Philip Carey
Eugene Joseph Carey

(1925-07-15)July 15, 1925
DiedFebruary 6, 2009(2009-02-06) (aged 83)
Resting placeForest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills)
Other namesPhil Carey
Years active1951–2008
Spouse(s)Colleen Welch (1976-2009, his death) 2 children
Maureen Peppler (1949-1972, divorced) 3 children

Philip Carey (born Eugene Joseph Carey, July 15, 1925 – February 6, 2009)[1][2] was an American actor.

Early life

On July 15, 1925, Carey was born in Hackensack, New Jersey.[2][3] He grew up in Rosedale, Queens and Malverne, New York.[4]


Carey studied drama at the University of Miami.[2]


Carey served in the United States Marine Corps, was wounded as part of the ship's detachment of the USS Franklin during World War II, and served again in the Korean War.[5]

Carey's acting career began in 1950. One of his earliest roles was Lt. (jg) Bob Perry in John Wayne's Operation Pacific. Carey also made appearances in films such as I Was a Communist for the FBI (1951), This Woman Is Dangerous with Joan Crawford (1952), The Nebraskan (1953), Calamity Jane with Doris Day (1953), They Rode West (1954), Pushover (1954), Mister Roberts (1955), The Long Gray Line (1955), Port Afrique with Pier Angeli (1956), and Monstroid (1979).

Carey's career started with 10 characters in 10 episodes of the Ford Theatre, a highly popular 1950s television series. He also narrated 31 episodes of the documentary Untamed World. He portrayed fictional detective Philip Marlowe in a 1959 ABC series of the same name. He portrayed four different characters on as many episodes of ABC's mystery series 77 Sunset Strip starring Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. He was among the guest stars in the CBS anthology series, GE True, hosted by Jack Webb.

In 1956, Carey starred on the NBC series Tales of the 77th Bengal Lancers. Carey's character was portrayed as Canadian because Carey reportedly could not master a British accent.[6] He played the character Simon Battle in The Rifleman. In 1961, he guest-starred in an episode of The Asphalt Jungle.

In the episode "One Way Ticket" of the ABC/Warner Bros. Western series, Cheyenne, Carey plays the outlaw Cole Younger, who is being transported by railway to the penitentiary in Denver, Colorado.

In a following 1962 episode, "Johnny Brassbuttons", Carey plays Marshal Frank Nolan assigned to bring back to justice a Native Indian accused of conspiracy to commit murder.

From 1965 to 1967, Carey played Captain Edward Parmalee on the NBC Western television series Laredo. His co-stars included William Smith, Peter Brown, and Neville Brand. After Laredo, Carey guest-starred in an episode of ABC's military-Western Custer starring Wayne Maunder in the title role. Carey had played Custer himself in The Great Sioux Massacre (1965) and played Captain Myles Keogh at the Battle of the Little Big Horn in Walt Disney's Tonka in 1959.

During this period, Carey also appeared on CBS-TV hit sitcom The Lucy Show. The episode entitled "Lucy and the Runaway Butterfly" was broadcast on April 22, 1963. In that installment, Carey played Howard McClay, a boyfriend of Lucy Carmichael's (played by Lucille Ball).

In 1971, Carey guest-starred on the landmark fifth installment of All in the Family, playing Steve, an ex–professional football player friend of Archie Bunker's, who tells Archie he is gay. The episode was entitled "Judging Books by Covers".

From 1979 until late 2007, he played the protective Texan patriarch Asa Buchanan on the ABC soap opera One Life to Live. He also appeared in the low-budget horror film Monstroid in 1980.

Carey became well known for a series of tongue-in-cheek television commercials for Granny Goose potato chips, in which he self-identified as "Granny Goose", portraying the company's spokesperson as a tough cowboy.[7]

A lifelong smoker, Carey was diagnosed with lung cancer in January 2006, and underwent chemotherapy.

In late March 2007, he was announced to be leaving One Life to Live. He had appeared in one episode in 2003 and one episode of All My Children in 2004. He appeared in an additional nine episodes of One Life to Live between January 3, 2007, and May 16, 2007. Carey turned down an offer to go to recurring status with the show (although he nevertheless did, in fact, make several appearances on the show after his official exit in late 2007, including several appearances in July 2008, with his final appearance having been on December 29, 2008).

Personal life

In 1949, Carey married Maureen Peppler. They have three children, Jeff, Linda, and Lisa. The marriage ended in a divorce. In 1976, Carey married Colleen Welch. They have two children, Sean and Shannon.

Carey was close friends with his on-screen sons, Clint Ritchie and Robert S. Woods.[8]


On February 6, 2009, Carey died of lung cancer at age 83.[2]



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  3. ^ "Phil Carey, 83, Longtime ‘One Life to Live’ Star, Dies", The New York Times via Associated Press., February 13. 2009. Accessed February 13, 2009.
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  6. ^ The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946-Present. Ballantine Books. 2003. p. 1170. ISBN 0-345-45542-8.
  7. ^ "Philip Carey dies at 83; costarred in 'Laredo' and had long-running role on 'One Life to Live'". Los Angeles Times. 2009-02-10. Retrieved 2020-08-21.
  8. ^ "SoapZone: One Life to Live News & Gossip". 2008-06-09.