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Robert Quarry 1929-2009

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This post is a bit late, about a month to the day, in fact.  Still, I felt I had to write something about the passing of this great, unappreciated actor.  Robert Quarry is probably best known as Count Yorga, American International Picture’s version of Dracula.  He acted along side some of the greatest horror icons on Earth, including Vincent Price and Peter Cushing, both in Dr. Phibes Rises Again and Madhouse, and around the time of these films, Quarry effectively took over for Vincent Price as headlining star for AIP, which reportedly made for some tense work environments during their infrequent collaborations.  Quarry unfortunately never got the praise he deserved from mainstream Hollywood, yet continued acting until the turn of the century exclusively in B-movies, usually playing a heavy.  He has a good 70 + credits to his name since the 1940’s and clearly appreciated the fun of camp cinema, much in the same way his fore bearer Vincent Price did.yorga1

My favorite role of Quarry’s was in Dr. Phibes Rises Again, which is an excellent sequel to what is, in my opinion, the greatest Vincent Price film of all time – The Abominable Dr. Phibes.  In it, he plays Darius Biederbeck – a man/ghoul competing with Dr. Phibes (Price) to find the elixir of life.  It’s a great camp film and probably one of the most entertaining in the genre;  I couldn’t think of many people who can hold their own against Vincent Price (especially while playing Dr. Phibes), but Quarry does it with equal bravado.

Quarry died on February 20, 2009 at the Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital.

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