Actor Robert Quarry passed away on Friday, February 20 at the Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California.
His films include Count Yorga, Vampire (1970), its sequel The Return of Count Yorga (1971), and Dr. Phibes Rises Again (1972), in which he was pitted against Vincent Price in a race to find the mythical elixir of eternal life. The two were later also paired in Madhouse (1974). American International Pictures had plans for Quarry to succeed Price, but the decline in the company’s fortunes, and old style horror films falling out of fashion, meant that it never happened. Quarry’s career was further set back by a road accident that resulted in serious facial injuries, but he made several memorable guest appearances on TV shows, notably the 1977 Rockford Files episode, “Requiem For a Funny Box,” as Lee Russo. In the 80s and 90s, Quarry worked in B movies, in particular becoming a favorite of director Fred Olen Ray.
You can read a wonderful tribute to Quarry online at: Fangoria