He was known for stealing the spotlight from other actors, making up his own dialogue during the shooting of a scene, and being an all-round weirdo. Like John Cassavetes, Timothy Carey started out as an actor, making memorable appearances in the Stanley Kubrick classics, ‘Paths of Glory’ and ‘The Killing’, before eventually turning himself into an offbeat – and that’s putting it mildly – filmmaker.
In 1962, Carey produced, directed, and starred in his own movie, the incredibly strange low-budget flick, ‘The World’s Greatest Sinner’. For some, this is the worst picture ever made; for others, it’s a groundbreaking attempt at a personal statement. One thing for sure: it flopped big time! Too avant-garde for its era and totally misunderstood. […]
Cassavetes, to his credit, was a great supporter of Carey’s demented creative mind and always backed his delirious projects, sometimes at his own risk.
A true anecdote: John dropped in on his buddy Timothy who had decided to become a dog trainer!? (Go figure…) Let’s just say that Carey’s Rottweilers liked John a little too much, but Carey managed to put a leash on ‘em in the nick of time. Nobody ever got a leash on Carey, though!
– Sophie Cossette, “Six Sick Degrees of Separation in Hollywood, Part Three!”; Sophie Cossette Cartoonist Blog (July 9, 2013)
Sophie’s portrait of God Hilliard. Click the article link for two more awesome cartoons of Timothy!
I heard he had Cassavetes put on a padded dog attack suit not knowing what it was then Timothy turned the dogs loose on him…!?
Yep! Tim trained German shepherds with the schutzhund method. Apparently he did that every now and then with visitors. He would holler “It’s not you they hate, it’s the suit!” 😀
How can I post this youtube of my favorite author James Ellroy talking about my favorite actor on this website….?
You just did! 😀 I’m not a huge fan of this one, I have to admit. I made it the Video of the Week a year or so ago and got some unhappy Ellroy fans on my case when I dared to suggest that he was making fun of Tim and intimating that Tim might very well have murdered his mother. I was told it was his weird way of saying he was a fan. OK! Anyway, I deleted it. But thanks for posting it again.
That’s Ellroy though –as weird as Tim in some ways…
So– there is an amazing interview w/ Tim and Johnny Legend and Dino Lee on Art Fein’s poker party that hasn’t made it to youtube that my friend had on VHS. It’s even better than the one that IS on youtube. Him talking about his latest project at the time–“The Insect Trainer” and the glory of farting…I can’t find it anywhere on the www but it was on Art Fein’s Poker party for sure in the early 90s. I believe he was a frequent guest. Have you seen this and or know how to find it ?
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No, I have never seen it and don’t have a clue on how to find it. Dang! I’m friends with Art Fein on Facebook; I’ll send him a message and see if he has any more footage of Tim lying around. That would be amazing!