Timothy Agoglia Carey lived and died an underground legend.
The heavy-lidded, conspicuously tall actor crafted one of the most disjointed, overlooked and under-appreciated film careers in cinema history.
He was a man who refused to compromise, didn’t check his spelling, and never, ever listened to a goddamn word anybody said to him.
He wrote, produced and directed a play called THE INSECT TRAINER, which revolved around the power and the importance of farting.
He brought John Cassavetes over to his house, put him in a dog attack suit and let three rottweilers jump on him, while yelling words of encouragement from the next room, “It’s not you they hate, it’s the suit!”
Richard Widmark beat him up on the set of 1956’s THE LAST WAGON. Not to be outdone, in 1961 Carey was kicked in the ribs by Karl Malden and stabbed with a pen by Marlon Brando during the making of ONE-EYED JACKS.
He was one of the few actors Stanley Kubrick ever trusted to improvise a scene.
He faked his own kidnapping and ransom note during the filming of PATHS OF GLORY, just to get some press.
He led a life of strange brilliance. Carey’s passion for life blazed a trail of wide-eyed wonder that has been followed by such contemporary icons as Crispin Glover and Andy Kaufman.
Through all of this, and much, much more, he always remained true to the world he most definitely helped create and flourish: the underground.
– Sam McAbee, “Timothy Carey: Saint of the Underground”; Cashiers du Cinemart #12 (2001)