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Ron Carey (December 11, 1935 – January 16, 2007) was an Americanmarker film and television actor. The 5-foot 4-inch actor was best known for playing cocky Officer Carl Levitt on TV's Barney Miller, in which he was almost always surrounded by male actors (and sometimes female guest stars) who stood at least 4" taller. The series' stars (Hal Linden, Max Gail, Abe Vigoda, Ron Glass) all stood six feet or more. Carey appeared in the recurring role through almost the entire series.

Life and career

Carey was born Ronald Joseph Cicenia in Newark, New Jerseymarker, the son of Fanny and John Cicenia, and was raised in an Italian American Catholic family. Carey was a member of Mel Brooks' comedy troupe, starring in films such as High Anxiety, Silent Movie, and History of the World, Part I. He also appeared in supporting roles in other films and on television, and was seen in scores of commercials, including some T-shirt ads for Hanes, and an ad for Nabisco's snack cracker Better Cheddars where he sang.

Carey did stand-up comedy in the 1960s, after earning a bachelor's degree in communications from Seton Hall Universitymarker in 1956. His comedy centered mostly around Catholicism and his childhood of being the undersized but quick-witted kid on the block. His break came in 1966 when he appeared on The Merv Griffin Show and in 1967 he released a comedy album entitled The Slightly Irreverent Comedy of Ron Carey.

Carey died of a stroke at a Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, Californiamarker. He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Sharon, and his brother, James Cicenia.

Movie and TV quotes

  • "I got it, I got it, I got it ... I ain't got it." (from High Anxiety)
  • "Only the best gig in town ... You are going to play Caesar's Palace. [Brooks]: "The main room?" [Carey] The main room! [Both]: Groovus!" (from Brooks' History of the World, Part I)
  • "I bust my anus for you, and this is the thanks I get? Boy, you are nuts. N-V-T-S nuts!" (from History of the World, Part I)
  • "[Barney Miller] What happened, Levitt? [Levitt] I talked it over with a couple of doctors and they said 'forget it'. [Miller] Incurable, huh? [Levitt] Yes sir. Five six and a half, that's it." (from Barney Miller)




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