Quote of the Week

Timothy Agoglia Carey is directing a play in Hollywood this month about death by farting [The Insect Trainer]. He’s been acting in films since 1951, was in classics with Brando and Dean, worked several times each for Kubrick and Cassavetes, was in the exploitation classic POOR WHITE TRASH [aka Bayou pre-exploitation] and made a movie that would be a cult classic if only people could see it – WORLD’S GREATEST SINNER. In various books, the 6’4″, now 65 year old [sic – he was actually 61 at the time of this interview] Carey has been called “a heavy eyed character actor, often a loathsome villain”, “totally without attractive characteristics, repulsive looking”, and “the least lovable actor since Rondo Hatton“. He’s also considered a great actor and his fans in the business include Jack Nicholson, Peter Falk and Brando. Here, often in his own words, is the Timothy Carey story.

Psychotronic Video magazine #6, Summer 1990; interview by Michael Murphy and Johnny Legend, research by Michael J. Weldon

Timothy with Michael Murphy, 1989

Timothy with Michael Murphy, 1989

Pic of the Day: “Ransom for a Dead Man” revisited

It’s Labor Day here in the US, so let’s celebrate the working man (and woman) by revisiting Bert, provider of the world’s finest chili. He first appeared in “Ransom for a Dead Man,” the very first episode of the legendary Columbo detective series. It was first broadcast on March 1, 1971. Lt. Columbo (Peter Falk) could always count on a great bowl of chili and some good conversation from Bert.

Ransom for a Dead Man - 1971

Enjoy your day off, laborers, and have some chili – you’ve earned it!


Pic of the Day: “Fade In to Murder” revisited

Today’s pic is another from the Columbo episode “Fade In to Murder,” first broadcast on October 10, 1976. Timothy is sandwich slinger Tony, injured in a hold-up whose real objective was the murder of his TV producer friend Clare (Lola Albright). Here he begs Columbo (Peter Falk) to catch the killer.

Fade In to Murder - 1976

Falk was also a good friend of John Cassavetes, and Cassavetes himself ended up on an episode of Columbo (“Etude in Black,” 9.17.72). Timothy made a total of three appearances on the show, each time playing the owner of an eating establishment. I wonder if that was just a coincidence…

Pic of the Day: “Ransom for a Dead Man” revisited

Our pic for today revisits Barney’s Beanery and Bert, purveyor of the best chili in town. It’s from the very first Columbo episode, “Ransom for a Dead Man,” which debuted on March 1, 1971. Columbo (Peter Falk) knew he could always count on a bowl of Bert’s chili to help clear his brain and help him think better.

Ransom for a Dead Man - 1971

As the 1960s progressed, Timothy gained quite a bit of weight; we’re seeing him here at probably his heaviest. Throughout the 1970s and 80s he steadily slimmed down. As his health took a turn for the worse in the late 1980s, however, he began to look alarmingly thin. But his spirit remained indomitable.

Pic of the Day: “Dead Weight” revisited

Yikes, better late than never! Our pic for what is left of today (sorry about that, folks) is another look at Bert, the affable purveyor of the best chili in town, from the Columbo episode “Dead Weight.” It was first broadcast on October 27, 1971.

Dead Weight - 1971

Timothy and Peter Falk were not the only John Cassavetes alumni to appear in this episode. The great Val Avery is also here, but unfortunately the three of them do not share any screen time together. Bert definitely deserved his own series, I must say.


Pic of the Day: “Ransom For a Dead Man”

Happy Friday, and happy first day of Fall! There’s a chill in the air – why not stop by Barney’s Beanery and get a nice hot bowl of chili from our pal Bert? Our pic today is from the first episode of Columbo in which Tim portrays genial counterman Bert, “Ransom for a Dead Man.” This was actually Columbo‘s pilot episode, first broadcast on March 1, 1971.


Tim made a total of three appearances on Columbo. It’s nice to see him with fellow Cassavetes alum Peter Falk.

Pic of the Day: “Dead Weight”

Today’s pic (and need I remind you to click to embiggen?) is from one of three appearances Tim made on the classic detective series Columbo, starring the late great Peter Falk. Here we see him as diner owner Bert in the episode “Dead Weight,” which first aired on October 27, 1971.

Dead Weight

Bert appears in this episode and also in the very first Columbo episode, “Ransom for a Dead Man” (1971). You could always get an excellent bowl of chili from Bert. Tim’s last appearance on the show was as deli owner Tony in “Fade in to Murder” (1976).