We here at the TCE are thrilled to wish a very happy 74th birthday anniversary to the great Don Calfa! Romeo Carey and I had the honor and pleasure of interviewing him last summer, at his memorabilia-packed home deep in the California desert. He shared some amazing memories of working with Timothy in Peeper (1975), and of his friendship with Tim in general. Here are the two of them in a scene filmed aboard the Queen Mary.
Calfa is very much like Tim in that he brings his unique presence and flair to every role, no matter how large or how small. He’s a big part of what makes it so much fun to go to the movies. Happy birthday, Don!
I am so. excited. to be bringing you today’s pics. Thanks to my new Facebook pal Juan Ibáñez Mateos, from beautiful Barcelona, Spain, we are presenting some candid photographs of young Timothy that I can pretty much guarantee you have never seen before. They were taken at an unknown venue by an unknown photographer sometime in the mid-1950s. It looks like there is some kind of song-and-dance talent competition going on. The Johnny Otis Band is going to town in the background. And Mr. Timothy Carey is owning the room.
The fellow who gave these pics to Juan was apparently unaware that Tim was even in them. They have a marvelous LIFE magazine quality. In the James Dean article from Movie Stars Parade magazine, Tim tells Dean that he spent a lot of time at the 5-4 Ballroom in Los Angeles. I’m willing to bet that these pics were taken there. And, of course, we’ve all got to wonder – did Tim win the competition? Eternal thanks to the unknown photographer, the friend who passed these on to Juan, and Juan himself. I am just blown away by this unexpected glimpse into the life and times of young Tim. I’ve been walking around with a goofy grin on my face since yesterday. It’s showing no signs of going away anytime soon. I hope you love these pics as much as I do.
OK, it’s tomorrow. But since I don’t usually post on Saturdays, and I’ll be busy doing birthday stuff anyways, I’m doing the birthday post today. And if you’ve been following this blog for the last two years, you know what I post on my birthday.
The tune is “Tule Ton Son Ton” by Honeyboy Slim & The Bad Habits, which if you ask me fits Timothy’s crazy Cajun Bayou dance like a glove. Enjoy, and have an awesome Labor Day Weekend!
Well, it’s been an amazing trip so far. Saturday night Romeo Carey, my husband and I headed out to the desert and met up with the splendiferous Don Calfa, who showed us through his memorabilia-packed double-wide trailer and happily shared his memories of working with Timothy in Peeper (1975) and their subsequent friendship. He is a card and a character, and I’m happy to now be able to call him my friend.
Sunday afternoon brought us together with the delightful Joey Sinko, who generously assisted Romeo in filming our interview with the legendary Seymour Cassel. I am happy to lay at least one oft-told rumor to rest: There was no animosity between he and Timothy during the Minnie and Moskowitz (1971) and The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976) shoots. They were simply two inveterate scene-stealers who sometimes got on each other’s nerves. It happens even in the best of families. “I loved Timothy. He was wonderful,” said Seymour. And I’ve made another friend.
Monday my husband and I attended the Stanley Kubrick exhibit at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Utterly amazing in every way! There wasn’t a whole lot there in the way of Tim, but what was there was choice. I was especially intrigued by a page from the original script of The Killing (1956) that featured a scene with Tim’s character, Nikki Arcane, that did not appear in the finished film. I wonder if this was actually filmed and then not used, or if it ever even got filmed?
Tonight we are heading down to El Monte to visit Tim’s studio, so stay tuned for more reports as they come! This is Tweet’s Lady of Pasadena signing off for now. Toodle-oo!
Greetings from Pasadena, California! Our pic for today revisits Elvis Presley‘s last feature film, Change of Habit (1969), directed by William A. Graham. Timothy’s unnamed and uncredited market manager pauses in his labors to chow down. He’s a real class act.
More to come as our California adventure continues! This is Tweet’s Lady of Pasadena signing off. Toodle-oo!
It is with deep sadness and great regret that I make the following announcement. This will be the last blog post. I am closing the blog down. I just have too much on my plate right now to keep up with it the way it deserves. Not to mention the fact that I’m just not into Timothy that much anymore. It was fun while it lasted, but it’s time to move on. Thanks for all the love.
Timothy William Carey was born 84 years ago today. My dear friend Anthony Vitamia said it best this morning: “I can’t think of one damn actor today who even comes close to Timothy Carey. The man was an enigma on fire; he rocked anything he appeared in, whether it was a dud or a diamond. And a live wire off-screen, too. May his legend grow by leaps and bounds.”
Today’s pic is another of unfortunate poor quality from Chain of Evidence (1957), one of the low-budget crime dramas starring former Western star “Wild Bill” Elliott as Det. Lt. Andy Doyle. Timothy’s bad-tempered Carl Fowler is confronting the man who gave him that scar, Steve Nordstrom (Jimmy Lydon). Tim must have filmed this around the same time as Francis in the HauntedHouse (1956), as he’s sporting basically the same flat-top haircut in both.
To completely change the subject, I’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate Tim’s son Romeo Carey and his wife on the recent birth of their third child, daughter Prima! Timothy has a new grandchild. That warms my fuzzy little heart.