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Harry Carey Jr. returns to family ranch, now Tesoro Adobe Park

Save the date: Saturday, May 30

Posted: April 7, 2009 5:42 p.m.
Updated: April 7, 2009 2:59 p.m.

The ranch house at Tesoro Adobe Historic Park in Valencia was built by western film star Harry Carey in the 1920s and '30s.

Western film legend Harry "Dobe" Carey Jr., his wife Marilyn and other members of the famous Carey family are guests of honor at a country-style picnic potluck luncheon at Tesoro Adobe Historic Park in Valencia on Saturday, May 30, starting at 1 p.m.

"We're calling it 'The Return of the Careys,'" said Albert L. Ewing, recreation services leader for William S. Hart Park and coordinator of the event, which is free to the public.

Now a Los Angeles County park, Tesoro Adobe is on the site of the 1,000-acre ranch once owned by the Careys.

Noted western film actor Harry Carey, credited with at least 233 movies, built the ranch in the 1920s and 1930s. Icons of western films including John Wayne, William S. Hart and Gary Cooper visited Tesoro Adobe.

Carey's son, known to many by his nickname, was born on the ranch May 16, 1921. His mother Olive Carey was also a western film actor. 

Carey Jr. got into the family business after serving in the Navy and the O.S.S. during World War II. His early film credits include "Rolling Home" (1946), "Pursued" (1947), "Red River" (1948, also costarring his father) and "The Searchers" (1956); the latter two starred John Wayne, with John Ford directing.

Other classics Carey Jr. made with Wayne included "Island in the Sky" (1953), "Gun the Man Down" (1956), "Escort West" (1958), "Rio Bravo" (1959), "The Undefeated" (1969), "Big Jake" (1971), and "Cahill, U.S. Marshal" (1973).

In later years Carey starred in new-age Westerns such as "The Long Riders" (1980), "Tombstone" (1993) and "Wyatt Earp: Return to Tombstone" (1994).

Carey Jr. was also a star on the small screen, and a regular in "The Adventures of Spin & Marty" on the original "Mickey Mouse Club" during the mid-1950s. He appeared in multiple episodes of series such as "Have Gun, Will Travel," "Wagon Train," "Laramie," "Rawhide" and "The Rifleman."

According to the International Movie Database, Carey Jr. appeared in almost 100 movies and 100 television programs.

His wife Marilyn is daughter of character actor Paul Fix, also Dobe's godfather.

Harry Carey Sr. was honored with a plaque on the Walk of Western Stars in Newhall in 1987. Carey Jr. was inducted in April 2005.

That June, the county accepted the donation of Tesoro Adobe Historic Park from Montalvo Properties LLC, developer of the Tesoro residential community that surrounds the park.

May 30's free open-house celebration features:

• Light entertainment
• Tour of Tesoro Adobe Historic Park with Harry Carey Jr. and his family
• A forum-style Q & A session with Harry and his wife Marilyn
• Santa Clarita Valley Artist Association's newest art show - western flavor
• Attendees wearing western-style clothing in tribute to the Careys
• Numerous presentations and tokens of affection from various agencies
• Organized opportunities for photos with the Careys

Find Tesoro Adobe Historic Park at 29350 Avenida Tesoro, Valencia 91354.

For more information, contact Ewing at (661) 259-1750 or (661) 702-8953.


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