia
Dream Girl1948Clark Redfield
Hazard1948J.D. Storm
Variety Girl1947Macdonald Carey
Suddenly It's Spring1947Jack Lindsay
Salute for Three1943Buzz McAllister
Shadow of a Doubt1943Jack Graham
Wake Island1942Lt. Bruce Cameron
Dr. Broadway1942Dr. Timothy Kane / Dr. Broadway
Take a Letter, Darling1942Jonathan Caldwell
Star Spangled Rhythm1942Louie the Lug in Skit


Daniel Boone1965TV Series performer - 1 episode
Odongo1956performer: "I'm Alive" - uncredited


Love, Marilyn2012DocumentaryHugh Halsworth (uncredited)
A Most Unusual Man1993TV MovieHimself
One on One with John Tesh1991TV SeriesHimself
The 8th Annual American Cinema Awards1991TV SpecialHimself
7th Annual American Cinema Awards1990TV SpecialHimself
6th Annual Soap Opera Awards1990TV SpecialHimself
The 6th Annual American Cinema Awards1989TV SpecialHimself
5th Annual Soap Opera Awards1989TV SpecialHimself
Hour Magazine1986TV SeriesHimself
NBC 60th Anniversary Celebration1986TV Special documentaryHimself
Wait Till We're 651981TV MovieHimself
ABC Late Night1975TV SeriesHimself
Celebrity Tennis1975TV SeriesHimself
The 47th Annual Academy Awards1975TV SpecialHimself - Co-Presenter: Best Film Editing
The 16th Annual TV Week Logie Awards1974TV SpecialHimself
The Merv Griffin Show1972TV SeriesHimself - Actor
Celebrity Bowling1972TV SeriesHimself
The Art Linkletter Show1970TV SeriesHimself
The Real Tom Kennedy Show1970TV SeriesHimself
The 40th Annual Academy Awards1968TV SpecialHimself - Co-Presenter: Short Subject, Cartoon & Live Action
The Woody Woodbury Show1968TV SeriesHimself
The Hollywood Squares1967TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1966-1967TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The 37th Annual Academy Awards1965TV SpecialHimself - Co-Presenter: Art Direction Awards
The Presidency: A Splendid Misery1964TV Movie documentary
Stump the Stars1963TV SeriesHimself - Guest Panelist
The 34th Annual Academy Awards1962TV SpecialHimself - Co-Presenter: Best Special Effects
Here's Hollywood1960TV SeriesHimself
The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show1957TV SeriesHimself - Actor
Your Show of Shows1950TV SeriesHimself - Guest Performer

Archive Footage

3-D Rarities2015Documentary
Days of Our Lives2003-2011TV SeriesDr. Tom Horton
Days of Our Lives' Christmas2001TV SpecialDr. Tom Horton, Sr. (uncredited)
Days of Our Lives' 35th Anniversary2000TV MovieDr. Tom Horton, Sr. (uncredited)
The 67th Annual Academy Awards1995TV SpecialHimself (Memorial Tribute)
The Legend of Marilyn Monroe1966DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
Broken Sabre1965Senator Lansing
The Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Story1951Documentary


Won Awards

1990Soap Opera Digest AwardSoap Opera Digest AwardsEditor's Choice
1985Soap Opera Digest AwardSoap Opera Digest AwardsOutstanding Actor in a Mature Role in a Daytime SerialDays of Our Lives (1965)
1984Soap Opera Digest AwardSoap Opera Digest AwardsOutstanding Actor in a Mature Role in a Daytime Soap OperaDays of Our Lives (1965)
1979SoapySoapy AwardsFavorite Actor in a Mature RoleDays of Our Lives (1965)
1978SoapySoapy AwardsFavorite Actor in a Mature RoleDays of Our Lives (1965)
1975Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama SeriesDays of Our Lives (1965)
1974Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsBest Actor in Daytime Drama - For a SeriesDays of Our Lives (1965)
1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameTelevisionOn 8 February 1960. At 6536 Hollywood Blvd.

Nominated Awards

1976Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama SeriesDays of Our Lives (1965)
1973Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Achievement by Individuals in Daytime DramaDays of Our Lives (1965)
1968Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Achievement in Daytime Programming - IndividualsDays of Our Lives (1965)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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