Sunday, December 26, 2010

Cary Guffey who played the child Barry in Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Cary Guffey was born May 1972 in Georgia.  He is best know for his role as the little boy Barry that was abducted by aliens in the movie "Close Encounters of the Third Kind".


Probably one of the most recognized scenes in sci-fi film history. Cary Guffey in "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" 1977
Cary Guffey in "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" 1977


Cary's very fist acting experience ever was in "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" in 1977 co-starring Melinda Dillon, Richard Dreyfuss, François Truffaut, Teri Garr, and Lance Henriksen.  



Cary Guffey in "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" 1977

Melinda Dillon and Cary Guffey in "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" 1977

In 1979, Cary starred in the Italian comedy film "Uno sceriffo extraterrestre - poco extra e molto terrestre " aka in the English version as "The Sheriff And The Satellite Kid" as H7-25, an extraterrestrial child.  The film co-starred Bud Spencer and Harold E. Finch.  A sequel would follow a year later "Chissà perché... capitano tutte a me" aka "Why Did You Pick on Me?" in the English version and also co-starred Bud Spencer.



Cary Guffey then

Cary Guffey and Bud Spencer in "The Sheriff and the Satellite Kid" 1979
Cary Guffey circa 1979

Cary was back in the English film world in 1983 with "Cross Creek" co-starring Mary Steenburgen, Rip Torn, Peter Coyote, Dana Hill, Alfre Woodard, Joanna Miles, Ike Eisenmann, and Toni Hudson.  That same year he starred in "Stroker Ace" with Burt Reynolds, Loni Anderson, Ned Beatty, Parker Stevenson, Jim Nabors, and Cassandra Peterson (aka Elvira). In '83 he also starred in the mini-series "Chiefs" co-starring Charlton Heston, Keith Carradine and Stephen Collins.


Cary Guffey in the early 1980's

In 1984 Guffey starred in "The Bear" the biography about college football coach "Bear" Bryant.  Cary co-starred with Gary Busey, Cynthia Leake, Carmen Thomas, and Harry Dean Stanton.  That same year he also starred in "Night Shadows" aka "Mutant" co-starring Wings Hauser, Bo Hopkins, Jody Medford, Lee Montgomery, and Jennifer Warren.


Cary starred in the 1985 film "Poison Ivy" with Michael J. Fox, Nancy McKeon, Caren Kaye, Robert Klein, and Adam Baldwin.  The same year Cary would star in his last known role in film or TV in the mini-series "North and South" also starring Kirstie Alley, Georg Stanford Brown, David Carradine, Lesley-Anne Down, Genie Francis, Terri Garber, John Stockwell, Patrick Swayze, Morgan Fairchild, Robert Guillaume, Hal Holbrook, Gene Kelly, Robert Mitchum, Elizabeth Taylor, David Ogden Stiers, and Forest Whitaker.



Carey Guffey as the young Billy Hazard in mini-series North and South


Cary Guffey now

He would later appear as himself in film documentaries "The Making of 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind'" (2001) and "Child Stars: Then and Now" (2003).  It is rumored that Cary is now a financial planner working for Merrill Lynch.



Cary Guffey today



21 comments:

  1. I am pleasantly surprised that Mr. Guffey did not turn out very unattractive. As a child he was unusually unattractive, with his pig-like snout for a nose!

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    1. You have got to be kidding. He was adorable. I wanted to hug him all through the movie. You must have been looking at something else. Lol

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    2. Whats that got to do with anything :/ totally uncalled for in my opinion! He was a cute child who grew up to be an attractive man....confused with your remark

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    3. Wow... What an ass!!! The first reply was right on... You must have been looking at something else. Perhaps in the mirror?? That little boy was adorable... You're clearly unhappy with yourself to have made such a comment.

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  2. Cary was a very appealing child whose large eyes still make the aliens, as represented in Close Encounters,seem less alien. If he does nothing more in film or TV he participated in a significant and amazingly uplifting film for the ages. I never tire of it.

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  3. I doubt that the picture of Cary in North and South is him. In 1985 he was 13 maybe 12 born 1972. He played young Billy not adult Billy, the actor in that pic has to be twenty-something. Find the right picture of him in the mini series.

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    1. Look again. It's a picture of a little boy, not a man.

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  4. I do thorough research prior to writing these articles. Any photos of the actors portrayed are labeled as such actors when I find them. If the picture does not look anything like the person, I don't use it. In this case the picture (to me) looks very much like Cary Guffey in his mid to late teens.

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  5. the above photo of N&S is a photo of an adult billy hazard portrayed by John Stockwell who played "Cougar" in Top Gun in 1986. this actor also directed "Blue Crush in 2002." if carey did play billy hazard on N&S, he played the 12 year old version of him.

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  6. Perhaps the picture you show of "North and South" is that of John Stockwell.
    You might want to check it again. I am NOT sure, but it looks like him.

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  7. After reviewing some photos of John Stockwell, I have to agree with the masses. The photo in question did look like John Stockwell and not Carey Guffey. It has been removed from this blog. There does not seem to be any photos available of Carey Guffey as he appeared in that mini-series.

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  8. After doing some digging, I managed to come up with a true photo of Carey Guffey as the young Billy Hazard in the mini-series North and South and replaced he photo of John Stockwell. Thanks all for your attentiveness and help in making these articles as accurate as possible!

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  9. My Dad works with him. He's awesomeeee!!!

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    1. Whoa, that's nice, and I think he is very handsome (if I had the chance to work with him, it may make working more enjoyable ;D)

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  10. I just watched Close Encounters AGAIN. Cary was a beautiful little boy. Handsome and loving. Reminds me of my son. Anyway...Its nice to see a child star grow up to be a responsible adult and not a drug addict. For a change. Keep up the good work Cary : )

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    1. Yes, he really looks cute and handsome -and he still like this ;)

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  11. Carry's film story is interesting to me. I was his double in the 1984 horror movie "Night Shadows" aka "Mutant"

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  12. He acted with some seriously big names in Hollywood. Does anyone know why he gave up acting?

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  13. he is in my office now...i will ask him :)

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  14. Just watched the movie for the first time! It was good for it's time but the special effects are pretty amateurish by today's standards but gives it an authentic feel - like you're watching a time capsule. Can see why Spielberg cast Cary, as though cute, his face has a very alien-like look about it, especially compared to the young aliens that come out of the ship. Pity he didn't pursue acting. But then again he's probably smart enough to make money in other ways!

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  15. He works for PNC Bank in Ashland, Alabama.

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